Wednesday 23 August, 7:30pm - Royal Albert Hall, London, Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Henry Goodman, Tamzin Griffin, Robert Pickavance, Toby Jones, Rodney Earl Clarke, Jonathan Scott
Actor Toby Jones is to perform alongside previously-announced actor Henry Goodman, who reprises his role in the first ever BBC Proms Beyond the Score® performance – a multi-media exploration of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (Wednesday 23 August).
The award-winning actors are joined by fellow performers Tamzin Griffin, Robert Pickavance and bass-baritone Rodney Earl Clarke for this performance with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, who first premiered Beyond the Score® in the UK with Henry Goodman in 2016.
The concept, devised by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the creative direction of Gerard McBurney, divides the performance into two sections. The first combines actors, visual projections and live musical excerpts performed by the Hallé on stage, letting the story of Dvořák’s life unfold whilst illuminating the world that shaped the music’s creation. A full performance of the piece follows in the second half, allowing audiences to listen with a new understanding of this orchestral masterpiece. The project seeks to open the door to symphonic repertoire for first-time concert-goers as well as to encourage an active and more fulfilling way of listening for seasoned audiences.
On bringing Beyond the Score® to the BBC Proms for the first time, Gerard McBurney, Creative Director of Beyond the Score® and former artistic advisor to the Hallé, says: ‘For me, Beyond the Score is an adventure, for everyone involved. A way of exploring together the strangeness, hidden dangers, depths, and endlessly unexpected and delicious feelings of an art form none of us should ever take for granted. And what better place to do that than at the Proms?’
David Pickard, Director of the BBC Proms, says: ‘I am delighted that we are able to include Beyond the Score® in our programme this year, as we explore different concert formats and ways of opening up works to make them more accessible to a wide range of people. A core mission of the BBC Proms is bringing new audiences to classical music and we hope everyone, whether watching in the hall or listening live on BBC Radio 3, will enjoy this experience and come away with a deeper understanding of Dvorak’s 'New World' Symphony.’
As for every Prom, up to 1,350 Promming (standing) tickets will be made available on the day of the concert, priced just £6, and available to buy in person from the Royal Albert Hall (with a limited number available online between 9am-12pm). Limited seated tickets are still available. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The 2017 BBC Proms began on Friday 14th July and runs until Saturday 9th September, presenting over eight weeks of world-class music making from a vast array of leading orchestras, conductors and soloists from the UK and around the world. Visit the BBC Proms website for full information about the season.