Last Night of the Proms

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In what year did ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ first appear in the Last Night of the Prom’s programme?

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2006

2007

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It was first included in the programme in 2010, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Oscar Hammerstein II.

2010

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Which piece of contemporary music caused outrage among audiences when it was premiered at the 1995 Last Night of the Proms?

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Judith Bingham, ‘Salt in the Blood’

Harrison Birtwhistle, ‘Panic’

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Correct! The premiere of ‘Panic’ prompted thousands of complaints to the BBC and was dubbed a ‘horrible cacophony’ and ‘unmitigated rubbish’ by The Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

Zhou Qinru, ‘Gu yun san die’

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How many Proms in the Park will take place this year?

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3

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Correct! Proms in the Park will this year take place in London's Hyde Park, Caerphilly, Belfast and Glasgow and there'll be performances from tenor Joseph Calleja, violinist Jennifer Pike, trumpet player Alison Balsom and many more…

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Who was the first non-British conductor to direct the Last Night of the Proms?

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Jiří Bělohlávek

Leonard Slatkin

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It was Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 1980. He was knighted in 1979.

Charles Mackerras

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Marin Alsop will this year be the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms. How many male conductors have preceded her?

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22

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22. Marin Alsop will be the 23rd conductor in the 118-year history of the Proms.

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In what year was the first Last Night of the Proms speech given (clue: it was the same year that the Proms moved to their current residence of the Royal Albert Hall)?

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1935

1939

1941

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Correct! Sir Henry Wood gave the first conductor’s speech in the Royal Albert Hall, where the Proms moved after the original venue of the Queen’s Hall was bombed during the Second World War.