Today at the Proms - Day 15


Continuing our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2021, Susan Omand takes a quick look at today's Prom...

It's Friday 13th! Lucky for some though as, no matter how bad the day or grey the weather, it will always be sunny summer days [or at least late spring - Ed] with tonight's Prom. We start with the late Anthony Payne's Spring's Shining Wake, which finds its inspiration in the almost impressionistic, painterly Delius song In a Summer Garden. 

Then, in the words of the classic song from Grease "summer days, drifting away to, oh, those summer nights." [Tell me more - Ed] These Summer Nights however, or to give the song cycle it's proper French moniker Les nuits d'été, are by Hector Berlioz, featuring the glorious voice of mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly.

It's after the interval we head, though, for today's clip and everything is still a Pastoral idyll as we get the full Symphony No 6 by Beethoven, which you'll instantly recognise from such diverse TV as The Simpsons or Spongebob Squarepants. Or, here, with skipping centaurs, unicorn donkeys and drunken gods, from the 1940 Disney classic, Fantasia.




Here's the full programme for today's Proms which you can listen to live on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer

Anthony Payne
Spring’s Shining Wake (18 mins)

Hector Berlioz
Les nuits d'été (31 mins)

INTERVAL

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’ (39 mins)

Image adapted from NORTH-FACING ENTRANCE OF THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL AT DUSK © David Iliff