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Composer: Agnew, Elaine (b. 1967)

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Year of birth1967
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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The Music Makers: Birthday celebrations for the RTE Philharmonic Choir

Andrew Litton © Danny Turner
Birthday celebrations for the RTE Philharmonic Choir singing Agnew and Elgar, while Tinney shines in Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor K466. 
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Prom 28: Ulster Orchestras with Sir James Galway and JoAnn Faletta

The Ulster Youth Orchestra of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra side by side at the BBC Prom ©  BBC / Chris Christodoulou
It is a cliché in music commentary to say that youth orchestras bring vitality, fearlessness and chutzpah to the programmes that they play. But as with most clichés, it does appear to be based in truth, and that is perhaps one reason why the BBC Proms continue to give such support to young players as well as young composers.
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