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Rapture captured: instrumentalists and singers at the 2019 BBC Proms | reviews, news & interviews

Rapture captured: instrumentalists and singers at the 2019 BBC Proms

Rapture captured: instrumentalists and singers at the 2019 BBC Proms

A second selection of Chris Christodoulou's more telling shots from full houses last year

Nicola Benedetti with Mark Wigglesworth and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2019's Prom 12All images by Chris Christodoulou

As two weeks of livestreamed Proms begin tonight, we just want to be there in the Royal Albert Hall.

As two weeks of livestreamed Proms begin tonight, we just want to be there in the Royal Albert Hall. The exuberance of our lead picture tells one story of a Prom which had to be witnessed live to be believed: the annual visit of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain last year, with brilliant Auerbach and Prokofiev under Mark Wigglesworth, and much-loved Nicola Benedetti uniting with them in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

Chris Christodoulou is always in a unique position, usually putting his camera unnoticed through the velvet curtains at the top of various sets of stairs to the Albert Hall stalls. This year he'll be one of the few people in the hall other than the singers, players and conductors, and they'll find it hard to touch the ecstasy spots without the Prommers in front of them, but fingers crossed there will be some more memorable captures of what it means to perform together. Click on the images below for the full picture.

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