Louis Vierne: Carillon de Westminster, No.6 from Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No.3, Op.54
John David Edwards: Rhosymedre (hymn tune)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre, No.2 from 3 Preludes on Welsh hymn tunes for organ
.: Neil Hannon in conversation with Southbank Head of Literature, James Runcie
Thomas Tallis: Third mode melody
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Neil Hannon: To Our Fathers In Distress (World premiere)

Hear the premiere of Neil Hannon's new work for the Royal Festival Hall organ.

The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon reconnects with the sound of the organ, a sonic backdrop to his childhood as the son of a Church of Ireland bishop.

In this specially commissioned work*, Neil has created a series of vivid musical scenes for organ and choir which evoke the constriction, the mystery and magic, the boredom, and the hard-won freedoms of a childhood Sunday.

Renowned organist Tom Bell performs the evocative playlist, alongside a specially formed choir for Neil Hannon's new work To Our Fathers In Distress.

*Southbank Centre gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation for this work.

This concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Radio 3 Live at Southbank Centre.


Rebecca Miller conductor
Tom Bell organ
BBC Concert Orchestra