This Prom will be broadcast live at 20:00 BST on BBC Radio 3 & BBC One.
Please note that it will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for this concert.
In a year like no other, the Last Night of the Proms – always a celebration of world-class music-making across the season – reflects the many experiences and moods we have encountered during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Finnish maestra Dalia Stasevska – the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor – presides over a specially adapted Last Night with no live spectators at the Royal Albert Hall but with millions listening and watching worldwide.
Excerpts from Mozart’s witty opera celebrating unwavering love leads to Strauss’s rapturous Morgen!, a wedding gift to his wife, opening with the thought that ‘Tomorrow the sun will shine again’.
There’s consolation in Sibelius’s serene Impromptu, a celebration of one of the great creative spirits of the past century – Stephen Sondheim – in his 90th-birthday year. There is the soaring violin of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and birdsong also concludes Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi’s new commission (whose title, Solus, also acknowledges the loneliness of lockdown).
With rising star Golda Schultz and Proms regular Nicola Benedetti as soloists – as well as the usual Last Night favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem – it’s a jubilant, socially distanced musical party designed to bring us all together.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Marriage of Figaro (Overture) – ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’
BBC commission: world premiere
Night Waltzes (A Little Night Music) – ‘The Glamorous Life’
Impromptu for String Orchestra, op. 5
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
(arr. Stephan Koncz)
Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
i. The Saucy Arethusa ii. Tom Bowling iii. Jack’s the Lad iv. Sequence of sea songs from around the UK v. See, the conqu’ring hero comes vi. Rule, Britannia!
Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major – ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
(arr. Anne Dudley)
Carousel – ‘You’ll never walk alone’
(arr. Errollyn Wallen)
The National Anthem
Golda Schultz soprano
Nicola Benedetti violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska conductor
- It will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for this concert
- We are sorry to announce that Lisa Batiashvili is no longer able to appear at the Last Night of the Proms due to illness. We are delighted that Nicola Benedetti will now perform Vaughan Williams’s 'The Lark Ascending', as per the advertised programme.
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