Afternoon on 3 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales on the Road - Beyond Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales - around Wales and beyond Each season the BBC National Orchestra of Wales gives concerts throughout the principality, visiting festivals and promoting its own seasons of 'North Wales Tours' as well as appearing in the South, including its home at BBC Hoddinott Hall. In this week of Afternoon on 3 we visit some of the festivals and venues through Wales, with comments from the players, and in Friday's programme we venture further afield and discover the strong ties between Wales and Italy. Presented by Penny Gore. Today - Wales and Beyond The BBC National Orchestra of Wales takes considerable pride exporting the brand beyond the Bristol Channel and Offa's Dyke. Earlier this year, Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer toured with the band to Italy. While they were there, Radio Wales presenter Beverley Humphreys came across a poignant link with the inhabitants of Bardi, a picturesque rural hilltop town in Emilia-Romagna. Beverley joins us live to tell us more, as we listen to music from the concert the orchestra gave in nearby Modena. We also join the orchestra in one of their more regular concert venues beyond the principality, Cheltenham Town Hall, where the visitors are an important fixture, appearing several times each season. Finally, we hear the orchestra in a recording from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, earlier this summer. Thierry is joined by two great musical Welsh exports, harpist Catrin Finch for Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances, and organist Huw Williams for Saint-Saëns' mighty Organ Symphony, a rousing (and almost deafening) conclusion to our week. 2.10pm Takemitsu: Toward the sea II Thierry Fischer, conductor 2.25pm Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 "Egyptian" Nicholas Angelich, piano Thierry Fischer, conductor 2.55pm Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Thierry Fischer, conductor 3.10pm Elgar: In The South "Alassio" Thierry Fischer, conductor 3.40pm Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Gautier Capuçon, cello Thierry Fischer, conductor 4.00pm Faure: Elegie Gautier Capuçon, cello Thierry Fischer, conductor 4.05pm Debussy: Danse Sacree et Danse Profane Catrin Finch, harp Thierry Fischer, conductor 4.20pm Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor - "Organ Symphony" Huw Williams, organ Thierry Fischer, conductor.