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Proms 2012 Prom 61: Howells & Elgar

Prom 61: Howells & Elgar
Prom 61: Howells & Elgar
19:00 Wed 29 Aug 2012 Royal Albert Hall
Elgar’s First was a turning point in the British symphony. Martyn Brabbins conducts it, as well as Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi.
Elgar’s First was a turning point in the British symphony. Martyn Brabbins conducts it, as well as Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi.

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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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