Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters will perform a duet of Old Whore’s Diet with artist Rufus Wainwright as part of his BBC Proms debut.
At 10.15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, the duo will take the stage at the Royal Albert Hall to perform the song with the BBC Concert Orchestra, under the direction of director Sarah Hix.
The Want Symphonic, two concerts by singer-songwriter-composer Wainwright, will take place on the same evening and comprise music from his albums Want One and Want Two from 2003 and 2004, respectively.
It’s hard to imagine that we have never fully sung together, but I can now say that we have. Shears stated.
At this year’s BBC Proms at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall, I will be performing alongside my close friend Rufus Wainwright in a duet that we can’t wait to share with you all.
The Proms performance, which will be the first of the two concerts and commemorate 20 years since the acclaimed Want One album’s release, will feature new orchestral arrangements made specifically for the occasion.
Opera, cabaret, chanson, and jazz are just a few of the many genres that Want One pulls from.
“I’ve known Jake my entire career,” stated Wainwright. He really gave me a tape of the Scissor Sisters that contained some of their early recordings and asked for my opinion before they went on to achieve success unlike anything I had ever heard of.I have always respected Jake’s musical vision, and I am overjoyed that we now have the opportunity to properly sing together and perform a song of mine that I believe we can both really connect to.
This year’s Proms season has already seen a wide range of performances, from expansive choral and orchestral works to small-scale chamber concerts and Proms debuts.
Numerous genres have also been explored, including jazz, fado, Bollywood, and northern soul, and well-known performers including Self Esteem and Jon Hopkins have performed.
Last week, the Proms honored Stevie Wonder’s iconic record Innervisions’ 50th anniversary with unexpected appearances by Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula, and Shelea, as well as Cory Henry, director Jules Buckley, and his orchestra.
Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright’s performance at The Prom will air live on BBC Radio 3 and be replayed on BBC Sounds for a month.