Two tracks from Banana Blush:
In a very special candlelit performance, St Martin in the Fields will present the most complete live performance of Banana Blush for over 30 years.
In 1974 the Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, became an unlikely pop star, recording his verse to music by Jim Parker for the LP Banana Blush. It became a cult classic, regularly played on radio by John Peel. Jarvis Cocker is among the modern stars who cherish the album and Suggs from Madness chose it as one of his Desert Island Discs.
It will be paired with another playful interweaving of words and music, William Walton's witty and irreverent Façade.
Performed by Zeb Soanes and Carole Boyd, who have recently released a critically acclaimed new recording of Façade.
In addition Jim Parker's original handwritten scores are to be published for the first time, with some missing pieces reconstructed by Jim especially for this performance.
Walton Facade (30 mins)
Parker Sir John Betjeman's Banana Blush (45 mins)
St Martin’s Players conducted by Andrew Earis
Early booking advised