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Martin Graebe Last Night of the Proms (63* d) RE: Last Night of the Proms 14 Sep 03

We were lucky enough to be there - about 8 rows from the front in line with the soloists - I love folk music deeply, but Leila Josefowicz plays a pretty mean fiddle. It is a different world - or is it?

During the season there have been a fair number of folk song arrangements - Grainger, Vaughan-Williams (who has to be the Governor) et al. It struck us that there was a missed opportunity here, in a year when we have been celebrating 100 years since Cecil Sharp collected his first folk song. A number of the late night proms were a bit off the wall - I reckon that a programme combining traditional performers with younger performers of traditional song and with orchestral arrangements of the songs would have been a pretty neat event. Imagine the finale when they all got together!

If it sounds like an interesting idea to you, write to Nicholas Kenyon at BBC Radio 3 and suggest it - I plan to!


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