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Friday – Along the Severn with Petroc Trelawny

Join Petroc Trelawny, live from Cardiff Bay Barrage, as he concludes his week-long journey along the River Severn. Email

Join Petroc Trelawny, live from the Cardiff Bay Barrage on the River Severn, with local musicians and guests exploring the cultural heritage of the river as it flows into the Bristol Channel, including Sounds of the River, a slow radio moment. Part journey of discovery, part refuge from the tumult of daily life, immerse yourself in this river setting with Radio 3 Breakfast.


This spring, join us on Radio 3 as we explore the enchantment, escape and cultural heritage of the UK’s longest river, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the river, allowing time out from today's often frenetic world.

22 days left to listen

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    En bateau (Petite suite)

    Orchestrator: Henri Büsser. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • Debussy: Night in Granada: Philharmonia Orchestra/Simon.
    • Cala.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Hush, ye pretty warbling choir (Acis and Galatea)

    Singer: Kirsty Hopkins. Ensemble: London Early Opera. Conductor: Bridget Cunningham.
    • Handel at Vauxhall, vol.1.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Granville Bantock

    Song To The Seals

    Singer: Robert White. Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Bird Songs At Eventide.
    • HELIOS.
    • 5.
  • Grace Williams

    Penillion (1st mvt)

    Performer: Ray Allan. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • Grace Williams: Sea Sketches; Fantasia; Carillons; Penillion.
    • Lyrita.
    • 6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Zum reinen Wasser er mich weisst (Cantata BWV 112)

    Singer: Catherine King. Orchestra: Norsk Barokkorkester.
    • Bach: Alto Arias.
    • LINN.
    • 8.
  • Frederick Delius

    Summer Night on the River

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Decca.
  • Robert Lowry

    Shall We Gather At The River

    Singer: Bruce Molsky. Ensemble: Anonymous 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 36 in C major, K 425, 'Linz' (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Symphonies; SCO; Sir Charles Mackerras.
    • Linn.
    • 6.
  • Harold Arlen

    Stormy Weather

    Performer: Oscar Peterson. Performer: Ray Brown. Performer: Herb Ellis.
    • Columbia.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dance of the Cygnets (Swan Lake)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Richard Strauss

    Schlagende Herzen, Op.29, no.2

    Singer: Louise Alder. Performer: Joseph Middleton.
    • ORCHID.
  • Friday Poem

    • "Severn Song", written and read by Philip Gross

      (The Poetry Archive)

  • Claude Debussy

    Jeux de vagues (La mer)

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Debussy: La Mer: Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Hubert Parry

    Crossing the Bar

    Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Conductor: John Scott.
    • Remembrance.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Trad.

    Ar Lan y Môr [By the Sea-Shore]

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Gareth Jones.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Percy Grainger

    Spoon River

    Orchestra: Kongelige norske marines musikkorps. Conductor: Bjarte Engeset.
    • Grainger: Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 12.
  • Gareth Walters


    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Welsh Classical Favourites: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Penny.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Trad.

    Welsh Medley

    Ensemble: Top Brass Trio.
    • Live performance.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Severn Bridge Variations (Theme and Variation 1)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • Themes And Variations.
    • NMC.
    • 8.
  • Grace Williams

    Severn Bridge Variations (Variation 5)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • Themes And Variations.
    • NMC.
    • 12.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Drop, drop, slow tears

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • DECCA.
  • Charles Trenet

    La mer

    Orchestrator: Albert Lasry. Singer: Charles Trenet. Ensemble: Orchestra and choir. Conductor: Albert Lasry.
    • Les Plus Grandes Chansons Du Siecle CD2.
    • EMI.
    • 1.


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