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Boosey & Hawkes at the 2013 BBC Proms

(July 2013)

The 2013 BBC Proms sees Boosey & Hawkes repertoire across the season, from the First Night on 12 July to the Last Night on 7 September, with a special feature on Britten in his centenary year, plus premieres by Shepherd, Turnage, Birtwistle, Gubaidulina and Clyne.

The First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms provide bookends for Boosey & Hawkes repertoire throughout the 2013 season. The First Night on Friday 12 July includes Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes introducing the season's celebration of the composer 's centenary, and Rachmaninoff's classic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Stephen Hough as piano soloist and Sakari Oramo taking the helm of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The Last Night on Saturday 7 September is launched with Masquerade by young composer Anna Clyne and includes Bernstein's Candide Overture and Chichester Psalms, with Marin Alsop conducting the final festivities.

The Britten theme takes in 22 works with highlights including a concert performance of Billy Budd with Glyndebourne forces, Sinfonia da Requiem, the Violin Concerto, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and Les Illuminations. A focus on Poland includes Panufnik's Tragic Overture and Lullaby in anticipation of the composer's centenary in 2014. Other repertoire from the Boosey & Hawkes catalogue includes music by Bernstein, Elgar, Górecki, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

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For the full season programme visit the BBC Proms website.

New Music Highlights

21 July, 7.30 pm, Royal Albert Hall
Sean Shepherd Magiya (UK premiere)
National Youth Orchestra of the USA/Valery Gergiev
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Sean Shepherd's new Russian-flavoured overture is travelling on tour with the young players of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA including concerts in Washington, Moscow and London. The title refers to the everyday magic conjured up in Russian folklore, literature and music.
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3 August, 7.30 pm, Royal Albert Hall
James MacMillan Violin Concerto
Vadim Repin/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles
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James MacMillan's Violin Concerto is performed for the first time at the BBC Proms. Since its premiere with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010, Russian virtuoso violinst Vadim Repin has travelled with the concerto to France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.
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11 August, 7.30 pm, Royal Albert Hall
Mark-Anthony Turnage Frieze (world premiere)
National Youth Orchestra of GB/Vasily Petrenko
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Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze grew from an invitation by the Royal Philharmonic Society to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's Symphony No.9 for this Prom, presented free of charge. The composer looked to artist Gustav Klimt whose Beethoven Frieze in Vienna was one of the pioneering works of the Jugendstil movement. Following its BBC Proms premiere the work travels the Atlantic for performance in October by co-commissioners the New York Philharmonic.
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12 August, 1.00 pm Cadogan Hall
Harrison Birtwistle The Moth Requiem (UK premiere)
BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Nicholas Kok
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At the centre of Harrison Birtwistle's new work is The Moth Poem by Robin Blaser, librettist for Birtwistle’s opera The Last Supper, in which the poet traced eerie nighttime sounds in his house to a moth caught under the lid of a piano, touching the strings in its efforts to escape. This poem is combined by Birtwistle with a list of moth names, drawing him back to his teenager years when he was fascinated by their mysterious existence and understated beauty. Scored for twelve female singers, three harps and alto flute, The Moth Requiem explores a loss of childhood dreams and the evanescence of life.
> More on Birtwistle at this summer's festivals

13 August, 7.30 pm, Royal Albert Hall
Sofia Gubaidulina The Rider on the White Horse (UK premiere)
London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
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Sofia Gubaidulina's score for orchestra and organ is developed from a passage in her St John Easter, describing the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse described by St John in the book of Revelation. As well as depicting the mounted archer, crowned and conquering, the work moves from the Incarnation, through the Transfiguration to Christ's Ascension, with forceful and vivid orchestration.

7 September, 7.30 pm, Royal Albert Hall
(Last Night of the BBC Proms)
Anna Clyne Masquerade (world premiere)
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The British-born, US-based young composer Anna Clyne is currently resident with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where she has been creating a range of new works for the orchestra and Riccardo Muti. Her Last Night commission is a five-minute curtain-raiser to the final festivities, drawing inspiration from the original promenade concerts held in London's pleasure gardens in the mid-18th century. Clyne's work combines exuberant fanfares with musical gestures drawn from the period when the dances would have been elaborately staged as a masquerade.

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