- Edgard Varèse 1883–1965
Tuning Up (5 mins)
- Nico Muhly b.1981
GaitBBC Commission London premiere (20 mins)
- Olivier Messiaen 1908–1992
- Anna Meredith b.1978
HandsFree (12 mins)
- Cynthia Millar ondes martenot
- Joanna MacGregor piano
- National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
- Vasily Petrenko Conductor
About this event
Messiaen’s ecstatic, Eastern-influenced celebration of love is framed by a BBC commission from one of America’s rising talents and Anna Meredith’s acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier this year by NYO members and commissioned for the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Varèse’s Tuning Up is a tongue-in-cheek parody based on the familiar orchestral strains usually heard on stage only before the conductor arrives.
Discover the Music Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Andrew McGregor talks about Messiaen's Turangalila.