Last Night Celebrations in Scotland BBC Proms


Last Night Celebrations in Scotland

From Dundee's Caird Hall, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform as part of the BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations. With Alfie Boe, Fran Healy and Kristan Harvey.


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Hello. I'm Jamie MacDougall. I'm Kaye Adams, and welcome to the

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Caird Hall in Dundee for the BBC Proms' Last Night of the Proms in

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Scotland. We have a great show coming up for you tonight with some

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of the world's finest musicians and singers joining us on the stage.

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Already on the stage we have the fabulous BBC Scottish Symphony

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Orchestra guest led tonight by Helena Woods. Hot footing it fresh

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from the West End we have one of the country's best-loved singers,

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Alfie Boe and one of Scotland's most successful singer/songwriters,

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Fran Healy will be performing with the BBC SSO for the first time.

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From Orkney, one of the brightest new talents on the traditional

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music scene, BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year

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Kristan Harvey will be playing with the BBC orchestra. Behind me

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looking resplendent we have our own Dundee Proms Chorus. They have been

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brought together just to perform for us tonight. They haven't

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performed in public before, so we'll be hearing their debut

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performance in a few moments' time. We have show tunes to Shostakovich,

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Puccini to pipes. It's a real celebration of music of all kinds

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and to lead us and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra through this

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evening, will you please welcome our conductor, Stephen Bell?

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Stephen Bell and the BBC Scottish to a great start with Shostakovich

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first heard at the Bolshoi many Moscow, 1954. Time to meet our

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first soloist of the evening. Are you ready? He's rather good, I can

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tell you. Legend has it he only joined the local amateur operatic

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society because his sister told him it was a good place to meet girls.

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That's why we do it. Bear that in mind. He was also spotted by a

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talent scout who heard him singing while at work in the local car

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factory. The car factory's loss is certainly our gain because he's now

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regarded as one of the finest tenor voices in the world joom ladies and

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gentlemen, singing Recondita Armonia by Puccini, please welcome

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the fabulous Alfie Boe. It's a pleasure to always be a part

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of a Prom, you know, whether it's during the run of the Proms or the

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last night or the first night. I've done all three sections, but always

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been a part of the Last Night of the Proms is - is a huge joy and a

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pleasure. # Le diverse bellezze

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APPLAUSE Well, a very appreciative Dundee

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audience there, and they can look forward to more from him later in

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I think that left everyone shaken and stirred. Absolutely. That of

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course was a medley of some of the best James Bond themes, our own

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tribute to the great John Barry - Goldfinger, Thunderball, From

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Russia with Love - did you recognise them? The Dundee Proms

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Chorus is a choir of all ages and experience. We just ask that they

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come along to the rehearsals and sing their heart out which they

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absolutely do. Tonight the rehearsals are over. They're about

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to sing for you for the very first time. Remember, this group have not

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sung in public before, so performing Verdi's Chorus of the

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Hebrew Slaves with Stephen Bell, I # Come on babe

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The Dundee Proms Chorus, ladies and gentlemen, and weren't they

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fantastic? I would like to introduce you now to the lady who

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has trained the choir, though I am sure not like the slave driver you

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would find in the Opera Nobuco. Please welcome the inspirational

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Anna Flanagan. APPLAUSE

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Well, the journey that the choir has taken to get here tonight with

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me has been a very intense one, and there's been no period where they

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have been able to relax at all. We have had eight pieces to learn in a

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very short space of time, so they have had to hit the ground running

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really from the word go. What I really try and do is to get them to

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feel really confident, happy and relaxed and free to be themselves

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and to go for the pieces, so they don't hold back, but they have to

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imagine they're performing it right from the minute they start singing

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it, so we get to that level really quickly!

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# Come on babe # I'm gonna rouge my knees

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# Start the car # Where the gin is cold

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# It's just a noisy hall Where there's a nightly brawl

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# And all that jazz

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# Slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes

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# And all that jazz

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# I hear that Father Dip Is gonna blow the blues

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# And all that jazz

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# Hold on, hon We're gonna bunny hug

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# I bought some aspirin Down at United Drug

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# In case you shake apart And want a brand new start

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# To do that jazz

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# Skidoo And all that jazz

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# Gotcha

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# Whoopee

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# And all that jazz

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# Ha! Ha! Ha!

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# It's just a noisy hall Where there's a nightly brawl

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# And all that jazz

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# Oh, you're gonna see your sheba shimmy shake

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# And all that jazz

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# Oh, she's gonna shimmy till her garters break

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# And all that jazz

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# Show her where to park her girdle

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# Oh, her mother's blood'd curdle

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# If she'd hear her baby's queer

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# For all that jazz

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# Find a flask We're playing fast and loose

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# And all that jazz

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# And all that jazz

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# Right up here Is where I store the juice

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# And all that jazz And all that jazz

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# Come on, babe We're gonna brush the sky

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# I bet you luck Lindy Never flew so high

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# Cos in the stratosphere How could he lend an ear

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# To all that jazz?

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# And all that jazz

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# And all that jazz

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# Ooh ahh

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# But, oh, I love my life

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# No, I'm no-one's wife

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# But, oh, I love my life

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# And all that jazz!

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# That's jazz! #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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APPLAUSE

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I would

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I would like

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I would like to introduce you to the next of our fantastic soloists.

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Kristan Harvey started playing the violin at the age of nine in her

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home in Orkney that early start paid off because earlier this year

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she was handed the title BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician

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of the Year. She joins us for two songs. The second is a specially-

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arranged medley for tonight for Kristan and the BBC Symphony

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Orchestra, but to start with, Gillian's Waltz accompanied by

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Stuart Semple. Please welcome I think bringing traditional music

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into The Proms is an absolutely brilliant idea. The two styles of

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music are still probably quite separate to a lot of people, and

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joining them together I think is just great. When I am on stage with

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the orchestra, I think it will be quite nerve-wracking. I'm assuming

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that it will be. I have had the opportunity before to sit in an

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orchestra and watch what the soloist is doing, but I've never

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been the soloist, so that's going to be quite an experience for me.

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That was, of course, the William wonderful BBC Scottish Symphony

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Orchestra. Wasn't our wonderful violinist Kristan Harvey fantastic,

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21 years of age, ladies and gentlemen?

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APPLAUSE Now, next up tonight, one of the

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most successful Scottish singer/songwriters of his

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generation. He's had a string of hits with his band Travis,

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including our other National Anthem - you know it, don't you - Why Does

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It Always Rain on Me? Yes, we know that one here in Scotland. Also,

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he's had great critical acclaim with his solo album Recorder.

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Please give a huge welcome to Fran Healy.

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APPLAUSE I've never done anything like this

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before. I remember my first experience of a big orchestra was

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at maid avail studios, and we were doing this session for I think it

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was Steve Lemac. We were sort of walking out of the building, and I

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heard this really big sound, and I looked through a door, and there

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was this giant orchestra playing, and I'd never, ever seen an

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orchestra. And this was me being about - I was about 20 - 5 or 6 at

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the time, and it left quite an impression on me. I'm really

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honoured to be a part of the Proms because ever since I was a kid, you

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would hear it on the radio occasionally or see it on the TV,

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and now here I am standing with a guitar, and you know, not a

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trombone or, I don't know, a cello or something. So it's really cool.

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I'm really excited to do it. APPLAUSE

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You've got two numbers for us tonight. Tell us, what are you

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going to sing? The first song I am going to sing is a song called Sing.

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We all know that one. Yeah, and I'm going to do that just busking, so

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I'll put my hat down, and you can chuck money if you want.

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LAUGHTER Then I am going to sing another

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song called Closer, and that's going to be with these guys.

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Fantastic. We won't hold people any longer. Enjoy, everyone, Fran Healy.

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# Lately # Solo

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# You've been waiting # For the love you bring

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# Hold her and tell her # Cos no-one's gonna be stopped

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# Baby, there's something # So, na, na, na, no, nothing

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I'm just going to tune quickly, because if I'm out of tune, they

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all sound bad. LAUGHTER

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Perfect. # And when I see you

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# And when I need you then # And when I see you

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# And when I need you then # And when I see you

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# And when I need you then I know Ladies and gentlemen it is time to

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welcome back one of the biggest names of the West End. He has made

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the part of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables his own. He has a string

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of solo albums and awards to his As an artist on stage at the Proms

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it is fantastic to see the audience enjoy the music, really have a fun

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time, just there for the sheer joy of celebrating music and having a

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good time. Having a good time, really. When you see that happening

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in the audience, it just transfers on to the stage. It gives you more

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energy, more enthusiasm for the show. Bringing home for me has been

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a catalyst for my career. It's an amazing song in general. It's such

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an emotional one for me to sing. It really does - every time I sing it,

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it pulls on the heart strings. It's a very special song. It's going to

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be prt of my career for a very long time. -- part of my career for a

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# He's like the son A fantastic response from the

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audience. Now joining Alfie on # Who will be strong

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# That will give you the right # Will you stand up

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# The blood of the martyrs # Will you stand up

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# The blood of the martyrs Starting the second part of our

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concert from Dundee, to lead the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

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Stephen Bell. Coming up Rogers and hammer steen and more from Alfie.

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And that piece was of course called That's Entertainment. We have lots

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more of that to come for you this evening. Now it is time to welcome

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back to the stage, with another classic Travis track, a huge

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welcome, please for Fran Healy. All I want to do is rock with, the

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first song I thought, this is a proper song. I could hear it in my

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head, I wrote it using an acoustic guitar. I had the idea of it

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getting louder and louder towards the end. There is a song by Roy

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Orbison called Running Scared. It gets bigger and bigger and it ends

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at the loudest point. I wanted to make a song like that.

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So remember to give it plenty of # I would really like to talk

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Thank you, everyone. Both the BBC Scottish Symphony

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Orchestra and the audience really relishing that piece, written in

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1874. Time now to welcome on to the stage the Dundee Proms chorus.

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This experience, for the choir, has been hugely important. Whenever an

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experience like this happens for any choir it is very significant in

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their lives. It is something different to anything else they've

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done. They've had to, as singers, be exposed, let go and sing.

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L, without -- without any reservations at all. They have to

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trust the conductor to do that. Some may never have performed

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before. It is a huge thrill and rush for them that they may get, in

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other ways in their lives, so to get it through a performance and

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through a community choir like this really gives them confidence and

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it's a pleasurable memory for them. It is a lovely experience for them.

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It benefits their lives all around, through and through, as a community

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choir and as individuals. It's amazing for them.

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# Wherever you're going Ladies and gentlemen, please raise

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the roof and welcome back Mr Alfie Boe.

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Out of the three songs, I'm most looking forward to seeing First

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Time I Ever Saw Your Face. I only see that there's two types of music

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- good and bad. I don't see any division between genres. Tonight I

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will sing opera, theatre music and pop. As long as you are legitimate

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to your own voice and don't change the way you sing from pop to opera

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# The first time # I thought the sun

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# And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave

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# To the dark and the empty skies my love

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# The first time ever I kissed your mouth

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# And felt your heart beat close to mine

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# Like the trembling heart of a captive bird

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# That was there at my command my love

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# And the first time ever I lay with you

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# I felt your heart so close to mine

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# And I knew our joy would fill the earth

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# And last till the end of time my love

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# It would last till the end of time my love

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# The first time ever I saw your face

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# Your face

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# Your face

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# Your face. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Of

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Of course

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Of course it

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Of course it wouldn't be a Last Night of the Proms concert without

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a sing along. Coming up two # And the sweet silver song

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# Tho' your dreams be tossed # And the sweet silver song

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# Tho' your dreams be tossed Both the choir and audience in good

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voice there, Climb Ev'ry Mountain # Faithful and loyal

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# In times of danger # Lonely the exile

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# Bring back their souls o'er the ocean breeze

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# To the land where their fathers lie

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# Rise, Caledonia Let your voices ring

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# In this Highland Cathedral of our God and King

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# Whom joy and liberty to all will bring

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# Come, let your heart With love and courage, sing

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# Rise, Caledonia Let your voices ring

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# In this Highland Cathedral of our God and King

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# Whom joy and liberty To all will bring

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# Come, let your heart With love and courage, sing

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# Come let your heart With love and courage, sing. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Ladies

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Ladies and

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it one more time for the Dundee Proms

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chorus. Chorcheer

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-- cheercheer -- CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT BRINGS US ALMOST TO THE CLOSE OF OUR

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CONCERT THIS EVENING. It is time to thank Anna Flanagan, to Kristan

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Harvey, to our piper. To Alfie Boe, Fran Healy and of

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course the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen

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Bell. It is time now to end our wonderful

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evening of music with a very Scottish finale. We hope you've had

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a wonderful time this evening. We have had a wonderful time this

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evening. Mr Conductor, Auld Lang # Should old acquaintance be forgot

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# For auld lang syne, my dear # And here's a hand

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# And well take # For auld lang syne, my dear

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell perform at the Caird Hall in Dundee as part of the BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations. Presented by Kaye Adams and Jamie MacDougall, also performing are Alfie Boe, singer/songwriter Fran Healy and 2011 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year Kristan Harvey.


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