I had two lucky experiences with late replacements, both with concerts that should have been conducted by Karl Böhm. Hard to replace, but unbelievably, for the first concert his replacement was Carlos Kleiber! As if that was not enough, the second time he cancelled we had Celibidache! Both concerts were with the LSO.
Yes we do sometimes get replacements. As I said on the Beethoven Triple Concerto thread, I stayed the night after Brian's Gothic last year to hear the Beethoven Triple expecting Martha Argerich who I heard 2/3 years ago at the Proms playing the Ravel (the one for both hands!). Sadly she was taken ill at the last moment and the stand-in pianist was Frank Braley with the Capucon brothers. I think he must be an up and coming pianist, lke Ashley Wass that I heard at a lunchtime Cadogan Hall recital also as part of the proms.
Anyway it was nice to promenade for the Beethoven triple - lying on your back in the arena gazing up at what I call the mushrooms in the RAH. I have often promenaded, and prefer the balcony. Great view and lots of room. Some of the student types up there lie down and catch up on their reading while listening, but I am not a multi-tasker! Sadly at the tender age of 50 next time a bit of the old sciatica at times and back pain means I have graduated as a rule to a comfy seat!
I usually visit at least once if not twice each summer and sometimes Hildegard accompanies me. She gave it a miss last year but is hinting for this summer. That's why I like to pick 2 or 3 nights together where the programme looks good.
Once got to the last night - a while ago now in 1989. Sir John Pritchard. I managed that with the five arena ticket stubs but they do of course have to be all from either the arena or the balcony. No mix and match. I think it has now increased to six.
It was a great experience having grown up eagerly watching it on TV. All you could see from up there was a mass of flags, but very nice when everyone starts the bobbing up and down routine to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance.
Having done the last night once in my life I'm not in a rush to do it again mind!
Fortunately, I'm on the right side of town but thought I might leave the planet to avoid the Jubbly and Limpiks. It is the only way.
Agreed - see you at the NASA departure lounge. I'll be the one trying to get on with the Oyster card.
They'll take Oyster!?
Well, now they take them on South-East Trains, or Cattle-Trucks-U-Like, it can surely only be a matter of time. The automatic top-up might be a problem mid-Atlantic, but that's a minor teething trouble.
Just booked the VW 4,5 and 6. If anybody would like to meet before or after let me know nearer time.
Pause for thought.
Did anybody else dislike the proms TV broadcast of Bruckner's 8th ?
I don't think you can convey the true power and scale of this marathon of symphonies by continually showing the Wagner Tuba player's fingernails!