Posted on 19/07/2012
Billed as the 'World's Greatest Classical Music Festival' the BBC Proms is one of the highlights of the summer season. This year it takes place from 13 July - 8 September, in the 118th year of the Proms and still remains true to its original aim, to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.
Professor Julian Johnson, Head of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, will appear on BBC Four this Saturday evening to introduce a Proms concert live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Julian will join presenter Katie Derham during the performance of Beethoven’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, giving an expert introduction to the two pieces and placing them in the context of Beethoven’s work as a whole.
This is the second concert in Daniel Barenboim's complete survey of Beethoven’s nine symphonies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, as the high-spirited Fourth Symphony is paired with the monumental, mould-breaking Third Symphony, Eroica. The programme also includes a tour-de-force from Pierre Boulez, Dialogue de l'ombre double, performed by clarinettist Jussef Eisa with live electronics from Boulez's music research centre, IRCAM.
Saturday 21 July, 8pm, BBC Four Read more
The Music Department’s Helen Grime, Lecturer in Composition, will première a new short work at Prom 56: Goehr, Knussen, Grime & Debussy on Saturday 25 August. Night Songs, commissioned by the BBC, is a tribute to composer Oliver Knussen on his 60th birthday, and features alongside Alexander Goehr’s imaginary ballet Metamorphosis/Dance, Knussen’s Third Symphony, and Claude Debussy’s The Martyrdom of St Sebastian, incidental music for a mystery play being performed complete for the first time in Proms history.
Saturday 25 August, 7.30pm, BBC Radio 3 Read more