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Featuring the BBC Philharmonic. Bax: Overture to a Picaresque Comedy. Elgar: Cello Concerto; Serenade for Strings. A Cooke: Symphony No 6. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending.

All this week Catriona Young presents the BBC Philharmonic in music from the British Isles to launch Afternoon on 3's British music season.

Today, two of the most popular pieces in the orchestral repertoire, by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, alongside the first performance of a symphony by the Yorkshire-born composer Arnold Cooke.

Bax: Overture to a Picaresque Comedy
BBC Philharmonic
Michael Seal (conductor)

Elgar: Cello Concerto
Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

Arnold Cooke: Symphony No 6 (first performance)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Elgar: Serenade for strings
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Leo Hussain (conductor)

David Matthews: Symphony No 8
BBC Philharmonic
Jac van Steen (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Alec Roth

    Lights Out (Edward Thomas)

    Performer: Mark Padmore. Performer: Morgan Szymanski.
  • Arnold Bax

    Overture to a Picaresque Comedy

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Michael Seal.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Arnold Cooke

    Symphony no.6

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay. Performer: Narek Hakhnazaryan.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade for Strings

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Leo Hussain.
  • David Matthews

    Symphony no.8

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Jac van Steen.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic