- Radio Times
- Review by:
- David Gillard
The accent is once more on young players with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a varied programme. And the accent is also very Scottish, with the London premiere of Ayrshire-born James MacMillan’s Olympic sprint Fanfare upon One Note and the world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s light-hearted Loch Ness — a Postcard from Scotland.
Young Scottish virtuoso Nicola Benedetti (who first played in the string section of this youth orchestra when she was eight years old) is the violin soloist in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Popular pieces by Wagner, Richard Strauss and Respighi complete the bill.
About this programme
Live from London's Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Donald Runnicles are joined by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and former NYOS leader Nicola Benedetti in a programme of orchestral showpieces. Presented by Andrew McGregor. Nicola Benedetti (violin), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Donald Runnicles. James MacMillan: Fanfare Upon One Note (first London performance). Wagner: Overture: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy. 8.25 Proms Live Interval. Including regular mini-series Lucy Worsley's Kensington. 8.45 Strauss: Don Juan. Thea Musgrave: Loch Ness - a Postcard from Scotland (BBC commission; first performance). Respighi: Pines of Rome. Repeated on Thursday August 16 at 2pm.