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Image caption Karina Canellakis took up the baton after being encouraged by Sir Simon Ratt;e. Karina Canellakis has made history, as the first woman to conduct the First Night of the BBC Proms. The US musician led the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and BBC Singers in a stirring and dramatic programme culminating in Leos Janáček's utterly unique Glagolitic Mass. The landmark performance came just two years after Cannellakis's conducting debut at the Proms. "I'm honoured - and I'm very sweaty," she said after leaving stage. The 38-year-old New Yorker started her career as a violinist after graduating from the Julliard School. The seeds of her conducting career were sown at the BBC Proms i... Full story

19 July