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First Night of the Proms

The 118th BBC Proms season gets under way with a programme of English music, including Elgar, Delius, Tippett and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and four conductors in action.

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.

1 hour, 59 minutes

Last on

Fri 13 Jul 2012 20:30


Role Contributor
Actor Susan Gritton
Actor Sarah Connolly
Actor Robert Murray
Actor Gerald Finley
Actor Bryn Terfel
Conductor Edward Gardner
Conductor Roger Norrington
Conductor Mark Elder
Conductor Martyn Brabbins
Series Producer Francesca Kemp
Director Jonathan Haswell


  • Fri 13 Jul 2012 20:30

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