Not your usual pip pip tally ho night at the Proms
The BBC Proms are, of course, overwhelmingly focused on classical music. This year’s series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall opened back in July with a performance of the work of revered English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and will close almost two months later amongst the flag-waving parochial euphoria of the Last Night Of The Proms.
Somewhere in the middle of all this, and jarringly exciting by its sheer difference, is Prom 35 – New York: Sound Of A City, one of the Late Night Proms which, according to the Beeb, “blur the lines of the classical genre”. Last year, for example, there was a show billed The Songs of Scott Walker, featuring Jarvis Cocker and John Grant performing with a full orchestra.
Tonight’s Prom extends that disruptive thread. To try to encapsulate the sound of New York in an hour and fifteen minutes is an almost impossible task, but the guy who put this evening’s programme together – Jules Buckley, leader of the Heritage Orchestra, who provide the musical backdrop to the four artists – gives it a damn good go. He’s joined by Big Apple luminaries Hercules & Love Affair, Sharon van Etten, serpentwithfeet and Nitty Scott.