BBC Proms Last Night celebrations in Scotland return to Glasgow
The BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations in Scotland will return to Glasgow on Saturday 8 September, for a roof-raising evening of music and song with a distinctive jazz influence.
Pianist Joanna MacGregor, Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and celebrated soprano Carolyn Sampson join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell at Glasgow’s City Halls to mark the final night of the world’s greatest classical music festival.
As well as favourites by Bizet, Mozart and Mendelssohn, there’s a touch of jazz to this year’s proceedings: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will showcase Joanna MacGregor’s unique keyboard virtuosity while Tommy Smith performs some of Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs in his own special arrangement for saxophone and orchestra. The line-up also includes Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for jazz ensemble (with MacGregor on piano) and Jule Styne’s rip-roaring overture to Gypsy. There’s even room for the white-tie sophistication of Irving Berlin and Noël Coward.
As in previous years the evening will link-up live with the Last Night celebrations in Cardiff, Belfast, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall in London, which this year features Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as soloist.
The concert will be presented by tenor Jamie MacDougall and with the first half of the concert broadcast live on BBC Two Scotland.
Tickets are now on sale from glasgowconcerthalls.com
BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations in Scotland
Saturday 8 August, 7.30pm
City Halls, Glasgow
All tickets £10 (no concessions). Booking fee may apply.
Audience are requested to be seated by 7.15pm