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Composer: Vir, Param (b. 1952)

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Year of birth1952
Period20th century
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Prom 52: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Lisa Batiashvili are as good as it gets

Lisa Batiashvili  ©  Chris Christodoulou
In what was only his second Prom as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo led this fine orchestra on a journey through two of the best-known pieces of the 20th century. However, the first piece to be played was the BBC-commissioned work by Param Vir, Cave of Luminous Mind.
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Joby Burgess and Matthew Sharp in uncharted territory

Joby Burgess and Matthew Sharp
It’s not every evening that you hear a composition played on two serrated Nigerian Fanta bottles. Nor is it every evening that you hear pieces by Schumann and David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) in the same concert. Nor, for that matter, do cellists often sing. As this concert’s title suggested, ‘Uncharted’ at Kings Place was very much a trip into the unknown.