TV preview: Last Night of the Proms



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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Katie Derham introduces the final concerts of the 2016 BBC Proms.

Split into two halves, the celebrations are led by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers, with returning Finnish chief conductor Sakari Oramo. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez is the star soloist, bringing some sparkling arias from the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Offenbach.

Also on the programme is the world premiere of a piece by young Scottish composer Tom Harrold, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble.

The second part begins with American composer Michael Torke’s Javelin, which was originally performed at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. A selection of young singers perform Vaughan Williams’s 1938 tribute to Henry Wood’s 50th anniversary – Serenade to Music. The cross-genre British composer Anne Dudley contributes a special arrangement entitled Fiesta Caribena! And star tenor Florez returns to perform more spine-tingling Donizetti.

The Proms season comes to an end with the climax of Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

The Last Night of the Proms, BBC2, Saturday, Septwember 10, from 7.15pm.

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