1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Proms

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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Proms

Vasily Petrenko

Stephen Hough

The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually since 1895, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London. Henry Wood was the original conductor of the Proms. Proms is short for promenade concerts, a term which arose from the original practice of audience members promenading, or strolling, in some areas of the concert hall during the concert. Promming now refers to the use of the standing areas inside the hall (the arena and gallery) for which ticket prices are much lower than for the reserved seating.

On 8 August the National Youth Orchestra was performing under its principal conductor Vasily Petrenko. One of the pieces they performed was the first Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the Liverpool-born pianist Stephen Hough.

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