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BBC Proms Saturday Matinées

The famous BBC Henry Wood Proms mainly take place at the resplendant Royal Albert Hall but, recently, chamber and smaller ensemble concerts have additionally been programmed at Cadogan Hall, just one Tube stop away. This year there are four Saturday matinées.

The Proms Saturday Matinées were first held on alternate Saturdays in 2008, and by 2010 had settled into a pattern of taking place from mid August (and not including the 'Last Night'). They are run without an interval, encompassing 90 minutes of music and usually have a contemporary slant.

Saturday 13 August

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's 75th birthday is celebrated with two works Dream Dancing and Jazz Calendar given by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Nicholas Collon, flanking Henri Duttileux's Les citations and Elizabeth Maconchy's Romanza with its original viola soloist, Paul Silverthorne.

Saturday 20 August

The London Sinfonietta is back, this time conducted by co-founder David Atherton with the BBC Singers, counter-tenor Andrew Watts, tenor Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts and pianist Nicholas Hodges, in works by contemporaries Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Il rozzo martello) and Sir Harrison Birtwistle (the UK premiére of his cantata Angel Fighter). The centerpiece is the world premiére of a BBC commission, Georges Aperghis' Champ-Contrechamp.

Saturday 27 August

Ancient and modern in the form of Hildegard of Bingen excerpts, sung by the BBC Singers under Robert Hollingworth and two British settings of medieval texts, Britten's Sacred and Profane and Birtwistle's Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year. To end, Stevie Wishart conducts her own group Sinfonye in the world premiere of her own new BBC commission, based on Bingen texts, Out of this World.

Saturday 3 September

David Hill conducts the BBC Singers and Britten Sinfonia in a varied contemporary programme of Sir Michael Tippett miniatures, the UK premiere of Sir John Tavener's Popule meus and Sofia Gubaidulina's The Canticle of the Sun with cellist Natalie Clein.

Cadogan Hall, with its fine Byzantine tower

BBC Proms Saturday Matinées Information


When: Aug - Sep 2012; Sat only (annual)

Where: London

Cost: £10-£20; Day seats £5

Opening Hours: 3pm

Address: 5 Sloane Terrace London, England, London, SW1X 9DQ

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