Behind the Proms’ celestial opening number

Image caption Zosha Di Castri’s latest job looks at humankind’s evolving relationship with the moon

The BBC Proms blasts off on Friday with a musical expedition of the moon.

The season opens with Zosha Di Castri’s latest task Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory, which marks the 50 th anniversary of the lunar landings.

The piece examines how humanity has “looked to the moon over different time periods and different cultures, ” she told BBC News.

It’s not only the composer’s Proms debut, but the first time her music has ever been played in the UK.

“It’s a crazy space to begin but I’m very honoured, ” she told BBC News.

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