Peter Seymour, John Stringer conductors
Walton Crown Imperial
Berlioz Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale
Walton Belshazzar’s Feast
Belshazzar’s Feast became an immediate success after its first performance, in Leeds, in 1931. Walton’s music drama uses colourful and dramatic writing for choir and large orchestra to tell the story of the Babylonian king who saw the writing on the wall. Soloist Benedict Nelson is one of the most exciting baritones of his generation, equally at home on the concert platform and opera stage. Berlioz’s Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale opens with a sombre funeral march and ends with a triumphal choral finale. Written for the coronation of Edward VIII, the stirring march Crown Imperial was first performed at the coronation of King George VI.
The concert is part of the University of York’s Festival of Ideas; the University Choir is sponsored by Evans Property Group, Tribal and Schroders.
Tickets: Front Nave: £28 (concs £26)
Rear Nave: £24 (concs £23)
Unreserved side aisles: £10 (concs £8), students £5
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