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A woman will conduct an orchestra at the world's oldest and biggest music festival [for / in] the first time ever. The BBC Proms started 118 years ago, [inclusion / include] 92 concerts over 8 weeks, but have never had a female conductor. American Marin Alsop will [take / have] charge of the orchestra for the final concert – the [legend / legendary] Last Night of the Proms. This is a [distinctly / distinction] British occasion to celebrate the "[pump / pomp] and circumstance" of Britain. Ms Alsop told the BBC: "I think the [facts / fact] that I'm an American woman, conducting the last night of the Proms is [really / reality] a statement." Talking of her achievement, she said: "I'm extraordinarily [pride / proud] to be the first woman, but I'm also sad that it's 2013 and there still can be [firsts / first] for women."

The director of the Proms Roger Wright said he was happy to be part of [changing / charging] the "man's world" of conducting. He said: "Marin hasn’t been chosen because she is a woman [conductor / conductress] . She knows and loves the Proms." Ms Alsop said: "I always enjoy working with the British [orchestral / orchestrate] musicians and I'm [peculiarly / particularly] looking forward to interacting [with / on] the audience, who [play / match] such a [cruciate / crucial] role in making this a night that is [utterly / utter] unique and special. It is a great honour that I know will be a highlight for me." She added: "The whole world is watching you. You're [redressing / addressing] the biggest audience of your career. It's the nearest a classical musician gets to an [acceptance / acceptable] speech at the Oscars."

 


 
 

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