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BBC Concert Orchestra - A Captive Audience

The BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert featuring words and music from two World War I internment camps: in London at Alexandra Palace and at Ruhleben racecourse near Berlin.

BBC Concert Orchestra - A Captive Audience.
Live from Watford Colosseum
Presented by Ian Skelly

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.

Music from the Ruhleben Camp
Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor - overture
Bainton: Intermezzo & Humoresque for orchestra
Saint-Saens: Danse macabre
Benjamin Dale: Prunella - incidental music
Bryceson Treharne: The Aftermath
Sullivan: 'A Wandering Minstrel I' from The Mikado
Elgar: Serenade for strings

Music from Alexandra Palace Camp
Gounod: Faust - march
Wagner: Tannhäuser - overture
Bizet: 'Blumenlied' from Carmen
R Heuberger: 'Im Chambre séparée' from Der Opernball
J Strauss (son): Tales from the Vienna Woods
Anton Wuest: Alexandra Palace Ragtime Waltz

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

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Otto Nicolai

    Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Edgar Bainton

    3 Pieces for Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Danse Macabre

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Benjamin Dale

    Prunella for piano

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Bryceson Treharne

    The Aftermath for voice and piano

    Performer: Joseph Shovelton. Performer: David Beaman.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    A Wandering Minstrel I

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor Op.20 for string orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Ballet music, Danse Phryne: Faust

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Richard Wagner

    Overture: Tannhauser

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Georges Bizet

    Flower Song from Carmen, Act 2

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Richard Heuberger

    Im Chambre Separee from Der Opernball

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Waltz Op.325 from Tales of the Vienna Woods

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Anton Wuest

    Alexandra Palace ragtime waltz

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • RICHARD STRAUSS Lied der Freundschaft, op.45 no.2

    BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Credit

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Performer BBC Concert Orchestra

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