&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
10th September 2013
Marin reflects on the Last Night of the BBC Proms

Photo credit: © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

On Saturday night Marin made history as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as soloists Joyce DiDonato, Nigel Kennedy and Iestyn Davies to an extremely enthusiastic and patriotic audience of over 6,000 inside London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert was also broadcast to millions of people on television and radio, on the BBC’s big screens around Britain and around the world.

The morning after the Prom Marin said: “It was a great evening filled with wonderful music and a genuine feeling of enjoyment!”

In an interview for the BBC News website, Marin also commented on how she felt to be part of such a unique event: “It was really emotional and very moving to be involved in such a big celebration.” The full interview for BBC News can be read here.

Giving her traditional Last Night speech Marin made some particularly inspiring comments directed at young people and aspiring women conductors, saying: “I want to say to the young women out there, and as I say to all young people out there, believe in yourselves, follow your passion and never give up because you will create a future filled with possibility.”

She also referenced her work in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her OrchKids program in Baltimore, before leaving the audience with some positive food for thought about the transformative power of music: “The power of music can’t be underestimated. It’s what makes us human beings, it’s what makes us nations, it’s what makes us a great civilization. We cannot forget that ever. And music and art cannot be pushed through the margins, they have to be front and center.”

To catch up on all the Last Night of the Proms action including performances, Marin’s Last Night speech, photos and much more visit the BBC Proms website. For exclusive behind the scenes photos and content follow Marin on Facebook and Twitter