First Night of the Proms

Two months of mu­si­cal bliss on TV and ra­dio starts here

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music / from 8.00pm / BBC4 & BBC2 Con­tin­u­ing to broaden its ap­peal, the 123rd BBC Proms sea­son in­cludes nods to pop (an evening of Scott Walker songs), jazz (cel­e­bra­tions of Dizzy Gille­spie, Charles Min­gus and Ella Fitzger­ald), mu­si­cals (a per­for­mance of

Ok­la­homa!) and cin­ema (a John Wil­liams night). But clas­si­cal music is still its bread and but­ter. This first night fea­tures a per­for­mance of

John Adams’s Har­mo­nium,

Beethoven’s Third pi­ano

con­certo and the world pre­miere of St John’s Dance by up-and-com­ing Bri­tish com­poser Tom Coult. Many big-ticket events such as tonight are al­ready sold out – the ‘world’s largest clas­si­cal music fes­ti­val’ isn’t short of fans.

From Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall

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