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While we pray the Brexit negotiations won't uproot the current mix of players that give such orchestras their character and depth, as I write, David Davis' team is yet to secure their position. We may still find our orchestras pillaged of their vital DNA.
'A wonderful and incredibly moving gesture.'
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The BBC and 59 Productions have reimagined the cello in a striking short film featuring Sol Gabetta ahead of this year’s
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Flag waving, swaying, joining of hands, the Last Night of the Proms is one of the only events in the classical music calendar where strict rules on audience silence are broken. This year it is the 118th Last Night, but the first concert that will be conducted by a woman.
My first response to the BBC Proms' kind invitation to perform at a venue so prestigious that my family had heard of it (as opposed to, say, a room above a pub in Farringdon), and to have the results broadcast on Radio 3, was barely-trammelled delight. My second was blind social and sartorial panic.
It felt like quite an epic day - London awoke to thundering clouds and went to bed as the child destined to be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror was born. Appropriately it also saw the opening of one of the greatest musical epics getting its first full play at the Proms.