Friday, 13 July 2018

Spectacular, spectacular

The BBC Proms Season opens today! From the Daily Express:
[The Proms this year includes] some of the world’s greatest musicians performing a diverse range of scores – from Bach to Bernstein to Jules Buckley.

One of the major themes will be events that occurred 100 years ago, including women’s right to vote, the end of the First World War, the death of Claude Debussy and the birth of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century.

And as BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th birthday, the first ever Young Musician Prom will take place, a gala concert bringing together more than 20 of the competition’s alumni.
As every year, the sheer scale and range of musical delights on offer over the next eight weeks is impressive - however we have yet to decide whether we'll be going to any of them except (inevitably) the season-closer Proms in the Park in September. Also impressive is the spectacular "curtain-raiser" taking place tonight at the Royal Albert Hall...

A Prom-by-Prom guide is (of course) available on the BBC website - and every one will be featured on Radio 3.

However, the ArtsDesk website asked a few "classical music insiders" to name their choices - and you can read them here.

Gawd bless the BBC...


  1. Proms is definitely one of my fave things ever to see on tv. The first time I saw it, I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised at the wonderful performances and amazing music. Then I wondered, since it's the prom, who's the queen? Of course, I realized, 'Oh, it's the UK. They all ready have a Queen...and Dame Edna, when she's in town...'

    It's a fantastic and fabulous event. The curtains show is spectacular. I love watching the concerts of awesome music! Music is the universal language, and we all love great music. I hope y'all enjoy the Park show.

    1. Yes, we already have The Queen. [And several pretenders, of course...]

      The Proms Season is a marvellous and extravagant display of the greatest and most varied music, in the "classical" as well as other genres. A season to be proud of - and especially as nothing of it like happens anywhere else in the world.


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    1. Not sure what the old boy would have made of the shenanigans in the Park nowadays... Jx


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