19
Jul

Proms 2016

It’s time for the Prom season to get under way and this year I’m doing six proms including the first and last nights. As usual I’m really looking forward to getting into the Albert Hall and being involved once again with my favourite orchestra in this great music festival.


My violin having a lie down before the Proms begin!

My violin having a lie down before the Proms begin!


The First Night (15th July) will see our principal conductor Sakari Oramo conducting works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Prokofiev. Sol Gabetta is the soloist in Elgar’s Cello concerto.


My next Prom is 26th July when Sir Andrew Davis is returning to the orchestra to conduct us in Tchaikovsky The Tempest Overture, a World premiere ‘Of Land, Sea and Sky’ by Anthony Payne, Bruch’s violin concerto No.1 with soloist Ray Chen and  Vaughan Williams ‘Toward the Unknown Region’. I’m looking forward to working with Andrew on this programme – particularly the Vaughan Williams as I have great memories of us doing a Vaughan Williams Prom together a few years back and also playing ‘Lark Ascending’ in Dubai in 2014 with Andrew conducting.


 


4th August we have Oliver Knussen conducting Brahms Piano Concerto no.2 with soloist Peter Serkin and a UK premiere of Reinbert de Leeuw ‘Der nachtiliche Wanderer’.


 


Jiri Belohlavek returns to the Proms to conduct us in a performance of Janacek’s ‘The Makropulos Affair’ on 19th August. A great treat to be working with Jiri again.


Working at Maida Vale a while ago.

Working at Maida Vale a while ago.


 


 


31st August’s Prom is a programme of Bayan Northcott – ‘Concerto for Orchestra’, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Baiba Skride and Zemlinsky ‘Lyric Symphony’, conducted by Simone Young.


 


 


A 'selfie' from last year's Last Night!

A ‘selfie’ from last year’s Last Night!


Then to round off the season, The Last Night of the Proms on 10th September sees the usual works by Elgar, Wood, Arne and Parry along with Butterworth, Borodin, Rossini, Donizetti, Offenbach, Britten, Dove and Vaughan Williams!


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