Prom 51: A missed opportunity to unlock the power of classical music

3*

For a Prom aimed at those experiencing classical music for the first time, this season’s Free Prom had an odd programme. Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in the first half were accessible pieces that are typically played for first timers. But the second half presented an unknown work by Arnold Bax and a questionable symphonic arrangement of the music from the stage show Riverdance. This Prom’s friendly atmosphere presented a further challenge too: could van Steen and the Ulster Orchestra still treat these works seriously despite the Prom’s casual tone?

Pianist Zhang Zuo captivated with Grieg's Piano Concerto

Pianist Zhang Zuo captivated with Grieg’s Piano Concerto

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