Walton: Belshazzar’s feast
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances
Tippett: Five Spirituals from A Child in Our Time
“Praise ye the God of Brass!” In 1931 the young William Walton took a huge choir and a massive symphony orchestra, added a couple of brass bands – and blew English music sky-high. Bold, brazen and shamelessly savage, Belshazzar’s Feast caused outrage back then, and trust us: it can still knock you backwards today! Bernstein’s riotous dances from West Side Story and Tippett’s haunting pre-War spirituals light the fuse on an explosive finish to the SWCS’s season.
Belshazzar's Feast is a powerful and imposing cantata by renowned English twentieth century composer William Walton. Punctuated by Walton's characteristic pauses and silences, the piece is tense and dramatic, with hauntingly lyrical Baritone solos.
British composer Sir Michael Tippett structured his celebrated oratorio A Child of Our Time around the singing of five 19th-century American slave spirituals. Written in 1939 these beautiful arrangements of spirituals have a heartfelt universality, which makes them truly powerful and uplifting, whether sung within the oratorio or as here in a stand-alone set.
Tickets: £10 - £20 Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden