My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Samuel West - recent music and radio narration; Close the Coalhouse Door

Nicholas Lumley as Thomas in Close the Coalhouse Door (Photo: Keith Pattison. Source: Northern Stage - used with permission).

Weltethos will be available on iPlayer until 28 June (via Sam's Twitter, @exitthelemming). Some quotes from reviews:

The Classical Source
"What came across most forcefully was the intensity of the choral response – abetted by a no-less-impressive input from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner... along with a typically thoughtful and eloquent showing by Samuel West."

Behind the Arras
"The work is very tightly structured with each movement highlighting a different faith... Each section in turn features a spoken part, delivered with perfect timing and gravity by actor Sam West..."

5 Against 4
"Samuel West’s warm, impassioned delivery of the portions of narrative were matched with genuinely thrilling music in the orchestra..."

Sam is the reader for this week's Sunday Feature The Other Dickens (via @exitthelemming).

An excerpt from a recent review of Close the Coalhouse Door from the Oxford Times:
"The production is directed with great pace and vitality by Samuel West... The action is delivered in a free-wheeling Brechtian style, with smashing, pointedly political songs by Alex Glasgow, accompanied by the multi-instrumentalist cast, and lots of good jokes."
The play finishes its tour this week - it will be performed at the York Theatre Royal until 30 June.

A couple of reviews of Britten Films have highlighted the technicalities involved in the performance.

One Suffolk
"Conductor, Nicholas Collon, ensured that narration and music accurately kept pace with the films... Samuel West had to get it [narration of Night Mail] right first time – and did!"

Where's Runnicles
"Collon ensured they [the Aurora Orchestra] and West were well co-ordinated with the pictures, no mean feat as the films are full of gaps between music or between narrations."

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