BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The Ten Pieces music education project has to be one of the BBC’s greatest successes. The aim is to get young people not just listening to classical music but responding...
BBC Learning’s Ten Pieces initiative is in its fourth year, opening up classical music to children all over the UK by encouraging them to make music at school. This Prom...
Founded fourteen years ago by Teodor Currentzis, MusicaAeterna is a skilled period-instrument orchestra; the string strength is about a dozen fewer than with the standard symphony orchestra. The players respond...
The heat-wave broke in London with impeccable timing, an hour or two before the start of this Prom, rain clearing the air for this programme of English music. The centenaries...
After last year’s lecture concert, ending in a performance of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, it was good to welcome the Hallé and Mark Elder back for a full-evening programme –...
Tansy Davies's opera about 9/11, Between Worlds, was premiered by ENO in 2015, to a mixed reception. What Did We See? is a twenty-four-minute four-movement Suite drawn from that score,...
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand” (William Blake) might have been one way of summing up the components of this programme: its overview of the Romantic movement...
The London Contemporary Orchestra has certainly established a secure basis in the capital's fixtures over its first decade of existence, and this late-night Prom of music by five pioneering female...
Karina Canellakis has rapidly come to prominence among younger conductors and, on the basis of this Prom, it is not hard to hear why. Beethoven's Coriolan (1807, for Collin’s play)...
The enthusiasm of Eve Risser for the harpsichord – “the most fun instrument to write for” – is perhaps not surprising: for all its associations with Baroque music, the plucked...
Separately if not together, Sir Henry Wood and the Royal Albert Hall have played significant roles in the UK performance history of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, the Proms as...
Reviewed from live BBC Radio 3 broadcast... The heart doesn’t quite sink at the prospect of Widor’s ‘Toccata’ yet again – it’s not a bad piece despite its over-exposure, but...
“War and Peace” was the BBC’s online strapline for this Prom given (mostly) by the multinational ensemble founded by Sir Georg Solti on the fiftieth-anniversary of the United Nations in...
Billed as a fiftieth-birthday concert for the London Sinfonietta as well as one of the cornerstone Proms in this year’s commemoration of the end of the First World War –...
There were a few connective threads in this very fine concert, the first of BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s two Proms this season. Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen were contemporaries...
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