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Roger Wright Roger Wright | 14:56 UK Time, Tuesday, 1 September 2009

cadogan_interiors.JPGWhat a weekend! The first ever Proms Chamber Music Festival is behind us and I was thrilled by the performances and the support they received. It was a huge feat on the part of my colleagues to plan and deliver such an array of talent in 12 concerts in three days.
There was a great buzz at Cadogan Hall and I spoke to many of the audience who had committed to being there for the day if not the weekend.

It felt like a guilty daytime pleasure to sit back and enjoy each artist or ensemble in turn.  There are so many marvellous musical memories resonating still with me - one entirely personal pleasure was the chance to hear Van Bree's charming Allegro for four string quartets that I had suggested for the series, knowing how many quartets were going to be around for the weekend!  The joy of friends coming together to make music was palpable - like a musical house party.

And then in between these chamber days was the thrill of the three evening concerts - the Tonhalle Orchestra with David Zinman and Dawn Upshaw,  the RPO with Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich and last night the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons and Magdalena Kozena.

This year's Proms seem to have flown by and I can't quite believe that we are in to the last two weeks already. The finishing line is in sight but with the prospect of many more wonderful concerts still to come.



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