17th Oct, 2017

Mark Williams's Beowulf roars back into life in family friendly musical

Ross Crawford 10th Oct, 2017

HARRY Potter actor Mark Williams is to narrate the role of Beowulf in a brand new musical re-telling of the timeless fantasy saga at Worcester Cathedral.

The film and TV star, best known as Mr Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and for the TV series Father Brown and The Fast Show, will join with singers, soloists and a children’s choir live on stage for the new adaptation.

Beowulf features original music by Toby Young (who has worked with Duran Duran and The Rolling Stones) and a script by Danny Coleman-Cooke (writer for Have I Got News For You), produced by Armonico Consort.

Beowulf brings together harpist Catrin Finch (former harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales), soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and Toby Young on keyboards with Armonico Consort’s top professional singers.

The project also involves Armonico Consort’s education programme AC Academy, which is generously supported by Phillips 66 and JET: each concert features a 150-strong children’s choir formed from local schools as part of its choir creation scheme and after-school choirs.

The 60-minute piece is in the Cathedral on Thursday, October 12 at 7pm.

Beowulf is the oldest epic poem in Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons. The enchanting tale of heroes, warriors and magical beasts has been set to music by Armonico Consort’s composer-in-residence, Toby Young. Mark Williams will narrate the story as Beowulf recounts his life story, looking back over his monster-slaying career, and preparing for one last battle.

For tickets visit www.armonico.org.uk or call 0844 581 0750.

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