BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins

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Experience Vaughan Williams at his best, from the airborne rapture of The Lark Ascending to the earthbound passions of his spellbinding symphonic masterpiece.

At the height of the Second World War, Ralph Vaughan Williams produced a symphony that seemed the very picture of serenity. But is the composer’s Fifth Symphony as untroubled and enraptured as it seems? The BBC Symphony Orchestra's cycle of the composer’s symphonies under the expert baton of Martyn Brabbins continues with this enigmatic, impassioned and ultimately redemptive work that contains some of the composer’s most spellbinding orchestral masterstrokes.

Before it, we hear Vaughan Williams' unfettered in his iconic The Lark Ascending and Emily Howard’s startling concerto for orchestra, Torus.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.40pm, including a 20 minute interval.

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