Sunday, 14 September 2014 – Last night was the Last Night of the Proms. Once again, and for the twelfth consecutive season, Classical Source covered every concert: 76 in the Royal Albert Hall, 12 in Cadogan Hall, and the four Composer Portraits at the Royal College of Music. (The reviews were rolled-out on the new-look pages, which will soon become standard.)
My thanks to each of the contributors for their sterling efforts – for filing copy so quickly without compromising either quality or their strong, informed opinions – to Kevin for adding photos and tweeting, and most of all to Colin for his editing skills (and the breadth of knowledge that goes with it) as well as his indefatigable organising. And once again it has been a pleasure to work with the good folk in the BBC Proms office and at BBC Radio 3.
But, refusing to rest on laurels – and thank-you for your many comments, tweets and emails in response to what we publish – the new season is now with us (indeed Classical Source has already reported from Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera and English National Opera, and also covered a cabaret and a musical), so we look forward to writing about many more concerts, operas, ballets and recordings – and features (only the other day Sakari Oramo, who conducted the Last Night of the Proms, was interviewed regarding his forthcoming BBC Symphony Orchestra cycle of Carl Nielsen’s six Symphonies) – and to sharing them all (and the latest news) with you, our readers.
New York, New York, too – our coordinator there, David M. Rice, has been very active plotting with our ‘Big Apple’ reviewers and the city’s august musical institutions, and we have signed-up a couple of new writers, including Fred Kirshnit, a much-admired and veteran commentator on the New York scene who has already put his stamp on some of the recent Mostly Mozart concerts.
The Classical Source
14 September 2014