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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 April, 2003, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Queen to pay rare visit to Proms
The Proms has been running for 109 years

The Queen and Prince Philip will pay only their second visit to the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall during the two-month-long festival of music.

The royal couple will attend a programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coronation.

Other highlights of the festival include John Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning response to the 11 September tragedies.

The composition, On the Transmigration of Soul, will receive its European première.

BBC Proms controller Nicholas Kenyon announced that one of the themes of the season will be Greek myths with stories of love, war and the gods.

Two of the key perfomances will be Berlioz's The Trojans, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, and Prokofiev's War and Peace.

The Proms season runs from 18 July to 13 September with events being staged around the country as well as at its traditional home of the Royal Albert Hall.

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle will return to the UK with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which he has been in charge of since September 2002.

Proms in the Park

This year's Proms will also have an interactive element as the audience is invited to help decide the Nation's Favourite music.

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough will narrate Peter and the Wolf
The traditional flag-waving Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall will be beamed across the UK as part of Proms in the Park.

There will also be another CBBC Proms including performances from dance group Stomp and music from Harry Potter.

A number of events will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of Prokofiev's death including a performance on the First Night of the film score for Ivan the Terrible, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Sir David Attenborough will also narrate Peter and the Wolf, which was composed by Prokofiev in 1936.

A huge Baroque string orchestra has been assembled to mark the 350th birthday of Arcangelo Corelli.

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