BBC Symphony Orchestra/Davis

13 April 2018 / 19:30
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

Journey Through Music
6pm Fountain Room
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