The Last Night of the Proms is No.5 in our list of London's best annual events
The Royal Albert Hall's world-famous Proms season comes to a close with the spectacular Last Night of the Proms.
The usual mix of bombastic classics and flag-waving favourites will be present including Elgar'sPomp and Circumstance (of course), Parry's Jerusalem (naturally) and Arne's Rule Britannia -- it wouldn't be Last Night without those three!
Other pieces will include:
Lotta Wennakoski -- Flounce
Kodaly -- Budavari Te Deum
Sargent -- An Impression on a Windy Day
Sibelius -- Finlandia (choral version)
Wagner -- Tristan and Isolde (Prelude and Liebestod)
John Adams -- Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance
arr. Wood -- Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
Trad (arr. Thorpe Davie) -- Auld Lang Syne
The music will be performed by the sopranos Nina Stemme and Lucy Crowe, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Ben Johnson and bass John Relyea. Sakari Oramo will conduct the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The first half of the show will be shown live on BBC Two, and the second half will transfer to BBC One.
Sakari Oramo is the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Principal Conductor with the West Coast Kokkola Opera and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra works closely with the BBC and is the principal orchestra during their world-famous Proms Concerts season at the Royal Albert Hall. They also play regular concerts at the Barbican.
The BBC Symphony Chorus is one of the country’s finest amateur choruses. It is closely associated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and makes frequent radio and TV appearances. It focuses mostly on 20th-century and contemporary music.
Guest – “Is one able to listen on line? I live in Australia..”
Admin – “They're airing all the Proms concerts on BBC Radio 3. .bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007v097/episodes/playerNot sure whether the Last Night will be broadcast live, but maybe you can use the catch-up service in Australia.They are showing it live in UK TV -- first half on BBC2 and second half on BBC1. If you're able to get access to the BBC's catch-up-service then you can probably watch it on that -- but only after it's all over. They won't do it live..bbc.co.uk/iplayer”
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