Proms 2020
12 Sep 2020, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2020 Live Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms
Last Night of the Proms
20:00 Sat 12 Sep 2020 Royal Albert Hall
The Last Night of the Proms, featuring South-African soprano Golda Schultz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska. Watch on BBC One at 8.00pm.
The Last Night of the Proms, featuring South-African soprano Golda Schultz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska. Watch on BBC One at 8.00pm.

Change of artist

We are sorry to announce that Lisa Batiashvili is no longer able to appear at the Last Night of the Proms due to illness. We are delighted that Nicola Benedetti will now perform Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, as per the advertised programme.

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About This Event

In a year like no other, the Last Night of the Proms – always a celebration of world-class music-making across the season – reflects the many experiences and moods we have encountered during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Finnish maestra Dalia Stasevska – the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor – presides over a specially adapted Last Night with no live spectators at the Royal Albert Hall but with millions listening and watching worldwide.

Excerpts from Mozart’s witty opera celebrating unwavering love leads to Strauss’s rapturous ‘Morgen!’, a wedding gift to his wife, opening with the thought that ‘Tomorrow the sun will shine again’.

There’s consolation in Sibelius’s serene Impromptu, a celebration of one of the great creative spirits of the past century – Stephen Sondheim – in his 90th-birthday year. There is the soaring violin of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and birdsong also concludes Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi’s new commission (whose title, Solus, also acknowledges the loneliness of lockdown).

With rising star Golda Schultz and Proms regular Nicola Benedetti as soloists – as well as the usual Last Night favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem – it’s a jubilant, socially distanced musical party designed to bring us all together.

It will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall.

Live on BBC Radio 3 & BBC One

Image: Golda Schultz © Dario Acosta