BBC Proms
29 Aug 2012 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2012 Prom 61: Howells & Elgar Prom 61: Howells & Elgar

Prom 61: Howells & Elgar

Played

19:00 Wednesday 29 Aug 2012 Royal Albert Hall

  • Herbert Howells 1892–1983
  • INTERVAL
  • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
  • Symphony No 1 in A flat major Symphony No 1 in A flat major Also known as: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55 (53 mins)

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.

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