Prom 68: ‘Wagner Night’ was the RPO’s offering in the 2019 BBC Proms series. One of a number of proms commemorating 150 years since the birth of the founder/conductor of the proms, Sir Henry Wood. The programme was a collection of music that Sir Henry would have typically chosen for his concerts: the first half of two overtures and some incidental music, followed by the main event in the second half – highlights from Wagner’s colossal concluding opera from the Ring Cycle, Götterdammerung.
On a personal level, this was a rather special concert for me as it was my first concert as a member of the orchestra. I first worked with the RPO as a freelancer nearly two years ago, before auditioning and trialling for around 10 months, and then being (very kindly) offered the job of Principal Bass Trombone in June this year.