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2011, 17/07/201120110717

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

British organist Stephen Farr puts the mighty Albert Hall instrument through its paces in a programme which celebrates two musical anniversaries and includes the world premiere of a major new work.

The anniversary composers are Jehan Alain, the French organist born in 1911 and killed in World War II, and Franz Liszt, whose music for organ is the match, in virtuosity and sheer elan, of his more familiar works for piano.

Concluding the programme, Stephen Farr gives the first performance of a characteristically imaginative new work for organ by the British composer Judith Bingham.

This suite of pieces depicts a lavish, but imaginary, ceremonial crown in which is framed seven fabulous gemstones of legend.

Each movement of the suite takes one of these jewels to represents an aspect of royalty, good and bad - such as divinity and splendour, but also treachery and cruelty, representing the best and the worst of the human race.

Alain: Litanies

Liszt: Prelude 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen' (arr.

Winterberger)

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott', BWV 721

Judith Bingham: The Everlasting Crown (World Premiere)

Stephen Farr (organ).

Organist Stephen Farr performs music by Jehan Alain, Liszt, Bach and Bingham.

2011, Bbc Proms In The Park20110910

Now in its 16th year - Sir Terry Wogan presents BBC Proms in the Park, live from London's Hyde Park.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by their Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart in a selection of popular classics and are joined by some very special guests.

This year's guests include mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins; tenor Russell Watson; singer-songwriter Josh Groban and finale guests Westlife.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris brings the sound of the didgeridoo and wobble board to the Last Night celebrations and the pianist Lang Lang attempts to be the first artist to play both Proms in the Park and the Last Night of the Proms on the same evening.

Finally, the Hyde Park crowd link up to the Royal Albert Hall to join in the nation's biggest singalong and the Last Night of the Proms Finale.

Sir Terry Wogan presents BBC Proms in the Park live from London's Hyde Park.