The verdict on the 2009 Proms programme

By Neil Fisher [Times Online, 8 April 2009]

Planning a Proms season that pleases everyone is the great impossible of artistic programming.

Emphasise the contemporary and expect howls of protest from those who want the festival to serve as something of a starter pack for the classical canon. Play up the heritage, however – composer anniversaries, symphony cycles, world’s greatest orchestras – and be labelled staid or dutiful.