BBC Proms - 17 July - 12 September 2009 - The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival

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Prom 13: Free Family Concert

  • Date Sunday 26 July 2009
  • Time 11.00am - c1.00pm
  • Venue Royal Albert Hall
  • Tickets Free Concert
  • Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3. Available as audio on demand for the following week.
Jennifer Pike © Tom Bangbala

A free family concert specially devised to give new and younger audiences a first taste of classical music and a flavour of the music to be heard throughout the season.

There's the young Stravinsky arranging a Chopin waltz for ballerinas, and short pieces by Elgar and Holst, two of the three great British composers who died 75 years ago.

There's 19-year-old violinist Jennifer Pike, one of the current crop of Radio 3's New Generation Artists, in a rarity by Holst and a showpiece by Saint-Saëns.

And there's still no better introduction to the instruments of the orchestra than Britten's wonderful set of variations on a tune by Purcell, whose 350th anniversary we're celebrating this year. Plus there's a newly devised work, based on Britten's piece, designed for the BBC Proms Family Orchestra (which gives its debut performance at a Proms concert), and a new set of orchestral variations by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett based on a famous Irish tune first published by Purcell.

  • Khachaturian Gayane – Sabre Dance (3 mins)
  • Chopin, orch. Stravinsky Waltz in E flat major, Op. 18 'Grande valse brillante' (6 mins)
  • Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Lilliburlero Variations (10 mins) world premiere of orchestral version
  • Holst A Song of the Night (9 mins)
  • Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 (5 mins)
  • interval
  • new collaborative work The Rough Guide to the Proms Family Orchestra* (c10 mins) world premiere
  • Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso (9 mins)
  • Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (18 mins)
  • Jennifer Pike violin
  • BBC Proms Family Orchestra*
  • Lincoln Abbotts director*
  • BBC Philharmonic
  • Tecwyn Evans conductor

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2.00pm Film BBC Two's The Birth of British Music, Parts 3 & 4: Haydn & Mendelssohn (120', awaiting classification). Introduced by the director, Francesca Kemp.

5.15pm Proms Literary Festival Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal College of Art, and novelist D. J. Taylor join Rana Mitter to discuss the key cultural events of 1934, the year in which Delius, Elgar and Holst died.

Prom 14: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Susan Gritton © Tim Cantrell

Concluding our weekend marking the 75th anniversaries of the deaths of Delius, Elgar and Holst, David Atherton conducts the first Proms performance of Holst's ecstatic choral setting of poems by Keats.

Delius's Brigg Fair took an old Lincolnshire folk song and distilled it into the very essence of nostalgia for England's idyllic rural past, while Elgar took the very essence of friendship and poured it into a dazzlingly inventive set of variations whose 1899 premiere transformed him overnight into England's foremost composer and turned 'Nimrod' into practically an alternative national anthem. Susan Gritton returns later this season as the seductive Dalila in Handel's Samson (Prom 47).

  • Holst First Choral Symphony (48 mins)
  • interval
  • Delius Brigg Fair (16 mins)
  • Elgar Enigma Variations (32 mins)
  • Susan Gritton soprano
  • BBC National Chorus of Wales
  • BBC Symphony Chorus
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • David Atherton conductor

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