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William Turner Walton

William Turner Walton (Composer)

Born: 29th March 1902, Oldham, England

Died: 8th March 1983, Ischia, Italy

Nationality: English

Sir William Turner Walton was an English composer. During a sixty-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.

Further Reading: Walton

 Interview, Edward Gardner on Walton

The conductor talks to David about the latest instalment in his series of Walton recordings on Chandos - featuring James Ehnes setting aside his violin in favour of the viola for Walton's Viola Concerto.

 Recording of the Week, Anthony Marwood performs Walton's Violin Concerto

James enjoys a new recording of William Walton's Violin Concerto, alongside some of the composer's lesser-known works.

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