Malcolm Sargent Revisited

Malcolm Sargent Revisited

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Review

Further proof – as if it were needed – that the Proms caters to a broad church of tastes. The 7.30pm concert lovingly re-creates Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom from 1966. The Proms’ chief conductor for two decades until his death in 1967, he was a champion of English music, so expect works by Elgar, Walton, Delius, Holst and Britten from the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Davis.

The 10pm concert celebrates what they’re billing as “The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker”. Even devoted fans might not go that far, but Jules Buckley’s concerts with the Heritage Orchestra are always heavenly. Jarvis Cocker, Susanne Sundfor and Richard Hawley add some sparkle. Bound to be more than “cute in a stupid ass way”.

Summary

Known as Flash Harry, Malcolm Sargent was the chief conductor of the Proms for two decades, bringing the concerts to TV audiences for the first time. Marking the 50th anniversary of his death, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Andrew Davis, and pianist Beatrice Rana recreate Sargent's 500th Prom from 1966. Alongside Schumann and Berlioz, there's a feast of English music, including works by Elgar and Holst, culminating in Britten's much-loved Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Presented by Katie Derham.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Katie Derham
Performer Beatrice Rana
Director Sian Lloyd
Executive Producer Francesca Kemp
Producer Joe McCulloch
Producer Catherine Dixon
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