The Somme Remembered
Live from Milton Court Concert Hall in London, a concert in which the BBC Singers commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War One: the Somme. Presented by Martin Handley.
The Somme Remembered: BBC Singers commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War 1.
Live from Milton Court Concert Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
Daniel Saleeb: For the Fallen
Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs
Cecilia McDowall: Standing as I do before God
Gabriel Jackson: Am Abend
Hindemith: Der Tod; Traumwald from Melancholie
Holst: Ode to death
Ravel: Trois Chansons; 'Prelude' from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Butterworth: 'Is my team ploughing' from A Shropshire Lad; Suite for String Quartet, first movement
Judith Bingham: An Ancient Music
Plus readings from letters, diaries and poetry from the First World War.
Samuel West, reader
The Carducci Quartet
Richard Pearce, piano
Paul Brough, conductor
The Battle of the Somme, the five-month offensive recognised as one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War, took place 100 years ago this summer. Tonight's concert reflects on that terrible battle and its catastrophic human cost, in words and music from both sides of the war and in pieces by composers of our own time.