Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

BBC SO - Peter Maxwell Davies Studio Concert

Live from Maida Vale, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Michael Seal. Peter Maxwell Davies: Throstle's Nest Junction; A Spell for Green Corn (Chloe Hanslip: violin); Worldes Blis.

Live from Maida Vale Studios.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's upcoming 80th birthday in a live concert from London's Maida Vale Studios.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Throstle's Nest Junction (London Premiere)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: A Spell for Green Corn - The MacDonald Dances (London Premiere)

c. 8.10pm MUSIC INTERVAL - The BBC Singers perform Maxwell Davies's choral masterpiece, Westerlings

c. 8.30pm
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Worldes Blis

Chloƫ Hanslip, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michael Seal, conductor

A concert devoted to the music of one of the UK's most important and individual composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with a programme demonstrating the breadth of his work. Two works from the 1990s make up the first part of the concert, starting with the tone poem Throstle's Nest Junction, described as a memento of a Lancashire childhood. This is followed by A Spell for Green Corn, with soloist Chloƫ Hanslip, inspired by an ancient Orkney rite of blessing crops. The concert's finale is his monumental masterwork Worldes Blis, a piece which Davies himself conducted for the notorious world premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1969.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Peter Maxwell Davies


    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


New Music on Radio 3

New Music on Radio 3

A chance to listen to recent broadcasts of new music - including premieres - on Radio 3.