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Rufus Wainwright to perform at BBC Proms

Wainwright to appear at Royal Albert Hall

On Thursday 11 September, Canadian-American Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright will perform at the BBC's Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Joined by the instrumentalists of the Britten Sinforia, Wainwright will perform a spectacular set that will fill the venue with his own brand of 'baroque pop'.

On Saturday, Wainwright will return to close the festival at Proms in the Park. And you can get tickets for Rufus Wainwright's prom here – starting from just £5

To celebrate, GT counts down five of his top songs...

Going To A Town
This mournful, brooding tune conveys Wainwright's dislike and exasperation with America. Although admitting, at the same time, to his love for America, Wainwright commented on the song: "But we have to admit that there's just been too many mistakes made in the recent past over too many issues, and we've just got to deal with that fact."

Dinner At Eight
The song describes a confrontation between Wainwright and his father at a restaurant a few years before. Wainwright explains: "We had just done a shoot for Rolling Stone together, and I told him he must be really happy that I had got him back in that magazine after all these years. That sort of kicked things off. Later in the evening he threatened to kill me. So I went home and wrote 'Dinner at Eight' as a vindictive retort to his threat."

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
The opening track on Wainwright's second album Poses is a lush number about decadence and desire, described by some as "ode to subtle addictions and the way our compulsions rule our lives".

Over The Rainbow
Anyone who's a fan of this classic should listen to Wainwright's rich rendition, performed at the London Palladium in December 2007, with his mother accompanying him on piano.

A moving and touching song, the album by the same name grew thematically out of its title track, inspired by Wainwright's residency at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Referring to his stay there, Wainwright recalled: "I went to all these parties and met all these people and found that, basically, it's like a big revolving door. I thought if I could look at it as a series of poses and extract from it what I needed for my songs, then I would survive."

Words: Conor Byrne

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