It is hard to imagine an event more steeped in tradition than the BBC's 'Last Night of the Proms' which will be aired by 24 EBU Members next weekend. Virtually all of the 75 concerts in the 122nd edition of this famous London summer series, running this year from 15 July to 10 September, have been made available to EBU Members via MUS as part of the Euroradio Summer Festivals, a key component of the Euroradio Package.
Yet the 2016 Proms have also innovated, expanding beyond their traditional venue of Royal Albert Hall in London to such new venues as the iconic Roundhouse engine shed in Camden Town or even a multi-storey car park in Peckham. The programming has been even more eclectic as well, ranging from Elgar's Cello Concerto on the First Night under the bow of the young Argentine artist Sol Gabetta, to a Gospel evening, a celebration of David Bowie, the world première of several BBC commissioned pieces and a gig by the jazz pianist Jamie Cullum.
Even the programme of the legendary Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10 September has been slightly tweaked. It would, of course, not be complete without such very British fare as Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance", Parry's "Jerusalem" or "Rule, Britannia!", with exuberant Prommers singing along. But this year there is also the Peruvian heartthrob tenor Juan Diego Flórez performing a string of his signature bel canto arias, plus a hand-picked selection of young UK singers in Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music".
The following Euroradio Members will be broadcasting Saturday night's concert (10 September) in 20 countries:
RNZ (New Zealand)