- Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (16 mins)
- John Ireland 1879–1962
- Frederick Delius 1862–1934
The Walk to the Paradise Garden (10 mins)
- Sir William Walton 1902–1983
- Jonathan Lemalu baritone, bass-baritone
- BBC Symphony Chorus
- BBC National Chorus of Wales
- London Brass
- BBC National Orchestra of Wales
- Tadaaki Otaka Conductor
About this event
Tadaaki Otaka, a notable enthusiast of British music, opens with Vaughan Williams’s much loved classic before revisiting a BBC commission that has fallen into neglect in the half-century since its composer’s death: Ireland’s These Things Shall Be is a mini-oratorio with a utopian text.
The massed choirs and the commanding bass baritone of former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Jonathan Lemalu return after the interval to animate Walton’s brazen Old Testament tale, but first we hear from another anniversary composer, here at his most poignant.
Discover the Music Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Stephen Johnson talks about Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.