Last Night of the Proms 2012

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The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall is considered England's biggest night of classical music, and the culmination of an eight-week, 70-plus-concert BBC Proms festival. WQXR brings you this year's event, which features violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.

The program, which features Puccini's "Nessum Dorma" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," as well as the Bruch Violin Concerto and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, capped a season that saw an average attendance for the main evening Proms in the Royal Albert Hall this year at 93 percent, according to BBC officials. This was just below last year’s record level of 94 percent. Fifty-one of 76 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall sold out and over 300,000 people attended concerts at both the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.

The BBC also reports that more than 35,000 people bought tickets for the first time and over 7,500 patrons were under 18.


Mark Simpson - sparks (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Suk- Towards a New Life
Delius - Songs of Farewell
Verdi -Un ballo in maschera – ‘Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m’è forza perderti’
Massenet -Werther – ‘Pourquoi me réveiller?’
Bruch -Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Puccini - Tosca – ‘E lucevan le stelle’
Puccini -Turandot – ‘Nessun dorma’


John Williams - Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Dvořák - Overture 'Carnival'
Shostakovich - The Gadfly – Romance
Brodszky - The Toast of New Orleans – ‘Be my love’
Lara - Granada
Rodgers - Carousel – ‘You’ll never walk alone’
Henry Wood - Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')
Parry, orch. Elgar - Jerusalem
Traditional -The National Anthem

Nicola Benedetti violin
Joseph Calleja tenor
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor