The BBC Proms are a love letter to the public.
Dalia Stasevska, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, stated that the orchestra will “play our hearts out” for the Royal Albert Hall’s first full Prom concert audience.
On Friday, 22 months after the last pre-Covid capacity performance, supporters were treated to a musical “love letter” of Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, and Sibelius.
“The Golden Age of Broadway” followed just 24 hours later, with music from classics like South Pacific and High Society.
Over the course of 43 days, 2,000 musicians will perform 52 concerts, culminating on September 11 with the legendary Last Night.
“It’s thrilling,” said Finnish Ms Stasevska, who wore a stunning surcoat rather than the traditional black suit for this maiden live performance. Just to hear the crowd cheering and the whole ritual at the beginning: the hush and the crowd waiting for the first note.”