First Night Of The Proms

BBC One · Highlights · 14 Jul 2011 · by: BBC

The 117th season of the BBC Proms gets under way at the Royal Albert Hall with music by Brahms, Liszt, Janáček and a world première curtain-raiser by British composer Judith Weir.

Nineteen-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Proms debut as the soloist in Liszt's dramatic second Piano Concerto and there's an international line-up of soloists for a performance of Janaček's extraordinary choral work, the Glagolitic Mass. They are joined by the forces of the BBC Singers, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.

Katie Derham is in the presenter box and during the course of the evening meets Jiří Bělohlávek, Benjamin Grosvenor and organist David Goode.

Digital viewers who press the BBC Red Button on their remote controls can choose to select Maestrocam, a continuous shot of tonight's conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, plus an expert commentary about the music as it is performed.

Every Prom of the 2011 season can be heard live on BBC Radio 3.

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