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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

9:08, 19th April 2018

‘From Bach to Bernstein via Buckley’s New York Disco’: the BBC Proms 2018 season has been unveiled.

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago. The birth of Leonard Bernstein in 1918 has inspired a performance of West Side Story, as well as a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Prom led by Marin Alsop, a former student of Bernstein.

2018 also marks 100 years since the end of the First World War; Anna Meredith’s contemporary response to this landmark event sees a major new work for orchestra, choir and projections premiered on the First Night of the Proms.

Meredith is one of 22 women composers to be included in this year’s Proms season – a reflection on Parliament’s 1918 decision to grant the vote to women aged 30 and over. Roxanna Panufnik has received the coveted Last Night of the Proms commission, meaning that women composers will both open and close the season.

The music of Debussy, Hubert Parry, and Lili Boulanger, all of whom died in 1918, will be explored as part of further centenary celebrations.

David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms, said: ‘With 42 premiers, nine Late Night Proms, and two new venues – London’s Alexandra Palace and Lincoln’s Drill Hall – for our ‘Proms at…’ series, I’m excited by the broad offering we’ve developed for audiences this year.

‘We explore the many remarkable musical and artistic connections to the year of 1918, including a special celebration of works by women composers in a year which marks the 100th anniversary of women’s Suffrage.

‘I look forward to welcoming new and returning audiences to the Royal Albert Hall and beyond for an unforgettable summer!’

For further information, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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