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Published: 30 July 2013

Surrey at the Proms

School of Arts' Dr Jeremy Barham discusses life and work of Mahler in pre-Prom debate with Norman Lebrecht.

The University of Surrey's Dr Jeremy Barham recently appeared in a special BBC Proms debate to discuss the life and work of composer Gustav Mahler.

The 'Proms Plus Intro', which took place at the Royal College of Music in London on Friday 9th August, saw Mahler expert Dr Barham and cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht discuss the composer's conversion from Judaism to Christianity, spirituality and the social context of the 'Resurrection' Symphony.

The event was a curtain-raiser for the evening's BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring a performance of the 'Resurrection' Symphony (otherwise known as Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor) by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Mariss Jansons. A recording of the discussion was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 following the concert.

The BBC Proms, also known as the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, are an annual series of classical concerts that take place in London's Royal Albert Hall and other venues around the UK each summer. First held in 1895, they culminate each year with the famous Last Night Of The Proms, which features rousing renditions of patriotic songs with participation from the flagwaving audience.