BBC Concert Orchestra
26 Meith 2014, Watford Colosseum, Watford

A Captive Audience

BBC Concert Orchestra
A Captive Audience
Déar 26 Meith 2014 Watford Colosseum, Watford
Music and Words from World War One
Music and Words from World War One

Concert Information

BBC Concert Orchestra
Johannes Wildner conductor
Joseph Shovelton tenor
Alex Wyndham reader

As part of the BBC’s World War One centenary season, the BBC Concert Orchestra looks at life through the lens of prisoners held in two wartime internment camps; one in London at Alexandra Palace and one in Germany at Ruhleben racecourse near Berlin.

Made up of men of fighting age who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, both camps formed orchestras. Together they put on concerts for their fellow captives, maintaining their sense of self and the spirit of their homelands.

The orchestra performs a selection of music played and written in the camps whilst actor Alex Wyndham (The Crimson Field, BBC) reads letters and poetry to tell the real-life story of the prisoners.

Pre-concert talk: 6pm
Join music and literature First World War expert Dr Kate Kennedy, British Library Curator of Music Collections Dr Rupert Ridgewell and English music champion Lewis Foreman to find out more about the history and music from the Ruhluben and Alexandra Palace internment camps.
Free to ticket holders of the 7.30pm concert

Image: Ruhleben Camp Orchestra with kind permission of the Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School.

Programme:

- - - Music from the Ruhleben Camp - - -

Nicolai Merry Wives of Windsor – overture
Played in the camp

Bainton Intermezzo & Humoresque for Orchestra
Written in the camp as incidental music to Shakespeare plays put on in the camps

Saint-Saens Danse macabre
Played in the camp

Benjamin Dale Prunella
Written in camp as incidental music for the play Prunella by Laurence Housman (brother of A E Housman)

Bryceson Treharne The Aftermath
Written in the camp

Sullivan ‘The Wandering Minstrel I’ from Mikado
Performed in camp, written out from memory

Elgar Serenade for strings
Played in the camp

- - - Music from Alexandra Palace Camp - - -

Gounod Faust – march
Played in the camp

Wagner Tannhäuser – overture
Played in the camp

Bizet ‘Blumenlied’ from Carmen
Played in the camp

R Heuberger ‘Im chamber separee’ from Der Opernball
Played in the camp

Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods
Played in the camp

Anton Wuest Alexandra Palace Ragtime Waltz
Written in the camp for the Kaiser’s birthday concert

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