BBC Proms 2013: Proms 1

Friday 12 July



The 2013 BBC Proms begins, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Led by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo, the First Night of the Proms begins with a surge of natural energy in sea-inspired works by Britten and Vaughan Williams, the latter combining the 300-strong forces of the Proms Youth Choir and the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Julian Anderson's new commission sets some lines concerning nature and time by the 19th century mystical writer Richard Jefferies.

Stephen Hough performs one of the best-loved works in the repertory, kicking off a season in which the piano concerto will loom large; and 100 years after his birth, Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski is celebrated alongside the music of his compatriots, beginning tonight with one of his most popular pieces, Variations on a Theme by Paganini.


Julian Anderson: Harmony (BBC commission: world premiere)

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Stephen Hough (piano)

BBC Proms Youth Choir

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 15th July at 2pm.

Presenter / Petroc Trelawny, Producer / Ann McKay and Emma Bloxham for the BBC

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