Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Samuel West recites for Henley orchestra

SHAKESPEAREAN actor Samuel West will play a pivotal role in the summer concert of Henley’s resident orchestra next month.

SHAKESPEAREAN actor Samuel West will play a pivotal role in the summer concert of Henley’s resident orchestra next month.

The actor, best known for his portrayal of the clerk Leonard Bast in the film Howard’s End, will recite speeches alongside Walton’s music for the film Henry V in an open-air concert in the grounds of Shiplake College.

The concert, Shakespeare At Shiplake, is the summer performance of the Henley Symphony Orchestra and features a repertoire of music celebrating the work of the Bard.

The evening will open with Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture — surely the best-known piece of classical music to be inspired by Shakespeare — following by Shostakovich’s Hamlet Suite, various dances from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo And Juliet, and Fauré’s Epithalame from Shylock Suite, before rounding off with Henry V.

This event will not be the first time Samuel West has evoked the rousing voice of the English king. West, who has appeared with all the major British orchestras, was soloist in Henry V at the 2002 Last Night Of The Proms.

West, 46, comes from an acting dynasty. His parents are Timothy West and Prunella Scales, who played Sybil in Fawlty Towers. He spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the beginning of his career, playing the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet. His subsequent career on stage and screen includes frequent appearances in the TV series Midsomer Murders and he has narrated many television documentaries.

The summer concert will be held on Sunday, June 23 at 7.30pm, but the grounds will be open from 6pm for picnics.

Henley Symphony Orchestra has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1970. It now attracts more than 70 musicians from all over the Thames Valley.

Tickets for the event are £12 reserved, £10 unreserved. Students and children under 16 are half price.For tickets call the box office on 01235 859210 or visit www.henleysymphony orchestra.co.uk

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