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Which orchestra did Daniel Barenboim conduct in a complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies at the 2012 Proms?
It was the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Barenboim was the first man to conduct a complete cycle at the Proms since Henry Wood in 1942.
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Which work received a standing ovation at the Proms when it was premiered in 1990?
'Three Screaming Popes' by Mark-Anthony Turnage
'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie' by James Macmillan
'Eve Dreams in Paradise' by Alexander Goehr
It was 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie' by James Macmillan. Critic Stephen Johnson described it as 'an ovation the like of which had rarely been seen at a British premiere since the death of Benjamin Britten'.
Which conductor debuted at the Proms in 1963 with his own orchestration of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition?
Sir Georg Solti
It was Leopold Stokowski. 1963 also saw debut performances from Georg Solti and Carlo Maria Giulini.
Who is the youngest soloist in Proms history to have performed at the First Night?
It was Benjamin Grosvenor. Benjamin performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 2011, a year that also saw the Edward Gardner preside over the Last Night. Gardner was the youngest conductor to do so since Henry Wood in 1904.
Which Proms legend said ‘I do not like ladies playing the trombone or double bass, but they can play the violin, and they do.’
Sir Malcolm Sargent
Sir Henry Wood
Correct! In 1913 Wood accepted six female players to his Queen’s Hall Orchestra and by 1918 this number had grown to 14.
Sir Thomas Beecham
Who will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms when she leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra this year?
It's Marin Alsop. She will become the first ever woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms on 7 September 2013
In which year did the first Proms in the Park take place?
Correct! It took place in 1996 in Hyde Park. The BBC now organises Proms in the Park events all over the UK
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