Prom 17 is a very English affair – Vaughan Williams, Holst and, to celebrate his centenary, Hubert Parry. But it’s to Vaughan Williams that we turn today, with a playlist of a selection of his orchestral, chamber, choral and song masterpieces. Wallow in the Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis, be transported by the Mass in G minor and be utterly roused by the final movement of the Five Mystical Songs – with much more to enjoy, too…

What’s on at the Proms tonight?

Prom 17: Friday 27 July, 7pm

Hubert Parry Symphony No. 5 in B minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Hubert Parry Hear my words, ye people
Gustav Holst Ode to Death
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3 (Pastoral)
Tai Murray (violin)
Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Martyn Brabbins

Today's Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3


Oliver CondyFormer Editor, BBC Music Magazine

Oliver Condy is the former Editor of BBC Music Magazine, a post he held for 17 years. His debut book, Symphonies of the Soul: Classical Music to Cure Any Ailment, will be released in November 2021 with Octopus Books. He is also a semi-professional organist, having previously given recitals in Bach’s churches across Germany.