Monday 31 July 2023

BBC Proms joins Great Yarmouth Hippodrome’s summer season with world première of new commission from Norfolk based composer Sarah Rodgers.

Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus Theatre
Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus Theatre

The BBC Proms comes to Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus Theatre on 8 September 2023 as part of the Proms at concerts across the UK. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be led by their newly appointed chief conductor Anna-Maria Helsing, and the programme will feature orchestral favourites fitting for the iconic circus venue, as well as the world première of Seascapes, a brand-new commission by Norfolk based composer Sarah Rodgers.

The Hippodrome Circus was built by the showman George Gilbert in 1903. It is one of only two purpose-built permanent circuses in England still in operation, and one of only three in the world with a circus floor that sinks into a pool.

The Proms concert is part of Create Yarmouth, an exciting three-year residency by the BBC Concert Orchestra in partnership with national producer Orchestras Live, which is involving the diverse community of Great Yarmouth in a wide range of inspirational orchestral experiences.

Sarah Rodgers has previously been commissioned for projects in association with Orchestras Live. In 2018 she composed Agnes: a pocket oratorio for voices and orchestra, performed at St Nicholas North Walsham by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as part of the Paston Footprints 6oo Festival project. Since then, other commissions have included, Labyrinths, performed in the Purcell Room, Southbank by Piano40, Sizzle! for violin, viola and piano for the Spitalfields Festival and settings of songs by John Ruskin for the Ruskin Bi-Centennial at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

As well as Seascapes, commissioned from Sarah Rodgers this year by the Proms, the programme on 8 September at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome will include the waltz from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Khachaturian’s ballet Masquerade, Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, Walton’s coronation march Crown Imperial and Vaughan Williams’s uplifting piece for solo violin and orchestra, The Lark Ascending.

Full details from the BBC Proms website

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