British Symphonies And Brass Bands



Penny Gore continues Radio 3's celebration of British music throughout the month of June, and in particular Afternoon on 3's series of British Symphonies. Featured ensembles this week are two BBC orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and two brass bands - the Black Dyke and Foden's, performing at the 2013 Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass.

Today's programme starts with a concert by the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Andrew Davis with music by three giants of British music from the first half of the 20th century: Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. And later in the programme you can hear the BBC Philharmonic in Arnold Bax's Third Symphony, under the baton of a great Bax enthusiast, the late Vernon Handley.

Foden's Band play a virtuoso arrangement of Ravel's Suite No. 2 from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe, and the afternoon ends with more brass music: the world premiere of a piece by Edward Gregson called 'Of Distant Memories', performed by the Black Dyke Band.

Tomorrow you can hear the first-ever broadcast of a Symphony written by the famous conductor Leopold Stokowski - a single-movement work probably composed around 100 years ago. Despite his name and his carefully cultivated eastern European accent, Stokowski was as British as they come - he was born in Marylebone, London, of an Irish mother and an English father of Polish extraction. Other British Symphonies this week are by York Bowen, Alan Rawsthorne, Kenneth Leighton and Peter Maxwell Davies. And our Thursday Opera Matinee, as part of Verdi 200, is a performance of one of Verdi's least often heard works, Aroldo.

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C

Delius: Legende

Tasmin Little (violin),

BBC Philharmonic,

Andrew Davis (conductor).


Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 2 (A London Symphony)


Ravel (arr. Howard Snell): Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2

Foden's Band,

Mike Fowles (conductor).


Bax: Symphony No. 3

Vernon Handley (conductor).


Edward Gregson: Of Distant Memories (Music in an Olden Style) - World Premiere

Black Dyke Band,

Nicholas Childs (conductor).

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Penny Gore continues Afternoon on 3's celebration of the British Symphony throughout June with Kenneth Leighton's Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonia mistica) performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Richard Hickox.

It's followed by music for brass band recorded at the RNCM Festival of Brass earlier this year: a James MacMillan world premiere performed by the Black Dyke Band, and to finish the afternoon, the Foden's Band in Flowers of the Forest by Richard Rodney Bennett, who died late last year.

Kenneth Leighton: Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonia mistica)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Richard Hickox (conductor).


MacMillan: Canite Tuba (World premiere of revised version)

Black Dyke Band,

Nicholas Childs (conductor).


Richard Rodney Bennett: Flowers of the Forest

Foden's Band,

Russell Gray (conductor).