Blue Peter Prom - Beating
Drums, Dancing Lions
Saturday 24 July, 11.00amc1.00pm; Sunday
25 July, 3.30pmc5.30pm; Royal
Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Blue Peter presenters Simon Thomas and Liz
Barker will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall when they
perform at the 2004 Blue Peter Prom.
Always ready for a challenge, Simon will play the flute
with the orchestra to Tchaikovsky and Liz will participate in the flamboyant
Because of the huge demand for tickets in previous years
the BBC Proms stages the Blue Peter Prom twice this year, allowing double
the number of children and their families to join the fun.
The Blue Peter Prom conjures up the spectacular sights
and sounds of the Far East.
Two special groups of performers join the Blue Peter
presenters and the BBC Philharmonic for an exotic and colourful programme
inspired by the season's East/West theme.
The big Japanese drums of Kagemusha Taiko and the traditional
Chinese costumes of the Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu School Lion Dance troupe
will be seen at the Proms for the first time.
The Royal Albert Hall's organ makes an appearance with
Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
and there's orchestral music by Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Stravinsky.
The concert also includes music from Harry Potter, and
everyone can join in with the orchestra and the City of Birmingham Youth
Chorus in a taste of the familiar festivities of the Last Night of the
Proms, by singing Land of Hope and Glory.
The concert is conducted by the BBC Philharmonic's
Principal Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Assistant Conductor Jason
Tickets priced £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s.
Telephone booking: 0870 899 8001 (24 hours, national rate, £2
transaction fee applicable) and (after 14 June) from the Royal Albert
Hall on 020 7589 8212 (9.00am9.00pm, £2 transaction fee
applicable) or online via bbc.co.uk/proms.