Media Release: Cal MacAninch plays Henry V with the RSNO


Scottish actor narrates Walton’s Henry V as part of bumper 2012:13 Season concert finale

ACCLAIMED stage and screen Scottish actor, Cal MacAninch, who recently appeared in BBC drama series Downtown Abbey, narrates the tale of the 15th century English monarch, as part of William Walton’s Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario, for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) final concerts of the 2012:13 Season.

Adapted from the Oscar-nominated soundtrack for the 1944 film Henry V with Laurence Olivier, the work illustrates the story of the events leading up to and during the famous English military victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt.

Cal will appear with the orchestra in the same programme as Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti, for two gala concerts, celebrating the finale of RSNO music director, Peter Oundjian’s successful first season at the helm.

Cal recently appeared on screen as Henry Lang in Downtown Abbey, Rowan Collins in Wild At Heart, as Tauren in Merlin and as John Keenan in Holby Blue.

On stage, he has played Robbie Ross in Oscar Wilde’s The Judas Kiss in London’s West End and as the Duke of Cornwall in the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow’s production of King Lear.

Cal has also taken the lead role for both the Glasgow Citizen’s Hamlet and Unnatural Acts Theatre’s Macbeth.

Walton’s Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario concludes a gala concert programme featuring Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti, performing Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, opening with Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso.

Said Cal MacAninch: “I am absolutely thrilled that I have been invited to perform Walton’s Henry V with the RSNO as part of its final concerts of the season.

“I once dreamed of playing this concert but never imagined that it would be possible.

“It has been a favourite of mine ever since I saw Christopher Plummer narrate the original in London in 1990, and I am very excited that now I am being given the opportunity to fulfil such a long held ambition.

“But to do it in Scotland, with the RSNO, makes it all the sweeter.”

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