Christ Church academic staff involved in BBC Proms 2018

Two members of Christ Church's academic staff will be involved in this year’s BBC Proms season.

Natalie Clein, Senior Associate Research Fellow in Music and Director of Musical Performance in the Faculty of Music at Oxford University, and Leah Broad, Lecturer in Music, are both taking part in upcoming talks or concerts during this year’s classical music festival.

On Sunday 15th July, cellist Natalie Clein will be performing in Prom 3: BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary, celebrating 40 years of the BBC Young Musician competition. Natalie, who won the competition in 1994, will join with an array of previous winners and finalists, as well as the finalists from this year’s competition, in a concert that will also take a look at the competition’s rich history. Twenty-two soloists will join with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Gourlay, to perform a programme including Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Mussorgsky, which will be broadcast live on BBC Four at 7pm.

Leah Broad will be giving a Proms Plus Talk on Monday 13th August at Imperial College Union. Leah, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, will introduce Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony prior to its performance that evening in Prom 42: Grieg’s Piano Concerto. An edited version of her talk will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the interval of the Prom, which will include Pärt’s Symphony No 3, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and Sibelius’s Symphony No 5 in E flat major, performed by Khatia Buniatishivili on piano, with the Estonian Festival Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi.

The BBC Proms 2018 season runs from 13 July to 8 September, with 8 weeks of concerts, talks, workshops and family events and more happening nearly every day. You can find out more about the events and concerts making up this year’s season on the BBC Proms website.