Calling all Prommers - come and take part in the world premiere of Musica Benevolens at the Last Night!
Call to action - Proms Controller Roger Wright at the Royal Albert Hall
At the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, audiences will have the chance to hear the world premiere of a Musicians Benevolent Fund commission written by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to mark the Fund's 90th birthday and to thank the Promenaders’ Musical Charities for collecting for musicians in need at the BBC Proms every year. This season’s collection now stands at over £74,000. It is a great effort by the Prommers and one that will be rightly celebrated at the Last Night.
We have invited the Prommers to write special texts about the power of music and Max has incorporated them into his new piece. He has also requested that the Promenaders join in the performance, chanting those texts alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus. So we are calling on all Promenaders to take part!
So, after the hugely successful first ever Audience Choice Prom last Friday, the audience participation continues at the festival's grand climax!
To ensure as many Promenaders as possible can be involved, Stephen Jackson, Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, will be taking a 15-minute rehearsal in the Royal Albert Hall auditorium starting at 6.15pm on Saturday 10th September. Doors to the Hall for Last Night prom ticket holders will open at 6pm that night.
You can catch the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Musica Benevolens in the first half of the Last Night of the Proms - broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Two.
I am looking forward to seeing (and hearing!) you there.