- Piano Concerto No. 1
- Henry V (arr. Christopher Palmer)
- Bertrand Chamayou
- Simon Harrison
- Christopher Warren-Green
- Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London
- Choristers of New College Oxford
“Chamayou’s musically insightful, technically flawless playing can be confused with no-one else’s.” (International Record Review, May 2014)
What links Mendelssohn and Walton? A love of Shakespeare, whose 400th anniversary falls in 2016. Mendelssohn’s enthusiasm found voice with his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written when he was just 16. As a mature composer he returned to the play and added further numbers that recapture his youthful style with uncanny ease.
Similarly bucolic is Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, which channels the spirit of Mozart to entirely personal effect. Walton’s music for Henry V perfectly complements Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film, but it was Christopher Palmer who developed an extended version that melds music and dialogue, bringing the drama fully alive.
Free early concert at 7pm in the auditorium:
LCO String Quartet performs a specially commissioned arrangement of Mendelssohn’s original music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Paul Max Edlin. This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets/More info