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Philharmonia Orchestra - Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

Conductor Edward Gardner and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform music by three great British composers: Elgar, Walton and Phibbs.

An evening to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonia Chorus.

Elgar found inspiration for his buoyant overture, In the South, in the scenic countryside and ancient Roman roads of Alassio in Northern Italy.

The epic forces of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, including parts for two separate brass bands, chart the rise and fall of another great ancient kingdom. The oratorio tells the story of Belshazzar, the great Babylonian king who is miraculously struck down at a lavish feast during which he offends the sacred rites of the Jewish people he holds captive. As Belshazzar falls, so does his kingdom, and from its ruins the Jews regain their freedom.

Also hear the London premiere of a joint commission by the Philharmonia and Principal Clarinet Mark van de Wiel, a Clarinet Concerto from Joseph Phibbs. `Phibbs' writing is brilliantly assured, and his orchestration is not only deft but scintillating.’ (Sunday Times)


Philharmonia Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Roland Wood baritone
Philharmonia Chorus


Elgar: Overture, In the South (Alassio)
Joseph Phibbs: Clarinet Concerto (London premiere)
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

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Royal Festival Hall


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