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Holst’s The Planets with Prof Brian Cox

Live from the Barbican, Holst’s The Planets with Professor Brian Cox and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the exact centenary of the premiere.

Live from the Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the exact centenary of The Planets premiere.

Presented by Penny Gore

Holst: The Planets Suite Op.32

2020 Interval: a mix-tape dream sequence of planetary and astrologically inspired music, interwoven with works influenced by Holst's the Planets.
[In the mix: Holst, Rebel, Crumb, John Williams, Frank Zappa and Saariaho]

2040 Holst: The Planets Suite Op.32 continued

Women's Voices of the BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Inspired by the mythological character of each planet, Holst created what has become one of the 20th century’s best-loved and most revered works for orchestra. On the centenary of its premiere, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ben Gernon join forces with Professor Brian Cox to take a fresh scientific and musical view of The Planets, and to cast new light on Holst’s vividly atmospheric masterpiece.

2 hours, 29 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Sep 2018 19:30

Music Played

  • Gustav Holst

    Betelgeuse - No.12 from Twelve Humbert Wolfe Settings, Op.48

    Performer: Steuart Bedford. Singer: Philip Langridge.
    • NAXOS.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Chaos from Les Elements

    Ensemble: Ensemble Pygmalion. Director: Raphaël Pichon.
  • George Crumb

    Makrokosmos II: Corona Borealis - Aquarius

    Performer: Emmy Henz-Diemand.
    • MGB.
  • John Williams

    Imperial March from Star Wars

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
  • Frank Zappa

    Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin

    Ensemble: The Mothers of Invention.
  • Kaija Saariaho


    Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Ensemble: Oslo Sinfonietta. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ben Gernon.
  • Colin Matthews

    Pluto - The Renewer

    Orchestra: Hallé. Choir: Hallé Choir. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
  • Claude Vivier


    Orchestra: West German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Rundel.
    • KAIROS.


  • Sat 29 Sep 2018 19:30

How ancient mystical beliefs inspired a 20th-century classic

How ancient mystical beliefs inspired a 20th-century classic

Discover the mysterious world of astrology and occultism that influenced The Planets.

The women erased from musical history

The women erased from musical history

Discover the music of five forgotten women composers, performed in a special IWD concert.

Three Great British Brass Band Pieces

Three Great British Brass Band Pieces

Music by Malcolm Arnold, Edward Elgar and Herbert Howells.