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First Night of the Proms

The 118th season of BBC Proms gets underway at the Royal Albert Hall with a spectacular concert of all-English music. In the year of the London Olympics there is something of a relay race around the podium with no less than four conductors passing the baton in the course of the evening - Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and Martyn Brabbins. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the soloist in Delius' evocative Sea Drift, and a quartet of Proms favourite singers feature in Elgar's Coronation Ode - Susan Gritton, Sarah Connolly, Robert Murray and Gerald Finley. Elgar's effervescent Cockaigne Overture, Tippett's Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and a brand new virtuosic curtain-raiser by Mark-Anthony Turnage complete the programme. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus take their traditional place on stage for a special First Night.

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1 hour, 59 minutes

Last on

Fri 13 Jul 2012 20:30

Credits

Role Contributor
ActorSusan Gritton
ActorSarah Connolly
ActorRobert Murray
ActorGerald Finley
ActorBryn Terfel
ConductorEdward Gardner
ConductorRoger Norrington
ConductorMark Elder
ConductorMartyn Brabbins
Series ProducerFrancesca Kemp
DirectorJonathan Haswell

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