RNCM Alumni at the BBC Proms

It’s been a great season for RNCM alumni at the 2016 BBC Proms.

Throughout the eight week extravaganza, we witnessed everything from world premières by leading composers to outstanding performances by top soloists. Honorary Associated Artist Tom Harrold even opened the infamous Last Night of the Proms with a new commission that Raze(d) the roof!


Royal Albert Hall highlights included Stephen Hough performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, fellow pianist Steven Osborne playing Britten’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote joining the Hallé for a programme of Berlioz, Matthews and Mahler, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic presenting the première of Emily Howard’s Torus (Concerto for Orchestra), Baldur Brönnimann conducting the BBC Singers and Ensemble intercontemporain, Alpesh Chauhan making his Proms début conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the BBC Ten Pieces Secondary events, and the world première of Tom Harrold’s Raze opening The Last Night of the Proms, which also featured vocal alumni Benjamin Lewis (bass), Bradley Travis (bass-baritone), and Alison Rose (soprano). Click on the link below to listen to Tom’s piece:

Elsewhere, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge performed Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the BBC Singers at the Old Royal Naval College, Andrew Gourlay conducted the London Sinfonietta at the Roundhouse in Camden, and the première of  Sally Beamish‘s Merula perpetu for viola and piano took place at Cadogan Hall.

For a full Proms round-up visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms.

14 September 2016