The Proms on TV and Radio
TEN programmes from the 70th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts will be seen on BBC Television, and each of the 49 concerts will be broadcast on sound radio— bringing an audience figure of some 50 million.
Nine orchestras have been engaged for the season which will run at the Royal Albert Hall, July 25 to September 19. Nine orchestras and 26 conductors have been engaged and incuded for the first time are two chamber orchestras, the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Naturally, the conductors are led by Sir Malcolm Sargent. who, like the Proms, celebrates his 70th birthday this year, Mr. Basil Cameron will conduct the concert on his Roth birthday, August 18. The Proms birthday concert and the Shakespeare quatercentenary will be celebrated on the same day, August 10, when Reginald Smith Brindle's "Creation Epic" specially commissioned by the BBC, is given its first performance.
Opera and oratorio are again prominent the Covent Garden Opera Company are giving two performances, Glyndebourne one. Oratorio highlights will include Berlioz' Childhood of Christ, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Britten's War Requiem (August 4) and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.
Boys of St. Teresa's church, and the Edmund Campion School, St. Helen's, are coming to the Royal Albert Hall for an epic performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8. Epic—for seldom has an audience been faced with an orchestra of 140, plus choirs of between 500 600 voices.
The boys—who will be paying their own fares down to London, will be singing with the Alexandra Choir, the BBC Chorus, the Goldsmiths' Choral Union, the Harrow Choral Society, and Members of the Liverpool Philharmonic choir, the London Philharmonic Choir, the Orpington Junior Singers and the Palmer's Boys School Choir. A festival of choirs in fact. The date: Monday. August 24.
Among the nearly 70 artists appearing this season arc some 20 making their first appearance at a Prom. It's good to see that among the three artists each giving no less than four performances is Owen Brannigan.
Booking for the season, by post only, opens on Monday, by personal application from July 13. The Prospectus is now on sale, price Is. (post Is. 4d.).