Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Rule Britannia is out of bounds to my mother, my dog, and clowns

As the line-up for this year's Proms Season is announced, so we rejoice in the fact that Mr David Bowie will be celebrated in a Prom of his own on 29th July - featuring Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer, among others.

Here, in anticipation, is the London Symphony Orchestra's own arrangement of Life On Mars:

Other highlights from the 2016 Proms programme include:
  • A tribute to French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, who died in January aged 90.
  • US music legend Quincy Jones presents an overview of his career, from his solo works to collaborations with Miles Davis and Michael Jackson.
  • A season of music inspired by Shakespeare, marking 400 years since the playwright's death.
  • Bryn Terfyl performing the title role in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
  • A celebration of Latin American music, to coincide with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Ten cello concertos, starting with Elgar's Cello Concerto, performed by Sol Gabetta on the First Night.
  • The John Wilson Orchestra performing the best of Ira Gershwin, marking the 120th anniversary of the composer's birth.
  • A night of Gospel music, featuring a hand-picked selection of singers from the UK's leading gospel groups.
  • All three of Stravinsky's landmark ballets for the Ballet Russes, performed over one weekend.
  • Headlining the Last Night of the Proms is tenor Juan Diego Flórez.
Here's the launch video, for your delectation:

The BBC Proms Season is on from 15th July to 10th September, but the headliners and other acts for our own "season closer" Proms in the Park won't be announced until Monday 2nd May.

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