The launch day for the BBC’s Proms season – ‘the world’s greatest classical music festival’ – has in recent years turned into an event all of its own. How was it different this year, and how did it help launch the 124th season of Promenade concerts?
The BBC Proms gets underway on Friday 18 July 2018. The 75 concert-long season was unveiled online at a special launch event last night at the Imperial War Museum.
I’ve picked out twenty-six moments from this year’s line-up that have caught my eye.
I’ve followed three differing competitions over the past ten years, all spanning a range of musical genres. All of them, the most recent being the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, are linked by a similar personal experience: investing in the process, backing a winner, hearing the result, after which an intense feeling of self-loathing descends. […]