Proms 2022
5 Aug 2021, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2021 Gražinytė-Tyla Conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Prom 8
Gražinytė-Tyla Conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
19:30 Thu 5 Aug 2021 Royal Albert Hall
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra champion the music of neglected British composer Ruth Gipps.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra champion the music of neglected British composer Ruth Gipps.

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About This Event

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla champion the music of a too-long neglected composer. A pupil of Vaughan Williams, Ruth Gipps started her career as an oboist with what was then the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1944, before becoming established as a composer. Her Symphony No. 2 takes a wide-screen, cinematic view of the Second World War, embracing exhilaration, anxiety and, finally, ecstatic rejoicing. Conflict of a very different kind runs through The Exterminating Angel Symphony by Thomas Adès (50 this year), inspired by Louis Buñuel’s Surrealist film.

Brahms’s Third Symphony strikes a more autumnal tone, inspired by a visit to the River Rhine in 1883. The critic Eduard Hanslick pronounced it ‘artistically the most nearly perfect’ of the composer’s symphonies to date.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 5 August at 8pm.

Image: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen