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Prom 75: Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Chorus, plus soloists Gerald Finley and Jess Gillam.

The Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers & Chorus, plus soloists Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Ian Skelly and Georgia Mann

Hindemith: Neues vom Tage: Ouvertüre
Berlioz: Lélio - Fantaisie sur La Tempête' de Shakespeare
Roxanna Panufnik: Songs of Darkess, Dreams of Light (BBC Commission,World Premiere)
Stanford: Songs of the Sea
Stanford: The Blue Bird
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

c.8.15pm
Interval: Georgia Mann and Ian Skelly look back at the last two months of the BBC Proms in the company of guests, and Georgia Mann gets a sense of the excitement in the arena with some of the Prommers.

c.8.35pm
Saint-Saëns: Suite algérienne - Marche militaire francaise
Milhaud: Scaramouche
Rodgers: Soliloquy – Carousel
Arr Anne Dudley: World War 1 Songs:
Roses of Picardy
It's a long, long way to Tipperary
Keep right on to the end of the road
Keep the home fires burning
Henry Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Arne arr Sargent: Rule Britannia!
Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Parry arr Elgar: Jerusalem
Britten: The National Anthem
Trad arr Paul Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Gerald Finley (baritone)
Jess Gillam (saxophone)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran steersman of the Last Night, returns to direct the greatest annual party in classical music. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Henry Wood and Thomas Arne is extended in Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, featuring star Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.

Another British choral classic, Blest Pair of Sirens – honouring the ‘harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse’ – joins Jerusalem in the centenary year of Hubert Parry’s death.

There’s a dash of Broadway in the touching ‘Soliloquy’ from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, in which the wife-battering Billy finds new eloquence while vowing to change his ways, and a more mischievous streak in Milhaud’s delightful suite Scaramouche.

Roxanna Panufnik’s new commission, Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light, rounds off a series of over 40 world, UK or London premieres this season, continuing the forward-looking vision of Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood.

3 hours, 44 minutes

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