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djarvie
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« on: March 22, 2020, 11:37:38 am »

Starting tomorrow, BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast a series of Afternoon Concerts featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and including works by Grace Williams.  For example, on Tuesday 24 March there is her Symphony no 2 (a different performance from the one available commercially):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gm67
and on Friday 27 March we have her Violin Concerto (which as far as I can ascertain hasn't been commercially recorded):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gmyz
The concerts start at 14:00 local time.   These aren't live broadcasts so as far as I can see the scheduling shouldn't be affected by coronavirus.
The programmes will be available for catch-up afterwards on BBC Sounds.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 10:48:31 pm »

Well, this is very disappointing. Trying to listen on BBC Sounds and the Symphony No. 2 won't play, though everything else in that concert seems to be available - and I see no sign of the Violin Concerto on Friday 27th - just the Sea Sketches. Another triumph for the BBC.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2020, 10:38:53 am »

Yes, I particularly wanted to hear the violin concerto as I already have a commercial recording of Sym 2.  I am assuming the concert was changed due to coronavirus, but a few words of explanation from the announcer would have been appreciated.  Also some indication as to when (or whether) we might hear the violin concerto again.

I don't know why we can't play the symphony from the "music played" list on the website - the play button is greyed out.   But you can still hear the whole concert by clicking on "listen now".  The Grace Williams symphony begins at 1h 49m.  Alternatively I think you should be able to get straight to the concert on:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gm67

This may not apply if you are outwith the UK.


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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2020, 10:45:35 am »

Thanks for the advice. I will try listening to the whole concert in order to hear Symphony No. 2. I do hope the violin concerto will be broadcast eventually.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 12:24:01 pm »

Despite the statement above, the broadcast on 27 March was scheduled to have been from a live concert which - as your previous correspondents have correctly surmised - was cancelled as a result of emergency pandemic measures (I was scheduled to have reviewed the concert).

Oddly enough Radio Times for that week advertised the VAUGHAN Williams Violin Concerto as forming part of the broadcast, which I presume was a simple mistake. The programme for the BBC NOW season clearly showed that the intention had been to perform the GRACE Williams. I would have thought however that a word of explanation from the announcer as to the change of schedule would have been useful.

Hopefully the BBC will re-schedule the performance of the Grace Williams concerto for next season.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 12:42:44 pm »

Many thanks for your explanation, Mr Godfrey.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2020, 05:14:03 pm »

Yes, indeed. Many Thanks - and let us hope the Violin Concerto will be rescheduled for a later concert.
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