Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Louise Fryer
Launching a weekend featuring performances by young performers, the Ulster Youth Orchestra joins the Ulster Orchestra in a concert brimming with orchestral colour. The Ulster Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, makes her Proms, debut while virtuoso flautist, Sir James Galway, makes a welcome return to the Proms.
The members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra showcase their talent in a piece sparkling with Spanish dance rhythms and folk-like tunes - Chabrier's España is a musical postcard marking the composer's visit to Spain in 1882. Sir James Galway joins the Ulster Orchestra to perform Mozarts's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314, a work which began life as an oboe concerto and was adapted for flute by the composer in Mannheim in 1798. Dark Hedges for double orchestra and solo flute is a BBC commission for the BBC Proms by Elaine Agnew. The work is inspired by an avenue of over-arching beech trees planted near Armoy in 1750, close to the composer's home in Co. Antrim.
The concert ends with music from Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird. It tells the story of a prince who, with the help of a mysterious firebird, breaks a spell cast by the evil magician, King Kashei. The 1911 suite from the ballet is lavishly orchestrated and takes full advantage of the large orchestral forces provided by the combined forces of the youth and professional orchestras playing side by side on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
Stravinsky: The Firebird - suite (1911)
James Galway (flute)
Ulster Youth Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 8th August at 2pm.