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Prom 26: British Composers

Wednesday 5 August 2015 - 6:30 PM

Chloe Elise © Benjamin Ealovega

Approximate end time: 8:45pm

Presented by:

Walton
Spitfire Prelude and Fugue 8’

Vaughan Williams
Concerto accademico 17'

Grace Williams
Fairest of Stars 15'

interval

Elgar
Overture 'Froissart' 15'

Walton
Symphony No. 2 30'

Chloë Hanslip violin
Ailish Tynan soprano

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka
conductor

Elgar's Froissart overture throbs with national pride and swagger, while Walton's Second Symphony sustains an altogether darker, more contemplative mood.

Chloë Hanslip is the soloist in Vaughan Williams's rarely heard Concerto accademico – a work whose lyrical slow movement and dancing finale are anything but 'academic'.

The concert also features Welsh composer Grace Williams's ecstatic, neo-Straussian Fairest of Stars for soprano and orchestra, a musical celebration of Milton's poetry.

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