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BBC Concert Orchestra - A Captive Audience

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 June 2014

BBC Concert Orchestra - A Captive Audience.
Live from Watford Colosseum
Presented by Ian Skelly

As part of the BBC's World War One centenary season, the BBC Concert Orchestra looks at life through the lens of prisoners held in two wartime internment camps; one in London at Alexandra Palace and one in Germany at Ruhleben racecourse near Berlin.

Made up of men of fighting age who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, both camps formed orchestras. Together they put on concerts for their fellow captives, maintaining their sense of self and the spirit of their homelands. The orchestra performs a selection of music played and written in the camps whilst actor Alex Wyndham (The Crimson Field, BBC) reads letters and poetry to tell the real-life story of the prisoners.

Music from the Ruhleben Camp
Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor - overture
Bainton: Intermezzo & Humoresque for orchestra
Saint-Saens: Danse macabre
Benjamin Dale: Prunella - incidental music
Bryceson Treharne: The Aftermath
Sullivan: 'A Wandering Minstrel I' from The Mikado
Elgar: Serenade for strings

Music from Alexandra Palace Camp
Gounod: Faust - march
Wagner: Tannhäuser - overture
Bizet: 'Blumenlied' from Carmen
R Heuberger: 'Im Chambre séparée' from Der Opernball
J Strauss (son): Tales from the Vienna Woods
Anton Wuest: Alexandra Palace Ragtime Waltz

Joseph Shovelton, tenor
Alex Wyndham, reader
BBC Concert Orchestra
Johannes Wildner, conductor.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes



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