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A blue plaque for Donald SwannA Plaque for Donald

On 12th October 2013 The Battersea Society unveiled a blue plaque to Donald Swann at his former home, 13 Albert Bridge Road. A small ceremony was hosted by Donald’s widow, Alison Swann-Smith, with talks and musical presentations by his Archivist Leon Berger and his daughter Natasha Etheridge. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Angela Graham, and MP Jane Ellison. Also present was Donald’s fellow-composer Joseph Horowitz, who was joined by members of the Flanders & Swann Web Forum and a crowd of friends and neighbours.

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Gerard Hoffnung play on Radio 4

On Monday 28th September 2010 Radio 4 transmitted a play about Gerard Hoffnung to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, called HOFFNUNG: DRAWN TO MUSIC.

The director was Lissa Evans and it had a stellar cast with Matt Lucas as Gerard, Gina McKee as Annetta Hoffnung, Stephen Boswell as Donald Swann, Jon Glover as John Amis and Roy Plomley, Nicholas Jones as Malcolm Arnold and Hugh Bonneville and Felicity Montacu as a Pooterish drummer and his wife. Apparently the recording session finished early and the cast spent the last 20 minutes trying to play the bottles for Donald's Surprise Symphony.

On 25th & 26th June 2009 the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society & The Donald Swann Estate presented:

PERELANDRA the Opera

Music by Donald Swann & Libretto by David Marsh
Based on the book by C.S. Lewis

The opera was written in collaboration with C.S. Lewis between 1960 and 1964. The sale of the film rights shortly after Lewis' death, however, placed a long-term embargo on its performance. The opera has now had its long-awaited second premiere, performed in its original, three-act version as a 'theatrical oratorio'.

F&S CD Box Set from EMI.

HAT-TRICK: Flanders & Swann Collector's Edition EMI 5078012 / 509995078019

Contains:

Packaged in a clamshell box, containing a 36-page booklet with track by track annotation and a 28-page lyrics booklet, illustrated. 3 CDs in jewel boxes and a fourth in a pouchette.

Details on F&S CD PAGE