The Hon. Paul S. Zuckerman

I am delighted to introduce to you the website of William Walton Trust. As international appreciation continues to grow for one of the great men of British music we hope that this site will prove interesting and informative both to those who are looking for general information and to those seeking specialist help. This comprehensive site is intended to assist in planning programmes and to serve as a point of reference, which, with the scholarly help of Stewart Craggs, includes an extensive catalogue and bibliography.

The complete works of Sir William are available on Chandos Records. Christopher Columbus, the last major work of Sir William’s to be recorded, will be released next year. This will complete Chandos historic period of recording and will ensure the availability of all Sir William’s music on CD, alongside the many recordings available from other record labels as listed in the discography, prepared by Chandos Marketing Department.

Sir William’s publishers, Oxford University Press, continue their publication of the William Walton Edition, which will ensure that the composer’s ever-increasing popularity at the start of the twenty-first century will be complemented by performing material which is edited to the highest contemporary standards, and which, at the same time, is eminently practical. As the General Editor, David Lloyd-Jones comments, ‘by the time the task is completed, no British composer born in the twentieth century will have been better served by their publisher.’

This website describes the work and role of the William Walton Trust, together with its sister organisation in Italy, Fondazione William Walton. The aim of these trusts is to deepen the public’s knowledge of Sir William and to do this through a number of steps. Young people remain central to our objectives: we have developed a programme of residencies at La Mortella for composers, horticulturalists, researchers and performers from, among other places, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and New York Botanic Gardens. We promote a series of regular concerts with musicians from Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella, Naples, Accademia di S. Cecilia, Rome, Scuola di Musica in Fiesole, and Conservatorio di Avellino. We also continue to develop our strong links with The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and the Oldham Music Service.

We would be pleased to hear of any plans you may have with a view to posting them on the calendar of events on the web-site.
It is fitting, at this point, to pay tribute to the energy and commitment of Lady Walton, to whose dedication much of the following information is attributable.

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‘There’s a lot in this chap’ William Walton (1902-1983)

Michael Kennedy, critic & biographer. The text on this page, has been taken from “Walton – A Celebration – 2002”, published by William Walton Trust, March 2000. A comprehensive guide to Walton at the Centenary of his birth: the man, his music and the development of his legacy.

William Walton is one of the three indisputable leaders of the first generation of 20th century British composers, together with Michael Tippett (three years younger) and Benjamin Britten (eleven years younger). Their immediate musical forbears were Vaughan Williams (b 1872) and Holst (b 1874) and all were contemporary with Edward Elgar (b 1857) who lived until 1934. Of these illustrious names, Walton was the closest in style and temperament to Elgar and his personal background was remarkably similar. Both were born in provincial towns to lower middle class parents and both had no formal musical education at a college or academy. But Walton achieved fame earlier in his life.

William Turner Walton was born on 29 March 1902 at 93, Werneth Hall Road, Oldham, Lancashire. His father Charles Walton had been one of the first intake in 1893 at the new Royal Manchester College of Music, where he was a bass-baritone pupil of Andrew Black, who, five years later, was to create the title-part in Elgar’s Caractacus. Charles became organist and choirmaster at St John’s Church, Werneth, for 21 years and also taught singing and the organ elsewhere. His wife, Louisa Maria Turner, was a good amateur contralto. William and his elder brother sang in the St John’s Choir. William also learned to play the piano and (for a brief time) the violin. His musical talent was obvious and when he was ten he was entered for a voice trial for probationer choristers at Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford. Although he arrived late because of a missed train, his mother pleaded for him to be heard and the organist, Dr H.G.Ley, accepted him after he sang Marcello’s ‘O Lord Our Governor’. So William exchanged the ‘nightmare’ of a board school in Oldham for an Oxford boarding-school where his first term was made ‘odious’ for him because of his Lancashire accent, which he later learned to conceal (although never entirely).

Walton was at the choir school from 1912 to 1918. When war was declared in 1914, Charles Walton’s singing pupils declined in number and William would have been brought home to become an office-boy or to work as a clerk in a cotton-mill if Dr Thomas Strong, Dean of Christ Church, had not himself paid the balance of the school fees not met by the scholarship. Dr. Strong was a firm believer in the boy’s talent. Walton was by then composing anthems and songs, some of which Strong showed to Sir Hubert Parry who remarked: ‘There’s a lot in this chap, you must keep an eye on him!’ Walton’s version of why he started composing was ‘I must make myself interesting somehow or when my voice breaks, I’ll be sent home to Oldham’. His musical education at Oxford was supervised by Hugh Allen, then organist of New College and later professor of music at Oxford University and Director of the Royal College of Music. Through Allen and Strong he was introduced to the music of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev, the avant-garde of the time. He passed the first half of his Bachelor of Music exam in June 1918, but failed the exam called Responsions at three attempts in 1919. He passed the second part of his B. Mus. in June 1920 (and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Music in 1941). His musical education had continued in the holidays at Oldham: his father took him to Hallé concerts in Manchester and he attended performances of Sir Thomas Beecham’s famous opera seasons in Manchester in 1916 and 1917.

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  • Williams, S. “An English Composer” The Evening Standard, 5 November 1935, p.7
  • Wiser, J. “Walton’s Walton” Association for Recorded Sound Collectors Journal, 14 (1982), pp.91-92
  • Wright, R. “A Walton Discography” Composer, Winter 1980-1981, p.32
  • Zoete, B. de “William Walton” Monthly Musical Record, 59 (1929), pp.321-323+356


  • A Litany
    Collegium COLCD 113
    Cambridge Singers / John Rutter Incl. works by Howells / Philips / Stanford / Rutter / Elgar / Taverner / Morley / Amner / Bairstow
  • A Litany
    Guild GMCD 7126
    Choir of Belfast Cathedral/David Drinkell/ Ian Barber incl works by Darke/Howells/ Thalben – Ball/ Bainton/ Gregory/ Whitlock/ Ley/Byrd
  • A Litany
    Hyperion CDA 67087
    Choir of St Pauls Cathedral/John Scott/Huw Williams incl works by Stanford/Goss/Sumsion/Rutter/Bairstow/ Parry/Attwood/Leighton/Howells/Britten/ Lewis/Wood/Moore
  • A Litany
    Priory PRCD 362
    Choir of Wells Cathedral/Anthony Crossland/Andrew Nethsingha incl works by Tallis/ Weelkes/ Bairstow/ Ingegneri/ Dering King John of Portugal/ Lotti/ Carol/ Ley Walford-Davies/ Byrd/ Philips/ Stanford/ Elgar
  • A Queens Fanfare/ In honour of the City of London/ Crown Imperial/ Anniversary Fanfare/ Orb and Scep
    Chandos CHAN 8998
    Philharmonia Orchestra/ Bach Choir/David Willcocks
  • All this time
    Priory PRCD 603
    Choir of York Minster/Philip Moore/ John Scott Whitely incl works by Shepherd/ Woodward/ Rubbra/ Vann/ Gauntlett/ Moore/ Joubert/ Howells/ Mendelssohn
  • As You Like It
    Chandos CHAN 7401
    A poem for orchestra after Shakespeare/ Henry V A Shakespeare Scenario/ Hamlet A Sha
  • Battle of Britain
    DVD:MGM 10001024 MZ1
    Special Edition MGM DVD Battle of Britain, incl restored William Walton Score in 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Belshazzars Feast
    Sony Classical SBK 63039
    Rutgers University Choir/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy/ Walter Cassel/ Jennie Tourel/ New York Philharmonic Orchestra/ Leonard Bernstein incl works by Mahler
  • Belshazzars Feast
    Telarc CD 80181
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Robert Shaw incl works by Bernstein
  • Belshazzars Feast/ Coronation Te Deum/ Gloria
    Chandos CHAN 8760
    Philharmonia Orchestra/ Bach Choir/ David Willcocks/ Ameral Gunson/ Gwynne Howell/ Neil Mackie/ Stephen Roberts/ John Scott
  • Belshazzars Feast/ Henry V/ Crown Imperial
    Decca 448 134-2
    Bryn Terfel/ The Choir of Winchester Cathedral/ Waynflete Singers/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ Andrew Litton
  • Belshazzars Feast/ In honour of the City of London
    Eminence CDEMX 2225
    David Wilson-Johnson/London Symphony Orchestra/London Symphony Chorus/Richard Hickox
  • Belshazzars Feast/ Portsmouth Point/ Scapino/ Improvisations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten
    EMI Classics CDM 764723 2
    Shirley-Quirk/LSO & Chorus/Previn
  • Belshazzars Feast/ Suite from Henry V
    IMP Classics 30367 01802
    RPO /Ben Luxon/ Brighton Festival Chorus/ Collegium Musicum of London/ Laslo Heltay/ Andre Previn
  • Belshazzars Feast/ Symphony No. 1
    EMI Classics CDC 556592 2
    Cleveland Orchestra Chorus/CBSO & Chorus/Rattle
  • Capriccio Burlesco/ Music for Children/ Portsmouth Point/ The Quest/ Scapino/ Siesta/ Sinfonia Conce
    Lyrita SRCD 224
    William Walton/ LSO/ LPO/Peter Katin
  • Cello Concerto
    Philips 454 442-2
    Julian Lloyd Webber/Sir Neville Marriner/ ASMF. incl works by Britten
  • Cello Concerto
    RCA Red Seal 09026 61695 2
    Janos Starker/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin incl works by Elgar/Delius
  • Cello Concerto/ Improvisations on an Impromptu by Benjamin Britten/ Passacaglia for solo cello/ Part
    Ralph Wallfisch/ London Philharmonic/ Bryden Thomson
    Chandos CHAN 8959
  • Christopher Columbus – suite/ Songs after Edith Sitwell/ Anon in Love/ A Song for the Lord Mayors Ta
    Chandos CHAN 8824
    Arthur Davies/ James Oxley/ Jill Gomez/ Linda Finnie/ Martyn Hill/ Patricia Forbes/ Peter Harvey/ Ruth Gleave/ Simon Gay/ Westminster Singers/ City of London Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox
  • Complete Songs
    Etcetera KTC 1140
    Yvonne Walton/Malcolm Martineau incl works by Lambert
  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    RCA Red Seal 09026 63292 2
    Yuri Bashmet/London Symphony Orchestra/Andre Previn/Neeme Jarvi incl works by Bruch
  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra/ Sonata for String Orchestra/ Variations on a theme by Hindemith
    Chandos CHAN 9106
    London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jan Latham-Koenig/Nobuko Imai
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra/ Sonata for Violin and Orchestra/ Two pieces for Violin and Orches
    Chandos CHAN 9073
    London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jan Latham-Koenig/Lydia Mordkovitch
  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
    Sony Classical SMK 53333
    London Symphony Orchestra/ Andre Previn/Yo-Yo Ma incl works by Elgar
  • Coronation Te Deum/ Set me as a seal upon thine heart/ Jubilate Deo/ Four Christmas carols/ The Twel
    Chandos CHAN 9222
    Andrew Lumsden/Paul Spicer/Finzi Singers
  • Crown Imperial
    Beulah 2PD 12
    BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Adrian Boult incl works by Holst/ Vaughan Williams/ Tallis
  • Crown Imperial
    Naxos 8.554445
    Various incl works by Ireland/ Britten/ Jenkins/ Grainger/ Byrd/ Delius/ Arnold/ MacMillan/ Elgar/ Pearsall/ Holst/ Purcell/ Vaughan Williams
  • Crown Imperial (arr. for organ by Herbert Murrill)
    Melcot Music MCTCD 011
    Carol Williams incl works by Widor/ Vierne/ Mendelssohn
  • Crown Imperial/ Henry V – Suite/Two pieces for manuals (from Music for Children)/ Prologue (from a W
    Priory PRCD 591
    Robert Gower, Organ incl works by Finzi
  • Crown Imperial/Orb and Sceptre
    Naxos 8.553981
    English Northern Philharmonia /Leeds Festival Chorus/ Paul Daniel incl works by Arnold/ Elgar/ Parry /Wood
  • Elegy (from incidental music to Richard III)
    Regent REGCD127
    Choirs of Sheffield Cathedral/ Simon Lole /Christopher Betts/ Peter Heginbothamincl works by Howells/ Parry/ Dyson/ Lole/ Moore/ Shepherd/ Long/ Beatty/ Britten/ Harrison/ Cole Orchestra
  • Fade
    Arabesque Z 6699
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/ David Shifrin/ Lynn Redgrave
  • Fade
    Claremont Records CDGSE 785065
    Chamber Orchestra/ William Walton/ Edith Sitwell/ Constant Lambert incl works by Gershwin/ Rodgers/ Ellington/ Lambert
  • Fade
    Koch Discover DICD 920125
    Melologos Ensemble/Pamela Hunter/ S van den Broeck
  • Fade
    Sony Classical SBK 62400
    Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy/ Vera Zorina incl works by Holst
  • Fade
    Symposium SYMPCD 1180
    The Belmont Ensemble of London/ Peter Gilbert-Dyson/ Benjamin Luxon/ Sheila Amit incl works by Watson/ Gorb
  • Fade
    Symposium SYMPCD 1203
    Chamber Orchestra/ William Walton/ Edith Sitwell/ Constant Lambert incl Lambert/ Bliss/ Warlock/ Berners
  • Fade – Suite arranged for wind ensemble
    Ensemble EML 006
    Haffner Wind Ensemble of London incl works by Ravel/ Haydn/ Reicha/ Matthews/ Barber
  • Fade Orchestral Suite No. 1/ Fade Orchestral Suite No. 2/ Fade Orchestral Suite No. 3/ Sinfonia Conc
    Chandos CHAN 9148
    Eric Parkin/ London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Bryden Thomson/ Jan Latham-Koenig incl works by Arnold
  • Fade Orchestral Suites
    CBC Records SMCD 5176
    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra/ Gwen Hoebig/ Bramwell Tovey incl works by Coates/ Elgar / Vaughan Williams/ Holst
  • Fade Orchestral Suites
    Hyperion CDA 66436
    English Northern Philharmonia/ David Lloyd-Jones incl works by Bliss/Lambert
  • Fade Orchestral Suites
    RCA Living Stereo LSC 2285
    Anatole Fistoulari, cond/ Royal Opera House
  • Fade Orchestral Suites
    Reference RR 16
    Chicago Pro Musica incl works by Strauss/ Scriabin/ Nielsen
  • Fade/ Fade 2
    Chandos CHAN 8869
    Richard Baker/ Susana Walton/ City of London Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox
  • Fade/15 Sitwell Poems
    ASV CDDCA 679
    Prunella Scales/ Timothy West/ London Mozart Players/ Jane Glover
  • Fanfare arranged Sargent/A Queens Fanfare/The National Anthem
    Chandos CHAN 6573
    Locke Brass Consort/ James Stobart incl works by Bliss/ Elgar/ Tippett/ Rubbra etc.
  • First String Quartet/ String Quartet in A Minor
    Chandos CHAN 8944
    Gabrieli String Quartet
  • Five Bagatelles
    Claudio CC 4628-2
    Andrew Keeping incl works by Duarte/ Rodney Bennett/ Hunt/ Bowers/ Tavener
  • Gloria/ Te Deum/ Fade Suites/ Crown Imperial/ Orb & Sceptre
    EMI Classics CDM 764201 2
    CBSO & Chorus/Fremaux
  • Hamlet, A Shakespeare Scenario/ As You Like It
    Chandos CHAN 8842
    John Gielgud/ Catherine Bott/ Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner
  • Hamlet/ As You Like It
    Naxos 8.553344
    RTE Sinfonietta/Andrew Penny
  • Henry V – A Musical Scenario after Shakespeare
    Naxos 8.553343
    RTE Sinfonietta/ Andrew Penny/ Michael Sheen/ Anton Lesser
  • Henry V – Touch her soft lips and part
    Chandos CHAN 9216
    ASMIF Chamber Ensemble incl works by Mozart/ Debussy/ Elgar/ Gershwin/ Tchaikovsky
  • Henry V/ As You Like It
    Meridian CDE 84349
    English Serenata/ Gabrielle Byam-Grounds/ Guy Woolfenden/John Nettles/ Lorna Rushton
  • Henry V/ Crown Imperial/ The First Shoot/ March and Siegfried Music (from the Battle of Britain)/ Mu
    ASV White Line CDWHL 2093
    Black Dyke Mills Band/ James Watson/ Robert Portal
  • Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario
    Chandos CHAN 8892
    Christopher Plummer/ Celia Nicklin/ Ian Watson/ Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner/ ASMF Chorus/ Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
  • Johannesburg Festival Overture/ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra/ Fade Suite No. 1/ Capriccio Burle
    Sony Classical SBK 62749
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andre Kostelanetz/ Zino Francescatti/ The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy
  • Jubilate Deo
    Priory PRCD 351
    Choir of Norwich Cathedral/ Taylor/ Nicholas incl works by Stanford/ Harris/ Harvey / Purcell/ Boyce/ Tavener/ Haydn/ Naylor/ Blow/ Wood/ Balfour Gardiner/ Finzi
  • Jubilate Deo
    York YORKCD 116
    Choir of Canterbury Cathedral/ David Flood/ Michael Harris incl works by Faure/ Davies/ Ives/ Tippett/ Purcell/ Barnby/ Turle/ Knight/ Gibbons/ Mendelssohn
  • Long Steel Grass from Fade/Old Sir Faulk from Fade/Touch her soft lips and part (Henry V)/ Gloria (C
    Chandos CHAN 7008
    Arthur Davies/ David Haslam/ Della Jones/ Michael Davis/ Neil Mackie/ Rachel Masters/ Susana Walton/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ City of London Sinfonia/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Northern Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Bryden Thomson/ Westminster Singers incl works by Vaughan Williams/ Bliss/ Leighton
  • Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis
    Priory PRCD 529
    Rochester Cathedral Choir/ William Whitehead/ Roger Sayer incl works by Whitlock/ Watson/ Stewart/ Tippett/ Heath/ Ashfield/ Murrill
  • Make We Joy
    Collins Classics 12702
    The Sixteen/ The Sixteen Orchestra/ Harry Christophers incl works by Britten/ Tavener/ Maxwell Davies
  • Make We Joy
    Collins Classics 70112
    The Sixteen/ The Sixteen Orchestra/ Harry Christophers incl works by Britten/ Tavener/ Leighton/ Fricker/ Rubbra/ Hayward/ Howells/ Warlock
  • Missa Brevis
    York YORKCD 127
    Choir of Canterbury Cathedral/ David Flood/ Michael Harris incl works by Langlais/ Peeters
  • Old Sir Faulk
    Chandos CHAN 8722
    Felicity Lott/ Graham Johnson incl works by Britten/ Howells/ Grainger/ Warlock/ Elgar etc.
  • Passacaglia for solo cello
    Chandos CHAN 8499
    Peter Wallfisch/ Raphael Wallfisch incl works by Delius/ Bax/ Bridge
  • Piano Quartet/String Quartet in A minor
    Meridian CDE 84139
    English String Quartet/ John McCabe
  • Portsmouth Point overture/Capriccio Burlesco/The First Shoot/Scapino: a comedy overture/Prelude for
    Chandos CHAN 8968
    The London Philharmonic/ Bryden Thomson
  • Richard III: a Shakespeare scenario/ Macbeth: Fanfare and March/ Major Barbara: a Shavian sequence
    Chandos CHAN 8841
    John Gielgud/ Ian Watson/ Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner
  • Set me as a Seal upon thine heart
    Hyperion CDA 66618
    Choir of St Pauls Cathedral/ John Scott/ Thomas Colwell/ Alan Green incl works by Harwood/ Stanford/ Tavener/ Wood/ Harris/ Attwood/ Wesley/ Saxton/ Holst/ Parry/ Elgar
  • Set me as a Seal upon thine heart
    Lindenberg LBCD 55
    Choir of St. Johns College, Cambridge/ Christopher Robinson/ Allan Walker/ Kathryn Turpin Incl works by Finzi/ Langlais/ Copland
  • Set me as a Seal upon thine heart
    Metronome Recordings METCD 1016
    Salisbury Cathedral Choir/ Richard Seal/ Benjamin Dean/ David Halls incl works by Parry/ Byrd/ Mendelssohn/ Bach/ Walton/ Mozart/ Weelkes/ Tallis/ Shephard/ Stanford/ Walford Davies/ Howells/ Tallis/ Philips/ Parry/ Monteverdi/ Harris
  • Set me as a Seal upon thine heart
    Regent REGCD110
    Chapel Choir of Lincoln College Oxford incl works by Britten/ Ord/ Chaplin/ Gibbons/ Byrd/ Stanford/ Tavener/ Durufle/ Tallis/ Bach/ Finzi
  • Sinfonia Concertante/Spitfire Prelude & Fugue/Variations on a theme by Hindemith
    Naxos 8.553869
    Peter Donohue/ English Northern Philharmonia/ Paul Daniel
  • Sonata for Strings / Two pieces from Henry V
    CBC Records SMCD 5227
    Manitoba Chamber Orchestra/ Goodman
  • Sonata for violin and piano/Sonata for violin, viola, cello and piano
    Chandos CHAN 8999
    Hamish Milne/ Kenneth Stillito/ Robert Smissen/ Stephen Orton
  • Spitfire Prelude
    Chandos CHAN 6585
    RAF College, Cranwell/ Squadron Leader D.S. Stephens incl works by Coates/ Goodwin/ Lockyer/ Strauss/ Fucik etc.
  • Spitfire Prelude and Fugue/ Scapino/ Crown Imperial/ Orb and Sceptre/ Johannesburg Festival Overture
    EMI Classics CDM 763369 2
    RLPO/ Groves
  • Spitfire Prelude and Fugue/A Wartime Sketchbook/Suite: Escape me never/The Three Sisters: music for
    Chandos CHAN 8870
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner
  • String Quartet in A minor
    Collins Classics 12802
    The Britten Quartet incl works by Elgar
  • String Quartet in A minor
    Hyperion CDA 66718
    Coull Quartet incl works by Bridge/Elgar
  • String Quartet in A minor
    Testament SBT 1052
    The Hollywood String Quartet incl works by Prokofiev and Hindemith
  • Suites from the Battle of Britain/Henry V/As You Like It
    EMI Classics CDM 565585 2
    LPO, Davis
  • Symphony No. 1
    Chandos CHAN 6570
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Sir Alexander Gibson incl Elgar
  • Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto
    Nimbus Alliance B003LKRN7E
    Conductor: William Boughton
  • Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor
    Arte Nova
    Ensemble:      Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor:     Adrian Leaper
    Release Date:  Sep 12, 2006
    Country:         England
  • Symphony No. 1/ Varii Capricci
    Chandos CHAN 8862
    London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Bryden Thomson
  • Symphony No. 1/Cello Concerto
    EMI Classics CDC 754572 2
    Harrell/ CBSO/ Rattle
  • Symphony No. 1/Cello Concerto/Belshazzars Feast/Coronation Te Deum/Crown Imperial/Anniversary Fanfar
    Chandos CHAN 241/10
    Ralph Kirshbaum/ Sherrill Milnes/ George McPhee/ Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus/ Scottish Festival Brass Bands/ Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Sir Alexander Gibson/ Sir David Willcocks
  • Symphony No. 1/Partita
    Naxos 8.553180
    English Northern Philharmonia / Paul Daniel
  • Symphony No. 1/Portsmouth Point Overture
    Virgin Classics CUV 561146 2
    LPO/ Slatkin
  • Symphony No. 1/Scapino/A Comedy Overture/Siesta
    Arte Nova 74321 39124 2
    Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria Adrian Leaper
  • Symphony No. 1/Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
    ASV Quicksilva CDQS 6093
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vernon Handley/English Chamber Orchestra/Stuart Bedford
  • Symphony No. 1/Viola Concerto/Three Fade Songs
    Dutton Laboratories CDAX 8003
    London Symphony Orchestra/ Frederick Riddle/ Dora Stevens/ Hubert Foss/ Sir Hamilton Harty/ William Walton
  • Symphony No. 2/ Symphonic suite: Troilus and Cressida
    Chandos CHAN 8772
    London Philharmonic/Bryden Thomson
  • Symphony No. 2/Viola Concerta/Johannesburg Festival Overture
    Naxos 8.553402
    Lars Anders Tomter/English Northern Philharmonia/Paul Daniel
  • The Bear
    Chandos CHAN 9245
    Alan Opie/ Della Jones/ John Shirley-Quirk/ Northern Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox
  • The First Shoot
    CRD CRD 3444
    London Collegiate Brass/ James Stobart incl works by Tippett/ Britten/ Ireland
  • The Quest: complete ballet/The Wise Virgins: suite from ballet
    Chandos CHAN 8871
    London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bryden Thomson The Twelve Lindenberg LBCD 55 Choir of St. Johns College, Cambridge/ Christopher Robinson/ Allan Walker/ Kathryn Turpin Incl works by Finzi/ Langlais/ Copland
  • The Twelve
    Priory PRCD 557
    Peter Backhouse/ Choir of St Marys Cathedral incl works by Harwood/ Byrd/ Tavener/ Gibbons/ Lotti/ Stanford /Key / Brahms/ Howells
  • The Wise Virgins/Scapino/ Portsmouth Point
    Belart 461 359-2
    Sir Adrian Boult/ London Philharmonic Orchestra incl works by Arnold
  • Through Gilded Trellises
    Hyperion CDA 66176
    Felicity Lott/ Ann Murray/ Graham Johnson/ Anthony Rolfe Johnson/ Richard Jackson incl works by Granados/ Turina/ Berlioz/ Saint-Saens/ Brahms/ Schumann/ Wolf/ Chabrier
  • Toccata for violin and piano/Duets for Children/Valse from Fade arr. for piano/Two pieces for violin
    Chandos CHAN 9292
    Carlos Bonell/ Gretel Dowdeswell/ Hamish Milne/ John Mark Ainsley/ Kenneth Sillito
  • Troilus & Cressida, (Opera North version)
    Chandos CHAN 9370
    Alan Opie/ Arthur Davies/ Brian Cookson/ Bruce Budd/ Clive Bayley/ David Owen-Lewis/ James Thornton/ Judith Howarth/ Keith Mills/ Nigel Robson/ Stephen Dowson/ Yvonne Howard/ Richard Hickox
  • Two pieces for strings from Henry V
    Collins Classics 12342
    ASMF/ Kenneth Sillito incl works by Tippett/ Holst/ Britten
  • Two pieces for strings from Henry V
    Naxos 8.550979
    Bournemouth Sinfonietta/ Richard Studt incl works by Bartok/ Britten/ Stravinsky
  • Variations on a theme by Hindemith
    Sony Classical SBK 53258
    Cleveland Orchestra/ GeorgeSzell/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy incl works by Hindemith
  • Variations on a theme by Hindemith/Symphony No.2/ Partita for Orchestra
    Sony Classical SBK 62753
    The Cleveland Orchestra/ George Szell
  • Viola Concerto
    Pearl GEMMCD 9252
    Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/ Walton/ Boult incl works by Casadesus/ Vaughan Williams/ Bach/ Schubert /Dvorak/ Nevin
  • Viola Concerto/Violin Concerto
    EMI Classics CDC 749628 2
    Kennedy/ RPO/ Previn
  • Violin Concerto
    Collins Classics 13382
    London Symphony Orchestra/ Salvatore Accardo/ Richard Hickox incl works by Elgar
  • Violin Concerto
    Decca 452 851-2
    Joshua Bell/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/ David Zinman incl works by Barber/ Bloch
  • Violin Concerto
    Decca 460 014-2
    Kyung Wha Chung/Andre Previn incl works by Beethoven
  • Violin Concerto
    Nimbus Alliance NI 6119
    Kurt Nikkanen/New Haven Symphony Orchestra/William Boughton
  • Violin Concerto
    EMI Classics CDM 764202 2
    Haendel/ BSO/ Berglund incl works by Britten
  • Violin Concerto/ Viola Concerto
    Avid AMSC 604
    Jasch Heisetz/ Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra/ Eugene Grossens/ William Primrose/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ William Walton
  • Violin Sonata
    Audiofon CD 72020
    Aaron Rosand incl works by Respighi/ Sibelius
  • Violin Sonata
    EMI Classics CDM 566122 2
    Yehudi Menuhin/ Hephzibah Menuhin/ Kentner incl works by Williams/ Elgar
  • Violin Sonata
    IMP Classics 30367 02552
    Joseph Pach/Arlene Nimmons incl works by Bloch/ Handel
  • Violin Sonata
    Pro Piano PPR 224505
    Yukiko Kamei/ Chitose Okashiro incl works by Franck
  • Wapping Old Stairs (from a Song for the Lord Mayors Table)
    Hyperion CDA 66165
    Sarah Walker/ Thomas Allen/ Roger Vignoles incl works by Haydn/ Schubert/ Schumann/ Mendelssohn/ Brahms/ Berlioz/ Borodin/ Wolf/ Ives/ Faure/ Debussy/ Britten/ Ireland/ Dibdin
  • What cheer?
    Collegium COLCD 107
    Cambridge Singers/ John Rutter incl works by Parsons/ Tallis/ Byrd/ Farrant/ Stanford/ Vaughan Williams
  • What cheer?
    Hyperion CDA 66925
    Polyphony/ Stephen Layton incl works by Wishart/ Howells/ Bennett/ Leighton/ Warlock/ Byrd
  • Where does the uttered music go?/The Twelve
    Guild GMCD 7139
    Schola Cantorum of Oxford/ Mark Shepherd/ David Goode incl works by Bax/ Britten/ Blatchly/ Swaine/ Pott/ Howells/ Rose/ Moore

La Mortella

The island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, has long been a refuge for artists, musicians, writers and screen personalities. Immediately after the second world war William Walton came to live on Ischia with his Argentinian wife Susana, and over the years they entertained many illustrious guests, including Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Terence Rattigan and Maria Callas.

Their home, La Mortella – the place of the myrtles – is set in exotic tropical gardens renowned throughout Europe.  Originally designed by the landscape architect Russell Page , they were opened to the public in 1991 and today can be visited between April and November.

The house is built on the side of a volcanic hill and includes a Recital Hall and the Archive. Created in 1990, the Archive contains Sir William’s letters, photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia. It offers an important resource for both students and enthusiasts, and part of the material is today on permanent exhibition in the Museum. The collection is continually updated, each time new material comes to light. As with La Mortella itself, which has evolved from a barren stone quarry into a rich tropical garden, the archive has been a labour of love supported by careful long-term planning.

In the Recital Hall, two Seasons of chamber music concerts are staged, one in Spring and one in Autumn. Young musicians sent from Italian and foreign Schools of Music perform more than 70 weekend concerts, all open to the public. Between 1989 and 1999 annual Masterclasses were organised for young singers and other musicians each August and September. Harvard University has a Residency programme here for composers, and trainee gardeners come to gain work experience.

Over the years the ‘Fondazione William Walton e La Mortella’ has established special collaborative relationships with prestigious schools of music, among them the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama which has set up a scholarship in the name of William Walton and sends an ensemble of its students to Ischia each year, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, with whom an annual scholarship is offered to a young musician and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia USA, with whom residential music courses and concerts are organised.

The Greek Theatre dominates the upper garden, with audience seating cut into the slope of the hillside and a stage that overlooks the panorama of the Bay of Forio. It is in this evocative theatre, surrounded by China roses and aromatic herbs, that the summer season of Youth Orchestra Concerts takes place.

La Mortella is one of the most beautiful private gardens in Europe. In 2004 it was awarded First Prize as ‘il più bel parco d’Italia’ (the most beautiful park in Italy) by the American company Briggs & Stratton, against competition from 100 other gardens.

This enchanting garden has taken more than 50 years to create, from the artistic sense, the love and the determination of Lady Walton to offer the composer a refuge in which to work in serenity and seclusion. Whilst William was composing, Susana was creating a masterpiece of her own, made up of flowers and plants; tirelessly planting, giving form and structure to an inaccessible and unpromising terrain, propagating and irrigating, and from a belief in the force of dreams, little by little she has created a garden which today hosts thousands of rare and exotic plants. For Susana Walton, la Mortella is a life’s mission, a monument to the life and works of William, and a touching record of the great love that they lived together.

The property, which in the early years of the 1950s was a scorched and desolate terrain studded with volcanic rocks, is today a garden on several levels, which varies from a typically sub-tropical environment in the valley, with its own humid and shady microclimate, to areas much more exposed to the sun high on the hill.



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  • March 2, 2014

    Program note for Portsmouth Point by Gary D. Cannon

    Lustful carousing amid mercantile ships, a tavern, and a lender’s bank… a drunken, peg-leg street fiddler narrowly avoids trodding on a mongrel hound… dockworkers go about their business… a peeping tom imbibes merrily… an older……Read more >

  • February 28, 2014

    Program note for Johannesburg Festival Overture by Norman Weinstein

    The South African city of Johannesburg, whose seventieth anniversary Walton celebrated in 1956 with this spritely overture, is a radically different city today. It was a painfully divided city then, with racial oppression the law……Read more >

  • February 25, 2014

    Henry V, William Walton and Laurence Olivier by Cheryl Kempler

    Walton had been working in film since the mid-30s before writing the score for Laurence Olivier’s wartime masterpiece, Henry V (1944).  Olivier described Walton as “extolled to the skies.  His paleness and coldness made the passionate……Read more >

  • January 3, 1999

    Walton’s Viola and Violin Concertos by Ian Lace

    An Editing by Ian Lace Of Writings by Lady Walton, Michael Kennedy and Christopher Palmer With an Extract from an Interview with Tasmin Little Walton wrote three concertos for string instruments: the Viola Concerto (1929),……Read more >

  • Compositions



    La Mortella

    Susana Walton


    Oxford University Press

    Cello Concerto, score


    Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

    In honour of the city of London, manuscript


    The William Walton Trust

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