- HowellsHerbert Howells 1892–1983
- ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op 55 (53 mins)
- Miah Persson soprano
- Andrew Kennedy tenor
- BBC Symphony Chorus
- London Philharmonic Choir
- BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Martyn Brabbins Conductor
About this event
Following his triumphant conducting of Havergal Brian’s ‘The Gothic’ Symphony last year, Martyn Brabbins brings another British magnum opus to the Proms. Herbert Howells wrote Hymnus Paradisi ‘for the drawer’ in the wake of the tragically early death of his son. Only years later was he persuaded to release a finished score to the public.
After this light-filled memorial from a composer closely identified with Gloucester Cathedral, we revisit the masterpiece that, in 1908 – the year of the first London Olympics – announced a Worcester man’s arrival as perhaps the greatest of British symphonists.
Discover the Music Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Andrew McGregor talks about Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A flat major.