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Which orchestra did Daniel Barenboim conduct in a complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies at the 2012 Proms?

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Vienna Philharmonic

Berlin Philharmonic

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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Correct! Barenboim was the first man to conduct a complete cycle at the Proms since Henry Wood in 1942.

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Which work received a standing ovation at the Proms when it was premiered in 1990?

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'Three Screaming Popes' by Mark-Anthony Turnage

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It was 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie' by James Macmillan. Critic Stephen Johnson described it as 'an ovation the like of which had rarely been seen at a British premiere since the death of Benjamin Britten'.

'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie' by James Macmillan

'Eve Dreams in Paradise' by Alexander Goehr

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Which conductor debuted at the Proms in 1963 with his own orchestration of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition?

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Sir Georg Solti

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It was Leopold Stokowski. 1963 also saw debut performances from Georg Solti and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Alexander Gibson

Leopold Stokowski

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Who is the youngest soloist in Proms history to have performed at the First Night?

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Martha Argerich

Benjamin Grosvenor

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Correct! Benjamin performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 2011, a year that also saw the Edward Gardner preside over the Last Night. Gardner was the youngest conductor to do so since Henry Wood in 1904.

Daniel Barenboim

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Which Proms legend said ‘I do not like ladies playing the trombone or double bass, but they can play the violin, and they do.’

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Sir Malcolm Sargent

Sir Henry Wood

Sir Thomas Beecham

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It was Sir Henry Wood. In 1913 Wood accepted six female players to his Queen’s Hall Orchestra and by 1918 this number had grown to 14.

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Who will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms when she leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra this year?

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Marin Alsop

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Correct! Alsop will become the first ever woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms on 7 September 2013

JoAnn Falletta

Sian Edwards

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In which year did the first Proms in the Park take place?

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1996

2001

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It took place in 1996 in Hyde Park. The BBC now organises Proms in the Park events all over the UK

2007