To mark 50 years since the death of Malcolm Sargent, chief conductor of the Proms from 1947-1967, the BBC Proms recreated Sargent’s 500th Prom, originally performed on the first night of the 1966 season.
Throughout his career, Sargent was heralded as champion of British music, and fittingly Holst, Elgar, Walton, Delius and Britten were all represented in the programme, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Watch highlights from this concert:
Chief-conductor of the Proms Malcolm Sargent epitomised the classical music festival from 1947 until 1967. He took part in an astonishing 514 concerts, and shaped the BBC Proms as we know them today.
Find out more about Proms pioneer Sir Malcolm Sargent
Trad., arr. Henry Wood
The National Anthem
Overture ‘Le carnaval romain’
Piano Concerto in A minor
Overture ‘Cockaigne (In London Town)’
Façade Suite No. 1; Suite No. 2 – Popular Song
The Perfect Fool – ballet music
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Beatrice Rana piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor