BBC Proms festival to debut Down Under in April

Posted on: November 6, 2015

“It’s as inherent a British tradition as the monarchy, Morris dancing and cucumber sandwiches: and it’s coming Down Under,” writes Debbie Cuthbertson in Thursday’s (11/5) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). “Melbourne will host the exclusive Australian season of the BBC Proms classical concert series in April…. The much-loved Proms (or, to give it its full title, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC), is an eight-week season of concerts performed in and around the Royal Albert Hall every English summer for the past 120 years…. In Melbourne this will be condensed to five Proms over four days, from April 13-16, beginning with renowned Australian composer, conductor and clarinet player Nigel Westlake. Sir Andrew Davis, chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra … will join Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s new music director, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra?, along with musicians from the MSO and QSO…. The Melbourne season will also feature Life Story Prom, based on the landmark BBC TV series by Sir David Attenborough, with QSO performing excerpts from composer Murray Gold’s score. Last Night of the Proms will see Davis and the MSO perform staples of the traditional Proms finale including ‘Rule Brittania’ and ‘Jerusalem.’ ”

Posted November 6, 2015