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02 Aug 2007

The evolution of the Proms

royal_albert_hall.pngColin Matthews [TLS, 1 August 2007]
Any coverage of the Proms is usually accompanied by images of the flag-wavers of the Last Night. What a relief, then, to find that The Proms: A new history, edited by Jenny Doctor and David Wright, is not wrapped in a Last Night jacket, but features a cover photograph that could belong to any night. The bizarre rituals of the closing gala are given their space, but in the context of something much greater: the history of the world’s outstanding music festival.

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