Thursday, April 08, 2010
A midsummer night's dream
As the announcement of the programme for the 2010 BBC Proms season approaches so the spin begins. Tom Service, who divides his time between working at the BBC and puffing the BBC at the Guardian, starts his own rotations on his Guardian blog with a fantasy Proms competition. Now, as in previous years, I will be leaving the promotion of the BBC Proms to those who are paid handsomely to do so. But I can't resist joining in the fun of a fantasy Proms competition.
My fantasy Prom is quite simple. Tom Crowe or Cormac Rigby as presenter, not a single plug for the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and no applause between the movements. The choice of music simply does not matter to me, that is how bad things are today on BBC Radio 3.
Cormac Rigby is on the extreme right of the back row in the photo above, Tom Crowe is almost cropped out on the left of the front row. For readers old enough to remember them all the Radio 3 announcers in the 1972 photo are identified below. And before anyone posts a comment about grumpy old men here is a reminder of the first UK performances those presenters introduced so unobtrusively at the 1972 Proms, the conductors are in brackets.
- Elliott Carter Concerto for Orchestra (Pierre Boulez)
- Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Canto di Speranza (Norman Del Mar)
- John Lambert Formations and Transformations - world premiere (Colin Davis)
- George Crumb Echoes of Time and River (Harold Faberman)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen Carré (Gilbert Amy/Michael Tabachnik/Richard Dufallo/Lucas Vis)
- Gordon Crosse Celebration - world premiere (Colin Davis).
Tom Crowe makes his mistakes with style here, Cormac Rigby - in every sense a good man - is here, and the art of the animateur is here.
* 1972 BBC Radio 3 announcers are back row left to right, Jon Curle, Victor Hallam, Tony Scotland, Donald Price, Cormac Rigby, front row left to right, Tom Crowe, Peter Barker, Patricia Hughes, Robin Holmes and Norman McLeod.
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