OK, this is super last minute (tomorrow, Friday 7th!), but worth mentioning all the same because if you’re at a lose end, it’ll be fun. During WWII, the BBC Radio and British Cinema did their bit to boost morale by broadcasting a series of rousing music and film programmes, a mélange of which is to be shown tomorrow night at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and compered – it has only just been announced – by the actor Samuel West. Alongside various musical performances by the BBC Concert Orchestra, he’ll also be performing a 50 minute musical and narrative recreation of Walton’s music from Henry V, the Laurence Olivier film that was made towards the end of the war, and dedicated to ‘Commandos and Airborne Troops of Great Britain, the spirit of whose ancestors it has been humbly attempted to recapture’.
It may be simply because we love any excuse to dress up in 1940s style (which is heartily encouraged) that we’re rather excited, but more likely it’s that the programme is top notch, with music from BBC Radio broadcasts including ‘Sincerely Yours’ and ‘Music While You Work,’ plus propaganda films including Clifton Parker’s score from the film Western Approaches and Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto for the film Dangerous Moonlight.