Proms Director Roger Wright answers your questions
I am busy answering the latest batch of questions for the Ask the Director section of the BBC Proms website. This will be the penultimate set of Q and As that we publish as we move into the last week of the festival tomorrow. It is a very helpful way for me to deal with any questions audience members, radio listeners or TV viewers have about the Proms.
I am also looking forward to a good discussion at my annual public Q and A session in the Proms Plus event next Wednesday.
Given the disruption to the Prom last night, I expect questions about that concert. Amongst other subjects, I also expect to be asked about the issue of the lack of fountain in the arena of the Royal Albert Hall. So the debate will be as wide-ranging as ever.
Much has already been written and said about last night's Prom featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and I recognise the wide variety of views.
I am sorry that the concert was disrupted and that we chose reluctantly to take our Radio 3 broadcast off air. Even though additional security was in place, no precautions can prevent vocal disruption of public events. Of course it was a difficult evening in many ways, but I am pleased that the capacity audience was able to enjoy the playing of the IPO in the complete programme and that Radio 3 listeners will be able to hear the second half of the concert in the repeat broadcast next Wednesday at 2.30.
After the audience noise at the start of the Bruch Concerto Gil Shaham went on to give a marvellous performance of the work and our audience will be able to hear his Bach encore which was rapturously received, as was the orchestra's Prokofiev encore which will also be broadcast next week.
I have answered questions about the arena fountain in my Q and As and explained the reasons behind its disappearance this year.
For every aspect of the Proms we carry out a review after the festival has finished and the fountain issue will form part of that discussion. I have received a petition asking for its reinstatement which has around 400 signatures on it and I gather that there are now more names. I have made it clear that I would rather have audience members not turned away for lack of space than take up that space with a fountain. The organisers of the petition have helpfully let me know that it is not the fountain itself that is the issue but the lack of seats that were round it. So we will think about that concern and no doubt have wider consultation to see what we might do next year.
Of course having such large crowds at so many Proms is a good problem to have.
I am often asked if particular Proms performances will be made available commercially. Sadly the lack of the necessary performers' rights usually prevent such commercial releases. However I am pleased to let you know that the much discussed performance of the Havergal Brian Gothic Symphony on the first Sunday of the Proms will be released as a CD recording.
That first weekend seems like a lifetime away already and the start of the 2012 Proms is only ten months in the future. The planning never stops.
Roger Wright is Controller of Radio 3 and Director of BBC Proms