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Marin Alsop Breaks Glass Ceiling for Last Night of the Proms

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Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 118-year history. She leads a program that includes a celebratory new work by Anna Clyne and a rare performance of Britten’s 1967 overture The Building of the House for chorus and orchestra.

Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato star as soloists in a program that picks up sea-faring themes from Bantock and George Lloyd. There will be two works by Alsop's former teacher, Leonard Bernstein, plus traditional favorites like Rule, Britannia!and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

The program, recorded earlier in the day, comes from London's Royal Albert Hall.


Program Details:

Anna Clyne: Masquerade BBC Commission (World Premiere)

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – overture

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms 

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Britten: The Building of the House 

Bernstein: Candide – 'Make our Garden Grow' 

Massenet: Chérubin – 'Je suis gris! je suis ivre!' 

Handel: Xerxes – 'Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù'

Rossini: La donna del lago – 'Tanti affetti in tal momento!' 


Bernstein: Candide – overture 

Verdi: Nabucco – 'Va, pensiero' (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) 

Arlen: Over the Rainbow 

Monti: Csárdás 

Traditional: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) 

Rodgers: Carousel – 'You'll never walk alone' 

Bantock: Sea Reivers 

Lloyd: HMS Trinidad March (UK Premiere)

Arne: Rule, Britannia! 

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory') 

Parry, Orch. Elgar: Jerusalem

Traditional: The National Anthem, arranged by Benjamin Britten 

Marin Alsop photo: Clark Vandergrift

  • Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano
  • Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
  • Nigel Kennedy violin
  • BBC Symphony Chorus
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Marin Alsop conductor
Last Night of the Proms
Last Night of the Proms ( Devon Buchanan/flickr )