Bartók-Warlock Day in South Kensington

By Matthew-Walker, Robert | Musical Opinion, November/December 2004 | Go to article overview

Bartók-Warlock Day in South Kensington


Matthew-Walker, Robert, Musical Opinion


Bartók-Warlock Day in South Kensington

There are few who would have persuaded David Mcllor to make his public debut as a viola player but Malcolm Rudland is one of them. On 2 October Rudland was the prime mover of a most interesting day in London's South Kensington, which began at 12.30pm outside South Kensington Underground Station with the closure by the police of Sydney Place and Onslow Gardens. The Guildhall Brass, conducted by Malcolm Rudland, then played Eric Crees's arrangement of Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite and CodPieces. These were followed by the Murder on the Orient Express Waltz by Richard Rodney Bennett, President of the Petet Warlock Society, and Mark Wildman singing Warlock songs. These events prefaced the unveiling of a life-size Imre Varga statue of Béla Bartók on the island opposite the station; Peter Warlock was instrumental in bringing Bartók to London for the first time in 1922. The unveiling formed part of an entire week of Bartók festivities in London, marking Hungary's entry to the European Union as part of the year-long Magyar Magic Festival.

Sir Charles Mackerras then conducted one of Bartók's Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, and Michael Portillo, MP for Kensington and Chelsea, spoke of aspects of cultural history in the Royal Borough, prior to more singing, of part-songs and folk-inspired songs by Bartók. …

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