BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

This late-night Prom drew a surprisingly large audience to the Royal Albert Hall. Surprising because of the start time (10.15) and because of the slightly obscure nature of the music.J....
This season's BBC Proms includes Tchaikovsky's four works for piano and orchestra (three concertos and the Concert Fantasia) – played by Stephen Hough – and Stravinsky's ballet scores, of which...
This was a cunningly planned programme – rare Martinů and lesser-played Bartók – book-ended by arguably the most famous of all overtures and one of Stravinsky's most popular scores. The...
Susan Graham and Malcolm Martineau have been touring a comprehensive recital of French mélodie, one of their ports of call being Wigmore Hall in February 2008, and the whole can...
The weekend’s final concert of music commemorating the triptych of British composers who died in 1934 once again combined the popular with the unfamiliar. The Royal Albert Hall’s high occupancy...
The opportunity of a “free family prom” attracted many first-timers to a classical music concert; indeed of the two-thirds-full Royal Albert Hall many were children. Producing a suitable concert for...
Continuing the weekend marking the threecomposers represented in this concert who died in 1934, judicious programme planningfound two 'popular' works framing a rarity.Elgar's picture-portrait (perhaps an idealised one) of London...
It seemed a bit odd to begin this weekend focussing on the year 1934 – in which occurred the deaths of Elgar, Delius and Holst – with a decidedly second-rate...
One of the strangest Proms programmes in a long while, this three-part concert attempted to trace musical and cultural connections between East and West and between France and Spain. The...
This memorable Prom, one of several manifesting Roger Wright’s determination to find room for indigenous rarities, was dedicated to the memory of Sir Edward and Lady Downes. It was preceded...
Celebrating 800 years of any educational establishment would normally offer a reasonable pool of material to draw from. When that establishment is Cambridge University you can be sure that the...
The “Glyndebourne Prom” is always an event, allowing the Sussex Opera Festival to showcase one of its usually new productions in the huge space of the Royal Albert Hall. This...
Those who stayed on at the Royal Albert Hall for the late-night Prom which followed Bernard Haitink’s monumental Mahler 9 were rewarded with as complementary and enriching a musical experience...
A wonderful occasion, one enhanced by no applause between movements and an appreciative silence at the end of the work before a very enthusiastic reception broke out. Bernard Haitink, recently...
The 500th-anniversary of the coronation of King Henry VIII probably does not figure too highly in the memory when set against the crop of births and deaths of the major...
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