William Walton 1902 - 1983


Boy chorister at Christ Church Oxford and studied at the University * Essentially self-taught as a composer * In the late 1920s and '30s considered the leading British composer of his generation * Music combines Romantic passion and jazz-inspired rhythms * Among the greatest of British film composers, including score for Olivier’s Henry V * Lived the second half of his life on the Italian island of Ischia

Façade (1921-27) An entertainment for reciter and six instruments
Belshazzar’s Feast (1930-31) for mixed choir, baritone solo and orchestra
Viola Concerto (1932-35)