Category Archives: BBC Proms

Britten at the Last Night of the Proms – The Building of the House and The National Anthem

(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou Programming for the Last Night of the Proms has changed radically in the last few decades. A quick look at the archive confirms that the last night in 1977, the first since Britten’s death, marked the composer’s … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – A boy was born

BBC Singers (c) Sophie Laslett In an interesting juxtaposition the BBC reminded us that Benjamin Britten’s is not the only centennial birthday worthy of celebration this year. George Lloyd, too, was born in 1913, and he lived to the age … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Violin Concerto

(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou It is still a surprisingly rare occurrence to hear English music performed by non-British ensembles, and it raises the old question. Does English music travel well abroad? On the evidence of this and the previous day’s Camerata … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Elegy world premiere, Simple Symphony and Lachrymae

Camerata Nordica ((c) Jan Nordström) For the last of the four Proms Saturday Matinee concerts devoted to the music of Britten and his accomplices, we had a world premiere to enjoy – the first performance of the 14-year old composer’s … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Billy Budd

(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou A good Billy Budd performance can be judged by the emotional wreckage left in its wake – so the annual visit of Glyndebourne to the Proms could, on that basis, be judged a complete success. So how … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

Ben Johnson ((c) Chris Gloag) The orchestra with the closest association to the music of Benjamin Britten is surely the English Chamber Orchestra, so it was good to see them at the BBC Proms, taking charge of the third of … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Les illuminations

Ian Bostridge (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou Sir Colin Davis received a full Prom in his honour from the London Symphony Orchestra and their principal guest conductor Daniel Harding on Tuesday 20th August – and quite naturally the music of Britten was … Continue reading

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