BBC PROMS PRESENTS Prom 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
22:15 Thu 29 Aug 2019, Royal Albert Hall (Auditorium)
Broadcast on BBC FOUR Fri 6 Sept – available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days (UK)
Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts.
Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.
Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle.
Monty Alexander piano
Annette Walker tap dancer
Carleen Anderson and the UK Vocal Assembly
Nu Civilisations Orchestra
Peter Edwards conductor
There will be no interval
Approx. end time: 23:40
Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 6 September