Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Pieced-together Vaughan Williams and the King's Singers

If only someone had invented the photocopier a little earlier. In 1914, composer Ralph Vaughan Williams sent the one and only copy of his Second Symphony to a conductor in Germany. Then the First World War broke out, and the symphony was lost forever. Vaughan Williams and a few friends spent a couple of years arduously putting it all back together from sketches and scraps and memories. We'll hear his reconstructed work, from a concert by conductor Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra. Plus, we'll hear the King's Singers in a recent performance at our PT studios.