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Episode 3

With Jonathan Swain. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No 3. Elizabeth Maconchy: Symphony for double string orchestra. Wesley: The Mermaid. Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5.

Jonathan Swain continues Afternoon on 3's month-long celebration of British symphonies with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Today he introduces works by Ralph Vaughan Williams - the well-loved Fifth Symphony - and by VW's one-time composition student Elizabeth Maconchy, who blazed a trail, becoming in 1959 the first woman to chair the Composers' Guild of Great Britain. Plus more choral music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley from the BBC Singers.

Beethoven: Overture - Leonore no. 3
Ulster Orchestra,
Paul Watkins (conductor).

Elizabeth Maconchy: Symphony for Double String Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Odaline de la Martinez (conductor).

S S Wesley: The Mermaid
BBC Singers,
Paul Brough (conductor).

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 5
Ulster Orchestra,
Howard Shelley (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture to Leonore no. 3

  • Elizabeth Maconchy

    Symphony for Double String Orchestra

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony no. 5 in D Major