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Sunday, May 07, 2006

BBC Proms

Nicholas Kenyon had a piece earlier in the week in The New Statesman talking about this year's BBC Proms. Much more than the final last night at Royal Albert Hall, it is an 8-week, mid-year festival, featuring both the old and the new. Amongst this year's 70 concerts are Hosokawa's "Circulating Ocean", and a BBC commissioned "Andromeda" by scottish composer James Dillon. Mozart and Shostakovich are heavily programmed, this being 250 and 100 year anniversaries.

Nicholas goes on to write about some of the audience initiatives in the past decade, most notably the Proms in the Park, utilising gigantic screens for live broadcasts. Personally, I would like to attend the "Come and Sing Workshop" on July 29, where you just turn up, take a seat, and sing.

A huge lineup, read more about it here.