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Prom 11: 1969 - The Sound of a Summer

Live at the BBC Proms. The BBC Concert Orchestra, Stephen Bell, Vanessa Haynes, Tony Momrelle and the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble in a programme inspired by the year 1969.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell, with singers Vanessa Haynes and Tony Momrelle, and the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Lemn Sissay.

Joni Mitchell Woodstock
Walton Battle of Britain Suite
Bacharach/David Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Fred Neil Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me
John Barry Midnight Cowboy
John Barry Ski Chase from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Lennon/McCartney Get Back
George Harrison Something
George Harrison Here Comes The Sun

Interval: Proms Plus
Poets Jacob Polley and Rachael Allen read their poetry and respond to themes in the music of tonight’s concert. If the summer of 1969 was a time of hedonism and optimistic exploration of space does that echo down the decades? Hosted by New Generation Thinker and author Preti Taneja. Produced by Zahid Warley.

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (1st movt)
Legrand What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
Quincy Jones On Days Like This
Will Gregory Journey to the Sky
Whitfield/Strong I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Bacharach/David I Say A Little Prayer

Singers Vanessa Haynes and Tony Momrelle
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor Stephen Bell

Woodstock, the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, the ongoing Vietnam War, The Beatles’ final album (Abbey Road) – 1969 was a pivotal year.

This Prom explores the film and popular music of 1969 to revive the soundtrack of a special summer.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under Stephen Bell presents a typically wide-angled view, taking in music inspired by the era-defining Woodstock festival, excerpts from the films Battle of Britain, The Italian Job, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Midnight Cowboy, and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ from The Beatles’ final album Abbey Road.

As the USA’s victory in the space race inspired new music to match the emerging digital era, the Moog synthesizer broke into the mainstream with the album Switched-on Bach. A concert evoking the end of the Swinging Sixties, with a cross-generational appeal that offers both a sunburst of nostalgia and iconic revivals.

2 hours, 29 minutes

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Music Played

  • Joni Mitchell

    Woodstock

    Performer: Vanessa Haynes. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • William Walton

    Battle of Britain Suite

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Bell.
  • Burt Bacharach

    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

    Performer: Vanessa Haynes. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Fred Neil

    Everybody's Talkin' At Me

    Performer: Tony Momrelle. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • John Barry

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ski Chase

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Bell.
  • Paul McCartney

    Get Back

    Performer: Tony Momrelle. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • George Harrison

    Something

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Bell.
  • George Harrison

    Here Comes the Sun

    Performer: Tony Momrelle. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto - 1st mvt

    Ensemble: Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Michel Legrand

    What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life

    Performer: Vanessa Haynes. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Quincy Jones

    On Days Like This

    Performer: Tony Momrelle. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Will Gregory

    Journey to the Sky

    Ensemble: Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Barrett Strong

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    Performer: Tony Momrelle. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Burt Bacharach

    I Say A Little Prayer

    Performer: Vanessa Haynes. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • David Bowie

    Space Oddity

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Bell.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jakub Hrůša.
    • Tchaikovsky/Bruch Violin Concertos: Nicola Benedetti.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 2.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Che si puo fare Op.8 no.6

    Singer: Mariana Flores. Ensemble: Cappella Mediterranea. Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón.
    • Ambronay.

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