Blue Peter Jamboree! (What Polly & Olivia thought)

Fanfare for the Common Man
Ashworth Hope
Blue Peter Theme [arr. Murray Gold]
Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King
John Williams
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Harry’s Wondrous World
Greeting Prelude
The Sound of Music – My Favourite Things
ProkofievRomeo and Juliet, Op.64 – Montagues and Capulets

Bollywood Medley:
Muzammal Safri
Loay Loay Aaja Mahi [arr. Sarah Moore]
Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna [arr. Kay Charlton]
Pritam Salim-Sulaiman
Dhoome Medley [arr. Charlton]

Run to the Edge
West Side Story – Mambo
Kaliedoscope – When Icicles Hang by the Wall
Peter Grimes – Storm Interlude
Pomp and Curcumstance March No.1
Blue Peter Theme

Peter Duncan & Gemma Hunt (presenters)

Connie Fisher (singer)

New London Children’s Choir
Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs

Bollywood Brass Band

Honey Kalaria and Honey’s Dance Academy

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Tecwyn Evans

Reviewed by: Polly Barber & Olivia Podd
(with a little help from their godfather Alexander Campbell)

Reviewed: 21 July, 2007
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London

This was the first of two Blue Peter Proms and despite the release of the final instalment of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series there were some muggle children who could be found at the Royal Albert Hall. At lunch, after the concert, Olivia Podd (aged 8) and Polly Barber (6) were asked to list their five favourite pieces in order and to explain in a few words why they liked them.

We’ll start with the youngest!

Polly’s five were:
1. The Bollywood Medley
The music was very fast and dancy, and I liked it when everyone was being taught how to do it.
2. The Storm from Peter Grimes
It sounded just like a storm with all the very loud bits and then the soft parts.
3. Pomp and Circumstance March
I liked going to the middle and standing and waiting for the balloons.
4. Stravinsky Greeting Prelude
This was funny; the tune was funny.
5. The rest… !

Olivia – a budding bassoon player – chose the following:
1. Copland Fanfare
“It was how it should sound, and it was like the picture in the programme. I liked the trumpets.”
2. The Bollywood Medley
I liked this bit when they got everybody to do the moves.
3. Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King
This sounded a bit scary. I wasn’t very scared myself but the music sounded as if it was meant to be scary.
4. Stravinsky Greeting Prelude
I liked this because there were bits of the normal tune, but this one would be much harder to sing!
5. Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets
This was fun – the tuba bits sounded fun to play.

The parental and god-parental members of the party also had a good time, thought the performers were fantastic, and also felt that the presenters were excellent and were obviously enjoying themselves and the music!

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