Crouch End Festival Chorus
WALTON Henry V
Words by William Shakespeare, acting and direction by Laurence Olivier and music by William Walton: Henry V is recognised as one of the greatest works of art in cinema history.
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and St George'! In 1944, as the armed forces prepared for an invasion of Normandy, the morale of British civilians and military personnel alike were badly in need of a boost. Shakespeare's Henry V, with its rousing speeches exhorting the troops 'once more into the breach, dear friends, once more', was perfect patriotic material. And so the British government supported the making of this groundbreaking film, in glorious Technicolor.
William Walton's score, stirring, sparkling and wistful by turns, played a huge part in the film's success. Hear it performed live by the Philharmonia Orchestra in this one-off screening, a multisensory feast for film buffs in search of a tick on the bucket list, Shakespeare fans, British music aficionados and newcomers all.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world's leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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Date: 10 Nov Time: 14:30