Grand finale of the 2015 Proms season
In the 1970s, years before floorshaking hi-tech soundbars, many used to watch Last Night of the Proms as a simultaneous broadcast with Radio 3 on black and white TV sets. Those shades of grey may not have summed up the majesty of the Royal Albert Hall, but in the days of three TV channels, and HD TV being the stuff of science fiction, it didnít matter a jot. Rousing performances of Land of Hope and Glory booming out of tinny stereos, and a sea of grey and white flags waving through the South Kensington auditorium left an indelible mark on impressionable young minds and seasoned viewers alike. Of course the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts have been entertaining the masses for decades now, whether for the privileged attendees who make it to that London venue, or for the millions who watch on their TVs every year. And in 2015, the high definition broadcasts are better than ever, thanks to the BBC covering just about every aspect of the events. Music fans have savoured a wealth of Proms this year Last Night of the Proms (BBC2, 7.15pm, BBC1, 9pm), including the opening concert on July 17, Bryn Terfel and Grange Park Opera's lively production of Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof, and Claire Teal and Guy Barker's excellent pop-up Big Band. In short, there has been something for all ages and tastes. Now Proms regular Katie Derham introduces the final concert of the latest season live from the Royal Albert Hall. Conductor Marin Alsop returns to lead the celebrations after her triumphant Last Night debut in 2013. Acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings assorted arias by Puccini in a show which includes Richard Strauss's tone poem Till Eulenspiegel, a bombastic musical clash between good and evil performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers. At 23, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has already created some impressive ripples in the classical pond. He'll be playing Shostakovich's second piano concerto. Celebrating The Sound of Music's 50th anniversary, soprano Danielle de Niese will also be joining the Last Night celebrations for a new medley of songs from the film musical. Kicking things off is the world premiere of the new BBC commission Arise Athena! by composer Eleanor Alberga.