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Saturday 24 February 2018

Bowie Prom honours singer's legacy

David Bowie's music was celebrated at the Proms
David Bowie's music was celebrated at the Proms

David Bowie's towering musical legacy has been remembered at the Proms as a host of diverse musicians came together for a creative reimagining of his work.

Former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond, The Divine Comedy star Neil Hannon and American singer Amanda Palmer were among the artists putting their own spin on works from the late star's career.

The Bowie Prom, held as part of the Late Night BBC Proms on Friday, featured interpretations of records ranging from his 1969 album Space Oddity up to his final release, Blackstar.

Scored throughout by a powerful orchestral backing, Hannon, Palmer and Conor O'Brien from the band Villagers raised the curtain at London's Royal Albert Hall with a rendition of the pop pioneer's 1976 track Station To Station.

The Man Who Sold The World was given an acoustic-led makeover by O'Brien, while rapper Elf Kid joined for a verse of This Is Not America and Almond took to the stage for a poignant performance of Life On Mars.

The celebration of Bowie's musical career was curated and directed by German classical conductor Andre de Ridder.

Laura Mvula performed Fame and Girl Loves Me before Almond returned to the stage to perform Starman arranged by the British composer and producer Anna Meredith.

The Prom closed with an ensemble performance of After All, arranged by Josephine Stephenson and led by Almond, Palmer, O'Brien and French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

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