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British music performed by BBC Orchestras. Includes live from St Paul's, Knightsbridge: BBC Singers in music including Vaughan Williams. Plus Alwyn, Britten, Elgar and Grainger.

Best of British with the BBC Orchestras

A week of programmes bring together some of the best loved British composers and their key works performed by BBC Orchestras and the BBC Singers.

Today we start with a live concert at 2pm, from St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. The BBC Singers with conductor Andrew Griffiths in a programme including Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor - the first proper English Mass since William Byrd, honouring his debt to the first golden age of English Music in the Sixteenth century.

And to end the programme, one of the quintessential British works of the 20th Century - Elgar's Enigma Variations.

In between, a thread running across the week is Britten's 5 Canticles - intense chamber works with solo voices that Britten wrote between 1947 and 1974. The tenor, fresh from the BBC's New Generation Artists scheme, is Ben Johnson.

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor
Plus Tudor/Jacobean motets
BBC Singers,
Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

William Alwyn: Flute Concerto
Emily Beynon (flute),
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

Britten: Canticle I - My beloved is mine, Op. 40
Ben Johnson (tenor),
James Baillieu (piano).

Elgar: Variations on an original theme ('Enigma'), Op. 36
Grainger: Molly on the shore
BBC Philharmonic,
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 14 Jan 2013 14:00

Music Played

  • William Alwyn

    Concerto for flute (orch. McCabe)

  • Benjamin Britten

    Canticle I - My beloved is mine Op.40 for high voice and piano

  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra

  • Percy Grainger

    Molly on the shore vers. for orch/wind band