Saturday, 14 July 2018

Once I get my sights on you



The BBC Proms season is fantastic and varied - and, as featured over at my Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp blog, includes Proms dedicated to Bernstein (including West Side Story and On The Town), Bach’s six Brandeburg Concertos and the WW1 centenary; the eight-week programme includes works by (among others) Debussy, Gershwin, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Dvořák, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Holst, Handel, Glinka, Grieg, Strauss, Ravel, Brahms, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Allegri, Verdi, Prokofiev, Elgar, Liszt, Sibelius, Mozart, Berlioz, Barber, Britten and Bruckner (and even Youssou N'dour) - and that's just scratching the surface!

Our little gang's focus, as ever, is slightly less highbrow. Not that we are averse to any or all of the composers above - and there is still a chance that we may (or may not) get to some of the classical extravaganzas on offer. However, Proms in the Park is the party to beat all parties, and, as always, we have our tickets!

Closing the Summer Season quite neatly, the 40,000-strong celebration-cum-festival [it has been described as "Glastonbury, but with more hip replacements"] has become an integral part of our own events calendar. Alongside Eurovision, New Year's Eve, our birthday picnic and Gay Pride, it is one of the big events we look forward to the most during the year - and we have seen quite an array of talent, such as Kylie Minogue, Bryan Ferry, Barry Manilow, ABC, Frankie Valli, Dame Kiri ti Kanawa, Steps, Neil Sedaka, Tony Hadley, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel, Will Young, John Barrowman, Katherine Jenkins, Sharleen Spiteri and Texas, Jose Carreras, Dame Edna Everage, Rick Astley, Ray Davies, Leslie Garrett, All Saints, Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus Wainwright, Bjorn Again and (ahem) Rolf Harris... Whew.

This year, Auntie Beeb has once more pulled out all the stops - the headliners, hosted by Michael Ball, include Matt Goss from Bros, Lisa Stansfield, Joseph Calleja, Josh Groban and...

...Gladys Knight!

I hope she does this one:


...and I hope she brings her Pips! We love Our Glad, but - all my life, all I ever wanted was to be a Pip.

BBC Proms

10 comments:

  1. Saw Gladys in Vegas a few years ago, she was amazing. Just recently I learned she's a mormon....ugh.

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    1. Could you not tell from the suit and tie combo in that video? She has her "Elder Knight" badge concealed... Jx

      PS 'Tis a shame that so many of our revered black lady divas become god-botherers once they stop being famous: Gloria Gaynor, Della Reese, Donna Summer, Lola Falana et al...

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  2. I dig Gladys....but I adore Lisa Stansfield

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  3. License to Kill was the first Bond film I saw at the cinema, and Gladys Knight's theme is one of my favourites!

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    1. I must confess, I don't think I have seen a Bond film since Roger Moore. However, Our Glad's theme song is sumptuous! Jx

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  4. "Take me in your arms and love me" is one of the sexiest things ever recotded.

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    1. Many a baby has been conceived to a Gladys Knight song, I am sure. Jx

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  5. Can't wait it should be the best Proms in the Park ever.

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    1. If the weather's anything like this, it certainly will be! Jx

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