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  • The Octagon Queen Mary University, Mile End Road London, E1 4NS UK (map)

*Edward Elgar - Sospiri
*John Ireland - Blow Out You Bugles
*Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bredon Hill
Edward Nesbit - Strange Joy
William Walton - Façade

Tickets available here

Poster design by Calum Barnett

Façade – An Entertainment is the focal point for this concert. Dame Edith Sitwell’s extraordinary, surrealist and witty verses were set to music by a young William Walton, then brimming with energy and audacity. The premiere was a succès de scandale. Calling for narrator and a diverse set of instruments, this ‘entertainment’ is intentionally raucous and were once recited by Sitwell herself using a megaphone and from behind a screen. The East London Music Group also gives the world premiere of a new work by QMUL Composer in Residence, Edward Nesbit.

QMUL Chamber Ensemble complements Walton’s work of 1918 with other British pieces from the same period, such as Edward Elgar’s haunting Sospiri and two poignant elegiac songs by John Ireland (Blow Out You Bugles) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (Bredon Hill).

East London Music Group
Wendy Carr - actor
Joseph Hardy - actor
Sarah Bennett - flute
Ausiàs Garrigos Morant - clarinet
Jamie Fathers - saxophone
Sarah Campbell - trumpet
Tatiana Chernyshova - cello
Sam Wilson - Percussion
Matthew Hardy - conductor

*QMUL Chamber Ensemble, directed by Paul Edlin
Soloists: Elizabeth Deacon (mezzo-soprano), Timothy Hill (tenor) 

Earlier Event: February 14
The Soldier's Tale