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BBC Proms 2011: Highlights

Posted in BBC Radio 3, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2011 by Robin Gosnall

Pianist Lang Lang, described by BBC Proms director Roger Wright as “arguably the best known classical artist in the world”, will become the first artist ever to perform at both the Proms in the Park and the Royal Albert Hall on the same night.

Classical music meets comedy at the Proms for the first time. Tim Minchin, the Australian performer, presents an evening of music and laughs with Sue Perkins, cabaret duo Kit and The Widow, pianist Danny Driver, soprano Susan Bullock and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra will take requests from the crowd in a highly unusual late night Prom. The audience will choose from a list of up to 300 pieces, none of which the orchestra has rehearsed.

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra will use rubber gloves and coat hangers to perform extracts from Sergio Leone film soundtracks. Roger Wright, controller of BBC Radio 3 and the director of the Proms, called them “five cracking musicians”.

Havergal Brian’s vast Gothic Symphony which has been rarely performed since it was composed in the 1920s will be played on 17 July when the 1,000 musicians required – including two orchestras and 10 choirs – are marshalled. Wright said: “Once we have fitted in the performers there will be hardly any room for the audience.”

Rossini’s William Tell is another work hardly ever performed. The opera lasts nearly five hours. Audiences will have a rare chance to hear this gripping story of Swiss nationalism conducted by the Royal Opera House music director, Antonio Pappano.

I can’t go on …

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2009

Posted in Books, Culture, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by Robin Gosnall


Congratulations to all the winners:

Audience Development Streetwise Opera: My Secret Heart
Chamber Music Britten Sinfonia Lunchtime Series
Chamber-Scale Composition Harrison Birtwistle: The Tree of Strings
Concert Series and Festivals Ensemble 10/10
Conductor Valery Gergiev
Creative Communication Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise (4th Estate / Harper Perennial)
Education Hackney Music Development Trust: Confucius Says
Ensemble Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Ensemble 10/10
Instrumentalist Janine Jansen
Large-Scale Composition George Benjamin: Into the Little Hill
Opera and Music Theatre English National Opera
Singer Susan Bullock
Young Artist Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Special Award for Services to British Music Richard Hickox (posthumous)

Hats off to Liz Forgan, chair of Arts Council England, who described how her own grandfather had made her listen, aged six, to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

“Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all,” she said. “Give them Birtwistle, Buxtehude, Ligeti, Ockeghem and Beethoven as soon as possible. Give them the best of contemporary music of all sorts. Above all, don’t apologise.”


Raise children on Wagner, urges Arts Council chair Dame Liz Forgan

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