To celebrate the centenary of the composer's birth, Dennis Marks presents a day of programmes exploring the life and music of William Walton, including "postcards" recorded at his home on the island of Ischia and programmes devoted to Walton and his music. Contributors include his widow Lady Walton, Walton biographer Michael Kennedy and broadcaster Humphrey Burton. Friends and former colleagues, including Hans Werner Henze, Julian Bream and Andre Previn, provide their reminiscences. Dennis Marks begins by tracing Walton's early life from his birthplace in Oldham to the pubs and elegant drawing rooms of Chelsea.
11.05 Walton: Facade
A performance recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre. Presented by Humphrey Burton. Felicity Palmer and Thomas Allen (reciters), Members of the Britten Sinfonia, conductor Nicholas Cleobury
11.50 Walton and the Sitwells
Walton's Facade was the result of a collaboration between Walton and the poet Edith Sitwell, one of an extraordinary family which included her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. Dennis Marks explores Sitwellian family life, including interviews and memories from the archive of Edith, Sacheverell and Walton himself.
12.30 Walton: String Quartet in A minor (1945-47) Emperor Quartet
1.00 Postcard from Ischia - Escape to Forio
Michael White follows in the footsteps of Walton in 1949, when he crossed the Bay of Naples with his young wife Susana, to take up residence in Forio.
1.15 Walton and the Orchestra
Conductor Leonard Slatkin explores Walton's mastery of the orchestra in performances specially recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Walton Coronation March: Crown Imperial; Overture: Scapino; Johannesburg Festival Overture; Variations on a theme by Hindemith
2.15 Walton and the Archive
Stephen Johnson explores Walton's music in the BBC archive, including the composer conducting his Cello Concerto with soloist Pierre Fournier, recorded at the Edinburgh Festival in 1965. Also, Walton conducting his Coronation Te Deum at Westminster Abbey the following year and the Bagatelles performed by Julian Bream (guitar).
3.15 Postcard from Ischia - Walton's Music Room
Michael White, accompanied by Lady Walton, explores the composer's study, left just as it was on the day he died.
Although Walton's music brought him fame, he was prey to insecurity and vulnerable to criticism. Humphrey Burton unmasks the man behind the music.
4.15 Postcard from Ischia - I Giardini la Mortella
While Walton worked in his study, Lady Walton spent hours transforming their garden into what Michael White describes as a tropical paradise.
4.30 The Intimate Walton
Dennis Marks introduces music reflecting Walton's more intimate side, performed by some of Radio 3's New Generation Artists.
Walton Piano Quartet - Kungsbacka Trio, Lawrence Power (viola)
Walton A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table - Emma Bell (soprano), Andrew West (piano)
17.15 Walton on Film
David Huckvale explores music from Walton's film scores, including his Spitfire Prelude and Fugue from the film "The First of the Few" and scenes from "Henry V".
6.30 Opera on 3: Troilus and Cressida
Humphrey Burton presents a semi-staged concert performance of Walton's opera recorded last Thursday at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The story, set against the background of the Trojan War, involves the love of Prince Troilus for Cressida, daughter of a High Priest. Cressida is deceived by her manipulative father into betraying Troilus and the opera ends with her suicide.
London Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia, conductor Richard Hickox
9.00 Walton in Perspective
Dennis Marks draws the strands of the day together in a live discussion with Richard Hickox, Humphrey Burton, Michael Kennedy and Gillian Widdicombe.
9.30 Choirworks: Walton's Church Music
Paul Guinery concludes Walton Day with a specially recorded sequence of his motets, anthems and canticles.
Adrian Bawtree (organ), BBC Singers, conductor Stephen Cleobury
Walton: A Litany - Drop, Drop Slow Tears; Jubilate Deo; Missa Brevis; Cantico del Sole; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Antiphon: Let All the World in Every Corner Sing; Where Does the Uttered Music Go?; The Twelve; Set Me as a Seat upon Thine Heart
With Susan Sharpe. Knecht The
Rautavaara Anadyomene , Op 33 12.30 Sibelius
Symphony No 71.00 Part : Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundam Joannem
2.05 Messiaen Apparition de I 'Eglise
Etemelle 2.15 Bach Sonata in G minor, BWV1001 2.35 Mozart Divertimento in B flat, KAnh229 No 12.50
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony3.45 Lars-Erik Larsson Croquis, Op 384.00 Alexis Contant
La Charmeuse4.10 Stenhammar The People ofNifelhem 4.35 Mendelssohn Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage 4.50 Liszt Mazeppa
5.10 Beethoven Overture: Egmont
5.20 Bach BrandenburgConcerto No 3 in G, BWV1048 5.35 Dancla Variations on a theme by Bellini, Op 3 5.45 Strauss Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome)