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BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales: Somme

Adrian Partington directs the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with music by men who fought on the battlefield.

Adrian Partington directs the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with music by composers who fought in the trenches and in memory of those who fell. Plus Delius's Requiem, completed in 1916 and offering a personal view of life, suffering and loss that was controversial at the time, and still is today.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad - Rhapsody for full orchestra
Gordon Jacob: Symphony No. 1 (second movement)
Howells: Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and Orchestra
Roussel: Pour une fĂȘte de printemps

8.20pm Interval. Nicola Heywood Thomas explores the collections of the National Museum of Cardiff reflecting the terror of the trenches through art, poetry and writing.

8.45pm
Delius: Requiem

Philip Dukes (viola)
Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
Mark Stone (baritone)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Adrian Partington (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • George Butterworth

    A Shropshire Lad - Rhapsody for Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Gordon Jacob

    Symphony No 1 - 2nd movement

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Herbert Howells

    Elegy for string quartet, viola and orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Albert Roussel

    Pour une fete de Printemps

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Francis Purcell Warren

    Ave Verum

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Frederick Delius

    Requiem

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Conductor: Adrian Partington. Performer: Philip Dukes. Orchestra: Elizabeth Watts. Performer: Mark Stone.
  • COLES

    Fra Giacomo

    Orchestra: Paul Whelan (baritone). Orchestra: BBC Scottish SO. Orchestra: Martyn Brabbins (conductor).
  • George Butterworth

    English Idyll No 1

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle: English Rhapsody.
    • Halle.
    • 2.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales

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