&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
Musicomh.com
22nd September 2015

Last Night of the BBC Proms 2015

Marin Alsop, returning as the only woman to conduct the Last Night, also made sure any accusations of the Proms being elitist are in the past, as she brandished a selfie stick to take her photo with the Royal Albert Hall audience then posted the pictures online.

Alsop was cheered to the rafters for a speech in which she abandoned staid, formal thanks and pleaded passionately for gender equality and arts funding.

HANNAH FURNESS, THE TIMES

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Later came the jollifications of the second half, controlled by conductor Marin Alsop with just the right blend of relaxed good humour and brisk authority. Her contribution to the programming was evident in the James P Johnson, Gershwin and jazz numbers (in which Benjamin Grosvenor showed an unexpected talent for stride piano). ****

IVAN HEWETT, THE TELEGRAPH

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

And then Marin Alsop, the first woman to conduct the Last Night – this year for the second time – gave a rabble-rousing speech, much applauded, underlining the importance of music in schools and celebrating the power of music to bring about change in a world of racial and sexual inequality. ****

BARRY MILLINGTON, EVENING STANDARD

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Marin Alsop was back as conductor and master of ceremonies, a good choice after her success in 2013. Some people felt last time that she should have made more of being the first woman to conduct the Last Night, so this year she threw in a call for “a more just and even playing-field for all women”. As a speechmaker, Alsop could easily trounce most of her male predecessors.

RICHARD FAIRMAN, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

14 SEPTEMBER 2015