BBC Last Night at the Proms
Saturday, September 19th at 11:30am!
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BBC Last Night of the Proms is one of Britain's most iconic music events. The ethos of the BBC Proms is to make classical music accessible to all and modern technology is extending this to music fans globally on the big screen and in digital surround sound.
BBC Last Night of the Proms will be presented live via satellite from London's Royal Albert Hall to cinemas around the world to allow international music lovers to simultaneously experience what is billed as the 'biggest classical music party in the world'.
The Proms were founded in 1895. The BBC began broadcasting them in 1927 and since then the BBC Last Night of the Proms has become one of the most famous musical events in the world, watched and listened to by millions. The reputation of the BBC Last Night of the Proms is that of a wonderful party celebrating British tradition and a wide variety of music performed brilliantly. The current season, which began on July 17th, consists of 100 concerts that will culminate with a powerful finale on September 12th that features leading international artists and an all-embracing musical programme that introduces new works alongside much-loved classics. Don't miss your chance to see this event LIVE on the big screen.
Highlights of this year's Last Night of the Proms are:
Alison Balsom in a concerto by Haydn and Sarah Connolly in a famous lament by Purcell, with Handel providing the main orchestral fireworks. As well as Oliver Knussen's own Flourish complemented by new fanfares specially written by young Proms Inspire composers, which feature in our link-up with Last Night festivities around the country.
The Proms mark 50 years since the deaths of Albert Ketelbey and Gerard Hoffnung (the latter in Arnold's uproarious piece including parts for vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and rifles, written for the first Hoffnung Music Festival in 1956). And the BBC Symphony Orchestra's David Robertson presides for the first time over the massed forces on stage and in the audience.
The full program:
Oliver Knussen Flourish with Fireworks (4 mins)
Purcell, arr. Henry Wood New Suite (10 mins)
Purcell Dido and Aeneas - 'Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth' (Dido's Lament); 'With drooping wings ye cupids come' (10 mins)
Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat major (15 mins)
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (18 mins)
Villa-Lobos Choros No.10, 'Rasga o Coracao' (12 mins)
Arnold A Grand, Grand Overture (8 mins)
Ketelbey In a Monastery Garden (6 mins)
Piazzolla Libertango (4 mins)
Gershwin, arr. Barry Forgie Shall We Dance - 'They can't take that away from me' BBC commission: world premiere (5 mins)
BBC Proms Inspire composers Fireworks Fanfares
world premiere (c3 mins)
Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks - excerpts (c10 mins)
Arne, arr. Sargent Rule, Britannia! (8 mins)
Parry Jerusalem (2 mins)
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (8 mins)
The National Anthem (2 mins)
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Alison Balsom trumpet
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor
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