BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The early years of the present century were not kind to the Cincinnati Symphony, which in 1909 gave an untried Leopold Stokowski his first conducting post. The disappearance of the...
Big Band concerts have become a regular feature at the Proms of late, and though this matinee event was not intended to be a “battle of the bands”, there was...
Continuing the Reformation strand of this season's Proms, this concert focussed on the legacy of the early-fifteenth-century Czech reformer Jan Hus, burned at the stake in July 1415 for decrying...
A bijou encapsulation about what the Proms is all about, albeit with a shift some six miles south-east from the Royal Albert Hall, a return to the Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey...
Curated by the Darbar Foundation, this long late-night Prom (extending into Saturday morning) celebrated the seventieth-anniversary of the ending of colonial rule in India, the creation of the modern states...
In an age when a short piece to open a concert is no longer the regular presence it once was – whether specifically an Overture or not, even though there...
Beneath the Underdog proved a powerful Proms showcase of Charles Mingus’s radical repertoire, performed with bold attitude by Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest. Buckley was joined by a charismatic...
Gerald McBurney – described in his biography as composer, writer and deviser – stepped down last year after a decade as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s artistic programming advisor. During that...
That both of Elgar’s completed Symphonies were heard at the start of this Proms season (Barenboim) meant the ‘Third’ was a logical inclusion. Almost two decades on from its high-profile...
There were times when I thought that Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s Beethoven, particularly in the Fifth Symphony, was too much of a good thing in its drive and tension, but there was...
It might seem perverse to single out the only non-native composer from a recital given over largely to French song, but if one had to pick a highlight from Christiane...
J. S. Bach’s St John Passion formed the culmination of this tripartite “Reformation Day” at the Proms, celebrating the five-hundredth-anniversary of that pivotal event in history – a work which...
For the second instalment of the Proms’ “Reformation Day” John Butt wove together a fascinating sequence of excerpts, in more or less chronological order, from settings of the narrative of...
Although the religious revolution spawned in Europe exactly five-hundred years ago by Martin Luther’s challenge to the theology and practices of the Roman Catholic Church has come to be described...
What is it about doomed lovers and the inexorable progress towards a New Music? First Tristan und Isolde, then Pelléas et Mélisande, and, almost as though he wanted to have...
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