• Mon 25 Aug

    11:30 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 Free Prom. Open to ages 7-plus.

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  • Mon 25 Aug

    13:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Chamber Music 6: Schubert, Mahler & R. Strauss
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Piano Sonata in D major, K311 (15 mins)
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
    • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Piano Quartet in A minor (11 mins)
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • Royal String Quartet
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Metamorphosen (version for septet) (arr. R. Leopold) (26 mins)
      • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
      • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
      • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist
      • Royal String Quartet
    • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
    • Royal String Quartet
    • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
    • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
    • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist

    Pianist Louis Schwizgebel and the dynamic Royal String Quartet are the key players in a concert that culminates in Richard Strauss's richly nostalgic Metamorphosen, heard in an intimate arrangement for string septet. Alongside it are Mahler's contemplative Piano Quartet movement and Mozart's elegantly poised Piano Sonata in D major, K311.

  • Mon 25 Aug

    15:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 51: Free Prom – Dvořák, Grieg, Bax & Bill Whelan
    • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
    • Slavonic Dance in C major, Op. 46 No. 1 (5 mins)
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2 (6 mins)
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8 (5 mins)
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • GriegEdvard Grieg 1843–1907
    • Piano Concerto in A minor (28 mins)
      • Zhang Zuo piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Lyric Pieces
      To the Spring, Op. 43 No. 6 (encore)
      • Zhang Zuo piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
    • INTERVAL
    • Bax 1883–1953
    • Roscatha (11 mins)
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Bill Whelan b.1950
    • Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite
      UK premiere (25 mins)
      • Ulster Orchestra
      • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Ulster Orchestra
    • Jac van Steen Conductor
    • Zhang Zuo piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist

    This year’s Free Prom is a Bank Holiday matinee from the Ulster Orchestra, bursting with dance rhythms and colour. A selection of Dvořák’s rustic Slavonic Dances opens the concert, and Grieg’s piano concerto with its jaunty dance-themed finale continues the mood. The evening ends in the orchestra’s musical heartland with Bax’s tone-poem Roscatha and Bill Whelan’s new Riverdance suite – adapted from his music for the ever-popular stage show.

  • Mon 25 Aug

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Mon 25 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 52: Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
    • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Hungarian Dance No. 14 in D minor (orch. I. Fischer) (3 mins)
    • Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A major (orch. I. Fischer) (2 mins)
    • Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major (orch. I. Fischer) (3 mins)
    • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • March in D major, K335/1 (4 mins)
    • SchubertFranz Schubert 1797–1828
    • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished', D 759 (30 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Josef Strauss 1827–1870
    • Sphären-Klänge – waltz Sphären-Klänge - waltz, Op 235 (8 mins)
    • Johann II Strauss 1825–1899
    • Vergnügungszug – polka Vergnügungszug - quick polka, Op 281 (3 mins)
    • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
    • Legend in B flat minor, Op. 59 No. 10 (4 mins)
    • Johann II Strauss 1825–1899
    • By the Beautiful Blue Danube By the Beautiful Blue Danube – waltz (9 mins)
    • Bandits' Galop Banditen - galop, Op 378 (3 mins)
    • Kodály 1882–1967
    • Dances of Galánta (16 mins)
    • Budapest Festival Orchestra
    • Iván Fischer Conductor

    The Bank Holiday weekend celebrations continue with Proms favourites the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a programme of orchestral showpieces from the Habsburg Empire. Viennese-style Strauss dances are matched by Brahms’s colourful Hungarian Dances and Kodály’s sweeping Dances of Galánta, balanced by the crisp Classical textures of a Mozart March. At the centre is Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony.

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  • Tue 26 Aug

    17:15 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Tue 26 Aug

    19:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 53: Brahms Night
    • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Symphony No. 3 in F major (38 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • Symphony No. 4 in E minor (40 mins)
    • Budapest Festival Orchestra
    • Iván Fischer Conductor

    The second of two concerts from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra reinstates the Proms tradition of composer nights with an evening dedicated to the music of Brahms. His intimate, autumnal Third Symphony gives way to the nobility and stature of the Fourth – a heavyweight symphony with one of the loveliest slow movements the composer ever wrote.

  • Tue 26 Aug

    22:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 54: Beethoven – Missa solemnis
    • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Missa Solemnis (72 mins)
    • Lucy Crowe soprano
    • Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
    • Michael Spyres tenor, Proms debut artist
    • Matthew Rose bass
    • Monteverdi Choir
    • Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
    • Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Monteverdi Choir returns to the Proms under Sir John Eliot Gardiner for one of the greatest choral works of the repertoire – Beethoven’s mighty Missa solemnis. Join them on this tumultuous spiritual journey in music that defies simple resolution.

  • Wed 27 Aug

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Wed 27 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy & Unsuk Chin
    • DebussyClaude Debussy 1862–1918
    • La mer (25 mins)
      • Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
      • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Unsuk Chin b.1961
    • Šu (19 mins)
      • Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
      • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Wu Wei sheng, Proms debut artist
    • Wu Wei
    • Dragon Dance
      (encore)
      • Wu Wei sheng, Proms debut artist
    • INTERVAL
    • TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' (47 mins)
      • Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
      • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor: Allegro molto, WoO 1.1 (orch. Johannes Brahms)
      (encore)
      • Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
      • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
    • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Wu Wei sheng, Proms debut artist

    Myung-Whun Chung directs the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, making its Proms debut this year. Unsuk Chin’s sheng concerto evokes the sounds of South Korea and is an extended sonic game between soloist and orchestra. Framing this is the sensuous richness of Debussy’s La mer and Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, with its elusive and emotional narrative.

  • Thu 28 Aug

    17:30 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Family

    Join Rachel Leach and professional musicians for a family-friendly introduction to tonight's Prom. Bring your instrument and join in!

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  • Thu 28 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 56: Holst – The Planets
    • HolstGustav Holst 1874–1934
    • The Planets (50 mins)
      • London Philharmonic Choir
      • Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
    • INTERVAL
    • SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg 1874–1951
    • Five Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16 (16 mins)
      • Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
    • ScriabinAlexander Nikolayevich Scriabin 1871–1915
    • Prometheus: The Poem of Fire Prométhée, le poème du feu, Op 60 (20 mins)
      • Alexander Toradze piano
      • London Philharmonic Choir
    • London Philharmonic Choir
    • Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
    • Alexander Toradze piano
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Masterpieces from Schoenberg, Holst and Scriabin offer three very different portraits of 20th-century music in this concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. Big tunes and vivid characterisation make Holst’s The Planets a perennial favourite, while Scriabin’s Prometheus is an eccentric musical experiment. Premiered at the Proms in 1912, Schoenberg’s Five Orchestral Pieces took tonality to a new limit.

  • Fri 29 Aug

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

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  • Fri 29 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 57: Mahler – Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'
    • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (85 mins)
    • Kate Royal soprano
    • Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano
    • Swedish Radio Choir
    • Philharmonia Chorus
    • Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Daniel Harding Conductor

    In a symphony that took over six years to complete, Mahler wrestles with the essential questions of humanity. Birth, death and the fragile stages between are the subject of this grand musical exploration, which culminates in a transcendent choral finale. Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra are joined by soloists Kate Royal and Chistianne Stotijn.

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  • Sat 30 Aug

    10:30 Royal College of Music
    Inspire Day: Writing for Solo Instrument

    Join composer Judith Weir to explore techniques for writing for solo instruments. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18 years old.

  • Sat 30 Aug

    14:30 Royal College of Music
    Inspire Day: Writing for Solo Instrument

    Join composer Judith Weir to learn new techniques for writing for solo instruments. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18 years old.

  • Sat 30 Aug

    15:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Saturday Matinee 3: A Portrait of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
    • Linguae ignis (12 mins)
      • Tim Gill cello, Proms debut artist
    • Revelation and Fall (26 mins)
      • Rebecca Bottone soprano
    • A Mirror of Whitening Light (21 mins)
    • Tim Gill cello, Proms debut artist
    • Rebecca Bottone soprano
    • London Sinfonietta
    • Sian Edwards Conductor
    • London Sinfonietta
    • Sian Edwards Conductor

    Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the greats of contemporary British music. A programme chosen by Davies himself ranges from the sleek chamber textures of A Mirror of Whitening Light to the music-drama of Revelation and Fall. London Sinfonietta Principal Cellist Timothy Gill is the soloist in Linguae ignis’s writhing plainchant melodies.

  • Sat 30 Aug

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sat 30 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 58: Strauss – Salome
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Salome Salome, Op 54
      sung in German (109 mins)
    • Burkhard Ulrich tenor (Herod), Proms debut artist
    • Doris Soffel mezzo-soprano (Herodias)
    • Nina Stemme soprano (Salome)
    • Samuel Youn baritone (Jokanaan), Proms debut artist
    • Thomas Blondelle tenor (Narraboth)
    • Ronnita Miller mezzo-soprano (Herodias's Page), Proms debut artist
    • Paul Kaufmann tenor (1st Jew), Proms debut artist
    • Gideon Poppe tenor (2nd Jew), Proms debut artist
    • Jörg Schörner tenor (3rd Jew), Proms debut artist
    • Clemens Bieber tenor (4th Jew), Proms debut artist
    • Andrew Harris bass (5th Jew), Proms debut artist
    • Noel Bouley bass-baritone (1st Narazene), Proms debut artist
    • Carlton Ford baritone (2nd Nazarene), Proms debut artist
    • Marko Mimica bass-baritone (1st Soldier), Proms debut artist
    • Tobias Kehrer bass (2nd Soldier), Proms debut artist
    • Seth Carico bass-baritone (Cappadocian), Proms debut artist
    • Deutsche Oper Berlin
    • Donald Runnicles Conductor
    • Justin Way stage director

    In Richard Strauss’s 150th-anniversary year the Proms presents a double bill of his two great tragedies. On consecutive nights his heroines Salome and Elektra meet their bloody ends in the Royal Albert Hall. Donald Runnicles brings his Deutsche Oper forces to the Proms for Salome. Star soprano Nina Stemme leads the cast as the troubled princess.

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  • Sat 30 Aug

    21:35 Royal Albert Hall
    Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 31 Aug

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sun 31 Aug

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 59: Strauss – Elektra
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Elektra Elektra, Op 58
      sung in German (100 mins)
    • Christine Goerke soprano (Electra)
    • Gun-Brit Barkmin soprano (Chrysothemis), Proms debut artist
    • Dame Felicity Palmer mezzo-soprano (Clytemnestra)
    • Robert Künzli tenor (Aegisthus), Proms debut artist
    • Johan Reuter baritone (Orestes)
    • Katarina Bradić mezzo-soprano (1st Maid), Proms debut artist
    • Zoryana Kushpler mezzo-soprano (2nd Maid), Proms debut artist
    • Hanna Hipp mezzo-soprano (3rd Maid), Proms debut artist
    • Marie-Eve Munger soprano (4th Maid), Proms debut artist
    • Iris Kupke soprano (5th Maid), Proms debut artist
    • Miranda Keys soprano (Overseer)
    • Ivan Turšić tenor (Young Servant), Proms debut artist
    • Jongmin Park bass (Orestes' Tutor), Proms debut artist
    • BBC Singers
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Semyon Bychkov Conductor
    • Justin Way stage director
    • Helen Neeves soprano (Confidante)
    • Olivia Robinson soprano (Maidservant)
    • Lynette Alcantara alto (Trainbearer)
    • Cherith Millburn-Fryer alto (Maidservant)
    • Jamie W. Hall bass (Old Servant)

    Elektra – Strauss’s brutal and ferociously powerful retelling of the Greek revenge myth – continues this weekend’s opera double bill. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov are joined by an international cast of soloists, led by American soprano Christine Goerke, with Danish baritone Johan Reuter as her beloved brother Orestes.

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