I'm pleased to announce that I will be directing my first BBC prom at the Albert Hall. It will be broadcast live on radio an televised on BBC Four. The Nu Civilisation Orchestra, BBC singers, Carleen Anderson and the UK vocal assembly will be performing a selection of works from Duke Ellington's masterpiece 'The Sacred Concert'. We will also have guest performances from pianist Monty Alexander and tap dancer Annette Walker
Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts.
Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.
Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle.
22:15 Thursday 29 Aug 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Seats £10 to £35 (plus booking fee)
Approx. end time: 23:40
Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 6 September