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BBC Proms, 2012, Prom 61 Episode 1 of 2

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two masterpieces by English composers: Herbert Howells' exquisite Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's noble First Symphony. Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SO, two choirs & soloists.

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.

Howells: Hymnus Paradisi

Miah Persson (soprano)
Andrew Kennedy (tenor)
BBC Symphony Chorus
London Philharmonic Choir
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

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45 minutes

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Wed 29 Aug 2012 19:00

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