September brings one of the biggest concerts in the classical music calendar, the Last Night of the Proms. In this month's magazine – and this podcast – we celebrate saxophonist Jess Gillam, who has a starring role at this year's event. Plus, in this episode you can sample our dazzling saxophone cover CD. It features saxophonist John Harle and the BBC Concert Orchestra, playing concertos by Richard Rodney Bennett and Dominic Muldowney.
We also discuss a clutch of new conductor appointments, new research on Beethoven's deafness, the appearance of a rare Elgar manuscript on the Antiques Roadshow and the untimely death of one Britain's leading composer-conductors, Oliver Knussen. Plus, we bring along the new recordings that have caught our ears, including not only Beethoven and JS Bach but also a brass band extravaganza and the Manfred Quartet's Bye-Bye Berlin.
This month's episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, and features editorial assistant Freya Parr, managing editor Rebecca Franks and reviews editor Michael Beek. It is produced by Jack Fletcher.