• Mon 11 Aug 2014

    13:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Chamber Music 4: Prokofiev & Schubert
    • ProkofievSergey Prokofiev 1891–1953
    • Five Melodies (13 mins)
      • Itamar Golan piano
    • Sonata in C major for two violins (15 mins)
      • Sakari Oramo violin
    • SchubertFranz Schubert 1797–1828
    • Fantasie in C major, D934 (25 mins)
      • Itamar Golan piano
    • Itamar Golan piano
    • Sakari Oramo violin
    • Janine Jansen violin
    • Janine Jansen violin

    Before her solo appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen joins with pianist Itamar Golan and with conductor Sakari Oramo (making his Proms debut as a violinist). Two lyrical works by Prokofiev are paired with Schubert’s sublime Fantasie from almost a century earlier.

  • Mon 11 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

    National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and the painter Peter Blake celebrates the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.

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  • Mon 11 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 34: R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (26 mins)
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Burleske (22 mins)
      • Francesco Piemontesi piano
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • INTERVAL
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386 (9 mins)
      • Francesco Piemontesi piano
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K284
      Variation No. 11 (encore) (3 mins)
      • Francesco Piemontesi piano
    • NielsenCarl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 5 Symphony No. 5, FS97, Op 50 (36 mins)
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Francesco Piemontesi piano

    In the first of two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs the first of two great Scandinavian symphonies. Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony explores a bleakness that is also at the core of Strauss’s great tone-poem Tod und Verklärung. The ‘complicated nonsense’ of Strauss’s youthful Burleske and Mozart’s sunny Rondo in A major complete the concert, both featuring pianist Franceso Piemontesi.

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  • Tue 12 Aug 2014

    17:15 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Tue 12 Aug 2014

    19:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 35: Sibelius, Walton & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
    • Caroline Mathilde
      – suite from Act 2 (22 mins)
      • Mary Bevan soprano
      • Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
    • Violin Concerto (31 mins)
      • James Ehnes violin
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
    • Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003
      Andante (encore) (3 mins)
      • James Ehnes violin
    • INTERVAL
    • SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
    • The Swan of Tuonela (9 mins)
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (32 mins)
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • Mary Bevan soprano
    • Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
    • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
    • James Ehnes violin

    The BBC Proms welcomes back Canadian violinist James Ehnes as soloist in Walton’s virtuosic yet intimate Violin Concerto. Søndergård and the BBC NOW continue with a suite from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s ballet Caroline Mathilde and two great orchestral works by Sibelius – his soaring Fifth Symphony and the more delicate, mystical Swan of Tuonela.

  • Wed 13 Aug 2014

    16:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Wed 13 Aug 2014

    18:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 36: Vaughan Williams & Alwyn
    • Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • The Wasps
      – overture (9 mins)
    • AlwynWilliam Alwyn 1905–1985
    • Symphony No. 1 (41 mins)
    • Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • The Lark Ascending (15 mins)
      • Janine Jansen violin
    • INTERVAL
    • Job: A Masque for Dancing (43 mins)
    • Janine Jansen violin
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Sakari Oramo Conductor
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Sakari Oramo Conductor

    The dreamy pastoralism of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending contrasts with the jaunty vigour of the composer’s overture The Wasps in this all-English Prom. Job continues this season’s thread of great 20th-century ballet scores, while William Alwyn’s First Symphony adds to the evening’s nostalgia with the endless melody of its slow movement. Janine Jansen joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra as soloist.

  • Wed 13 Aug 2014

    22:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 37: Steve Reich
    • Steve Reich b.1936
    • It's Gonna Rain (17 mins)
    • The Desert Music (chamber version) (48 mins)
      • Endymion (formerly Endymion Ensemble)
    • Endymion (formerly Endymion Ensemble)
    • BBC Singers
    • David Hill Conductor
    • BBC Singers
    • David Hill Conductor

    Surrender to the pulsing rhythms and repetitions of Minimalism’s founding father, Steve Reich, performed by the BBC Singers and contemporary specialists the Endymion Ensemble. Relive the early experimentation of It’s Gonna Rain with its hypnotic layers of spoken sound, while The Desert Music offers a hypnotising meditation on fragments of William Carlos Williams’s poetry.

  • Thu 14 Aug 2014

    10:30 Royal College of Music
    Inspire Day: Electro-acoustic Composition

    Join Mike Roberts, composer, pianist and Head of Electronic Music & Music Technology at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to explore electro-acoustic composition. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18 years old.

  • Thu 14 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Portrait

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  • Thu 14 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 38: Sibelius, Bridge & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    • SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
    • Finlandia (9 mins)
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
    • Symphony No. 5 (27 mins)
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Frank Bridge 1879–1941
    • Oration (30 mins)
      • Leonard Elschenbroich cello
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • John Storgårds Conductor
    • HindemithPaul Hindemith 1895–1963
    • Sonata for cello, Op. 25 No. 3
      Mässig schnell (encore) (3 mins)
      • Leonard Elschenbroich cello
    • INTERVAL
    • SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
    • Symphony No. 2 in D major (46 mins)
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • John Storgårds Conductor
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Leonard Elschenbroich cello

    Sibelius’s slowly shifting structures and emotive musical language, showcased here in his Second Symphony, are echoed and evolved in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Fifth Symphony. John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic also mark the First World Way centenary in Bridge’s haunting Oration – part lament, part warning.

  • Fri 15 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

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  • Fri 15 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 39: R. Strauss, Rameau, Mozart and Bernard Rands
    • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
    • Les Indes galantes
      – suite (16 mins)
    • Bernard Rands b.1934
    • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
      UK premiere (25 mins)
      • Jonathan Biss piano
    • INTERVAL
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16 (13 mins)
      • Jonathan Biss piano
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 (45 mins)
      • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
      • Markus Stenz Conductor
    • Jonathan Biss piano
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Markus Stenz Conductor

    Rameau’s opera Les Indes galantes and Strauss’s tone-poem Ein Heldenleben were notorious flops at their premieres, yet both are now recognised as peaks of their genre. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra take us from 18th-century France to fin-de-siècle Germany (with a quick stop-off in Chelsea, where the 8-year-old Mozart composed his First Symphony) in a concert that also includes the UK premiere of Bernard Rands’s Piano Concerto.

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  • Fri 15 Aug 2014

    22:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Proms Plus Late

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  • Sat 16 Aug 2014

    16:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sat 16 Aug 2014

    18:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra
    • SchubertFranz Schubert 1797–1828
    • Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485 (27 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Symphony No. 4 in G major (58 mins)
      • Camilla Tilling soprano
    • Camilla Tilling soprano
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Bernard Haitink Conductor
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Bernard Haitink Conductor

    Coloured by sleigh-bells and charming melodies, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is the centrepiece of this Prom by Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra. They pair Mahler’s mighty work with the Classical perfection of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony.

  • Sat 16 Aug 2014

    22:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 41: Aurora Orchestra
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550 (28 mins)
    • Dobrinka Tabakova
    • Spinning a Yarn (7 mins)
      • Alexandra Wood violin, Proms debut artist
      • Stevie Wishart hurdy-gurdy
    • Benedict Mason b.1954
    • Meld
      BBC commission: world premiere (40 mins)
      • Chantage
    • Alexandra Wood violin, Proms debut artist
    • Stevie Wishart hurdy-gurdy
    • Chantage
    • Aurora Orchestra
    • Nicholas Collon Conductor
    • Aurora Orchestra
    • Nicholas Collon Conductor

    The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon contrast Mozart’s graceful Symphony with two much newer pieces: Dobrinka Tabakova’s hurdy-gurdy-inflected Spinning a Yarn and Benedict Mason’s audacious BBC commission, Meld.

  • Sun 17 Aug 2014

    14:00 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Sing

    Join Mary King and members of the BBC Singers to sing excerpts from Britten’s War Requiem. Open to ages 16-plus.

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  • Sun 17 Aug 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

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  • Sun 17 Aug 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 42: Lest We Forget
    • StephanRudi Stephan 1887–1915
    • Music for Orchestra (1912) (18 mins)
    • KellyFrederick Kelly 1881–1916
    • Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke (9 mins)
    • ButterworthGeorge Butterworth 1885–1916
    • Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' (orch. P. Brookes) (12 mins)
      • Roderick Williams baritone
    • INTERVAL
    • Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • Pastoral Symphony (37 mins)
      • Allan Clayton tenor
      • Roderick Williams baritone
    • Roderick Williams baritone
    • Allan Clayton tenor
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Andrew Manze Conductor
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    • Andrew Manze Conductor

    Baritone Roderick Williams joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music inspired by the First World War. Butterworth’s setting from Housman’s A Shropshire Lad depicts a world on the brink of collapse, while Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony is a curdled vision of war-ravaged France. Both Rudi Stephan and Frederick Kelly were killed in the conflict, the latter leaving behind the exquisite Elegy for strings, the former the more muscular Music for Orchestra (1912).

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