Prom 16 is allowing listeners’ imaginations let loose, creating pictures of sound and taking us on journeys of the mind. Much of the music featured in this Prom is making its Proms premiere.
Well, what an absolutely gem of a Prom. This is Prom 15 otherwise referred to as the ‘Scott Walker Prom.’ Just as with many of the musicians and composers featured in this series, I hadn’t heard the name Scott Walker before. I know blasphemy. My gosh, I will be repenting my sins for some years, this was pure indulgence.
As part of the Great Symphonic Classics which have featured so heavily so far, Vaughan Williams and Holst take their place in Prom 14 and join the group of musical heavyweights who feature in this Proms season.
50 years ago, Malcom Sargent died. This was the man who reshaped the Last Night of The Proms and was mentored by Sir Henry Wood. He championed English music when it was less favourable to do so and conducted 514 times in his Proms career! He is incremental in the way we experience The Proms today.
The Proms which feature on the weekends have been very much designed with families in mind and I quite like that young children have been considered in the design of this program. Prom 11 and 12 are a fantastic example of this.
Every Prom that I have listened to so far has been through Radio 3, via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, and I have to say I’ve been really impressed. Although I’m new to the Proms, I don’t feel like I’m getting left behind in any way and have been able to follow the In Tune series as well during the intervals. Each Prom has its own flavour and Prom 10 was by no means any different.
Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera. For some reason I was not expecting to be exposed to an opera during this Prom series, so this has come as a pleasant surprise.