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BBC Proms 2011

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BBC Proms 2011

First Night of the Proms
Established by Sir Henry Wood in 1895, the aim of the Proms has always been to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.

This year’s First Night offers a varied taster for the new season, building to one of Janácek’s most visceral and optimistic works – the extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture, the Glagolitic Mass.

Last Night of the Proms
Tradition meets high jinks once again as Edward Gardner conducts his first Last Night of the Proms. For this grandest of grand finales there are two very special
guests.

Since her first Proms appearance in 1995, Susan Bullock has emerged as Britain’s leading dramatic soprano, specialising in what she calls ‘the large
ladies’ of the repertoire. None is more challenging than Brünnhilde, whose Immolation Scene concludes Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.

Also featured is a classical music superstar, as popular in the West as in his native China. Lang Lang plays Liszt at his most dazzling on this, his sixth visit to the Proms. Bartók’s thrilling suite provides a blast of exotic orchestral colour. Arne, Parry and Elgar bring down the curtain in traditional fashion. But first the Master of the Queen’s Music pays tribute to the Promenaders’ fundraising efforts on behalf of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in his new work.

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