BBC Proms - 2009 - Prom 08: 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University - Part 1
Tom Service presents a celebration of Cambridge University's 800th anniversary with a concert of music given by a convocation of the university's college choirs, featuring two soloists and a conductor who are among its graduates. As professor of music, Thomas Stanford taught Vaughan Williams, who wrote his Wasps Overture for a university staging of Aristophanes's comedy, and later set verses by a former University Orator, George Herbert, in his Five Mystical Songs. Ryan Wigglesworth went to Oxford but is now a Cambridge lecturer and fellow of Corpus Christi College. Simon Keenlyside (baritone) Choirs of King's, St John's, Clare, Gonville and Caius and Trinity Colleges BBC Symphony Orchestra Andrew Davis (conductor) Vaughan Williams: Overture (The Wasps) Ryan Wigglesworth: The Genesis of Secrecy (BBC commission; world premiere) Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs.