As part of the BBC SSO’s performances of all nine symphonies by Vaughan Williams, under Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze, the Eighth comes under the spotlight today. The first performance was given by the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester in 1956 and the composer dedicated the work to Sir John Barbirolli. Andrew Manze will examine the score in detail – there’ll be excerpts from some of the other symphonies – before he and the BBC SSO give a complete performance of the work. On sale 7th Oct