Prom 1: First Night Of The BBC Proms
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner kick off the First Night Of The BBC Proms in style with music by Tom Coult, Beethoven and John Adams.
The 2017 BBC Proms season begins with a concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner, featuring music by Tom Coult, Beethoven and also John Adams, as they celebrate the American composer’s 70th birthday with his work Harmonium.
John Adams’s Harmonium is an intricate tapestry of sound, with bright vocal threads and driving brass and percussion rhythms. Marking the composer’s 70th birthday this year, this performance features the BBC Proms Youth Choir. Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven’s ground-breaking Third Piano Concerto, and this year’s First Night opens with the world premiere of St John’s Dance by rising British composer Tom Coult.
In the interval, Clemency Burton-Hill and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight’s Prom.