Proms showcase for disabled ensemble

BSO Resound, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s disabled-led ensemble, is to make its Proms debut this summer, and its first major UK performance.

Led by the disabled conductor James Rose BSO Resound, an ensemble of six musicians, was only formed in February this year, and is now a permanent part of the BSO’s output, having been created from its BSO Change Makers project.

Main image, copyright Kevin Clifford

This year’s Proms, 90 concerts over eight weeks centred as ever on the Royal Albert Hall, will once again mark important dates in musical history. In the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, there will be performances of his musicals Wes Side Storyand On The Town, while on his 100thbirthday a former pupil of Bernstein’s, Marin Alsop, will bring her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to make its Proms debut.

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage, 24 women composers are to be championed, with Roxana Panufnik receiving the coveted Last Night of the Proms commission.

Another of the 24 is Anna Meredith who, to mark the end of the First World War, has been commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Edinburgh International Festival, has been commissioned to compose Five Telegrams, a choral piece exploring communication from the front line 

The festival uses the centenary of Debussy’s death in 1918 to explore French music, including a tribute to another French composer, Lili Boulanger, who also died that year aged just 24. The Proms also pays tribute to another French composer, Lili Boulanger, who died tragically young in the same year, aged 24. Hubert Parry, who also died in 1918, was the composer of the Last Night favourite Jerusalem and is the subject of more centenary celebrations.

As BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th birthday, the Proms present the first ever Young Musician Prom, a gala concert bringing together over 20 of the competition’s alumni, including Nicola Benedetti, Michael Collins and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

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