Thursday 7 Nov 2019, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907
Frank Strobel conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus choir
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.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
- Discounts: Under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
- Running time: 140 minutes, there is no interval
- Staging: This is a live film screening with orchestral accompaniment
- Please note: Choir stalls are not on sale
- Start time: Please note that this concert starts at 7pm
- Download programme notes: Thursday 7 Nov 2019
This concert is part of the Philharmonia at the Movies series