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It all started eight weeks ago. There have been 74 concerts here at


the Royal Albert Hall, thousands of musicians have been performing on


stage and tens of thousands of people have been queuing for


tickets. Now, well the party is already under way. It's the climax


of the 2011 summer music making season, it is the Last Night of the


Welcome to the Royal Albert Hall for the grandest of grand finales.


It's another sellout concert as nearly 6,000 people wait to


celebrate the end of another great season of Proms. Tonight, we'll


hear performances from two international soloists, in the


first half of the concert the superstar pianist Lang Lang will be


dazzling us with a performance of a Concerto by Liszt and Britain's


leading dramatic soprano Susan Bullock will be singing Wagner, a


scene from the end of his epic Ring cycle. This isn't just a concert


but a national occasion as we celebrate the Last Night with


events around the country. If you want to see what's happening at any


of those events you can press the red button on your remote control.


Getting under way across the road is the Prom in the Park in Hyde


Park. And in a few minutes Lang Lang will be performing on stage


there before rushing back to join us here in the hall.


But we start with a world premiere of a new work by the master of the


Queen's music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. It's been written as a


thank you to the promenaders in the arena and high up in the gallery


who after every concert collect money for musical charities. The


piece is called Musica Benevolens. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has


incorporated text written by the promenaders about what music means


to them. So, at the composer's request, the Prommers will take


On stage are the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony


Chorus and the leader of the orchestra is Andrew Haveron.


They're already and waiting for the conductor, Edward Gardner who at 36


is the youngest director to take charge of the Last Night of the


Proms since Henry Wood conducted the first Last Night in 1895. There


he is to open the final Prom of 2011 with Musica Benevolens by Sir


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The world premiere of Musica Benevolens by Sir Peter Maxwell


Davies, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC


Symphony Chorus and the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Household


Division, conducted by Edward Gardner, and not forgetting, of


course, the enthusiastic contribution of the Prommers who


this year so far raised �74,000 for And there is Sir Peter Maxwell


Davies to take his bow. Just celebrated his 77th birthday a


couple of days ago and his prohrfic output shows no sign of slowing.


Wonderful character. His very first work was broadcast


on the BBC's Children's Hour when he was just 12 years old.


Now it's time for the Last Night tradition of honouring the founder


of the Proms, Sir Henry wood by placing a chaplet of Laurels on the


bust of the great man. Doing the honours for Sir Henry


this year two promenaders proudly taking their place up above the


choir. That's Nick Breckenfield giving Sir Henry a quick dust there.


Nick bought his first season ticket in 1989 and hasn't missed a year


since. With him Daffydd Price Jones, he started Promming 21 years ago


when his young daughter dragged him into the arena.


Hungarian composer Bartok completed his score for the ballet the Daily


Mirror the Mirror - for the Miraculous Mandarin in 1926. It was


premiered later that year, but the story of prostitution, robbery and


murder was considered so scandalous that after only one more


performance in Prague all future productions were banned. We are


going to hear the suite which Bartok fashioned from the ballet.


He made two short cuts and wrote a new ending. It's a real showpiece


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and highly dramatic reflecting the The Miraculous Mandarin Suite by


Bela Bartok performed tonight by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with


Andrew Haveron and conducted by Edward Gardner. The ballet tells


the tale of a Chinese Mandarin coaxed into a brothel where he is


robbed, suffocated, stabbed and hung by three thugs but refuses to


die, hence the miracle, until he has embraced the woman who lured


him there. Gritty stuff. Since her first appearance at the


Proms in 1995 Susan Bullock has gone on to become one of the


world's leading dramatic Sopranos. She's been described as having a


turbo-charged voice and that's certainly what you need for singing


Wagner. In a few minutes she will sing the Immolation scene scene


from Gotterdammerung. She sings the role of the grieve stricken


Valkyrie Brunnhilde who with the magic ring on her finger leaps on


horseback on to the funeral pyre of her lover to destroy the ring and


save the world. We spoke to Susan about Wagner and


the physical and emotional When did you first hear Wagner?


first heard Wagner when I was sitting in my house as a young girl


and my brother came home from university and played it full blast


in his bedroom, we had no choice but to listen to it and eventually


I went in and sat there and followed the score and thout wow,


this is incredible. I was about 12 Tell us more about the complexity


of Brunnhilde as a character to play? To do the role is huge. I


mean, it is an Everest. Especially this piece, because you go through


such a huge journey as the character, from the girl who opens


the piece, the young woman in love, to the woman at the end and takes


charge of what is to be the future, the destiny of the world. It's a


huge journey. To do it in isolation in a concert is also demanding


because you have to try and get all that drama into the 20 minutes,


although people won't have seen the previous five hours. What is it


about Wagner that divides opinion so strongly? A lot of people just,


if you say the word Wagner they go oh, loud, screaming people. Long,


boring. You know, drawn out stories. If it's done properly it's actually


some of the most gripping theatre you will ever see. Of course,


normally the orchestra is in a pit and this time I have them all


behind me so to feel that wave of sound coming right at my back is


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