For information on The Last Night of the Proms 2012 click here
Friday 13 July 2012
This was live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Review from The Telegraph
Review from The Guardian
Yes folks, it’s time for that wonderful celebration of music and great British institution The Proms and the season kicks off on Friday 13th ( superstitious? ) I will be recommending my own choices of concert from time to time but do check out the whole season to see if there’s anything which particularly appeals to you. There seems to be something for everyone and every Prom is broadcast live on wonderful radio 3.
Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage’s punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar’s pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as ‘cheerful and Londony’. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it’s his setting of Walt Whitman’s poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird’s loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it’s music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett’s joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar’s Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.
Elgar – Overture ‘Cockaigne (In London Town)’
Delius – Sea Drift
INTERVAL - Stephen Johnson explores Elgar’s Coronation Ode
Tippett – Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles
Elgar – Coronation Ode
Sarah Connolly – mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray – tenor
Gerald Finley – bass-baritone
Bryn Terfel – bass-baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus. BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington conductor (Cockaigne)
Sir Mark Elder conductor (Sea Drift)
Martyn Brabbins conductor (Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles)
This concert was live on radio 3 at 19.30
It was on BBC 2 television and BBC HD starting at 20.30.
All Proms broadcasts are available on demand for 7 days.