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9 Aug 2017, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2017 Prom 32: Britten, Brian Elias, Purcell and Elgar

Prom 32
Prom 32: Britten, Brian Elias, Purcell and Elgar
19:00 Wed 9 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall
Four centuries of British musical history are packed into a Prom that stretches from the 17th century to a world premiere. At the heart of the concert are Elgar’s beloved ‘Enigma’ 'Variations and Britten’s powerful, politically charged Ballad of Heroes.
Four centuries of British musical history are packed into a Prom that stretches from the 17th century to a world premiere. At the heart of the concert are Elgar’s beloved ‘Enigma’ 'Variations and Britten’s powerful, politically charged Ballad of Heroes.

Announcement

Please note that Natalie Clein is unwell and has had to withdraw from this Prom. Leonard Elschenbroich replaces Natalie Clein and Henry Waddington replaces Nicholas Perfect in tonight’s Prom. We are grateful to them both for stepping in to perform at short notice.

Programme

About This Event

Ryan Wigglesworth joins the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales for a programme that spans four centuries, from Purcell’s dramatic choral motet Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, to the world premiere of Brian Elias’s Cello Concerto, whose intricate, spiral structure creates a dream-like musical narrative.

The concert opens with Britten’s most overtly political work – an impassioned musical stand against fascism that anticipates the composer’s War Requiem; and reaches its culmination with Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations, which includes the much-loved ‘Nimrod’.

Please note that Natalie Clein is unwell and has had to withdraw from this Prom.

Natalie Clein says: 'Brian Elias' piece has been in my heart, mind and fingers for almost two years and I am devastated to have to withdraw from this wonderful Prom. But the piece will speak and sing beyond its dedicatee and I will truly be in the hall in spirit with Leonard, Brian, Ryan and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and all who hear its first (but not last!) outing!'

Henry Waddington replaces Nicholas Perfect in tonight’s Prom. We are grateful to Henry for stepping in to sing at very short notice.

Image: Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega

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