Sound of St Martin’s Autumn Festival: Walton Façade by Candlelight
Walton – Façade
Parker/Betjeman – Banana Blush
Zeb Soanes Narrator
Carole Boyd Narrator
St Martin’s Players
Andrew Earis Conductor
Zeb Soanes is a familiar and trusted voice across the BBC.He is a Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast; he read the forecast to a worldwide audience at the Olympics and has broadcast it from the top of a lighthouse. He is a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, reports for From Our Own Correspondent and has presented Radio 3’s Saturday Classics. On television his voice launched BBC FOUR, where he presented the BBC Proms and he has made films for The Culture Show,Newsnight and Songs of Praise. Documentary narration includes 50 years of Doctor Who for BBC Worldwide andUnlocking Sherlock for PBS in the United States. He was the brand voice of the BBC Store.
He has hosted major live public events for the Royal Opera House, relayed to screens around the UK and introduced concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, King’s Place and venues across the country.
Concert work with orchestra includes Peter and the Wolf, Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Snowman; he was the Voice of God in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Noye’s Fludde to conclude the 2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary and has made a new recording of William Walton’s Façade, conducted by John Wilson. He is the narrator for the choral ensemble Opus Anglicanum, performing sequences of words and music commissioned from Britain’s leading contemporary composers. In November he will perform Façade live at St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Banana Blush: Sir John Betjeman’s verse with music by Jim Parker, the most complete live performance of this much loved recording for over 30 years.
Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the Sound of St Martin’s church music and concert programmes in this busy London church. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and Television’s religious output, as a music advisor, conductor and organist to programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Daily Service and BBC1 Songs of Praise. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and Fellow of Trinity College, London and has given organ recitals in venues including King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and has performed as soloist in performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.