Orchestra of the Swan: Enigma - An English Mystery

7:30pm, Tue 12th Jan 2023

Warwick Hall

Join The Swan’s for an evening of English mystery and intrigue, along with Baritone Roderick Williams OBE, described as “our greatest living baritone” by the Daily Telegraph and conductor Jason Lai.

Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations was conceived in the era of Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective when mysteries, codes, and puzzles seemed to be built into the fabric of English society, from its impenetrable class system to the byzantine hierarchies of church and state.

The barriers to social mobility were keenly felt by Elgar, who appeared, on the surface, to be the archetypal Edwardian gentleman but was inwardly plagued by self-doubt and a class-induced inferiority complex.

The evening’s repertoire includes Vaughan Williams, Walton, Warlock and a new piece by Roderick Williams titled Corona.

Roderick Williams                          Corona

Vaughan Williams                          Five Mystical Songs

Walton                                            Two pieces from Henry V

Elgar arr. George Morton              Enigma Variations, Op.36

Warlock                                            Capriol Suite

Baritone Roderick Williams

Conductor Jason Lai

Event Details

  • Thu 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

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