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article imageFirst woman to conduct prestigious Last Night of the Proms

By Mark Harradine     Apr 20, 2013 in Entertainment
London - For the very first time a woman will conduct an orchestra on the final evening at the largest and oldest musical festival in the world.
American conductor Marin Alsop will raise her baton for the final night of the prestigious BBC Proms music festival. The BBC Proms music festival is the oldest in the world and started 118 years ago. The festival will last for 8 weeks and contain an amazing 92 concerts. The highlight of every year is the Last Night of The Proms and Alsop has the privilege of conducting this final evening.
Commenting for the BBC Alsop said that “I think the fact that I’m an American woman conducting the last night of the Proms is really a statement.”
The Proms are a truly British affair and the final night is very much a celebratory concert. The audience in the Royal Albert Hall get involved with the orchestra and the auditorium is a sea of waving British flags.
“I'm extraordinarily proud to be the first woman, but I'm also sad that it's 2013 and there still can be firsts for women,” added Alsop. Roger Wright, the director of the Proms, commented for The Independent newspaper that “Marin hasn't been chosen because she is a woman conductor. She knows and loves the Proms.”
The last night of the Proms is to be held on the 7th of September and will be broadcast live by the BBC. “The whole world is watching you. You're addressing the biggest audience of your career. It's the nearest a classical musician gets to an acceptance speech at the Oscars,” commented Alsop.
Ms Alsop, originally from New York, has led the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and currently conducts the Baltimore and Sao Paulo orchestras.
Speaking to The Guardian newspaper Wright said that “there are also clearly issues about the sort of schooling conductors go through and how family roles have been divided traditionally; role models have been slow to come through.”
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