Donald Swann

composer / piano/ vocals

Donald Swann will always be remembered as the musical half of the comic duo Flanders & Swann in their two-man shows At The Drop Of A Hat and At The Drop Of Another Hat which delighted audiences on the West End and Broadway in the ’50s and ’60s. Throughout his life Donald set serious poetry to music, including substantial song cycles by Tolkien, Betjeman, Blake and Emily Dickinson. He has written a body of religious music (especially for schools) with lyricists Sydney Carter and Arthur Scholey.

Cantatas include: Requiem For The Living (with Cecil Day Lewis), The Five Scrolls (with Rabbi Albert Friedlander).

Musicals: The Bright Arcade, Lucy & The Hunter, Wild Thyme, Mamahuhu and Envy.

Operas: Perelandra (with David Marsh, after C.S.Lewis), The Man With A 1,000 Faces (with Colin Wilson), Candle Tree and The Visitors (with Arthur Scholey).

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