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Prom 17: Parry, Vaughan Williams and Holst

Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC NOW conducted by Martyn Brabbins with soloists Francesca Chiejina and Ashley Riches. Plus, Tai Murray performs Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins with vocal soloists Francesca Chiejina and Ashley Riches. Violinist Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Parry: Symphony No. 5 in B minor
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

c. 7.50pm Interval: Proms Plus
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c. 8.15pm
Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Holst: Ode to Death
Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony (No. 3)

Tai Murray (violin)
Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

As well as being the composer of that Last Night favourite, Jerusalem, Hubert Parry (died 1918) was in many ways the father of contemporary English music, teaching both Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Tonight's celebration of his legacy features Parry's own hope-filled Fifth Symphony alongside Vaughan Williams's elegiac The Lark Ascending and two memorials inspired by the First World War: Holst's Ode to Death and Vaughan Williams's Pastoral Symphony.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hubert Parry

    Symphony No. 5 in B minor

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Tai Murray. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Hubert Parry

    Hear my words, ye people

    Performer: Ashley Riches. Performer: Francesca Chiejina. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Gustav Holst

    Ode to Death

    Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 3 'A Pastoral Symphony'

    Performer: Francesca Chiejina. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Béla Bartók

    Three Village Scenes for female voices

    Choir: SLUK Slovakian Folkensemble Choir. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Béla Bartók

    Six Romanian Folk Dances

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Béla Bartók – Works for Piano Solo.
    • Philips.
    • 17-22.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Three Shakespeare Songs

    Choir: Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • Chandos.

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

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