The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain live at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Iris ter Schiphorst: Gravitational Waves. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra. Holst: The Planets.
Live at BBC Proms: The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by Edward Gardner, play Holst, Strauss and a new piece by Iris ter Schiphorst.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Redmond
Iris ter Schiphorst: Gravitational Waves (BBC co-commission with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: London premiere)
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
8.15: INTERVAL: Proms Extra
HG Wells - Time and Space
Stephen Baxter, who is writing a sequel to The War of The Worlds, and Dr Sarah Dillon discuss HG Wells, time and space with presenter and New Generation Thinker Dr Will Abberley.
Holst: The Planets (incl. Colin Matthews's Pluto, the Renewer)
CBSO Youth Chorus
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Edward Gardner, conductor
Film directors have reached for these works by Strauss and Holst in their attempts to explain the human condition against the infinite background of space.
The depiction of astrological characters in The Planets, from the cheeky game-play of Mercury to the shattering impact of Mars, could be made for the resonance of the Royal Albert Hall. The power of Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra is no less cinematic.
PROMS EXTRA: HG Wells - Time and Space
HG Wells was born 150 years ago this year. Although a prolific writer in many genres, he is best known today for his science fiction books, 'The War of the Words' and 'The Time Machine'. As the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain prepare to perform Holst's suite The Planets, novelist Stephen Baxter, who has been commissioned to write a sequel to 'The War of the Worlds' examines Wells's novels and philosophy. He's joined by science fiction expert and New Generation Thinker Dr Sarah Dillon from the University of Cambridge. The discussion is hosted by Dr Will Abberley from the University of Sussex, another New Generation Thinker.
New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio.
Producer: Luke Mulhall.