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An evening of poetry and music, dating from the 1920s.
Rarely performed today, Walton’s “Facade”, set to rhythmic poetry by Edith Sitwell, was a startling and unusual piece in its time. Press reviews were very mixed ranging from general condemnation to the Daily Mail’s comment that it was “naggingly memorable” , but the music later became the score for a ballet by Frederick Ashton.
The musical line-up includes flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, ’cello or bass and percussion. The narrators are Joanna Tope and Peter Crawford. They will perform the complete work, plus some additional poems that were not performed in the original work, and which are included for the first time in the Auricle Ensemble’s rendition.
“Mr Walton’s Music is as original and witty as Miss Sitwell’s poetry” - Daily Mail June 1923.
There will be a pre-concert talk, about the work, at 6.30pm.
Any audience members who wish to do so, might like to wear an item of clothing relating to the 1920s.