2008, Prom 26: The King's Singers20081226

The King's Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary year with an Anglo-French programme.

Presented by Brian Kay, from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The King's Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary year at the 2008 Proms with a wide-ranging Anglo-French programme.

From Lassus to Bridge they perform a variety of French Renaissance madrigals, Victorian part-songs and English folk songs, as well as a selection of Poulenc's Chansons francaises.

And British composer John McCabe brings a contemporary note with his Scenes in America deserta - commissioned by and dedicated to the ensemble.

The King's Singers

Poulenc: Chansons francaises, Op 130 (selection)

  • bridge: the goslings

    english folk songs:

  • hobbs: phillis is my only joy
  • janequin: la guerre

    victorian part songs:

  • john mccabe: scenes in america deserta

    french renaissance madrigals:

  • lassus: dessus le marche d'arras
  • lassus: toutes les nuits
  • passereau: il est bel et bon
  • rogers: hears not my phyllis
  • trad.


    b chilcott: greensleeves

  • trad.

    g langford: blow away the morning dew

  • trad.

    g langford: widdicombe fair

  • trad.

    p lawson: the turtle dove

  • trad.

    se lovatt: the little green lane

  • 2008, Prom 3: Nigel Kennedy Quintet20090101

    A Prom featuring Nigel Kennedy and his Polish-based jazz quintet NKQ.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert from the BBC Proms 2008 season featuring Nigel Kennedy and his Polish-based jazz quintet NKQ.

    Since moving to Poland a few years ago, Kennedy has teamed up with some of the country's finest jazz musicians.

    In this performance his Quintet are joined for a guest appearance by jazz-funk-soul fusion singer Xantone Blacq.

    Nigel Kennedy (violin)

  • adam kowalewski (double bass)
  • pawel dobrowolski (percussion)
  • piotr wylezol (piano)
  • tomasz grzegorski (saxophone)
  • xantone blacq (vocals)

  • 2008, Prom 30: Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20081223

    An America-focused Prom, with works by Torke, Adams, Bernstein and Ellington.

    Presented by Geoffrey Smith, from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    A concert of 20th-century Americana featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Kristjan Jarvi.

    To mark the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing tonight, Jarvi launches the programme with Michael Torke's Javelin, written for the 1994 games, which is followed by John Adams's evocation of Richard Nixon's visit to China in the 1970s.

    Young cellist Han-Na Chang joins the orchestra for Three Mediations from Bernstein's personal and thought-provoking theatre piece Mass, while New York finally comes to town with a jazz work by Duke Ellington.

    Han-Na Chang (cello)

  • John Adams: the chairman dances
  • bbc national orchestra of wales
  • bernstein: three meditations (mass)
  • ellington: harlem.

  • kristjan jarvi (conductor)

    michael torke: javelin

  • 2008, Prom 32: Bbc Singers20081222

    Organist James O'Donnell performs Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecote.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Presented by Suzy Klein.

    James O'Donnell puts the organ of the Royal Albert Hall through its paces in one of the landmarks of 20th-century repertoire for the instrument, Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecôte, which draws musical inspiration from birdsong and concludes with a shattering depiction of pentecostal tongues of fire engulfing the Apostles.

    Alongside it, sacred French music for the same church feast from an earlier tradition: a Renaissance mass by Pierre de Manchicourt, a composer who, though little known today, ended his life as master of the royal chapel of Philip II of Spain and who no less a figure than Orlando Lassus called a 'distinguished and excellent composer of music'.

    James O'Donnell (organ)

  • andrew carwood (conductor)

    olivier messiaen: messe de la pentecôte

  • bbc singers
  • interspersed with
  • pierre de manchicourt: missa veni sancte spiritus

  • 2008, Prom 36: Rachmaninov Vespers20081224

    The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier perform Rachmaninov's Vespers.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    Rachmaninov's Vespers, his heartfelt setting of the Orthodox All-Night Vigil, is performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and its outgoing chief conductor and artistic director Paul Hillier.

    Written shortly before the composer emigrated, the piece is based on chants of the Russian Orthodox Church, evoking the rich, expressive choral sound of his native land.

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

  • Paul Hillier (conductor)

    rachmaninov: all-night vigil (vespers)

  • 2008, Prom 38: Daniel Barenboim - West-eastern Divan, Prom 38 - Christmas Repeat20081226

    Austrian classics performed by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the 2008 BBC Proms.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    A concert given as part of the 2008 BBC Proms by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under its founder-conductor Daniel Barenboim, in what was their third appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.

    They combine an austere masterpiece by Schoenberg with a quirky, sunny piece by Haydn with Brahms's final symphony.

    Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe)

  • Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    haydn: sinfonia concertante in b flat

  • brahms: symphony no 4 in e minor
  • guy braunstein (violin)
  • hassan moataz el molla (cello)
  • mor biron (bassoon)
  • schoenberg: variations for orchestra
  • west-eastern divan orchestra

  • 2008, Prom 56: Rautavaara And Tavener20081230

    With Rautavaara's Cantus arcticus and the premiere of Tavener's Cantus mysticus.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    A concert given as part of the BBC Proms 2008 featuring Einojuhani Rautavaara's most popular work - a soundscape for taped birdsong and orchestra, set against John Tavener's early cantata The Whale, the work that the London Sinfonietta premiered at its first concert 40 years ago.

    The programme concludes with the UK premiere of Tavener's Cantus mysticus, which uses texts by Goethe Dante and Buddhist scripture to explore the creative feminine element in the divine.

    Patricia Rozario (soprano)

  • David Wilson-johnson (baritone)
  • david atherton (conductor)

    einojuhani rautavaara: cantus arcticus

  • john tavener: cantus mysticus (uk premiere); the whale
  • london sinfonietta
  • london sinfonietta chorus
  • mark van de wiel (clarinet)
  • susan bickley (mezzo-soprano)

  • 2008, Prom 58: Ravel, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Prom 58 - Repeat20090106

    Proms 2008: The New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel in Ravel, Bartok and Tchaikovsky.

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    Another chance to hear a 2008 Prom given by the New York Philharmonic under music director Lorin Maazel, in which they perform music from two great 20th century ballets and a symphony by the 19th century's greatest ballet composer.

    The concert begins with Ravel's fairy tale-inspired Mother Goose, which began life as an amusement at the piano, and was developed into an orchestral ballet score.

    This is followed by Bartok's ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, a dark tale of robbery, passion and murder, with a colourful orchestral score, as well as Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony, exploring the theme of Fate.

    New York Philharmonic

  • bartok: the miraculous mandarin suite
  • lorin maazel (conductor)

    ravel: mother goose suite

  • tchaikovsky: symphony no 4

    plus a proms chamber music concert from 2000, and a piano duet recital by steven osborne and Paul Lewis, including:

    schubert: fantasia in f minor, d940

  • 2008, Prom 60: Lang Lang20081231

    Chinese pianist Lang Lang in music by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Schubert and Debussy.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Petroc Trelawny presents a BBC Proms concert given in 2008 by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who performs a solo recital in typical high-octane style.

    This popular programme features some of his favourite composers and a duet performance with the nine-year-old pianist he has dubbed 'little Mozart'.

    Lang Lang (piano)

  • chopin: grande polonaise brilliante, op 22
  • debussy: la fille aux cheveux de lin; les collines d'anacapri (preludes, book 1)
  • liszt, transcr.

    horowitz: hungarian rhapsody no 2, s244.

  • marc yu (piano)

    mozart: piano sonata no 13 in b flat, k333

  • rachmaninov: preludes: in g minor, op 23 no 5; in b flat, op 23 no 2
  • schubert: fantasia in f minor, d940 - for piano duet
  • traditional chinese: moonlight reflections; spring dance

  • 2008, Prom 62: Beethoven, Sibelius, Prom 62 - Repeat20090107

    BBC Proms 2008: Colin Davis conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Nikolaj Znaider.

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    Another chance to hear a 2008 Prom in which by the young players of the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, are led by Colin Davis in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider, as well as Sibelius' much-loved symphony.

    Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

  • Colin Davis (conductor)

    beethoven: violin concerto in d

  • gustav mahler jugendorchester
  • sibelius: symphony no 2 in d

    plus music from a proms chamber music concert from 1999, with the baritone David Wilson-johnson and members of the orchestra of the age of enlightenment.


    rameau: aquilon et arithie

  • 2008, Prom 63: Motets, Chansons Ragas, Messiaen20081225

    A concert featuring Messiaen's Cinq rechants plus motets, chansons and Indian night ragas.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Presented by Martin Handley.

    A performance of Messiaen's Cinq rechants - a work which draws its inspiration from a mixture of Sanskrit texts, traditional Indian rhythms, Renaissance polyphony and ancient tales and mythology, creating a sensual, vocally virtuosic and highly charged synthesis of styles and language.

    The opening sequence likewise weaves together music of the East and West.

    Nishat Khan joins the BBC Singers in a short sequence of French Renaissance motets and chansons - exploring the season of spring and the erotic imagery associated with it - woven around improvised classical Indian ragas, echoing the mood of Messiaen.

    And Nishat Khan concludes the programme with a selection of night ragas, chosen according to the mood of the occasion.

    Motets and chansons by Claudin de Sermisy, Jean Richafort, Antoine Brumel and Claude Le Jeune, interspersed with Indian ragas

  • David Hill (conductor).

  • bbc singers
  • messiaen: cinq rechants
  • natasha ahmad (tanpura)
  • night ragas

    nishat khan (sitar)

  • rashid mustafa thirak (tabla)

  • 2008, Prom 64: Wagner, Messiaen, 29/12/200820081229

    The Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle perform Wagner and Messiaen.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    From the BBC Proms 2008, the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle in two works based on the tragic story of the forbidden love between the Cornish knight Tristan and Isolde the Irish princess.

    Wagner's own concert version of the overture to his great opera of love and death combined with the final aria of his heroine is followed by the centrepiece of Messiaen's trilogy on the same subject: the monumental Turangalila Symphony.

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

  • Simon Rattle (conductor)

    wagner: prelude and liebestod (tristan und isolde)

  • berlin philharmonic
  • messiaen: turangalila symphony
  • tristan murail (ondes martenot)

  • 2008, Prom 65: Brahms, Shostakovich, 30/12/200820081230

    The Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle in Brahms's Symphony No 3, plus Shostakovich.

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given as part of the BBC Proms 2008 by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle, featuring symphonic masterpieces by Brahms and Shostakovich.

    The opening three chords of Brahms's Third Symphony announce the motto on the notes F A F 'frei aber froh' (free but joyful).

    A motto, or musical signature, can also be heard in the finale of Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, written soon after the death of Joseph Stalin.

    Berlin Philharmonic

  • Simon Rattle (conductor)

    brahms: symphony no 3

  • shostakovich: symphony no 10

  • 2008, Prom 71: Turnage, Mahler, Prom 71: Turnage, Mahler - Christmas Repeat20090101

    Chicago SO/Haitink in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Chicago Remains and Mahler's Symphony No 6.

    Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Bernard Haitink as part of the BBC Proms 2008 season.

    Famous for his interpretations of Mahler, Haitink conducts the composer's massive Sixth Symphony, preceded by a recent piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

    Turnage takes as his inspiration not only the city's unique orchestra, but also the work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg.

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    mark-anthony turnage: chicago remains (european premiere)

  • mahler: symphony no 6

  • 2008, Prom 72: Mozart, Shostakovich, Prom 72: Mozart, Shostakovich - Christmas Repeat20090102

    Murray Perahia and Chicago SO under Bernard Haitink in Mozart, plus Shostakovich.

    Petroc Trelawny presents one of the hottest concerts in the BBC Proms 2008 season, which featured the return of pianist Murray Perahia to the festival after an absence of more than 20 years when he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    His collaborations with conductor Bernard Haitink are always keenly anticipated, and his recordings of Mozart's concertos are world-famous.

    Haitink also conducts the symphony Shostakovich himself suppressed fearing the wrath of Stalin's regime - it remained unperformed for a quarter of a century.

    Murray Perahia (piano)

  • Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    mozart: piano concerto no 24 in c minor, k491

  • chicago symphony orchestra
  • shostakovich: symphony no 4

  • 2008, Prom 74: Pintscher, Mahler, Prom 74 - Repeat20090109

    With Catherine Bott.

    BBC Proms 2008: Pintscher: Herodiade Fragmente; Mahler: Symphony No 1

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    Another chance to hear a Prom in which the Orchestre de Paris and conductor Christoph Eschenbach pair early Mahler with a major work by Matthias Pintscher, who is considered to be one of the most arresting compositional voices of our time.

    American soprano Marisol Montalvo sings Pintscher's Herodiade Fragments, based on texts by the French Symbolist poet Stephane Mallarme.

    Like Mahler before him, Pintscher pushes to the limits the relationship between the human voice and the huge orchestra at his disposal.

    Orchestre de Paris

  • christoph eschenbach (conductor)

    matthias pintscher: herodiade-fragmente

  • mahler: symphony no 1

    followed by a look back at the 1998 proms chamber music season, and a piano recital by thomas ades, including:

    janacek: in the mists

  • marisol montalvo (soprano)

  • 2008, Prom 76: Last Night Of The Proms, Prom 76: Last Night Christmas Repeat20081231

    Roger Norrington is master of ceremonies in the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2008.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Roger Norrington is master of ceremonies for the traditional festivities of the Last Night of the 2008 Proms season.

    Star turns are provided by bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, who brings operatic heroes and villains vividly to life, and French pianist Helene Grimaud, soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

    The celebrations also include Anna Meredith's nation-hopping commission, entitled froms, as well as a lyrical work from anniversary composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

    Beethoven: Overture (The Creatures of Prometheus)

  • Roger Norrington (conductor)
  • anna leese, sophie bevan (sopranos)
  • anna meredith: froms (bbc commission; world premiere)
  • arne, arr.

    elgar: jerusalem

  • arne, arr.

    sargent: rule, britannia!

  • bbc singers
  • bbc symphony chorus
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • beethoven: fantasia in c minor for piano, chorus and orchestra (choral fantasy)
  • cora burggraaf (mezzo-soprano)
  • denza, arr.

    rimsky-korsakov: funiculi, funicula

  • elgar: pomp and circumstance march no 1
  • helene grimaud (piano)
  • henry wood: fanfares
  • jonathan lemalu (bass-baritone)
  • nathan vale, joshua ellicott (tenors)
  • parry, orch.

    elgar: jerusalem

  • puccini: tre sbirri, una carrozza (tosca, act 1)
  • roger norrington (conductor)
  • the national anthem

  • the national anthem

    bryn terfel (bass-baritone)

  • trad, arr.

    chris hazell: folk song medley: the turtle dove (england); loch lomond (scotland); cariad cyntaf (wales); molly malone (ireland) (bbc commission; world premiere)

  • vaughan williams: sea songs
  • vaughan williams: silent noon
  • verdi: ehi paggio!...

    l'onore ladri!' (falstaff, act 1)

  • wagner: wie todesahnung damm'rung...

    o du, mein holder abendstern (tannhauser, act 3)

    beethoven: overture (the creatures of prometheus)

  • 2008, Prom 8: Obrecht, Josquin Desprez20090102

    The Tallis Scholars perform mass settings by Ockeghem, Obrecht and Desprez.

    From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, perform mass settings by two masters of the Renaissance.

    Both settings are based on the melody of the chanson Malheur me bat (Misfortune has struck me), whose original text is lost and which is performed here to a specially commissioned version by French poet Jacques Darras.

    Tallis Scholars

  • Peter Phillips (conductor)

    ockeghem: malheur me bat

  • josquin desprez: missa malheur me bat.

  • obrecht: missa malheur me bat

  • 2008, Proms 2008: Puccini - Il Tabarro20081229

    A performance of Puccini's Il tabarro with an international cast and the BBC Philharmonic.

    Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

    Part of a Christmas and New Year series of highlights of the 2008 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

    In August, 2008 Gianandrea Noseda celebrated Puccini's 150th anniversary by conducting the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers and an international cast in a concert performance of his one-act opera Il tabarro.

    Puccini: Il tabarro (concert performance; sung in Italian)

    Barbara Frittoli (Giorgetta)

  • Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)
  • alastair miles (il talpa)
  • allan clayton (a song-vendor)
  • barry banks (il tinca)
  • bbc philharmonic
  • bbc singers
  • edgaras montvidas (young lover)
  • jane henschel (la frugola)
  • katherine broderick (young lover)
  • lado ataneli (michele)
  • miro dvorsky (luigi)

  • 13Doctor Who Prom - Part 1 *20080727

    Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    A selection of popular classics gives a taste of time and space exploration for this year's BBC Proms family concert alongside music from the TV series Doctor Who.

    Freema Agyeman (aka Martha Jones) and aliens from Doctor Who present an intergalactic journey with the BBC Philharmonic and conductors Stephen Bell and Ben Foster.

    Freema Agyeman (presenter), with guests Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri

    Melanie Pappenheim (vocals)

    Tim Phillips (vocals)

    Murray Gold Band

    London Philharmonic Choir

    BBC Philharmonic

    Ben Foster (conductor)

    Stephen Bell (conductor)

    Murray Gold: Concert Prologue

    Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

    Gold: All the Strange Strange Creatures

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: The Torino Scale (UK premiere)

    Holst: Jupiter (The Planets)

    Gold: The Doctor Forever; Companions: Rose and Martha; Gold: David Tennant Scene.

    13Doctor Who Prom - Part 2 Last *20080727

    The lunchtime Prom concludes with more popular classics alongside incidental music from the BBC TV series Doctor Who.

    Freema Agyeman (aka Martha Jones) and aliens from Doctor Who present an intergalactic journey with the BBC Philharmonic and conductors Stephen Bell and Ben Foster.

    Freema Agyeman (presenter), with guests Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri

    Melanie Pappenheim (vocals)

    Tim Phillips (vocals)

    Murray Gold Band

    London Philharmonic Choir

    BBC Philharmonic

    Ben Foster (conductor)

    Stephen Bell (conductor)

    Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure)

    Murray Gold: Dalek Suite and Davros; Companions: Astrid, Donna, G/Fireplace and Cassandra

    Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets (Romeo and Juliet)

    Gold: This is Gallifrey; Odd Song; Gold Doomsday; Song for Ten; Doctor Who Theme.


    Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    This Prom exploring the natural world and beyond concludes with Holst's Planets, featuring ethereal off-stage women's voices in the final movement, Neptune.

    Elizabeth Watts (soprano)


    O Duo

    Holst Singers (women's voices)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Holst: The Planets

    This Prom exploring the natural world continues with Xenakis' challenging work Pleiades, which considers notions of clouds, nebulae and dust galaxies built from rhythmic atoms, and reflects on his experience in the Second World War.

    Xenakis: Pleiades

    Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Martyn Brabbins, give a concert exploring the natural world, beginning with the vast uninhabited wastes of the South Pole in Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica as represented by its off-stage female voices.

    Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No 7)

    2008Prom 2: Bbc Concert Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Prom 2 - Christmas Repeat20081225

    BBC Concert Orchestra under Paul Daniel in Bax and Finzi, and Nigel Kennedy in Elgar.

    Martin Handley presents performances from the BBC Proms 2008.

    The BBC Concert Orchestra under Paul Daniel accompanies tenor Andrew Kennedy in a celtic tone-poem by Bax and Finzi's setting of Wordsworth.

    Plus the much-anticipated return to the Royal Albert Hall of maverick violinist Nigel Kennedy for a performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto.

    Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

  • bbc concert orchestra
  • bbc symphony chorus
  • elgar: violin concerto
  • finzi: intimations of immortality
  • nigel kennedy (violin)
  • paul daniel (conductor)

    bax: the garden of fand

  • 200857Stucky, Gershwin, Stravinsky20090105

    BBC Proms 2008: New York Philharmonic/Lorin Maazel perform Stucky, Gershwin, Stravinsky.

    Presented by Catherine Bott.

    Another chance to hear a 2008 Prom in which the New York Philharmonic and its music director Lorin Maazel perform a work jointly commissioned from Steven Stucky by the orchestra and the BBC.

    This is followed by a performance of Gershwin's jazz-inspired Piano Concerto, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Stravinsky's seminal ballet The Rite of Spring.

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

  • gershwin: piano concerto in f
  • lorin maazel (conductor)

    steven stucky: rhapsodies (bbc/nypo co-commission)

  • new york philharmonic
  • stravinsky: the rite of spring

    plus a look at a proms chamber music concert from 1997 and a concert by polyphony, including:

    part: 7 advent antiphons