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Last Night of the Proms - Part 2

Katie Derham introduces the grand finale to the 2011 Proms from the Royal Albert Hall, featuring Last Night anthems Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No 1.


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The flags are out, the stage is set, the hall is packed. Welcome to the

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Last Night of the Proms 2011. Good evening. Tonight is the climax of

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the world's greatest music festival. Two months of fabulous music-making

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by thousands of musicians from all around the world. As always, there

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are Last Night celebrations all around the country. 40,000 people

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are just across the road in Hyde Park. In Northern Ireland, at

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Bangor in County Down, there are 5,000 people in the grounds of the

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castle there. In Scotland, for the second year running, Dundee will be

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joining the party with a celebration concert in Caird Hall.

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For the first time this year, an artist from the Park is playing in

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the Hall. The international renowned Chinese pianist, Lang Lang

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enthralled the huge audience at Hyde Park with his keyboard-playing

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Lang Lang will be performing here

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in just a few moments. Now, as well as the events in the Parks, there

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are big screens all around the country. The Last Night is being

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seen on television across the globe, including Australia, New Zealand,

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Canada and South Africa. If you would like to follow any of the

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Proms in the Parks events at home, press the red button on your remote

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control. Later, we will bring all the Parks and the Hall together.

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Now, here in the Hall, because of the reception given to both

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soloists in the first half, we are running behind and the stage is not

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quite ready. We have a chance to hear more music from Hyde Park.

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# Dawn's promising skies # Petals on a pool drifting

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# Imagine these in one pair of eyes # And this is my beloved

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# Strange spice from the south # Honey through the comb sifting

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# Imagine these in one eager mouth # And this is my beloved

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# And when he speaks # And when he talks to me

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# Music! Mystery! # And when he moves

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# And when he walks with me # Paradise comes suddenly near

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# All that can stir # All that can stun

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# All that's for the heart's lifting

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# Imagine these in one perfect one # And this is my beloved

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# Imagine these in one perfect one # And this is my beloved

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Katherine Jenkins in Hyde Park

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singing And This Is My Beloved from Kismet. Back here, on stage, you

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can see the combined forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC

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Symphony Chorus. Shortly, they will be joined by tonight's conductor,

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Edward Gardner, conducting his first-ever Last Night. As we saw a

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few minutes ago, Lang Lang has already had a busy night making

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that mad dash to the Royal Albert Hall to play Liszt's First Piano

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Concerto. He is going to raise the curtain with Chopin's Grand

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Polonaise brillante. It is the perfect piece for Lang Lang. It is

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fiendishly difficult and it is The orchestra on stage now, the BBC

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Symphony Orchestra. They are the mainstay of the Proms. They are

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making their annual appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. An

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extraordinary evening it has been already. The BBC Symphony Orchestra

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have already performed 12 concerts this season. Some of the highlights

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have included large scale works. As I say, the Last Night of the Proms

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is all about the atmosphere and the party in the Hall. Flags from many

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nations waving. A great atmosphere, a great feeling of celebration. And

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all of them hugely looking forward to hearing Lang Lang perform Chopin.

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There he is with the conductor tonight, Edward Gardner. Time for

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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Chopin's Grand Polonaise brillante. MUSIC: "Grande Polonaise Brillante"

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE The crowd go wild once more for

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Lang Lang, performing Chopin's Grand Polonaise brillante with the

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BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. That is Shelagh

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Cohen who was presenting Lang Lang with his Last Night gift from the

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Prommers. She's been promming for more than 40 years. She met her

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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husband in the queue! I wonder what CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Lang Lang's encore was Liszt's Consolation No3. Wherever he goes,

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Lang Lang brings popstar glamour to is to take classical music, playing

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and listening, to a wider and younger generation. I think he

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manages to do just that. Our next piece is by the Australian-born

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pianist and composer, Percy Grainger. Grainger made his first

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visit to Scotland as part of a European Tour and he fell in love

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with the country. Grainger came across the Gaelic song, Mo Nighean

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Dubh - My Dark Haired Maiden. He Here comes Edward Gardner,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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performance of Grainger's My Dark # Dear Knockgowan and the view o't

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# Ne'er again we'll see, # O let me gang and tak' adieu o't, # Laoth ma

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chree (a term of endearment) wi' thee, # Mo nighean dubh, 'twas

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there we met, # And o! That hour is precious yet, # Love's teafu' smile

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frae thee. # That was sung by BBC Symphony

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Chorus. Their chorus master is Our next work has introduced

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hundreds of thousands of children to classical music. In the Young

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Person's Guide to the Orchestra, the composer, Benjamin Britten,

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takes us on a tour of the orchestra. He based the work on a simple

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hornpipe by Henry Purcell. It was composed after Britten had been

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asked to write a score for an educational film.

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It was conducted by Sir Malcolm First of all, let's hear them

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That was the original version. We are going to hear the work with a

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brand-new commentary, written by award-winning poet, Wendy Cope. She

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joins me now. What made you take this on? Well, I was asked to. I

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got an e-mail via somebody at my publishers asking if I was

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interested in doing it. My heart leapt. I was very pleased to be

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asked. I get offered various commissions. I don't always say

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"yes". Sometimes I think this is not for me. Actually, when I got

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this one, I thought I am the right person to do this. I'm interested

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in classical music and I like Britten. I was a teacher for a long

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time. When I was working in primary schools, I did a lot of music

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teaching. Helping children to be interested in music and enjoy music

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is something very important to me. This seemed a very good commission

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for me. How have you changed the commentary? What have you done to

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it? Well, for one thing, it is in verse now, it rhymes. In some ways,

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what I have tried to do is include the information that was in the

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original commentary about what is going to happen. It seemed to me

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that that is what it had to do. There is an introduction and there

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is one at the end. There are certain constraints - one was time.

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It couldn't be too long. This programme is long enough already.

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It couldn't be too long. I have managed to name all the instruments

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in the different sections except when it got to the percussion.

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There are so many percussion instruments. It couldn't be longer.

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I just had to have a couple of lines saying I'm sorry I haven't

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got room for all of these! There is something very special about being

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here on a night like this, in this sort of atmosphere, with the noise

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and the mayhem. You are going to get your commentary out to so many

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new people? I was very excited about it being for the Last Night

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of the Proms. My mother used to go in for the ballot. I came a couple

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of times as a teenager. The last time I came I was in my 20s. I was

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going through a left-wing phase. When the time came to join in, it

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is irresistible! So it is an event that I love. I often watch it on

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television. We are looking forward to it very much. Jenny Agutter is

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going to be doing the narration? She was great in rehearsal. We are

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going to be - we are waiting for the conductor to come on to the

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stage. He is there! They are getting everything ready for the

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Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. It is a marvellous work.

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It is. I was at rehearsal this morning, and it is so - especially

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the last section - it is a really stirring piece and perfect for this

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occasion. Well, I think we can see from the stage that we are close to

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being ready for this new version of Britten's Young Person's Guide to

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the Orchestra. That is the leader, Andrew Haveron. Wendy, we know you

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as a very humorous poet. Are there any jokes in this? I hope it will

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get a couple of laughs. We will see. Excellent. We are looking forward

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to it very much indeed. The party continues at this Last Night of the

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Proms. My thanks to Wendy Cope. I hope you do enjoy this performance.

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There is Jenny Agutter to narrate Wendy's new commentary and with her,

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Edward Gardner, to perform the Orchestra with the BBC Symphony

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Our distant ancestors Our distant ancestors

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Experimented And pebbles, shells and sticks

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And heard the music of the wind and waves

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Eon followed eon Here we are

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We've learned a lot about the different ways

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To make exciting sounds and nowadays

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We've all the riches of the orchestra

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Percussion you can bang or brush or tap

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Instruments with strings to pluck or bow

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And some - the woodwind and the brass - to blow

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Each with a clever woman or a chap

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Who practised for long hours Year after year

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While they were growing up

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Their dedication deserves our gratitude and admiration

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And I suggest you give them all a cheer

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The poems nearly over

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Now they'll playa lovely tune by Henry Purcell who

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Was English and a great composer too

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Long dead Still entertaining us today

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First you'll hear it played by all the team

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Four groups of instruments together, then

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Each group will play the melody again

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You'll go out humming Henry Purcell's theme

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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Now each instrument in turn Will play a variation

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On Purcell's theme to help you learn

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Enjoy your education Woodwind are the first to go

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The flute and then the piccolo The oboes and the clarinets

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Then everyone sits back and letsThe big boys have a chance to show

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What they can do Bassoons, they're low

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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Now the strings, this part begins With music from the violins

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Next violas, then the cellos Followed by those grunty fellows

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Double basses, then, in sharpContrast, we hear the singing harp

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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Now the brass The horns will start

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Then the trumpets stir the heart Next the trombones, long and thin

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Watch the slides go out and in.

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Tubas join in for a while Ah, tubas!

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Don't they make you smile?

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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It's percussion time, here come The timpani, the big bass drum

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The xylophone will join the throng The castanets, the shining gong

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Plus some I haven't room to nameBut you will hear them, all the same

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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The orchestra, we've taken it apart And now were going to reassemble it

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That's not too hard They all know when to start

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And the conductor helps them out a bit

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They're going to play a fugue The piccolo

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Will pipe a theme and then you'll hear it played

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By other instruments Some high, some low

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They'll weave their voices into a brocade

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And then to add a further complication

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The brass play Purcell's theme Tunes dance around

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Each other in a final celebration

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Of all the riches of the world of sound.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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CHEERING AND

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Benjamin

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Benjamin Britten's

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Benjamin Britten's Young

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Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - formerly

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known as Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell. Performed

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by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner. Jenny

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Agutter getting her special present from Steven Carpenter, a keen

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Prommer. There is Wendy Cope who wrote that new version of the

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narration. Very entertaining it was, Another extremely popular work here

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at the Last Night of the Proms. Jenny and Wendy leaving the stage

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In a few moments, tonight's conductor will be returning to the

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stage to lead everyone in the Hall and around the country in a

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singalong of numbers from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein. This

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season began with the youngest ever soloist to appear on the First

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Night of the Proms with 19-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor playing

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Liszt and Edward Gardner is the youngest conductor to take charge

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of the Last Night since Sir Henry Wood in 1895. At 36, Gardner is one

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of THE most in demand conductors of his generation. This is him in

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rehearsal at the English National Opera where he has been musical

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director for the past five years. He's a Royal Philharmonic Society

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and Olivier Awards winner. Last year he was appointed principal

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guest conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His

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job now is to host the last blast of what has been a fabulous summer

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of concerts in which, as well as Liszt, Brahms and Bartok, we heard

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the film music of Morricone, we had the first-ever Comedy Prom, songs

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from the Horrible Histories TV series and tunes from some of

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We are now waiting for him to come back to the stage with our soprano

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soloist, Susan Bullock, to get the party started. Here they are now.

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She promises a costume change. It Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

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I hope you are enjoying the concert so far. CHEERING Now is the time to

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say a big hello to everyone in the Hall.

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AUDIENCE: Hello! We've got many people around the country watching

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us. Let's say hello to all the people watching on big screens

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around the country. AUDIENCE: Hello! And literally

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millions listening and watching all around the world.

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AUDIENCE: Hello! And of course we have our wonderful

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Proms in the Park audiences, starting with Caird Hall in Dundee.

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AUDIENCE: Hello. Castle Park in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

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AUDIENCE: Hello! And in Wales the Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields in

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Caerphilly have been rained off! Of course, even more locally we can

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almost hear them - everyone in Hyde Park.

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So, let's all shout one "hello, Park" to all of them.

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AUDIENCE: Hello, Park. Hello, Hall! We were louder, I think. Now, last

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year, we had this wonderful rendition of You'll Never Walk

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Alone. Being quite competitive people, we decided we needed to

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sing two songs this year. Sue is going to help us all the way

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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through. We will start with Climb # And don't be afraid

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# And the sweet, silver song of a lark

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# Walk on through the wind

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# Walk on through the rain

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# Though your dreams be tossed and blown

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# Walk on, walk on

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# With hope in your heart

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# And you'll never walk alone

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# You'll never walk alone

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# When you walk through a storm

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# Hold your head up high

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# And don't be afraid of the dark

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# At the end of the storm is a golden sky

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# And the sweet, silver song of a lark

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# Walk on through the wind

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# Walk on through the rain

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# Though your dreams be tossed and blown

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# Walk on, walk on

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# With hope in your heart

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# And you'll never walk alone

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# You'll never walk alone. #

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# You'll never walk alone. #

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APPLAUSE

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The

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The BBC

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The BBC Symphony

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and soprano, Susan

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Bullock, with a performance of two Rodgers & Hammerstein classics -

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Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music and You'll Never Walk

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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Now I hope you are having a very nice time. But to be honest, I

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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can't hear anything above the sound Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March

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No 1. Rather better known as Land of Hope and Glory. Susan Bullock is

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about to come to the stage, resplendent in the dress we have

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been promised, to sing Rule Britannia by Thomas Arne. Just take

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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# When Britain first # Arose, arose

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# And guardian angels sang this strain

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Still more majestic shalt thou rise

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# More dreadful from each foreign stroke

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# More dreadful from each foreign stroke

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# As the loud blast The blast that tears the skies

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# Serves but to root thy native oak

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame

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# All their attempts to bend thee down

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# As the loud blast The blast that tears the skies

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# The Muses Still with Freedom found

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# Shall to thy happy coast repair

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# Shall to thy happy Happy coast repair

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# Bless'd isle with matchless With matchless beauty crown'd

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# And manly hearts to guard the fair

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves

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# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves

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# Britons never will be slaves. #

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APPLAUSE

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The

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The BBC

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The BBC Symphony

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and what a great

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sport, soprano, Susan Bullock, conducted by Edward Gardner, with

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Rule Britannia by Thomas Arne. Thomas Walton is presenting Susan

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with her gift. I know she was very much looking forward to finding out

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what the Prommers would give her. Now it is time for Edward Gardner

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to make his conductor's speech. You want me to talk?! OK. I think I

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get the message. You are warming up, which is a very good sign! So I

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want to start by saying a very, very big thank you to the thousands

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of wonderful artists we have had this year at the Proms.

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APPLAUSE And join me in thanking these two

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stars of the evening - Susan Bullock and Lang Lang.

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APPLAUSE The two wonderful groups of

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musicians behind me play such a fundamental and varied part in the

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Proms. Will you join me in congratulating the BBC Symphony

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And the BBC Symphony Orchestra. But of course none of this would

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have happened without the person whose bust stares down at us every

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evening in these Proms. Sir Henry Wood had this idea 117 years ago

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and it is remarkable it's continued. I think he would be thrilled that

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his vision of accessible yet challenging... I'm out. I'm back!

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Accessible and challenging programmes are still as varied and

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given to as wide an audience as they are today. Let's have three

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cheers for Sir Henry Wood. Hip-hip. AUDIENCE: Hooray. Hip-hip.

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AUDIENCE: Hooray. It's been another record year for Proms audiences. I

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want to say a very special... For the work that they have done... Not

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only for your ongoing support... Also for... You have raised. So far

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this year, you have managed to raise over �82,000 for musical

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charities. Congratulations to you. Oh! CHEERING Two microphones! I

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have made it! LAUGHTER One of your registered charities are the

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Musicians' Benevolent Fund. I want to thank you on two counts. To the

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Musicians' Benevolent Fund. Now let's think for a second about

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these audience figures from this year. There have been a 94% average

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attendance for all Proms which is extraordinary. APPLAUSE 52 concerts

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have been completely sold out. APPLAUSE And I think that is proof

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that... CHEERING Three microphones! LAUGHTER I think it is proof if

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ever proof were needed that music has this unique ability to inspire

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to unite, to console and to stimulate. I want to finish off by

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talking about the audience. It's you, the Proms audience, that need

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to have the biggest accolade. With your vociferous, passionate,

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sometimes unruly support... LAUGHTER You really guarantee that

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the Proms remain a cornerstone of our cultural identity in this

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country. Thank you all very much. Now tomorrow we are going to be

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getting on with our normal business of putting on concert series around

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the world and around the country, and in London. This orchestra will

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be embarking on a great Barbican series. English National Opera -

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anyone who cheers can have free tickets! CHEERING We will be

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opening our doors to two new productions. Music-making, live

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music is like a dynamo, the more we give, the more pleasure you get out

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of it and the more we give on top of that. I wonder if over the next

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ten months we can make a pact that will bring your extraordinary

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energy to everything else we are doing throughout the year and we

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will meet again and celebrate at 2012's Proms season. Thank you very

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much, ladies and gentlemen. # And did those feet

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# Walk upon # On England's pleasant

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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# Shine forth # I will not cease

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# Nor shall my sword # In England's

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Sir Hubert Parry's classic hymn, Jerusalem and the words by William

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 130 seconds

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An arrangement of the National Anthem made by Benjamin Britten in

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1961. It was performed for the Queen in 1967 when she attended the

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opening of the snake maltings and apparently, she declared she had

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never before been so affected by the anthem adding, "I have heard it

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We are almost at the end of the Proms 2011. The 117th season of

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concerts fulfilling Sir Henry Wood's aim of providing music for

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the people at a price the people can afford. What a season it's been.

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What a night it's been! Edward Gardner, the youngest conductor at

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the Last Night since Sir Henry Wood did it for the first time. An

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extremely popular man tonight. He's done a great job and, as you can

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hear from the applause, everybody has had the best time. APPLAUSE

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Flags from all nations, the home nations of course - I have spotted

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them from Norway, Germany - even a In an evening full of tradition,

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there is just one more. Led by the Promenaders, the singing of Auld

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Lang Syne, which I suspect is pretty imminent. I do hope that you

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will be able to join in at home if you are watching. Perhaps you are

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watching in the Park, over the road in Hyde Park, or up in Scotland, or

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in Northern Ireland. They have been We have viewers in Canada,

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Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. And what I am hearing is

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that they have been having quite a I hope you have enjoyed tonight's

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concert at home as much as we have here. There were one or two

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problems with the sound so I must apologise. That is what happens.

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And as you can see, from the performance of Auld Lang Syne, no-

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# We'll take a cup # We'll take a cup

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So with that traditional farewell, we have come to the end of the Last

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Night of the Proms 2011. It has been a wonderful evening. I do hope

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you have enjoyed it. If tonight has whetted your appetite, you can

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enjoy live music across the BBC all year-round. There is a live

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classical concert every weekday evening on Radio 3. The Proms will

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Katie Derham introduces the grand finale to the 2011 Proms. The soloists are superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang and British soprano Susan Bullock. They are joined by the combined forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus, all under the baton of Edward Gardner, making his first Last Night appearance.

Audiences around the UK can join the singing of musical hits by Richard Rodgers, along with the traditional Last Night anthems Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No 1.