London Philharmonic Orchestra: Belshazzar's Feast

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Belshazzar's Feast

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 19:30

This is British music with serious attitude. In Leeds, in October 1931 William Walton took a huge choir and a giant symphony orchestra, added a couple of brass bands, and knocked his audience backwards. Belshazzar’s Feast is definitely not your average oratorio: big, brassy and shamelessly pagan, it caused a scandal back then, and it can still set hairs on end today.

But then, music in this Isle of Noises has always been more emotional than you might think – and if anyone can find the tender soul of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, or the raw melancholy of Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, it’s that unrivalled American Anglophile Marin Alsop.

A Shropshire Lad (Orchestral Rhapsody)
George Butterworth (1885-1916)
Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Belshazzar's Feast
Sir William Walton (1902-1983)


Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
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£46-£14, premium seats £65 Available from 020 7840 4242 10am-5pm.
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