A wierd piece of policy making in today’s BBC Proms press release:
– Jess Gillam, star of the 2018 Last Night of the Proms to go from stage to screen as she joins the BBC Proms television presenting line-up alongside Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service.
– Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh Mason and Kwame Ryan to make their BBC Proms presenting debuts, alongside returning presenters Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny.
– Isata Kanneh-Mason to make her TV presenting debut on the Prom in which her brother, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
– Nicola Benedetti, Fatma Said and Omer Meir Wellber confirmed as being amongst the musicians who will be brought to the fore across TV coverage, as more performers from the festival than ever before join presenters to provide their unique insight.
I have doubts about using performers as presenters.
It’s unfair promotion, a potential conflict of interest and a double act not many can sustain – like making love and watching themselves at the same time. Articulate as they may be, no artist is going to be full and frank about music and musicians. They have too much to lose.
The BBC has replaced informed comment on the Proms with tinsel and platitudes.