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  1. The sassy maiden

    George and Ira Gershwin's Lorelei

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    George and Ira Gershwin put the story of the Lorelei – a maiden who sits on an outcrop on the River Rhine, her beauty causing mesmerised sailors to hit the rocks – for use as a sexy cabaret number in their musical, Pardon My English, which opened on Broadway in 1933.

    Set in contemporary Dresden, the plot turns Prohibition on its head by making non-alcoholic drinks illegal, by edict of the German government.

    At Club 21, a soft drink speakeasy, the star turn is Gita Gobel, who helps set the scene with her blues-ballad version of The Lorelei: ‘Swimming in the Rhine, her figure was divine…’

    This is no passive, mythical Siren, but a sassy and sexually assertive woman who wants to get down off her rock and mingle: ‘I wanna bite my initials on a sailor's neck!’

  2. Waterloo Sunset

    For The Kinks superfans...

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    Sir Ray Davies' is performing at Proms in the Park tonight., why not geek out on this in-depth analysis on Davies' heart warming ode to London.

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    Video caption: Watch Professor Allan Moore explain why Ray Davies' 1967 ode to London works so well.

    You can watch highlights from all the Proms in the Park concerts at the top of this page or on the Red Button.

  3. Who was Lola Montez?

    She of the Spider Dance

    Lola Montez (1821–61) is one of history’s most colourful characters. The sometime dancer, actress, alleged courtesan, lecturer and writer, was born in Ireland; after making her London debut as ‘Lola Montez, the Spanish dancer’, she cut a swathe through Europe.

    Restless and determined, she moved to Munich, becoming the lover and political confidante of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess Landsfeld. Fleeing to London in the wake of the 1848 revolutions, she entered into a technically bigamous marriage and, when widowed, moved on again to start a new life, first on the eastern seaboard of America and then settling in the Sierra foothills of California, performing for audiences of gold miners. Her famous, erotic ‘Spider Dance’ was first noted in a San Francisco newspaper in 1853 and was subsequently exported and performed, to further scandalous effect, before miners in the Australian goldfields.

  4. A birthday treat of a season

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    Marking composer John Adam's 70th birthday, the Prom's have programmed many his works across the 2017 season starting with Harmonium on the opening night, followed by Prom 27 with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting his Naive and Sentimental Music and Proms at... Bold Tendencies in Peckham.

    Tonight, for the Last Night of the Proms, we have Adams' Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance.

  5. Party podium

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    The Prommers, as per tradition, have been busy decorating the conductor's stand for part two of the Last Night of the Proms.

    Looking good!

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  6. Still feeling emotional after the Wagner?

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    Pull yourself together we're about to start the second half!

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  7. Proms 2017: another look

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    Want to know more about the other 74 Proms? Here's our countdown to the Last Night of the Proms kicking of us in style is the fantastically cool Hiromi playing I Got Rhythm from Prom 57, the Swing Prom.

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    Video caption: I Got Rhythm (George & Ira Gershwin)

    Watch: Countdown to the Last Night of the Proms

  8. Catch up with Chineke!

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    Last night the Chineke! Prom was broadcast and it was incredible...

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    Video caption: The UK’s first majority BME orchestra, Chineke! makes its Proms debut.
  9. Beethoven like you've never heard it before

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    Have a listen to one of the best-known piece of classical music in the Western world – and see if you can keep up with the pace.

  10. Perfect pitch or bum note?

    Think you can hit the right note with your musical know how? Take our composer myths quiz

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    Image caption: Musical mystery tour...
  11. #Slowproms #WaitForIt

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    Piano tuner Ulrich Gerhartz tunes a Steinway Model D. It's a slow burner but the ending's a real corker...

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    Video caption: Three quarters of an hour of piano tuning ahead of Andras Schiff's Proms performance.
  12. Bryn is back

    In a few minutes, Sir Bryn Terfel will be heading on stage at Hyde Park....

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    Quote Message: It seems like just yesterday that I last performed at Hyde Park. 14 years may have passed but my excitement at appearing at this iconic event certainly has not: I am so looking forward to being reunited with the fabulous Proms in the Park audience and performing for them once again – a truly special honour! from Sir Bryn Terfel
    Sir Bryn Terfel
  13. Meanwhile... a weather update from Glasgow

  14. It's all about attention to detail

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    Being a tenor at the Last Night of the Proms means making sure your turban matches your and bow tie.

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  15. Nina Stemme on performing the opera Tristan and Isolde

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    Quote Message: I’ve become more fascinated with what [Isolde] feels about death. Tristan has always been suicidal, because he can’t believe he will ever be loved, but for her the idea of death as an escape is a new one.
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    Image caption: Nina Stemme
  16. Wagner's awkward love triangle

    The opera Tristan and Isolde famously dramatises the triangular relationship of Wagner and his lover Mathilde Wesendonck (representing Tristan and Isolde respectively), with Mathilde’s husband Otto playing the role of the jilted husband (King Mark) who finally gives up his wife in the face of his rival’s all-consuming passion.

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