Wednesday 29 August 2012
7.00pm – c9.10pm
Royal Albert Hall

Proms on TV

  • Herbert Howells

    Hymnus Paradisi (44 mins)
    • Miah Persson soprano
    • Andrew Kennedy tenor
    • BBC Symphony Chorus
    • London Philharmonic Choir
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Martyn Brabbins conductor
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op 55 (53 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Martyn Brabbins conductor

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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