Returning: Last Night Of The Proms

2014-08-19_1153British expats -and even a few others- will be delighted to learn that UKTV channel will screen the Last Night Of The Proms in September within 24 hours of its UK screening.

The annual music tradition at Royal Albert Hall will feature the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a Mary Poppins singalong medley.

Natalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand, said: “I am delighted to bring UKTV viewers all of the excitement from yet another world class event express from the UK. The uniquely British event is now truly international and I encourage our Aussie fans to singalong to familiar favourites in the last night tradition.”

Embraced globally as being the world’s greatest classical music festival with 120 years of history, Last Night of the Proms is a night that is uniquely British, bringing the eight-week summer BBC Proms festival to an end with one final night of musical celebrations. Featuring leading international and British performers and culminating, as always, with a mass singalong.

Held in the iconic Royal Albert Hall, the Last Night of the Proms sees Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra lead his players for the first time in the world-famous finale joined by star soloists violinist Janine Jansen and baritone Roderick Williams performing a wide range of works including Chausson’s Poème and Williams’s own arrangement of ‘Ol’ Man River’ and ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’.

Opening with the world premiere of composer Gavin Higgins’ BBC commission, Velocity, the night’s festivities feature the music of one of the season’s anniversary composers, Strauss as well as Arnold’s Peterloo overture receiving its world premiere performance in a new choral version with lyrics by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning lyricist, Sir Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin, The Lion King).

The evening will also feature a Mary Poppins singalong medley to mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release with audience members encouraged to sing along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Cheree and Let’s Go Fly A Kite.

Sunday, September 14 at 8.30pm UKTV.

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  1. I dunno… watching it on Foxtel within 24 hours of the UK transmission would kind of spoil it. What’s wrong with the traditional way the ABC handles LNOTP – the first half one Sunday afternoon in December, and the other half at two in the morning in March?

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