The First Night of
the BBC Proms will be dedicated
to the victims of the London bombings of July 7 2005.
Planned well in advance of the attacks, the programme
includes Elgar's Overture Cockaigne - an affectionate turn-of-the-century
portrait of London's proud history and indomitable spirit - and Tippett's
highly personal response to injustice and man's inhumanity to man, A
Child of Our Time - two pieces made even more poignant by recent events.
Nicholas Kenyon, Director BBC Proms, says: "In so many
ways the Proms represent the spirit of Londoners.
"All the performers in the First Night wish both
to dedicate this concert to victims and their families and to express
the continuing resilience of London and Londoners."