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      BBC Philharmonic/Mena review – a palpable sense of commitment

      Royal Albert Hall, London
      A Luke Bedford premiere had strong ideas but lacked coherence, while Bruckner’s Third Mass was measured and spacious

      The centrepiece of this Prom given by the BBC Philharmonic under the orchestra’s chief conductor, Juanjo Mena, was a substantial new piece by Luke Bedford, scored for large orchestra and lasting some 23 minutes. Its title is Instability.

      Bedford has described how his original plan was to write a set of five or six movements, but the final version turned out quite differently: the eventually continuous result now cuts suddenly between strikingly contrasting ideas – not, Bedford hopes, in a random fashion, though certainly in an unexpected way.

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      Aurora Orchestra/Collon review – memorable for all the right reasons

      Royal Albert Hall, London
      Playing an Anna Meredith premiere and Beethoven’s 40-minute Pastoral from memory brought a sense of spontaneity – the gamble certainly paid off

      New in this Prom given by the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon was a five-minute piece by Anna Meredith whose curious title is a Victorian slang term for handkerchief thieves. Alongside members of the Aurora Orchestra, Smatter Hauler featured players aged between 15 and 25 from the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, brought together especially.

      It began in something near to total darkness. Thereafter, both visual and sonic attention shifted around the platform as instrumental sections were highlighted when they picked up the musical material, then allowed to slip back into obscurity after they had passed it on again. Bright-toned and rhythmically punchy, Smatter Hauler seized the attention and held it.

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      Facing the music: Tansy Davies

      From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen - the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO - reveals her musical passions

      What was the first ever record you bought?

      I can’t remember what the first was (though as a teenager I bought a new 7” single every week), but I do remember winning a fancy dress-competition (dressed as Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon) and the prize was a single of my choice. I chose 007 (Shanty town) by Desmond Dekker & the Aces. The first CD I bought was Haydn Symphonies, including no 104.

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