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Proms First Night: A chorus of approval

Tuesday 9 July 2013, 17:00

Alison Dancer Alison Dancer Chorus Administrator

Chorus administrator Alison Dancer and BBC Symphony Chorus members look forward to this summer's BBC Proms season. 

For members of the BBC Symphony Chorus, twice-weekly rehearsals for this year's Proms began in early May, and those of us who work in the management team have been planning this year’s season for many months.

Every July when I set foot back into the Royal Albert Hall I can't help but feel a childish Christmas Eve-type excitement about the season that's about to unfold. This year I'm delighted to be working with the BBC Proms Youth Choir at the First Night and I’m looking forward to hearing the BBC SC, BBC SO and BBC Singers perform Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage under the Chorus’s President, Sir Andrew Davis. I’m trying not to think too much about all of the stairs that I’ll walk up with the offstage ladies semi-chorus to get to their Gallery-level position for the last few moments of Holst’s The Planets, and I’m secretly quite looking forward to singing Jerusalem with colleagues at the top of our voices at the Last Night.

We asked BBC Symphony Chorus members Miranda Ommanney (alto, member of the Chorus for nearly three years) David Kent (bass, member of the Chorus for almost nine years) and  about some of the things they're most looking forward to this Proms season, and what makes the BBC SC so special.

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BBC Symphony Chorus members talk about their work and the First Night of the Proms

We’ll have some more blog posts from Chorus members throughout this year’s Proms season, so do keep checking back. In the meantime, if you’re an experienced choral singer and think that you’d like to be on the Royal Albert Hall stage with David, Miranda and the rest of the BBC Symphony Chorus at next year’s BBC Proms, then you’ll find information about auditioning for the Chorus on our website.

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