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Spotlight on the BBC Performing Groups

A focus on the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers. Including music by Adams, Strauss, Kuhnau, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Plus Haydn String Quartets.

As the first night of the 2009 BBC Proms approaches, Jonathan Swain throws the spotlight onto the BBC's Performing Groups, who provide the backbone of every year's Proms performances including on the first and last nights.

This programme focuses on the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers.

John Adams: The Chairman Dances
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mikhail Agrest (conductor)

Strauss: Metamorphosen
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor)

Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 76, No 1
Doric String Quartet

3.00pm
Kuhnau: Tristis est anima mea
Stephen Farr (organ)
BBC Singers
David Hill (conductor)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15
Shai Wozner (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jonas Alber (conductor)

3.55pm
Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 77, No 1
Jerusalem Quartet

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mikhail Agrest (conductor).

3 hours

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