Hey guys!! Yesterday, I got the privilege to listen to and watch the BBC Proms in Hull at Stage@The Dock. This is the first time since 1930 that the BBC Proms actually travelled outside of the Royal Albert Hall in London to a different location and I think the stage that was picked for the BBC Proms performance perfectly complimented the mood of the pieces played. The pieces that were played were all linked with water as the setting for this performance was a stage located in an old dry dock overlooking the river Hull and Humber estuary. One of the pieces played in the performance which was George Frideric Handel’s ‘Water Music’ had actually had its first ever performance 300 years ago around the date of yesterday’s BBC Proms performance. The Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, was the orchestra that performed at the BBC Proms and they put on an outstanding show. In today’s blog post, I’m going to be describing further what it was like to watch the BBC Proms performance and giving you my opinion of it.
The performance of the BBC Proms lasted for about 90 minutes and during that time lots of beautiful pieces of music were played. I went to the performance which started at 3 o clock and that was the performance that was broadcast to the nation on BBC Radio 3!! The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra that played at the BBC Proms consisted of violins and violas with a few cellos and double basses also making up the strings part of the orchestra. Then in the woodwind part, there were two flutes, two clarinets, two oboes, two bassons and two piccolos and in the brass section there were two cornets and two french horns. Also, there was somebody playing the drums, somebody playing the harpsichord (which is like a string version of a piano) and someone playing a wind machine, a triangle, a glockenspiel and wooden clackers. The strings played in every single piece of music whereas all the other instruments had a couple of pieces or more where they didn’t play.
The pieces of music that were played in the BBC Proms included music by Mendelssohn, Telemann and Delius . The music choice really conjured up an image of water and the sea in your mind and I actually found the whole performance very relaxing. One of the pieces of music in the performance had been composed by Grace Evangeline Mason, the winner of the 2013 BBC Proms inspire competition. She had been recently asked to compose a piece of music to be part of the BBC Proms performance in Hull. I thought her composition was beautiful and she’s definitely a composer to look out for in the future. All of the musicians who played in the performance were amazing at their instruments and it really inspired me to work hard to be the best I possibly can be at my flute, piano and ukulele. Overall, I really enjoyed the BBC Proms performance and I’m so grateful that I got to watch and listen to it.
I would easily rate this event 10 out of 10 stars for the incredible quality of the music played in the performance and the appropriate scene it conjured up in your mind. Now that the BBC Proms is out of London, I think it would be nice to see it travel to other places around Britain. You can click here to listen to the BBC Proms in Hull but it’ll only be available for 29 days after I release this blog post!!
Thank you for reading this blog post!! Have you ever been to the BBC Proms? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be another blog post out next week but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull