Being the youngest sibling in a large family I was raised in a house where music was plentiful. Influenced by the contemporary pop music tastes of my older brothers and sisters I was also influenced by my father’s tastes in music.
A big country music fan, he would listen to Wally Whyton’s evening shows on Radio 2 with a massive pair of headphones, so big he would have to lean back in his armchair through fear they would breaking his neck, should he fall asleep!
Forgetting his James Last albums, he would also occasionally listen to classical music albums. I particularly remember Holst’s The Planets, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Tchiakovsky’s 1812 Overture; and once a year the regular Saturday night TV viewing schedule was replaced by The Last Night Of The Proms. Above all, I remember rousing performances of Land Of Hope & Glory and my father’s personal favourite, Jerusalem.
In recent times I have found myself listening more to classical music and intrigued to find how groups like Sigur Ros and electronica music, the likes of Susumu Yokota and d_rradio among others, are blurring the lines between these music genres.
Tonight sees the start of the annual BBC Proms, an eight week celebration of orchestral classical music spread over seventy concerts, held mainly at the Royal Albert Hall.
The BBC Proms or to give them their full title, The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC begins with music from Ligeti, Tchiakovsky, Langgaard and Sibelius; and continues with a mix of music from lesser known (to me) composers and well known music from the likes of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Cage, Wagner, Mahler and Mozart; culminating with The Last Night Of The Proms, and climaxing with the ubiquitous performance of Thomas Arne’s Rule Britannia!
BBC Proms Tickets are difficult to acquire, especially for the Last Night Of The Proms, but the live experience is completely amazing.
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