Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the First Night of the 2012 Proms. In the year of the London Olympics four British conductors pass the baton in an all-English programme.
Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage's punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar's pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as 'cheerful and Londony'. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it's his setting of Walt Whitman's poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird's loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it's music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett's joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar's Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.
Mark: Anthony Turnage: Canon Fever (*)
Elgar: Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' (+)
Delius: Sea Drift ()
8.20pm Discovering Music: Elgar's Coronation Ode (see separate billing)
Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (#)
Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911 version) (*)
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(*) Edward Gardner (conductor)
(+) Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)
() Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
(#) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Monday 16th July at 2pm.