First Night of the Proms

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 19:30

It's that time of year again - the launch of the BBC Proms!

Under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will perform Elgar’s biblical oratorio The Kingdom.

The piece narrates the lives of Jesus’s disciples and gives an account of the community of the early church and the Pentecost. Although the third part was never written, Elgar had considered The Kingdom as the 'slow movement' in a trilogy that started with The Apostles.

The soloists will be soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Andrew Staples and bass-baritone Christopher Purves.