Embrace the vintage glamour of the 1940s and join the BBC Concert Orchestra on their journey back to The Home Front era. To celebrate the upcoming event, The BBC Concert Orchestra and The Southbank Centre are offering Pretty Nostalgic readers special £6 tickets (RRP £15).
SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
BBC Concert Orchestra
in The Home Front
Broadcasting to the Nation
Friday 7 June, 7.30pm
This offer is now over. Look out for more exciting ones in the coming future!
As part of Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise festival, BBC Concert Orchestra captures the spirit of 1940s wartime Britain in a concert that celebrates the role of BBC Radio and British cinema.
Conductor Keith Lockhart guides BBC Concert Orchestra through the films and broadcasts that helped stoke the nation’s home fires, from the morale boosting music of BBC Radio broadcasts to the rousing scores of some of Britain’s finest propaganda films.
Initially described as ‘popularly noted, but deplored’ by the BBC Board of Governors, Vera Lynn and Sincerely Yours went on to win the heart of a nation at home and abroad. BBC Concert Orchestra performs ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘White Cliffs of Dover’, two of the songs made famous by ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’ and which epitomised the mood of the time. The orchestra also puts the spotlight on another BBC Radio programme, Music While You Work, which broadcast upbeat music twice a day throughout the war to keep factory workers motivated.
Clifton Parker’s score from the film Western Approaches, often credited as one of the most influential propaganda films ever made, and Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto for the film Dangerous Moonlight, highlight the important role British cinema played during the war, and the evening ends with Henry V – A Shakespeare Scenario a 50 minute music and narration recreation of Walton’s music from the film that starred Laurence Olivier and was dedicated to ‘Commandos and Airborne Troops of Great Britain, the spirit of whose ancestors it has been humbly attempted to recapture.’
Clifton Parker ‘Seascape’ from Western Approaches
Addinsell Warsaw Concerto
Music While You Work sounds of wartime broadcasting
Sincerely Yours music by ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’ Vera Lynn
Walton Henry V – A Shakespeare Scenario
Victor Sangiorgio piano
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart conductor
Tickets: £15 / £12* (unless entering our ticket code offer above)
Box Office: www.southbankcentre.co.uk / 0844 847 9910
BBC Concert Orchestra encourages its audience to embrace the vintage glamour of the 1940s and join them on their journey back to that bygone era.
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BBC Concert Orchestra is one of the country’s most versatile ensembles. Since 1952 they’ve been the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. They give regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and this year helped surprise BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles on his birthday breakfast show. Soundtracks for BBC TV include Frozen Planet and BBC Films such as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. In 2010 the BBC Concert Orchestra appointed Keith Lockhart as Principal Conductor and Johannes Wildner as Principal Guest Conductor, complementing Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth. A regular at the BBC Proms and Proms in the Park, the orchestra also perform at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Watford Colosseum. For the last two years they have worked extensively in the East and South West of England with a mixture of large-scale community and education work alongside radio broadcasts.
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.