BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

A programme that juxtaposed the latest work of an upcoming Welsh composer with the final piece of Rachmaninov and, as the concert’s centrepiece, a concerto from Walton’s early years that...
Two of this country’s most celebrated jazz musicians, Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth both celebrate their eightieth birthdays this year, John in September, Cleo in October. They appeared...
Masaaki Suzuki formed Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, aiming to introduce Japanese audiences to period-instrument performances of great works of the Baroque era. The group has made an international name...
When Benjamin Britten completed his Sinfonia da Requiem in 1940, Mahler’s Tenth Symphony was known as an unfinished work that would probably remain so. Mahler’s widow, Alma, had published her...
On paper this was an enterprising programme with a substantial helping of Berg and Korngold from Renée Fleming sandwiched between two ‘core’ symphonies that are not too often performed.All too...
Although established some 15 years ago, the Henschel Quartet's line-up of three siblings plus a cellist who is now “one of the family” suggests that they have been playing music...
For music lovers of a certain age, it is not easy to accept that a whole generation of BBC administrators will have grown up, and no doubt moved on, since...
Although two solo organ pieces (actually, movements from sonatas) leavened this afternoon concert, a sequence of largely unaccompanied choral music ran the danger of not providing sufficient variety of timbre...
The National Youth Orchestra’s annual Proms visit found 150 players or so taking part in the Kernis and Shostakovich in a repeat of a programme the orchestra had given in...
Proms Saturday Matinees are now established as a regular fixture in the Proms season, not least as Cadogan Hall is the ideal venue for performances poised between orchestral and chamber....
Proms Saturday Matinees are now established as a regular fixture in the Proms season, not least as Cadogan Hall is the ideal venue for performances poised between orchestral and chamber....
Semyon Bychkov is an infrequent visitor to London’s orchestras and so may be forgiven for thinking the worst of the city’s reputation for occasional unbridled violence by wearing what suspiciously...
This Prom brought perhaps the most anticipated premiere of this season. Three years in composing, David Matthews's Sixth Symphony promised to be something of a summation of his achievement thus...
There was a distinct air of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall for this Prom. Kurtág’s three-part Stele – composed in memoriam for unnamed persons (although the third, an epic...
Late-night Proms do not (indeed, have never) come more uncompromising than this and it said much for the performers that their input never for a moment flagged over the course...
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