Happy birthday (1869) to the British conductor Henry Wood, whose memory lives on in the form of the @bbc_proms . We like this original seating plan from an archive of the Proms, showing the set-up for Bach's Matthew Passion in 1908. .
Promenade concerts had existed in London's pleasure gardens since the mid 18th century, and indoor proms became a feature of 19th century musical life in London from 1838. The annual series of Promenade or "Prom" concerts was inaugurated on 10 August 1895 in the Queen's Hall in Langham Place by the impresario Robert Newman, but soon became most closely associated with the conductor Henry Wood, who was largely responsible for building the repertoire of the series. Within the first two decades, Wood firmly established the policy of introducing works by contemporary composers (both British and international) and of bringing fresh life to unperformed or under-performed works. Richard Strauss wrote of his ensemble: "I cannot leave London without an expression of admiration for the splendid Orchestra which Henry Wood's master hand has created in such a short time."
The interesting collection this comes from is coming soon at schubertiademusic.com!
【Sketch with a Pop of Colour: International Women's Day】
Day 1: #Red
"When I was last with you for this amazingly wonderful and slightly whacky celebration, I shared with you how proud I was to be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. I have to share though that I am even more proud to be the first second woman – or maybe it’s the second first woman. I'm not sure, it doesn't matter. But, you know, what excites me is that now we’re gonna to see the 3rd, the 5th, the 10th, the 100th woman to follow me because we have to work towards a more just and equal playing field for women." - Marin Alsop, LNOP 2015
I was really lucky to be one of the Prommers that managed to get a Day Ticket for the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2015. That concert was my most memorable evening in London ever for many reasons, one of them being her inspiring speech that is reminder that we have come a long way in terms of gender equality, and there is still a long way to go.
How fortunate was I to hear this speech while standing right at the Arena of the @royalalberthall.#BBCProms#LNOP#MarinAlsop#sketchwithapopofcolour#internationalwomensday