A London premiere, a lost treasure and two lovely Elgar scores – a typically imaginative BBC SO programme that sees Andrew Davis back on the podium.
Elgar opens the concert with music for a children’s fantasy play, full of longing and nostalgia, closes it with a requiem, in all but name, to the dead of the First World War. Raymond Yiu, whose Symphony made such an impression at the 2015 Proms, gives us a chance to hear a new work that sets words by Anthony Burgess. And there’s a rarity by a composer who is all but forgotten; Lilian Elkington’s 1921 orchestral piece portrays the return of the body of the Unknown Warrior on the HMS Verdun and the ship’s emergence from the mists – a work of atmospheric power and beauty.
Programme & Performers
Elgar The Starlight Express – excerpts Raymond Yiu The World Was Once All Miracle (London premiere) Lilian Elkington Out of the Mists Elgar Spirit of England
BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis conductor Roderick Williams baritone Andrew Staples tenor BBC Symphony Chorus