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Penny Gore launches Afternoon on 3's new season with summer sounds from BBC Orchestras. Featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's concerts at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival; a sultry live concert from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; a British blockbuster Prom from the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and an expedition with several of the orchestras into the countryside and mountains of central Europe. The week also sets the scene for a particular focus on British music and British performers all winter in Afternoon on 3, culminating in special weeks focusing on the music of Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten in March and June 2013.

We begin today with a second chance to hear Martyn Brabbins conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (among others) in what was, remarkably, the first-ever Proms performance of Herbert Howells' masterpiece Hymnus Paradisi. Then the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Josep Pons take over the stage - or should that be 'pit'? - for a complete performance of Tchaikovsky's great Nutcracker ballet, given a couple of weeks ago at the Edinburgh Festival.

Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Miah Persson (soprano),
Andrew Kennedy (tenor),
London Philharmonic Choir,
BBC Symphony Chorus,
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

c. 2.45pm
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete ballet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Josep Pons (conductor).

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Sep 2012 14:00