BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

A concert comprising Russian music of greater and lesser familiarity – which latter term is unfortunately true these days of Borodin’s Second Symphony (1876), the piece never having regained the...
One of BBC Proms’ biggest and most valuable assets is the potential for diversity and flexibility. This can be used in a number of ways, introducing more classically inclined audiences...
If any link were to be sought among the strands of this programme, it must surely be extra-musical and relate to the incidental connection (in this context) between England and...
With a selection of choral works spanning 500 years, the BBC Singers and Nicholas Kok presented an interesting selection of English choral music. Sadly, much of Gustav Holst’s work in...
This was the first free main concert in the history of the Proms, and it marked the 200th-anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Suitably, the main work was probably the...
A crime was committed at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. A crime against sound. And we don’t need Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver to find the culprit. AMPLIFICATION (is that loud...
Designed as a programme to link Benjamin Britten with friends and associates, this was an interesting selection starting with Britten’s work for piano and strings, Young Apollo, written to a...
These two works effectively take up the Christian story where the St Matthew Passion left off, and cover the subsequent triumphant events in the life of Christ which were fundamental...
Mariss Jansons, his Bavarian orchestra and Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony were guaranteed a full house, and the prospect was, not unreasonably, weighed down with expectation. The result, though, was more diffuse,...
What is Nigel Kennedy for?For the Proms he’s a guaranteed sell-out – indeed rare must be the evening that 12,000 people can throng the Royal Albert Hall’s rotunda, but here,...
Strange to relate that some people, in Bristol to be precise, are knocking the traditional concert and questioning its time-honoured place in society: it suits their agenda while also scoring...
Opening this Prom was Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations (1938), a tautly inventive piece in which the BBC Symphony Orchestra relished those echoes of pre-First World War Stravinsky, impressionist-era Szymanowski and neo-classical...
The BBC Philharmonic continued its Proms schedule with this intelligent, quietly innovative programme. Connections – not mutually exclusive – were made in various ways. There were two pieces with regal...
An approximation of the gaudy savagery of ancient Russia was the starting point for the BBC Philharmonic’s Prom with its Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda, and I’d be impressed if a...
tenThing’s leader Tine Thing Helseth related how her female brass ensemble came about – in 2007 – as a bit of fun. The players (not exclusively the line-up here) decided...
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