Samuel West

Façade &

Carnival of the Animals


Thursday 27 June, 7.30pm (with interval)

St Lawrence Jewry

Tickets £20 (includes interval drinks)

Displaying a wonderful and vivid musical imagination, Saint-Saëns wrote his light-hearted suite Le carnaval des animaux in 1886 with an unusual scoring for two pianists, a sparse string section, glass harmonica and a xylophone. His imagined sounds from elegant swans, roaring lions, rattling dinosaur bones to a fishy pellucid underwater world are now often heard interspersed with the witty poems of Ogden Nash who wrote these companions to the music in 1949.  By contrast, Edith Sitwell’s near nonsense poems entitled Façade: An Entertainment provided the starting point for William Walton’s accompaniments. The two are cleverly interwoven and performed together with the spoken words fitting amusingly over rhythm and melody.

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Walton Façade - an Entertainment (words: Edith Sitwell)

Samuel West and Rosalind Dobson, narrators*

Ben Pope, conductor

London Mozart Players

*Actors’ commitments are subject to change up to one month before concert date

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All photos by Helen Hooker

'Words & Music' calligraphy by Rosalind Wyatt

Artistic Directors: Jenny Robinson and Ian Maclay (Kestrel Music Promotions)

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