Posts Tagged ‘BBC Proms’

Bowie Prom

August 3, 2016

Tribute to David Bowie at the Proms

Performance of many of his compositions, with new arrangements, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Various soloists, with musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e conducted by André de Ridder.


Strictly Prom

July 24, 2016




Strictly Come Dancing comes to the Proms.

Or looked at another way, the dance, the music, without the crap.

Real dance, breath taking, sends shivers down the spine dance, not the dumbed-down garbage of Strictly Come Dancing, that does for dance what X-Factor and Britain Ain’t Got Talent does for music.

Indeed why even link to Strictly Come Dancing, as that gives the impression of dumbing down the Proms. Why not simple call Dance Night at the Proms?

To see full concert, watch on BBC Four, broadcast last Friday, or access via BBC iPlayer.

G F Handel – The Sixteen

November 17, 2011

[Handel] is the only person I would wish to see before I die, and the only person I would wish to be, were I not Bach. — Bach

Handel is the greatest composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave. — Beethoven

The Sixteen choir and orchestra, Carolyn Sampson soprano, conducted by founder Harry Christophers at The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

I think this from the BBC Proms 2009, but cannot be certain. As usual BBC shoot themselves in the foot and the broadcast is no longer available on their website.

This marked the 30th anniversary of The Sixteen and Handel’s 250th anniversary.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), together with English composer Henry Purcell (who was to greatly influence Handel), was one of the leading composers of English Baroque music.

Handel’s Messiah was an inspiration from angels and an attempt to capture their voices. On completing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ Handel is reported to have exclaimed ‘I think I did see all Heaven open before me and the great God Himself.’

Later in life, Handel was to compare his experience with that of Saint Paul: ‘Whether I was in my body or out of my body when I wrote it, I know not. God only knows.’

For my lovely friend Pandora.

Hail, Mother of the Redeemer

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