on 24 April 2009
Here is the guide to the 2009 Proms Season, running from Friday July 17th to the `Last Night' on Saturday 12th September. Of course these days most of this information is on the BBC's comprehensive Proms Website, but it feels good to get this excellent guide in your hands and leaf through it. It comes with a handy wall chart with the concerts on it.
If you are lucky you will be attending some of the concerts, in this the World's greatest Classical music festival. All the information you need to book your tickets is included here. The rest of us will be tuning into the BBC, or using some of their internet options for listening to the music.
The organisers have achieved a good balance. They have programmed plenty of works by the four composers with the big anniversaries this year - Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn, but they have balanced this with two other strands. On the one hand the 75th anniversary of the Death of Elgar, Holst and Delius in 1934, on the other Stravinsky's complete ballets and Tchaikovsky's complete concertos are being showcased.
With 100 concerts there is plenty of room for other music, including the premieres of 26 new works. Last year there was a folk music day, this year there is Indian Voices Day in Kensington Gardens. Everything from Indian classical music to Bollywood dancers. Family events are also on the menu.
Everything is well presented on colour coded, easy to find and read pages. This guide is a pleasure to use. It's time to get hold of a copy and start looking forward to a summer's worth of great listening.
on 22 May 2009
This is marketing gone mega.The book is beautiful.Points for design and colour and the poster is a nice idea but it is impossible to follow or use and unless you have about three weeks to spend trying to decipher the vagaries of its back and forth up and down back to front dates and times thing you will not be able to use it .If you want to know when they are playing Beethoven you could be at it for hours if not for ever.I am a classical musician pianist and I try not to be snobbish but this panders to absolute ignorance and vaunts personalities of tarty looking lasses in lowcut dresses and posing beaux at the exspense of any musical cognisance whatsoever. This is strictly come dancing stuff and you should be ashamed of yourselves - not everyone out there is musically illiterate,Next time try to mention the composers and get the hours and times accessible .This should be a music programme not a page three exhibit.