Since 1927, when the
But this year, those watching selected Proms on BBC2 and BBC4 have been confronted by a mystery: the case of the disappearing contemporary music.
Prominent figures from the classical music world have united to condemn the excision of new music from the televised Proms.
Composers whose works were edited out of the televised Proms include Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime,
The new master of the Queen's music,
"It seems such an old-fashioned decision: there is a new spirit abroad," she said, arguing that there was a surge in young, talented composers of, and audiences for, contemporary music. The decision was, she added, out of step with the commitment the
Grime's piece Near Midnight was the only one cut from the televised version of the Prom in which it had appeared. The concert was given by the Halle under Sir
Though Grime's work is available to watch on iPlayer, she said she was "really disappointed and quite angry . . . it feels as if you have been put on one side . . . It's patronising to the audience to assume that people are going to switch off."
Birtwistle's three-minute Sonance Severance (2000) was not included in Friday night's televised version of the
"I don't care, it's their loss," said Birtwistle, branding the
Dove's work Gaia Theory was commissioned by the
BBC Radio 3 broadcasts every Proms concert live and complete.
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