Tuesday 31 July 2012
7.00pm – c9.05pm
Royal Albert Hall

Choral music and opera, Proms on TV

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (16 mins)
    • London Brass
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Tadaaki Otaka conductor
  • John Ireland

    These Things Shall Be (22 mins)
    • Jonathan Lemalu baritone
    • London Brass
    • BBC Symphony Chorus
    • BBC National Chorus of Wales
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Tadaaki Otaka conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden (10 mins)
    • London Brass
    • BBC Symphony Chorus
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Tadaaki Otaka conductor
  • William Walton

    Belshazzar's Feast (36 mins)
    • Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone
    • London Brass
    • BBC Symphony Chorus
    • BBC National Chorus of Wales
    • 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.

The Proms Archive

Search by: