Proms 2009

Proms 2009

The Last Night

As a finale to one of the best BBC Proms seasons in recent years, this Last Night was probably one of the best, too. Dispelling

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Silk Road Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma

Silk Road Ensemble’s second visit to the Proms with musical director Yo-Yo Ma marked its tenth anniversary, a decade that has seen the Ensemble grow

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Juggler in Paradise

Violin concertos with eye-catching and imagination-stimulating nicknames seem all the rage at the moment. Only the night before BBC Proms had presented Peter Maxwell Davies’s

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Max at 75 (1)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies turned 75 on this day and was joined by Mendelssohn, whose 200th-anniversary is celebrated this year. Maxwell Davies’s latest concerto, like

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Max at 75 (2)

On the day itself, this second, more personal, celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies’s 75th-birthday examined the composer’s close affinity with Orkney, his home for nigh

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Henry Purcell

The best had been saved for last, a Proms Chamber Music hour of sublime music-making to celebrate Purcell in his 350th-anniversary year. If there is

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Messiah

“Tis the Season…”, well, not really, but the nation’s favourite oratorio needs no excuse to be trotted out, and what an odd hybrid this one

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Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Anyone who has followed Jonathan Nott’s career will have heard him conduct this music before (in Bamberg, at the Edinburgh Festival, and even in London,

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