Tradition meets high jinks once again as Edward Gardner conducts his first Last Night of the Proms. For this grandest of grand finales there are two very special guests.
Since her first Proms appearance in 1995, Susan Bullock has emerged as Britain's leading dramatic soprano, specialising in what she calls 'the large ladies' of the repertoire. None is more challenging than Brünnhilde, whose Immolation Scene concludes Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Also featured is a classical music superstar, as popular in the West as in his native China. Lang Lang plays Liszt at his most dazzling on this, his sixth visit to the Proms.
Bartók's thrilling suite provides a blast of exotic orchestral colour. Arne, Parry and Elgar bring down the curtain in traditional fashion. But first the Master of the Queen's Music pays tribute to the Promenaders' fundraising efforts on behalf of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in his new work.
Saturday 10 September
7.30pm – c. 10.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
Choral music and singing events, Piano music
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Musica benevolens (c4 mins)
Musicians Benevolent Fund commission:
The Miraculous Mandarin - suite (20 mins)
Götterdämmerung - Immolation Scene (18 mins)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (19 mins)
Grande Polonaise brillante, Op. 22 (9 mins)
Mo nighean dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden) (4 mins)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (20 mins)
The Sound of Music - 'Climb ev'ry mountain' (arr.Robert Russell Bennett) (4 mins)
Carousel - 'You'll never walk alone' (arr. Jackson) (3 mins)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory') (8 mins)
Rule Britannia (8 mins)
Jerusalem (orch. Elgar) (4 mins)
The National Anthem (2 mins)
Lang Lang piano
Susan Bullock soprano
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor