William Walton
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1902-03-29
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William Walton

William Walton Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir William Turner Walton, OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) was an English composer. During a 60 year career, he wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from film scores to opera. His best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto, the First Symphony, and the British coronation anthems Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre.

Born in Oldham, Lancashire, the son of a musician, Walton was a chorister and then an undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford. On leaving the university, he was taken up by the literary Sitwell siblings, who provided him with a home and a cultural education. His earliest work of note was a collaboration with Edith Sitwell, Façade, which at first brought him notoriety as a modernist, but later became a popular ballet score.

In middle age, Walton left Britain and set up home with his wife Susana on the Italian island of Ischia. By this time, he had ceased to be regarded as a modernist, and some of his compositions of the 1950s were criticised as old-fashioned. His only full-length opera, Troilus and Cressida, was among the works to be so labelled and has made little impact in opera houses. In his last years, his works came back into critical fashion; his later compositions, dismissed by critics at the time of their premieres, were revalued and regarded alongside his earlier works.

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Past BBC Events

Proms 1968: Prom 29
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Royal Albert Hall
1968-08-20T12:28:58
20
Aug
1968

Proms 1968: Prom 29

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1965: Prom 36
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Royal Albert Hall
1965-08-27T12:28:58
27
Aug
1965

Proms 1965: Prom 36

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1962: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1962
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/epdq9r
Royal Albert Hall
1962-07-21T12:28:58
21
Jul
1962

Proms 1962: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1962

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1960: Prom 43
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e56d4f
Royal Albert Hall
1960-09-10T12:28:58
10
Sep
1960

Proms 1960: Prom 43

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1960: Prom 41
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejp3d4
Royal Albert Hall
1960-09-08T12:28:58
8
Sep
1960

Proms 1960: Prom 41

Royal Albert Hall

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