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- David Gillard
He was born David Ivor Davies in Cardiff in 1893 but was to find enduring fame as a composer, playwright, singer and actor under the name of Ivor Novello. This Late Night Prom is titled Glamorous Night: A Celebration of Ivor Novello, and conductor Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé and singers Sophie Bevan and Toby Spence pay tribute to the man who composed both the patriotic spirit-raiser Keep the Home Fires Burning and sentimental show songs like We’ll Gather Lilacs.
Simon Callow is tonight’s master of ceremonies — and a huge Novello fan. “He is a genuine romantic, with none of Noël Coward’s underlying cynicism” says Callow. “And his lovely waltz-songs have a surprising throat-grabbing emotional power. He’s that very unusual thing, a British — or should I say a Welsh — lyrical melodist.”
About this programme
Live from London's Royal Albert Hall, the Hallé and conductor Mark Elder celebrate the work of Ivor Novello, with singers Sophie Bevan and Toby Spence, and actor Simon Callow. Presented by Katie Derham. Sophie Bevan (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Simon Callow (actor), Hallé, conductor Mark Elder. Novello: Till the Boys Come Home (Keep the Home Fires Burning); Overture: Glamorous Night; Fold Your Wings (Glamorous Night); Why Isn't It You? (Crest of the Wave); I Can Give You the Starlight; My Life Belongs to You (The Dancing Years); Muranian Rhapsody; My Dearest Dear (The Dancing Years); Someday My Heart Will Awake; King's Rhapsody: The Violin Began to Play (King's Rhapsody); Shine Through My Dreams (Glamorous Night); Pray for Me; Love Made the Song (Careless Rapture); We'll Gather Lilacs. Repeated on Wednesday August 22 at 2pm.