For narrator and symphony orchestra
Published by Peters Edition
Music by Benjamin Wallfisch
Text Adapted by Donald Sturrock
Dirty Beasts is the newest of the Roald Dahl Orchestral Commissions and was first performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. Described as a "“A major new name on the new music horizon" by Humphrey Burton (BBC Radio 3), Benjamin Wallfisch was the ideal choice to set these wonderfully whacky poems.
18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124 – timp.perc – hp.pf/cel - strings.
For more about Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts:
"Ben harnessed the orchestra’s facility for storytelling and showed it off to a spellbound audience of schoolchildren."
Dan Stevens, The Telegraph
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Wallfisch 2013
Royal Festival Hall, London
On June 12th 2013 the piece was performed twice, reaching an audience of nearly 5,000 school children as part of the Deutsche Bank BrightSparks series.
Subsequent performances have taken place at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's FUNharmonics programme.
The piece has recently been performed in Tasmania and Wellington and can be seen in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October (see here).
1. The Porcupine
2. The Pig
3. The Anteater
4. The Toad and the Snail