Wednesday 14th August 2019
Royal Albert Hall, London
Seats £9.50 to £52 (plus booking fee)
Berlioz - The Childhood of Christ 95’
(There will be one interval)
Maxime Pascal *
Julie Boulianne *, mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton, tenor
Roderick Williams, baritone
Neal Davies, bass
Britten Sinfonia Voices
BBC Prom 37
Maxime Pascal and the Hallé continue our series marking 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz with the composer’s vividly dramatic oratorio The Childhood of Christ.
Simple and often disarmingly direct, with emotions that unfold in some of the composer’s most beautiful melodies (including the much-loved ‘Shepherds’ Farewell’), the oratorio follows the Holy Family as they flee from Bethlehem into Egypt, where they find safety and welcome.
* We are sorry to announce that Sir Mark Elder has withdrawn as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra’s Prom this week in order to undergo surgery to release the trapped nerves in his neck. We are extremely grateful to Maxime Pascal for stepping in at such short notice to conduct this Prom. We wish Sir Mark all the best for a speedy recovery.
* We are sorry to announce that Dame Sarah Connolly has withdrawn from Berlioz’s The Childhood of Christ on Wednesday 14 August (Prom 37) due to health reasons. Dame Sarah has asked us to share the following statement:
“Last month, I had an unwelcome birthday present, breast cancer. Like so many women afflicted with this disease, I will face whatever is coming as best I can. Imminent surgery means I must withdraw from ‘L’enfance du Christ’ at the BBC Proms and ENO’s ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’. I hope, however, to fulfill all of my other concert and recording commitments over the coming months. I’d like to thank the BBC Proms and the ENO for their kindness and understanding, and I look forward to working with them both in the near future.”
The Hallé and the BBC Proms all wish Sarah well and are thinking of her at this difficult time.
We are grateful to Julie Boulianne who will now perform in this Prom.
All customers aged 14 years or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over. We don’t recommend bringing any under 5s to this Prom.