Today at the Proms - Prom 75


Rounding off our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2019, Susan Omand has a quick look at the programme for Prom 75: Last Night of the Proms ...

Watch the Last Night of the Proms live on TV tonight with Part 1 on BBC2 and Part 2 on BBC1. Obviously.

Four score and seven years ago... okay it's not, it's only been 57 days since the First Night, it just feels longer [a lot, LOT, longer - Ed] but, finally, we've made it to the Last Night of the Proms for this year!

As always, the final five pieces of the night are the traditional ones that we've come to know so well, doing all the actions and hankie waving for the Fantasia on British Sea Songs, wondering about "the outfit" for the singer of  Rule Britannia, bobbing up and down to  Land of Hope and Glory, air-conducting to Jerusalem and paying due deference to the National anthem before getting Auld Lang Syne completely wrong.

But also, as always, the first part of the night is completely different and what an eclectic mix we have this year. From Carmen to Aida and Orpheus to the Wizard of Oz, there sounds like there will be a lot to enjoy. There are also a few pieces that will be new to me too, including the premiere of Daniel Kidane's Woke, Elizabeth Maconchy's Proud Thames and the one I want to share with you which I'd never heard before, Laura Mvula's Sing to the Moon. Yes, I know, it's not "proper Proms" music but isn't it gorgeous?

See you all next year for Proms 2020!





Here's the full programme for this evening's Prom which you can listen to live from 19:30 on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer 

Daniel Kidane
Woke(9 mins)

Manuel de Falla
The Three-Cornered Hat – Suite No. 2(13 mins)

Edward Elgar
Sospiri - Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1914

Laura Mvula
Sing to the Moon(4 mins)

Georges Bizet
Carmen – 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle' (Habanera)(2 mins)

Camille Saint‐Saëns
Samson and Delilah – 'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix'(7 mins)

Giuseppe Verdi
Don Carlos – 'O don fatale'(5 mins)
Aida – Triumphal March(5 mins)

Jacques Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underworld – overture(9 mins)

Percy Grainger
Marching Song of Democracy(7 mins)

Elizabeth Maconchy
Proud Thames(6 mins)

Harold Arlen
The Wizard of Oz – 'Over the Rainbow'(5 mins)

Henry Wood
Fantasia on British Sea-Songs(17 mins)

Thomas Arne
Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)(4 mins)

Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major, 'Land of Hope and Glory'(8 mins)

Hubert Parry
Jerusalem (orch. Elgar)(2 mins)

Unknown
The National Anthem (arr. Britten)(3 mins)
Auld Lang Syne

Image - Photo © Chris Christodoulou