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Last Night of the Proms 2021

Last Night of the Proms 2021 Photo: Chris Christodoulou

With his ‘thrilling vocal heroics’ and ‘magnetic stage presence’, Stuart Skelton is one of the great tenors of his generation, a regular in all the major international opera houses.

Stuart Skelton at Last Night of the Proms 2021

Stuart Skelton at Last Night of the Proms 2021 Photo: Chris Christodoulou

The Australian singer is joined by charismatic Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova for the climax of the 2021 festival – a musical celebration like no other.

Ksenija Sidorova at Last Night of the Proms 2021

Ksenija Sidorova at Last Night of the Proms 2021 Photo: Chris Christodoulou

Folks songs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been introduced into the Last Night of the Proms of the last 15 years or so to reflect the truly British nature of the Last Night.

Programme:

RAZAZ, Gity: Mother; ARNOLD: Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps; BARBER arr Manners: Adagio for Strings Op 11; RAVEL: Rigaudon, from Le Tombeau de Couperin; ANGELIS: Fantasie on a Theme of Piazzolla; WAGNER: Im Treibhaus, from Wesendonck Lieder; WAGNER: Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen, from Die Meistersinger; Florence PRICE: Juba Dance, from Symphony No 1; PIAZZOLLA arr Lenehan: Libertango; TROILO arr Morton: Sur; TRAD arr Grainger: Brigg Fair, An English Rhapsody; ALLEN: I still call Australia home; TRAD: Fantasia on British Sea Songs; ARNE: Rule, Britannia!; ELGAR: Pomp & Circumstance March No 1; PARRY orch Elgar: Jerusalem; ANON arr Britten: National Anthem; TRAD (Scotland): Auld Lang Syne

Stuart Skelton (tenor), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo

Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny

Recorded in the Royal Albert Hall, London by the BBC (EBU)