About this event:
- Classical Music
- Event type:
- Booking required | In-person
- Milton Court Concert Hall
The World in a Grain of Sand: Chamber Music by George Walker
Guildhall musicians perform the songs and chamber music of George Walker as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Day exploring the enduring voice of this American composer. This concert is curated and directed by soprano Alison Buchanan, who recorded many of the songs with Walker himself.
Since his death in 2018 George Walker has come to be regarded as an American musical statesman, speaking on the largest scale. But he always prized concision and detail. From his early studies with Nadia Boulanger through to his 21st century works, chamber music in the classical tradition was a central and enduring aspect of his compositional life.
'There’s a solidity there that one can come back to and find things - time after time - that are interesting' said Walker. 'Although so much has been done, it seems to me that there’s still the possibility that one can find ways of extending what has already been done'. Ahead of this evening’s BBC Symphony Orchestra concert, students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama explore his songs and chamber music: strong words, by no means always softly spoken.
Programme & performers
George Walker Praise ye the Lord
Samuel Barber God's Grandeur
George Walker A Babe is Born
Samuel Barber Reincarnations
George Walker Three Lyrics for Chorus
With This Small Key
Ned Rorem Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love
George Walker Stars
Samuel Barber Two Choruses: No 1, On the Death of Antony, Two Choruses: No 2, On the Death of Cleopatra
George Walker Blow, blow thou winter wind
O Lord God of Hosts
George Rochberg Behold, My Servant
Guildhall School musicians
Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.