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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


joining the party with a celebration concert in Caird Hall.


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


the Hall. The international renowned Chinese pianist, Lang Lang


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


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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Lang Lang will be performing here


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


# Music! Mystery! # And when he moves


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


# All that can stir # All that can stun


# All that's for the heart's lifting


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


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


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Katherine Jenkins in Hyde Park


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


extraordinary evening it has been already. The BBC Symphony Orchestra


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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


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


BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. That is Shelagh


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


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


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husband in the queue! I wonder what CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


pianist and composer, Percy Grainger. Grainger made his first


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


frae thee. # That was sung by BBC Symphony


Chorus. Their chorus master is Our next work has introduced


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


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


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


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


asked to write a score for an educational film.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Edward Gardner, to perform the Orchestra with the BBC Symphony


Our distant ancestors Our distant ancestors


Experimented And pebbles, shells and sticks


And heard the music of the wind and waves


Eon followed eon Here we are


We've learned a lot about the different ways


To make exciting sounds and nowadays


We've all the riches of the orchestra


Percussion you can bang or brush or tap


Instruments with strings to pluck or bow


And some - the woodwind and the brass - to blow


Each with a clever woman or a chap


Who practised for long hours Year after year


While they were growing up


Their dedication deserves our gratitude and admiration


And I suggest you give them all a cheer


The poems nearly over


Now they'll playa lovely tune by Henry Purcell who


Was English and a great composer too


Long dead Still entertaining us today


First you'll hear it played by all the team


Four groups of instruments together, then


Each group will play the melody again


You'll go out humming Henry Purcell's theme


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Now each instrument in turn Will play a variation


On Purcell's theme to help you learn


Enjoy your education Woodwind are the first to go


The flute and then the piccolo The oboes and the clarinets


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


What they can do Bassoons, they're low


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


Next violas, then the cellos Followed by those grunty fellows


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


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Now the brass The horns will start


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


Watch the slides go out and in.


Tubas join in for a while Ah, tubas!


Don't they make you smile?


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


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


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


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


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


And the conductor helps them out a bit


They're going to play a fugue The piccolo


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


By other instruments Some high, some low


They'll weave their voices into a brocade


And then to add a further complication


The brass play Purcell's theme Tunes dance around


Each other in a final celebration


Of all the riches of the world of sound.


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Benjamin Britten's


Benjamin Britten's Young


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


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


by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner. Jenny


Agutter getting her special present from Steven Carpenter, a keen


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


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


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


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


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


singalong of numbers from musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein. This


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


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


Liszt and Edward Gardner is the youngest conductor to take charge


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


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


rehearsal at the English National Opera where he has been musical


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


and Olivier Awards winner. Last year he was appointed principal


guest conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His


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


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


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


from the Horrible Histories TV series and tunes from some of


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


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


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


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


say a big hello to everyone in the Hall.


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


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


around the country. AUDIENCE: Hello! And literally


millions listening and watching all around the world.


AUDIENCE: Hello! And of course we have our wonderful


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


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


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


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


almost hear them - everyone in Hyde Park.


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


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


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


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


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


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


# And the sweet, silver song of a lark


# Walk on through the wind


# Walk on through the rain


# Though your dreams be tossed and blown


# Walk on, walk on


# With hope in your heart


# And you'll never walk alone


# You'll never walk alone


# When you walk through a storm


# Hold your head up high


# And don't be afraid of the dark


# At the end of the storm is a golden sky


# And the sweet, silver song of a lark


# Walk on through the wind


# Walk on through the rain


# Though your dreams be tossed and blown


# Walk on, walk on


# With hope in your heart


# And you'll never walk alone


# You'll never walk alone. #


# You'll never walk alone. #








The BBC Symphony


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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# When Britain first # Arose, arose


# And guardian angels sang this strain


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Still more majestic shalt thou rise


# More dreadful from each foreign stroke


# More dreadful from each foreign stroke


# As the loud blast The blast that tears the skies


# Serves but to root thy native oak


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame


# All their attempts to bend thee down


# As the loud blast The blast that tears the skies


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# The Muses Still with Freedom found


# Shall to thy happy coast repair


# Shall to thy happy Happy coast repair


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


# And manly hearts to guard the fair


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves


# Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves


# Britons never will be slaves. #








The BBC Symphony


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


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


Rule Britannia by Thomas Arne. Thomas Walton is presenting Susan


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


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


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


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


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


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


APPLAUSE And join me in thanking these two


stars of the evening - Susan Bullock and Lang Lang.


APPLAUSE The two wonderful groups of


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


Proms. Will you join me in congratulating the BBC Symphony


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


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


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


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


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


Accessible and challenging programmes are still as varied and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


attendance for all Proms which is extraordinary. APPLAUSE 52 concerts


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


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


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


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


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


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


sometimes unruly support... LAUGHTER You really guarantee that


the Proms remain a cornerstone of our cultural identity in this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


much, ladies and gentlemen. # And did those feet


# Walk upon # On England's pleasant


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# Shine forth # I will not cease


# Nor shall my sword # In England's


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


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An arrangement of the National Anthem made by Benjamin Britten in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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