Prom 30: Smooth operation: the Frank Sinatra Prom

Indelibly associated with the glamourous world of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, this music feels comfortable, wonderfully easy to listen to. But behind each swelling chord, there’s a great deal of structural detail; behind each sparkling cymbal, a controlled touch of finesse. John Wilson’s discipline and passion for this music shone out in a crystal-clear rendition…

Prom 27: A very long Late Night with BBC 6 Music

An interminable evening of self-regarding narcissism doesn’t bode well for the supposed future of classical music as promulgated by BBC 6 Music: chuck in a few waterfall sounds, or add a dash of Native American Indian chanting, and we could have been in a corporate relaxation centre instead of the Royal Albert Hall. Luckily, other…

Prom 8: Amateur Hour: the BBC Asian Network Prom

The BBC Asian Network Prom was the first such adventure for the radio station. In a night of many firsts, it seems Watford-born producer Naughty Boy is also the first British Asian artist to headline a Prom; if true, his appearance on the Royal Albert Hall stage is shockingly overdue. But however overdue, I’m afraid,…