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  • Mon 4 Aug 2014

    13:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Chamber Music 3: R. Strauss & Mozart
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Serenade in C minor, K388 (25 mins)
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments (23 mins)
    • London Winds
    • Michael Collins Conductor

    Richard Strauss was just 20 when he composed his Suite for 13 wind instruments – and steeped in the musical tastes of his horn-player father, who revered Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart above all. Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds pair Strauss’s youthful work with Mozart’s Serenade in C minor.

  • Mon 4 Aug 2014

    16:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

    On the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War, Baroness Shirley Williams and Colonel Tim Collins introduce an anthology of poetry and prose from 1914.

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  • Mon 4 Aug 2014

    18:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 24: Vaughan Williams & Mahler
    • Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (15 mins)
    • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Symphony No. 9 (85 mins)
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Donald Runnicles Conductor

    Donald Runnicles conducts a programme that looks to the past – a musical meditation on history, death and loss that still speaks powerfully today, 100 years after the start of the First World War. The concert sets Mahler’s bitterly elegiac Ninth Symphony against the ecstatic string writing of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, a work reimagining an English identity that would so soon find itself under threat.

  • Mon 4 Aug 2014

    21:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 25: The Tallis Scholars sing Tavener
    • TavenerJohn Tavener 1944–2013
    • Ikon of Light (41 mins)
      • Peter Phillips Conductor
    • Requiem Fragments
      BBC commission: world premiere (25 mins)
      • Carolyn Sampson soprano
    • Peter Phillips Conductor
    • Carolyn Sampson soprano
    • Heath Quartet
    • Tallis Scholars
    • Heath Quartet
    • Tallis Scholars

    Spiritual in a secular age, combining musical simplicity and generous radiance, John Tavener captured the public imagination like few others. The other-worldly atmosphere of a Late Night Prom frames a musical tribute to the English composer by the Tallis Scholars, leading the audience into the exact anniversary of Britain’s declaration of entering the First World War, at 11.00pm, in contemplative calm.

  • Tue 5 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

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  • Tue 5 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 26: Shostakovich & Berio
    • BerioLuciano Berio 1925–2003
    • Sinfonia (33 mins)
      • London Voices
    • INTERVAL
    • ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich 1906–1975
    • Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op 43 (64 mins)
    • London Voices
    • European Union Youth Orchestra (before 1995 European Community YO)
    • Vasily Petrenko Conductor
    • European Union Youth Orchestra (before 1995 European Community YO)
    • Vasily Petrenko Conductor

    This concert from the European Union Youth Orchestra opens with Berio’s 20th-century classic, Sinfonia – a witty, whistle-stop tour through centuries of Western culture, from Bach to The Beatles. Shostakovich’s embattled Fourth Symphony attempts to reconcile the same conflicts and contradictions as Berio, but finds only Babel and madness, in one of the composer’s most confrontational works.

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  • Wed 6 Aug 2014

    17:15 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Wed 6 Aug 2014

    19:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 27: Wagner, Elgar & Mathias
    • WagnerRichard Wagner 1813–1883
    • Das Liebesverbot, WWV 38
      – overture (9 mins)
    • MathiasWilliam Mathias 1934–1992
    • Violin Concerto
      London premiere (39 mins)
      • Matthew Trusler violin, Proms debut artist
    • INTERVAL
    • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
    • Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op 55 (53 mins)
    • Matthew Trusler violin, Proms debut artist
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Mark Wigglesworth Conductor
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Mark Wigglesworth Conductor

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mark Wigglesworth perform the exuberantly rhythmic overture to Wagner’s early comedy Das Liebesverbot and Elgar’s richly orchestrated First Symphony – a work itself steeped in the Germanic tradition. Exciting young British violinist Matthew Trusler joins the orchestra as soloist for Mathias’s neglected Violin Concerto – a virtuosic celebration of song and dance.

  • Thu 7 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

    Poet and playwright Tony Harrison talks about his passionate commitment to the classics, poetic language and political writing.

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  • Thu 7 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 28: Beethoven & Stravinsky
    • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Egmont – overture, Op 84 (9 mins)
      • Francesco D'Orazio electric violin, Proms debut artist
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Sakari Oramo Conductor
    • Brett Dean b.1961
    • Electric Preludes
      UK premiere (25 mins)
      • Francesco D'Orazio electric violin, Proms debut artist
    • Ivan Fedele
    • Suite Francese No. 6b
      Corrente No. 2 (encore) (2 mins)
      • Francesco D'Orazio electric violin, Proms debut artist
    • INTERVAL
    • StravinskyIgor Stravinsky 1882–1971
    • Oedipus rex (51 mins)
      • Rory Kinnear narrator
      • Allan Clayton tenor (Oedipus)
      • Hilary Summers mezzo-soprano (Jocasta)
      • Juha Uusitalo baritone (Creon)
      • Brindley Sherratt bass (Tiresias)
      • Duncan Rock baritone (Messenger)
      • Samuel Boden tenor (Shepherd)
      • BBC Singers men's voices
      • BBC Symphony Chorus men's voices
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Sakari Oramo Conductor
    • Francesco D'Orazio electric violin, Proms debut artist
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Sakari Oramo Conductor
    • Rory Kinnear narrator
    • Allan Clayton tenor (Oedipus)
    • Hilary Summers mezzo-soprano (Jocasta)
    • Juha Uusitalo baritone (Creon)
    • Brindley Sherratt bass (Tiresias)
    • Duncan Rock baritone (Messenger)
    • Samuel Boden tenor (Shepherd)
    • BBC Singers men's voices
    • BBC Symphony Chorus men's voices

    Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers in one of the great 20th-century dramatic showpieces – Stravinsky’s vivid and visceral ‘opera-oratorio’ Oedipus rex. The concert opens with Beethoven’s beloved Egmont overture.

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  • Fri 8 Aug 2014

    16:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Fri 8 Aug 2014

    18:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 29: Chopin, Franck, Saint-Saëns & Casella
    • CasellaAlfredo Casella 1883–1947
    • Elegia eroica (16 mins)
    • Chopin 1810–1849
    • Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op 11 (38 mins)
      • Benjamin Grosvenor piano
    • INTERVAL
    • Franck 1822–1890
    • Symphonic Variations Variations symphoniques (16 mins)
      • Benjamin Grosvenor piano
    • Saint-SaënsCamille Saint-Saëns 1835–1921
    • Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ' (35 mins)
      • David Goode organ
    • Benjamin Grosvenor piano
    • David Goode organ
    • Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
    • BBC Philharmonic

    A concert of big melodies and even bigger sounds culminates in Saint-Saëns’s mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony. The French theme continues with Franck’s Symphonic Variations and, at just 22 years old, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor returns for his fourth Proms appearance, performing both in the Franck and in Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1.

  • Fri 8 Aug 2014

    22:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 30: Battle of the Bands
    • EllingtonDuke Ellington 1899–1974
    • It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (5 mins)
    • Clare Teal singer
    • Gregory Porter singer
    • Count Pearson Proms Band Proms debut artist
    • James Pearson Conductor, Proms debut artist
    • Duke Windsor Proms Band Proms debut artist
    • Grant Windsor Conductor, Proms debut artist

    Singer and broadcaster Clare Teal transports us back to the 1930s, as two of the greatest swing bands of the day – one led by Count Basie, the other by Duke Ellington – faced off in a memorable Battle of the Bands. In this Late Night Prom, present-day leaders James Pearson and Grant Windsor fight it out in their own, roof-raising battle.

  • Sat 9 Aug 2014

    15:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Sibelius, Honegger, C. P. E Bach, Sir Harrison Birtwistle & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714–1788
    • Symphony in B minor, 'Hamburg' (8 mins)
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
    • Endless Parade (18 mins)
      • Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
    • Honegger 1892–1955
    • Pastorale d'été (8 mins)
    • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
    • Sinfonia (20 mins)
    • SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
    • Rakastava (15 mins)
    • Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
    • Lapland Chamber Orchestra Proms debut artist
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Lapland Chamber Orchestra Proms debut artist
    • John Storgårds Conductor

    The Lapland Chamber Orchestra celebrates the 80th birthdays of two major British composers. Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger leads the way through the maze-like landscapes of Birtwistle’s trumpet concerto Endless Parade, while Davies is represented by his 1989 Sinfonia. Celebrations of C. P. E. Bach’s 300th anniversary continue with the brooding textures of his Symphony in B minor, while all is languorous sunshine in Honegger’s Pastoral d’été.

  • Sat 9 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sat 9 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 31: Elgar, Beethoven, Berlioz & Helen Grime
    • BerliozHector Berlioz 1803–1869
    • Overture 'Le corsaire' (10 mins)
    • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
    • Sea Pictures, Op 37 (23 mins)
      • Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
    • INTERVAL
    • Helen Grime b.1981
    • Near Midnight
      London premiere (10 mins)
    • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica' Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica', Op 55 (47 mins)
    • Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
    • Hallé
    • Sir Mark Elder Conductor
    • Hallé
    • Sir Mark Elder Conductor

    The sea lies at the centre of this concert from Mark Elder and the Hallé. The sunshine glitters on the waves in Berlioz’s overture Le corsaire, while the ocean ebbs and flows in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, sung here by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote. Human rather than natural drama is what drives Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony, however – a stirring musical meditation on heroism and valour.

  • Sat 9 Aug 2014

    21:45 Royal Albert Hall
    Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 10 Aug 2014

    11:00 Royal College of Music
    Inspire Day: Contemporary Composition

    Join composer Fraser Trainer and professional musicians to explore new approaches to contemporary composition. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18 years old.

  • Sun 10 Aug 2014

    13:00 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Family Orchestra & Chorus

    Whether you play an instrument or sing, whether you’re a complete novice or an aspiring virtuoso, you're all invited to join our fantastic team of professional musicians to create music inspired by this afternoon's Matinee Prom. Open to ages 7-plus.

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  • Sun 10 Aug 2014

    16:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 32: Beethoven, Bruch & Walton
    • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Symphony No. 1 in C major Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op 21 (26 mins)
      • Trinity Boys Choir
      • Neville Marriner Conductor
    • BruchMax Bruch 1838–1920
    • Concerto for Violin No. 1 in G minor (25 mins)
      • Trinity Boys Choir
      • Joshua Bell violin
      • Neville Marriner Conductor
    • Nigel Hess
    • Ladies in Lavender Suite
      (encore) (4 mins)
      • Joshua Bell violin
    • INTERVAL
    • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
    • Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario (arr. C. Palmer) (50 mins)
      • John Hurt narrator
      • London Philharmonic Choir
      • Trinity Boys Choir
    • Trinity Boys Choir
    • Neville Marriner Conductor
    • Joshua Bell violin
    • John Hurt narrator
    • London Philharmonic Choir
    • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    • Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    Three masterworks from three different centuries: Beethoven’s First Symphony is all 18th- century poise and wit, Bruch’s First Violin Concerto swoons with 19th-century romance, and Walton’s Henry V celebrates the golden age of 20th-century film music. Sir Neville Marriner is joined by Joshua Bell, the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who appears here both as conductor (Beethoven) and soloist (Bruch).

  • Sun 10 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Family

    Join Natasha Zielazinski, Detta Danford and professional musicians for a family-friendly introduction to tonight’s Prom. Bring your instrument and join in!

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  • Sun 10 Aug 2014

    19:45 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 33: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
    • StravinskyIgor Stravinsky 1882–1971
    • Petrushka (1911 version) (35 mins)
      • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
      • Edward Gardner Conductor
    • ProkofievSergey Prokofiev 1891–1953
    • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major Concerto for Piano No. 1 in D flat major, Op 10 (16 mins)
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
      • Edward Gardner Conductor
    • MoszkowskiMoritz Moszkowski 1854–1925
    • Étincelles
      (encore) (2 mins)
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
    • INTERVAL
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
    • Sonance Severance 2000 (3 mins)
      • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
      • Edward Gardner Conductor
    • LutosławskiWitold Lutosławski 1913–1994
    • Concerto for Orchestra (28 mins)
      • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
      • Edward Gardner Conductor
    • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
    • Edward Gardner Conductor
    • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist

    The NYOGB presents a fiery and virtuosic programme of 20th-century orchestral masterpieces, conducted by Proms favourite Edward Gardner. BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel takes the lead in Prokofiev’s youthful First Piano Concerto, which brims with the same audacious energy that pulses through Stravinsky’s vividly colourful ballet Petrushka. Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra closes the evening with still more primary-coloured, folkloric brilliance and drama.