Music Performance

Music Performance

Royal Albert Hall

The BBC Proms take place in the Royal Albert Hall

Last night of the Proms

Members of the public wave flags during the last night of the Proms 2007

BBC Proms 2008 on BBC World Service

The 2008 BBC Proms season is now over but you can still enjoy highlights from some of the concerts broadcast earlier this year by BBC World Service. And don't forget to join us next year: the Proms start again on Friday 17 July 2009.


The First Night of the Proms: 19/20 July

The opening concert marked the centenary of the great 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen, alongside Mozart’s Oboe Concerto (soloist Nicholas Daniel) and a miniature by the doyen of American composers Elliott Carter, also 100 this year. Jiri Belohlavek conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Prom 8: The Tallis Scholars: 26/27 July

The following Prom featured UK’s leading early music specialists, the Tallis Scholars under the direction of Peter Phillips. Jacob Obrecht’s mass Malheur me bat (Misfortune has struck me) was complemented by a performance of the original, three-part Malheur me bat chanson with brand new lyrics.

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Prom 17: World Music Celebration: 02/03 August

Next we featured top ‘world’ music talent, five winners of the 2008 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. On the bill were Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, a UK-Gambian collaboration by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, Malian ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate, electronic sounds from Sa Dingding and flamenco-inspired music from Son de la Frontera.

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Prom 20: Stockhausen Day (1): 09/10 August

A whole day of Proms performances was dedicated to the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen who would have been 80 this year. The highlight was the world premiere of Harmonies for solo trumpet, finished just before Stockhausen’s death last December.

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Prom 38: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: 16/17 August

The West-East Divan orchestra is a project that transcends music: it brings together musicians from Israel and the Arab world, giving them opportunity to work and make friends with people they would have otherwise never met. Founder Daniel Barenboim, who holds both Israeli and Palestinian citizenships, conducted Brahms's Symphony No.4.

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Prom 63: Nishat Khan and the BBC singers: 06/07 September

East meets West with a difference: Indian ragas courtesy of sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan interspersed with European Renaissance motets, chansons and plainchant sung by BBC Singers under the direction of David Hill. Rather than trying to fuse two distinct types of music, the concert placed European polyphony and north-Indian classics side by side. Only in a couple of the works in this Prom were the two musical traditions combined.

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Prom 69: Royal Scottish National Orchestra: 13 September

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under their charismatic French conductor Stéphane Denève brought Debussy’s scintillating orchestral showpiece La Mer and the second suite from ballet Bacchus et Ariane by Albert Roussel to the Royal Albert Hall.

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