My preview of this year's Proms is in today's Independent. Read the whole thing here.
I was mildly amused to learn that the doom and gloom around the non-appearance of any American orchestras this year has been a tad exaggerated - apparently more down to bad luck in the planning department than anything really sinister in the backroom. And it's not the first time in living memory, either - the same situation occurred in 2004. Yes, the Philadelphia Orchestra cancelled a European tour that would have included a Prom, but the tiptop orchestras have to be booked several years ahead and sometimes it's just that the dates don't work.
Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.
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