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First Night of the Proms


19:30 Fri 30 Jul 2021 Royal Albert Hall


Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music(15 mins)
Francis Poulenc
Organ Concerto(22 mins)
Sir James MacMillan
When Soft Voices Die(8 mins)BBC co-commission with Help Musicians: world premiere
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 2 in D major(43 mins)

Dalia Stasevska leads a First Night featuring Vaughan Williams’s ravishing Serenade to Music – written to celebrate Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood’s 50 years on the podium and premiered by him at his jubilee concert in the Royal Albert Hall in 1938. Sir James MacMillan offers a new companion piece to the Serenade and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto is a piquant foil, showcasing the instrument in a vivid play of light and shade.

Image: Dalia Stasevska © Sanna Lehto

Broadcast on BBC TV

Booking opens for this concert at 9am on Saturday 26 June. Or watch on BBC TV.

Descend to Earth


7th August 2021 – 2pm EDT | 7pm BST

Descend to Earth


Matthew Lynch, conductor

The Chineke! Orchestra will perform as part of LIVE from London. Founded in 2015 by double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, the Chineke Foundation has gained widespread acclaim through the Chineke! Orchestra (and it’s sister Chineke! Junior Orchestra), Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras.

The programme includes music by Mendelssohn, British composer Philip Herbert and Nigerian Fela Sowande. Chineke! will be joined by VOCES8 in a new arrangement of Deep River for voices and orchestra by Matthew Lynch and in new orchestrations of choral music by Ken Burton previously heard in LIVE From London festivals.


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