September 16, 1995 – world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Panic, given at the Last Night of that year’s BBC Proms season – with John Harle (saxophone), Paul Clarvis (drumkit) & BBC Symphony Orchestra. They later recorded it for Argo.

“Panic was composed in response to John Drummond’s request for a work to be performed at the 1995 Last Night of the Proms and my own desire to write a work as a showcase for the saxophonist John Harle. I have called the work a dithyramb, in Classical Greece a choric song in honour of Dionysus, whose wild exuberance here runs riot. The soloist, as chorus leader, is identified with the mythic god Pan, literally “spreading ruin and scattering ban” as in the quotation from Elizabeth Barrett Browning with which I preface this score. The title Panic refers to the feelings of ecstasy and terror experienced by animals in the night at the sound of Pan’s music. The chaos wreaked by Pan is exemplified by the conflict between the orchestra and the alto saxophone soloist together with the drum kit. At times the two odd-men-out rebel and branch out, adopting tempos independent of the orchestra.” Harrison Birtwistle

Leopold Stokowski’s orchestration. May 12, 2001, Royal Festival Hall. BBC Symphony Orchestra.