The Proms are certainly paying homage to the American Musical this year. Last night was the turn of Rogers and Hammerstein's wonderful shows, including Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and the Sound of Music. The vocalists were Kim Criswell, Anna-Jane Casey, Julian Ovenden, Sierra Bogges and Rod Gilfry with the Maida Vale Singers and the John Wilson orchestra, conducted by John Wilson. These classic songs and rousing music have stood the test of time, speak to us all of our dreams and heart break. My favourite song of all is from Carousel, that strange dark musical - "If I loved You".
Below is a Utube clip from the 1956 film of Carousel with Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.