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
Melissa Harrison, author of a monthly Nature Notebook in The Times, and farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel contemplate contemporary British landscapes and depicting the challenges of rural life today. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Will Abberley.
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.