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Oxford University Press has just released (on 11 October 2012) the study score of the Symphony No. 2, second edition. It is in paperback, for full orchestra. A critical edition of this major work from 1959-1960. The score has been entirely re-set, and new orchestral parts produced to match the new edition. 172 pages Click here for samples Oxford University Press


A Concert of British Music in Aid of the St Lazarus Charitable Trust

The Orion Orchestra, conductor Toby Purser

Solo violin: Valeriy Sokolov

Wednesday 31st October at 7.30pm

Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9SG

Box Office: 020 7730 4500 Tickets: £30, £22 & £15

A concert in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, with music by composers who have written for the monarchy. The programme features the gloriously lyrical Violin Concerto by Sir William Walton, played by the brilliant and internationally renowned Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov, and a revival of Sir Henry Walford Davies’ Big Ben Looks On, a piece dedicated to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. The evening is in aid of the St Lazarus Charitable Trust, which raises money for the cure, care and rehabilitation of leprosy sufferers.

Programme: Parry Symphonic Variations Walton Violin Concerto Elgar Overture Cockaigne Walford Davies Phantasy – Big Ben Looks On Coates The Three Elizabeths Suite

The Florida Orchestra will be performing two works by Sir William Walton this season, during their “Symphonic Shakespeare” event, on January 3, 2013 at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL USA Conductor: Stuart Malina Richard III, A Shakespeare Suite Henry V: Passacaglia and Touch Her Soft Lips

To celebrate its  450th anniversary, the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe is giving two concerts centered on two of Walton's larger works:  
Belshazzar's Feast and Orb & Sceptre. The school called 250 local young people and semi-professional musicians  to form a huge orchestra and choir.
The concert is held at the Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford. 

Box Office: 0845 075 3993

A gala presentation of Sir William Walton’s magnificent evocation of the dramatic Bible story. The Colosseum provides a grand setting for the oratorio that famously tells the story of the “writing on the wall” that  warned Belshazzar, 
King of Babylon, of his approaching doom. The programme also features Walton’s Coronation March Orb and Sceptre, Handel’s  Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest and Sibelius’ thrilling Violin Concerto, 
with soloist Tom Aldren, recent leader of the National Youth Orchestra. 
The 450 Choir and Orchestra brings together over 250 top quality  musicians associated with the RGS musical community, including many from  their sister school, 
Wycombe High, as part of the festival celebrating 450 years  of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

The Edinburgh International Festival concert programme concludes as it began: with grand, celebratory British choral music.

Walton’s much-loved Belshazzar’s Feast is one of the composer’s most acclaimed pieces, telling of the Jews’ miraculous regaining of their freedom following the fall of the Babylonian King Belshazzar. Welsh-born baritone Neal Davies, a regular visitor to the Festival, takes the demanding solo part in a thrilling work full of rich orchestration and fiery climaxes. American conductor David Robertson precedes Walton’s opulent oratorio with music by two of his pioneering compatriots.     read more...   Edinburgh International Festival

The chorus Bach-Verein Köln and the Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn are giving a performance of Belshazzar's Feast in Cologne, Germany, at the Kölner Philharmonie Hall on Tuesday, 18 December 2012, 8 p.m.   Performers: Klaus Mertens, baritone; Christoph Anselm Noll, organ Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln; Philharmonischer Chor der StadtBonn; Kinder-Projektchor "Weihnachtskantate" Gürzenich-Orchester Köln Thomas Neuhoff, Conductor Website (in German)

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