• Sun 11 May 2014

    • 10:30 CBSO Centre Birmingham
      Inspire Lab - Birmingham

      A fun and practical workshop for budding young composers aged 12-18, led by composers and members of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

  • Fri 18 Jul

    • 16:30 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus In Tune

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 1: First Night of the Proms
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • The Kingdom, Op. 51 (90 mins)
      • Erin Wall soprano (Blessed Virgin)
      • Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)
      • Andrew Staples tenor (St John)
      • Christopher Purves baritone (St Peter)
      • BBC National Chorus of Wales
      • BBC Symphony Chorus
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

      The festival opens with Elgar’s biblical oratorio The Kingdom – the beautiful ‘slow movement’ of a planned musical triptych. Celebrated Elgarian Sir Andrew Davis conducts the massed forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. They are joined by a distinguished cast of soloists including Proms regulars Christopher Purves and Catherine Wyn-Rogers.

  • Sat 19 Jul

    • 14:00 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Sing

      Join Mary King and members of the BBC Singers to sing extracts from Janáček's Glagolitic Mass. Open to ages 16-plus.

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    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

      'What is Chinese culture today?' Novelist Xiaolu Guo in discussion with Rana Mitter.

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 2: Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Liszt
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major Military March, 'Pomp and Circumstance' in G major, Op 39.4 (6 mins)
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
        • Long Yu Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
      • Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet' (20 mins)
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
        • Long Yu Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Liszt 1811–1886
      • Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E flat major (19 mins)
        • Haochen Zhang piano, Proms debut artist
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
      • La campanella
        Encore (5 mins)
        • Haochen Zhang piano, Proms debut artist
      • INTERVAL
      • Qigang Chen
      • Joie éternelle
        UK premiere (25 mins)
        • Alison Balsom trumpet
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Mussorgsky 1839–1881
      • Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel) (35 mins)
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Liu Tianhua
      • Wonderful Night
        Encore (5 mins)
        • China Philharmonic Orchestra
      • China Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Long Yu Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Haochen Zhang piano, Proms debut artist
      • Alison Balsom trumpet

      East meets West as the China Philharmonic Orchestra launches our series of global orchestras making their debuts at the 2014 Proms.

    • 22:25 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 20 Jul

    • 10:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 3: BBC Sport Prom
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • A Musical Joke – Presto (5 mins)
      • OrffCarl Orff 1895–1982
      • Carmina Burana (5 mins)
        • Crouch End Festival Chorus
      • ProkofievSergey Prokofiev 1891–1953
      • Romeo and Juliet – Dance of the Knights (6 mins)
      • Josef Strauss 1827–1870
      • Sport Polka (2 mins)
      • John Williams
      • Summon the Heroes (6 mins)
      • Sam Fonteyn
      • Ski Sunday, arr. Alasdair Malloy
        Encore (4 mins)
      • Crouch End Festival Chorus
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • Rebecca Miller Conductor
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • Rebecca Miller Conductor

      Sandwiched between the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon is the first ever BBC Sport Prom. Hosted by Gabby Logan, this special event combines classical favourites, TV themes and sports personalities, with the BBC Concert Orchestra on hand to capture the sporting thrills and spills.

    • 14:00 Royal Albert Hall
      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 the BBC Sport Prom.

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    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

      Also part of
    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 4: World Orchestra for Peace, Valery Gergiev
      • Roxanna Panufnik
      • Three Paths to Peace
        European premiere (12 mins)
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
        – symphonic fantasia (20 mins)
      • INTERVAL
      • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
      • Symphony No. 6 in A minor (77 mins)
      • World Orchestra for Peace
      • Valery Gergiev Conductor

      In its only UK concert this year, classical supergroup the World Orchestra for Peace returns to the Proms with its conductor Valery Gergiev. Fantasy confronts reality in a programme that moves from the fairy-tale magic evoked in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten to the human tragedy of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Roxanna Panufnik’s Three Paths to Peace celebrates the common ground shared by Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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  • Mon 21 Jul

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 1: Les Arts Florissants
      • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
      • Pièces de clavecin en concerts (53 mins)
      • Les Arts Florrisants
      • Paolo Zanzu harpsichord/director

      French Baroque giant Les Arts Florissants launches this season’s Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago. His Pièces de clavecin en concerts sees the composer at his most dramatically vivid and virtuosic, showcasing this ensemble in the first of its two concerts this season.

    • 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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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 5: Beethoven, Dvořák & R.Strauss
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (18 mins)
        • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
        • David Zinman Conductor
      • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
      • Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 (32 mins)
        • Julia Fischer violin
        • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
        • David Zinman Conductor
      • HindemithPaul Hindemith 1895–1963
      • Sonata for solo violin, Op. 11 No. 6
        Finale (encore) (4 mins)
        • Julia Fischer violin
      • INTERVAL
      • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
      • Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral', Op 68 (40 mins)
        • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
        • David Zinman Conductor
      • Traditional
      • Evviva i soci (arr. Florian Walser)
        (encore) (3 mins)
        • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
        • David Zinman Conductor
      • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
      • David Zinman Conductor
      • Julia Fischer violin

      Proms favourite Julia Fischer returns as soloist in Dvořák’s earthy, folk-infused violin concerto, joining Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra for David Zinman’s final concert as its Chief Conductor. Strauss’s playful depiction of the prankster Till Eulenspiegel continues the musical journey across Central Europe, and the evening closes among the breathtaking landscapes of Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.

  • Tue 22 Jul

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 18:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 6: Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Der Rosenkavalier (185 mins)
      • Kate Royal soprano (Marschallin)
      • Tara Erraught mezzo-soprano (Octavian )
      • Franz Hawlata bass (Baron Ochs)
      • Louise Alder soprano (Sophie), Proms debut artist
      • Michael Kraus baritone (Herr von Faninal), Proms debut artist
      • Miranda Keys soprano (Marianne)
      • Christopher Gillett tenor (Valzacchi)
      • Helene Schneiderman mezzo-soprano (Annina), Proms debut artist
      • Gwynne Howell bass (Notary)
      • Andrej Dunaev tenor (Italian Singer), Proms debut artist
      • Robert Wörle tenor (Innkeeper), Proms debut artist
      • Scott Conner bass (Police Inspector), Proms debut artist
      • Glyndebourne Festival Opera
      • London Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Robin Ticciati Conductor
      • Sarah Fahie stage director
      • Daniel Francis-Swaby singer (Mohammed, servant to the Marschallin)
      • Trevor Eliot Bowes singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Boots)
      • Niel Joubert singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
      • Nicholas Morris singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
      • David Shaw singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
      • Paul Hopwood singer (Major-Domo to the Marschallin)
      • Jacquelyn Parker singer (Noble Widow)
      • Louise Kemeny singer (Noble Orphan)
      • Bethan Langford singer (Noble Orphan)
      • Lucie Špicková singer (Noble Orphan)
      • Magdalena Molendowska singer (Milliner)
      • Joshua Owen Mills singer (Animal Seller)
      • Marian De Graef singer (Hairdresser)
      • Osman Mos singer (Hairdresser's Assistant)
      • Joseph Bader singer (Leopold)
      • Alun Rhys-Jenkins singer (Major-Domo to Faninal)
      • Andrew Davies singer (Waiter)
      • Danielle Meehan singer (Maid)
      • Suzy King singer (Couturier)
      • Richard Dyball singer (Clerk/Conductor)
      • Chloe Dowell dancer
      • Caitlin Fretwell Walsh dancer
      • Graham Bass singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
      • Gabriel Crozier singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
      • Charles Davies singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
      • Harry Lees singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
      • William Stone singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
      • Ben Withnell singer (Baron Ochs's Child)

      The Glyndebourne Festival’s annual visit to the Proms continues our Strauss 150th-anniversary celebrations with a semi-staging of his sparkling comic opera Der Rosenkavalier. Conductor Robin Ticciati conjures this gilded fantasy of fin-de-siècle Vienna with the help of an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal in her role debut as the Marschallin.

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  • Wed 23 Jul

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

      The award-winning poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and musician, priest and broadcaster Richard Coles  discuss the literary works which inspired the composer John Tavener from George Herbert and John Donne to William Blake.

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    • 18:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 7: Shostakovich, Bartók & Tavener
      • TavenerJohn Tavener 1944–2013
      • Gnosis
        BBC commission: world premiere (12 mins)
        • Michael Cox alto-flute
        • Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
      • BartókBéla Bartók 1881–1945
      • Concerto for Violin No. 2, Sz 112 (38 mins)
        • Isabelle Faust violin
      • INTERVAL
      • ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich 1906–1975
      • Symphony No. 10 in E minor Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op 93 (53 mins)
      • Michael Cox alto-flute
      • Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
      • Isabelle Faust violin
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor

      Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony – a violent portrait of the horrors of Stalin’s Russia – is the centrepiece of this concert from Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. They are joined by German violinist Isabelle Faust for the passionate nationalism of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, and the concert opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season by John Tavener.

    • 22:15 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys
      • Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe
      • Overture to 'Performance' (arr. R. Niles) (8 mins)
      • Four Songs in A minor (orch. A. Badalamenti)
        ('Vocal', 'Love is a Catastrophe', 'Later Tonight', 'Rent') (20 mins)
        • Pet Shop Boys
        • Chrissie Hynde vocalist
      • A Man from the Future (orch. S. Helbig)
        world premiere (45 mins)
        • Pet Shop Boys
        • Juliet Stevenson narrator
        • BBC Singers
      • Pet Shop Boys
      • Chrissie Hynde vocalist
      • Juliet Stevenson narrator
      • BBC Singers
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • Dominic Wheeler Conductor
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • Dominic Wheeler Conductor

      Better known as the electro-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make their Proms debut here as composers. The world premiere of their large-scale work A Man from the Future, inspired by code-breaker Alan Turing, sits alongside new orchestral arrangements of favourite Pet Shop Boys songs.

  • Thu 24 Jul

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček
      • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
      • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor (49 mins)
        • Barry Douglas piano
      • INTERVAL
      • Janáček 1854–1928
      • Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstructed P. Wingfield) (43 mins)
        • Mlada Khudoley soprano
        • Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano
        • Mikhail Vekua tenor
        • Yuri Vorobiev bass
      • Barry Douglas piano
      • Mlada Khudoley soprano
      • Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano
      • Mikhail Vekua tenor
      • Yuri Vorobiev bass
      • London Symphony Chorus
      • London Symphony Orchestra
      • Valery Gergiev Conductor
      • London Symphony Chorus
      • London Symphony Orchestra
      • Valery Gergiev Conductor

      One of choral music’s greatest works, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is a passionate, secular oratorio celebrating nationhood and peace. By contrast, conflict is to the fore in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a work that distils the drama of the composer’s relationship with Schumann and his wife Clara. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Barry Douglas.

  • Fri 25 Jul

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Portrait

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 10: Elgar, Walton, Moeran & David Horne
      • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
      • Variations on a Theme by Hindemith (23 mins)
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • MoeranE(rnest) J(ohn) Moeran 1894–1950
      • Violin Concerto (33 mins)
        • Tasmin Little violin
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • INTERVAL
      • David Horne b.1970
      • Daedalus in Flight
        London premiere (11 mins)
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • 'Enigma' Variations (29 mins)
      • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • Tasmin Little violin
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • BBC Philharmonic

      A concert of 20th-century English music explores musical friendships. Walton’s Hindemith Variations pay homage to a beloved colleague; Elgar’s 'Enigma' Variations paint evocative portraits of family and friends. Tasmin Little joins the BBC Philharmonic for Moeran’s rarely heard Violin Concerto, and English music comes right up to date with David Horne’s Daedalus in Flight.

  • Sat 26 Jul

    • 11:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 11: CBeebies Prom
      • Barrie Bignold
      • Around Sound
        BBC commission: world premiere (3 mins)
        • Ben Faulks presenter
      • HolstGustav Holst 1874–1934
      • St Paul's Suite (4 mins)
      • WoodHenry Wood 1869–1944
      • Fantasia on British Sea-Songs (2 mins)
      • Ben Faulks presenter
      • Chris Jarvis presenter
      • Gemma Hunt presenter
      • Steven Kynman presenter
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Stephen Bell Conductor
      • Chris Jarvis presenter
      • Gemma Hunt presenter
      • Steven Kynman presenter
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Stephen Bell Conductor

      Following the sell-out success of 2013’s Doctor Who Prom, this year parents are invited to join their children for the first ever CBeebies Prom. Take a journey through the history of classical music with some of your favourite CBeebies characters, in an adventure that combines live music from the BBC Philharmonic and video action on screens around the Royal Albert Hall.

    • 14:00 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Sing

      Join Mary King and members of the BBC Singers to sing extracts from Bach's St John Passion. Open to ages 16-plus.

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    • 18:15 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 20:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 12: Bach – St John Passion
      • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
      • St John Passion St John Passion, BWV 245 (120 mins)
      • James Gilchrist tenor (Evangelist)
      • Neal Davies bass-baritone (Christus)
      • Lucy Crowe soprano
      • Clint van der Linde counter-tenor, Proms debut artist
      • Joshua Ellicott tenor
      • Hanno Müller-Brachmann bass-baritone
      • Zürcher Sing-Akademie
      • Zurich Chamber Orchestra
      • Sir Roger Norrington Conductor
      • Rachel Ambrose Evans soprano (Ancilla)
      • Vernon Kirk tenor (Servus)
      • Nicholas Mogg bass (Peter)
      • Jonathan Sells bass (Pilate)

      Few classical works have the urgency and dramatic immediacy of Bach’s St John Passion. Here it is vividly realised by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist. The finest Evangelist of his generation, Gilchrist sings the role at the Proms for the first time, under conductor Sir Roger Norrington, 80 this year.

    • 22:15 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 27 Jul

    • 11:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 13: CBeebies Prom
      • Barrie Bignold
      • Around Sound (3 mins)
        • Chris Jarvis presenter
        • Gemma Hunt presenter
        • Ben Faulks presenter
      • HolstGustav Holst 1874–1934
      • St Paul's Suite (4 mins)
        • Chris Jarvis presenter
        • Gemma Hunt presenter
      • WoodHenry Wood 1869–1944
      • Fantasia on British Sea-Songs (2 mins)
      • Chris Jarvis presenter
      • Gemma Hunt presenter
      • Ben Faulks presenter
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Stephen Bell Conductor
      • Steven Kynman presenter
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Stephen Bell Conductor
      • Steven Kynman presenter

      Following the sell-out success of 2013’s Doctor Who Prom, this year parents are invited to join their children for the first ever CBeebies Prom. Take a journey through the history of classical music with some of your favourite CBeebies characters, in an adventure that combines live music from the BBC Philharmonic and video action on screens around the Royal Albert Hall.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 14: Duruflé, Ravel and Simon Holt
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Valses nobles et sentimentales (orchestral version) (17 mins)
      • Simon Holt b.1958
      • Morpheus Wakes
        BBC commission: world premiere (15 mins)
        • Emmanuel Pahud flute
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • La valse (13 mins)
      • INTERVAL
      • DurufléMaurice Duruflé 1902–1986
      • Requiem, Op 9 (42 mins)
        • Gerald Finley baritone
        • Ruby Hughes soprano
      • Emmanuel Pahud flute
      • Gerald Finley baritone
      • Ruby Hughes soprano
      • BBC National Chorus of Wales
      • National Youth Choir of Wales
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thierry Fischer Conductor
      • BBC National Chorus of Wales
      • National Youth Choir of Wales
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thierry Fischer Conductor

      The lilt of the waltz pulses through the first half of this programme – first in Ravel’s modernist reimagining in Valses nobles et sentimentales, and then in his witty La valse. French music takes a sacred turn after the interval with Duruflé’s Requiem, and elsewhere Swiss flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud premieres Simon Holt’s concerto Morpheus Wakes.

  • Mon 28 Jul

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 2: C. P. E. Bach
      • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714–1788
      • Trio Sonata in A major (13 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
        • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
        • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Violin Sonata in C minor (17 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
      • Keyboard Sonata in E minor ('Kenner und Liebhaber' Collection No. 5), Wq 59/1 (8 mins)
        • Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, Proms debut artist
      • Trio Sonata in C minor, 'Sanguineus and Melancholicus' (14 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
        • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
        • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Rachel Podger violin
      • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
      • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
      • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, Proms debut artist

      Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by hand-picked musical friends to explore the contrasts and contradictions of C. P. E.  Bach, who celebrates his 300th anniversary this year. The composer’s Sonata in C minor in particular offers an extraordinary musical portrait of the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs.

    • 17:30 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Family

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

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 15: Mozart, Ravel & Jonathan Dove
      • Jonathan Dove b.1959
      • Gaia Theory
        BBC commission: world premiere (20 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 Concerto for Piano No. 23 in A major, K 488 (27 mins)
        • Ingrid Fliter piano
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Chopin 1810–1849
      • Waltz in A minor (Posthumous) B. 150, kk IVb, No. 11
        (encore) (3 mins)
        • Ingrid Fliter piano
      • INTERVAL
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Daphnis and Chloe (60 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • BBC Symphony Chorus
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Ingrid Fliter piano

      Turbulent mythical love meets poised Classical elegance in a concert from the BBC Symphony Orchestra that sets Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 alongside Ravel’s sensuous ballet score Daphnis and Chloe. Launching us far beyond either Mozart’s Vienna or Ravel’s Paris, Jonathan Dove’s new orchestral work Gaia Theory explores the idea of life on our planet evolving alongside the environment.

  • Tue 29 Jul

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 18:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 16: Oriental Promise
      • BalakirevMily Alexeyevich Balakirev 1836–1910
      • Islamey – oriental fantasy (orch. Lyapunov) (9 mins)
        • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • HolstGustav Holst 1874–1934
      • Beni Mora Beni Mora, Op 29.1 (15 mins)
        • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Gabriel Prokofiev
      • Violin Concerto
        BBC commission: world premiere (30 mins)
        • Daniel Hope violin
      • INTERVAL
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Die Entführung aus dem Serail Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384
        – overture (6 mins)
        • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • HandelGeorge Frideric Handel 1685–1759
      • Solomon Solomon, HWV 67
        – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Beecham) (4 mins)
        • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • RespighiOttorino Respighi 1879–1936
      • Belkis, Queen of Sheba (25 mins)
        • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Daniel Hope violin
      • Sascha Goetzel Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Sascha Goetzel Conductor, Proms debut artist

      Tonight’s visitors from Istanbul make their Proms debut, bringing the intoxicating East as filtered through Western ears. Sneak into Mozart’s harem and witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba (in views by Handel and Respighi). Balakirev and Holst offer folk colourings from further afield.

    • 22:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 17: Rameau – Grands Motets
      • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
      • Deus noster refugium (27 mins)
      • Quam dilecta tabernacula (21 mins)
      • In convertendo Dominus (23 mins)
      • Rachel Redmond soprano
      • Katherine Watson soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Reinoud Van Mechelen high tenor, Proms debut artist
      • Cyril Auvity tenor, Proms debut artist
      • Marc Mauillon baritone
      • Cyril Costanzo bass, Proms debut artist
      • Les Arts Florrisants
      • William Christie Conductor

      Returning for its second concert this season, Les Arts Florissants is joined by founder-conductor William Christie for a Late Night Prom that transforms the Royal Albert Hall into the gilded splendour of the Chapel Royal at Versailles, combining choir, orchestra and soloists for Rameau’s Grands Motets.

  • Wed 30 Jul

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 18: Mahler, Ravel & Sir Harrison Birtwistle
      • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
      • Night's Black Bird (13 mins)
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Concerto for Piano in D major for the Left Hand (18 mins)
        • Alexandre Tharaud piano
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • ScriabinAlexander Nikolayevich Scriabin 1871–1915
      • Prelude for the Left Hand
        (encore) (5 mins)
        • Alexandre Tharaud piano
      • INTERVAL
      • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
      • Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (73 mins)
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • Alexandre Tharaud piano

      Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 – an orchestral showpiece of shifting moods and intense emotions – is the culmination to this concert by the BBC Philharmonic. The orchestra is joined by Pianist Alexandre Tharaud for Ravel’s virtuosic Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and the programme opens with Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s atmospheric Night’s Black Bird.

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  • Thu 31 Jul

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 19: R. Strauss & Elgar
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Festival Prelude. (11 mins)
        • Inger Dam-Jensen soprano
        • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Deutsche Motette, Op. 62 (19 mins)
        • Inger Dam-Jensen soprano
        • BBC Singers
        • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Four Last Songs. (24 mins)
        • Inger Dam-Jensen soprano
        • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
      • INTERVAL
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op 63 (57 mins)
      • Inger Dam-Jensen soprano
      • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
      • BBC Singers
      • Vasily Petrenko Conductor
      • Vasily Petrenko Conductor

      Two rarely heard masterpieces continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Richard Strauss: the mighty Festival Prelude and the Deutsche Motette (practically a concerto for choir). We move to more familiar musical territory with Strauss’s Four Last Songs, whose late-Romantic nostalgia is shared by Elgar’s Second Symphony.

  • Fri 1 Aug

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Portrait

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 20: Walton, Gurney & Sally Beamish
      • GurneyIvor Gurney 1890–1937
      • War Elegy (11 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Martyn Brabbins Conductor
      • Sally Beamish b.1956
      • The Singing
        London premiere (22 mins)
        • James Crabb accordion
      • INTERVAL
      • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
      • Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (47 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Martyn Brabbins Conductor
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Martyn Brabbins Conductor
      • James Crabb accordion

      Continuing our commemoration of the centenary since the outbreak of the First World War, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins explore English responses to conflict in Ivor Gurney’s War Requiem and Walton’s poignant First Symphony. Plus Sally Beamish’s accordion concerto.

  • Sat 2 Aug

    • 14:00 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Sing

      Join Anna Flannagan and the ladies of the BBC Singers to sing extracts from Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate and pick up some musical theatre performance tips along the way. Open to ages 7-plus.

    • 15:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Armonia Atenea – Greek Myths
      • HandelGeorge Frideric Handel 1685–1759
      • Alessandro, HWV 21
        – overture (6 mins)
        • Myrsini Margariti soprano, Proms debut artist
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Johann Adolf Hasse
      • Artemisia
        – overture (5 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • PaisielloGiovanni Paisiello 1740–1816
      • Olimpiade
        – 'E mi lasci così?' ... 'Ne' giorni tuoi felici' (5 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • LullyJean-Baptiste Lully 1632–1687
      • Phaeton
        – suite (10 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi 1678–1741
      • Giustino, RV 717
        – 'Vedrò con mio diletto' (9 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • GluckChristoph Willibald Gluck 1714–1787
      • Orfeo ed Euridice
        – Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Dance of the Furies (10 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Iphigénie en Aulide
        – 'Ma fille, Jupiter' (4 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • PaisielloGiovanni Paisiello 1740–1816
      • Olimpiade
        – 'Scogli, oh Dio! le sue catene' (7 mins)
      • Myrsini Margariti soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Armonia Atenea
      • George Petrou Conductor
      • Armonia Atenea
      • George Petrou Conductor

      The first Greek orchestra ever to appear at the Proms, Armonia Atenea, and Artistic Director George Petrou, presents a programme with an appropriately classical flavour. Greek myths form the thread through a Baroque labyrinth of arias and overtures from French, German and Italian operas, including Gluck’s Orphée, Handel’s Arianna in Creta and Lully’s Phaeton.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

      Actress Alexandra Gilbreath and actress and director Janet Suzman discuss their approach to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and how 21st-century audiences react to its sexual politics.

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 21: The John Wilson Orchestra – Kiss Me, Kate
      • PorterCole Porter 1891–1964
      • Kiss Me, Kate (165 mins)
      • Ben Davis singer (Fred Graham / Petruchio), Proms debut artist
      • Alexandra Silber singer (Lilli Vanessi / Katherine), Proms debut artist
      • Tony Yazbeck singer (Bill Calhoun / Lucentio), Proms debut artist
      • Louise Dearman singer (Lois Lane / Bianca)
      • John Wilson Orchestra
      • John Wilson Conductor

      Following the enormous success of their staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson and his orchestra return to perform Kiss Me, Kate – Cole Porter’s Tony Award- reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

    • 22:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 3 Aug

    • 11:00 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 War Horse Prom. Open to ages 7-plus.

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    • 14:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

    • 16:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 22: War Horse Prom
      • Frank Bridge 1879–1941
      • Summer (11 mins)
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • Two Partsongs, Op.26
        – The Snow (5 mins)
        • Proms Military Wives Choir
        • Gareth Malone Conductor
      • HolstGustav Holst 1874–1934
      • Ave Maria (7 mins)
        • Proms Military Wives Choir
        • Gareth Malone Conductor
      • Home they brought her warrior dead (7 mins)
        • Proms Military Wives Choir
        • Gareth Malone Conductor
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Le tombeau de Couperin
        – excerpts (10 mins)
      • Adrian Sutton
      • War Horse Suite (25 mins)
        • Life-Size War Horse Puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company Life-size War Horse Puppets, Proms debut artist
      • Proms Military Wives Choir
      • Gareth Malone Conductor
      • Life-Size War Horse Puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company Life-size War Horse Puppets, Proms debut artist
      • Cambiata North West
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • David Charles Abell Conductor
      • Cambiata North West
      • BBC Concert Orchestra
      • David Charles Abell Conductor

      The Proms continues to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of First World War, collaborating for the first time with the National Theatre for a concert inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning play War Horse. Lifesize War Horse puppets join the BBC Concert Orchestra, Gareth Malone and the Military Wives on stage for a performance that explores the music and stories of the Great War.

    • 18:15 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 20:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 23: Mozart – Requiem
      • John McLeod b.1934
      • The Sun Dances
        London premiere (13 mins)
      • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
      • Symphony No. 4 in B flat major Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op 60 (35 mins)
      • INTERVAL
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Requiem in D minor (compl. Robert D. Levin) (50 mins)
        • Carolyn Sampson soprano
        • Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
        • Jeremy Ovenden tenor
        • Neal Davies bass
        • National Youth Choir of Scotland
      • Carolyn Sampson soprano
      • Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
      • Jeremy Ovenden tenor
      • Neal Davies bass
      • National Youth Choir of Scotland
      • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
      • Donald Runnicles Conductor
      • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
      • Donald Runnicles Conductor

      Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by the National Youth Choir of Scotland for a performance of Mozart’s ever-popular Requiem – the composer’s powerful and prescient anticipation of his own death. The concert also features Beethoven’s elegant Fourth Symphony and the London premiere of John McLeod’s The Sun Dances, inspired by a Scottish folk legend.

  • Mon 4 Aug

    • 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.

    • 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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    • 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.

    • 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

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

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    • 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

    • 17:15 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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

    • 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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    • 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

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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.

    • 21:45 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 10 Aug

    • 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.

    • 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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    • 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).

    • 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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    • 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.

  • Mon 11 Aug

    • 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.

    • 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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    • 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

    • 17:15 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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, 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, 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

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Portrait

      Also part of
    • 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

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

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    • 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 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.

      Also part of
    • 22:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sat 16 Aug

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

      Also part of
    • 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 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

      Also part of
    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

      Also part of
    • 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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  • Mon 18 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 5: R. Strauss & Debussy
      • DebussyClaude Debussy 1862–1918
      • Proses lyriques (25 mins)
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Ach Lieb ich muss nun schneiden op. 21 No. 3 (2 mins)
      • Traum durch die Dämmerung op. 29 No. 1 (3 mins)
      • Das Rosenband op. 36 No. 1 (4 mins)
      • Geduld op. 10 No. 5 (8 mins)
      • Waldseligkeit op. 39 No. 1 (4 mins)
      • Wer lieben will, muss leiden op. 49 No. 7 (3 mins)
      • Ach was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen op. 49 no. 8 (3 mins)
      • Anne Schwanewilms soprano
      • Malcolm Martineau piano

      Repertoire to include songs by R. Strauss and Debussy.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 43: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky
      • StravinskyIgor Stravinsky 1882–1971
      • Scherzo fantastique Scherzo fantastique, Op 3 (12 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Edward Gardner Conductor
      • RachmaninovSergey Rachmaninov 1873–1943
      • The Bells (35 mins)
        • Luba Orgonášová soprano
        • Stuart Skelton tenor
        • Mikhail Petrenko bass
        • Crouch End Festival Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Edward Gardner Conductor
      • INTERVAL
      • StravinskyIgor Stravinsky 1882–1971
      • Concerto for Violin in D major (22 mins)
        • Baiba Skride violin
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Edward Gardner Conductor
      • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
      • Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
        Sarabande (encore) (2 mins)
        • Baiba Skride violin
      • TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
      • Overture '1812' Overture '1812', Op 49 (16 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Edward Gardner Conductor
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Edward Gardner Conductor
      • Luba Orgonášová soprano
      • Stuart Skelton tenor
      • Mikhail Petrenko bass
      • Crouch End Festival Chorus
      • BBC Symphony Chorus
      • Baiba Skride violin

      An all-Russian programme from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner opens with the buzzing energy of Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique and end in the cannon-fire of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812’ Overture. In between come Rachmaninov’s choral symphony The Bells and Stravinsky’s iconoclastic violin concerto, performed here by soloist Baiba Skride.

  • Tue 19 Aug

    • 16:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

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    • 18:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 44: Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Don Juan (17 mins)
        • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Proms debut artist
        • Sir Andrew Davis Conductor
      • ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
      • Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (30 mins)
        • Truls Mørk cello
        • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • BrittenBenjamin Britten 1913–1976
      • Cello Suite No. 2
        Declamato (encore) (3 mins)
        • Truls Mørk cello
      • INTERVAL
      • BerliozHector Berlioz 1803–1869
      • Symphonie fantastique (Symphonie fantastique, Op 14) (54 mins)
        • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • Grainger 1882–1961
      • Handel in the Strand (arr. Henry Wood)
        (encore) (3 mins)
        • Sir Andrew Davis Conductor
        • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • Sir Andrew Davis Conductor
      • Truls Mørk cello

      The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under its Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Passion and despair, love and death, all feature in a programme that roams from the dark fantasy of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique to the soaring ecstasy of Strauss’s Don Juan, while Elgar’s Cello Concerto adds more delicate shades of melancholy and yearning.

    • 22:15 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 45: Late Night with … Laura Mvula
      • Laura Mvula
      • Father, Father (5 mins)
      • Flying Without You (4 mins)
      • Make Me Lovely (5 mins)
      • She (4 mins)
      • Laura Mvula singer
      • ElectricVocals
      • Metropole Orchestra
      • Jules Buckley Conductor

      Brit Award- and Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Laura Mvula returns to the BBC Proms for an intimate Late Night Prom – a cabaret-style evening of music that couches Mvula’s talents in rich orchestral textures.

  • Wed 20 Aug

    • 11:30 Royal College of Music
      Inspire Day: Arranging

      Join composer, conductor and arranger Jules Buckley to find out more about arranging popular music. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18.

    • 14:30 Royal College of Music
      Inspire Day: Arranging

      Join composer, conductor and arranger Jules Buckley to find out more about arranging popular music. Open to young composers aged 12 to 18.

    • 17:00 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Inspire

      The Aurora Orchestra, under Nicholas Collon, performs the winning entries from this year’s BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition.

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 46: Daniel Barenboim and the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • The Marriage of Figaro The Marriage of Figaro, K492 (Le nozze di Figaro, K492)
        – overture (5 mins)
      • Kareem Roustom
      • Ramal
        UK premiere (12 mins)
      • Ayal Adler
      • Resonating Sounds
        UK premiere (12 mins)
      • INTERVAL
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Rapsodie espagnole (17 mins)
      • Alborada del gracioso (7 mins)
      • Pavane pour une infante défunte (8 mins)
      • Boléro (16 mins)
      • Bizet 1838–1875
      • Carmen, Suite No. 1
        Excerpts (encore)
      • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
      • Daniel Barenboim Conductor

      The West–Eastern Divan Orchestra returns with Daniel Barenboim for a Spanish-themed evening. We open outside Seville in Mozart’s breathless Figaro overture, before drifting into dreams with Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole. Dreams give way to dance in Ravel’s Boléro and his Pavane pour une infante défunte. Also included are two works composed for the orchestra – Kareem Roustom’s Ramal and Ayal Adler’s Resonating Sounds – both exploring the musical junctions of East and West.

  • Thu 21 Aug

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 47: Britten – War Requiem
      • BrittenBenjamin Britten 1913–1976
      • War Requiem, Op 66 (95 mins)
      • Susan Gritton soprano
      • Toby Spence tenor
      • Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
      • BBC Proms Youth Choir
      • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
      • Andris Nelsons Conductor

      Wilfred Owen’s shattering verse sits at the heart of Britten’s War Requiem – that great pacifist outpouring of horror and sorrow. Performed here in this First World War centenary year by the same orchestra which premiered it in 1962, in this performance the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons are joined by the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

  • Fri 22 Aug

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Literary

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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 48: Classical Tectonics
      • Haukur Tómasson
      • Magma
        UK premiere (16 mins)
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
      • SchumannRobert Schumann 1810–1856
      • Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op 54 (31 mins)
        • Jonathan Biss piano
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
      • Kinderszenen, Op 15
        Der Dichter Spricht (encore)
        • Jonathan Biss piano
      • INTERVAL
      • LeifsJón Leifs 1899–1968
      • Geysir (10 mins)
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
      • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
      • Symphony No. 5 in C minor (33 mins)
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
      • LeifsJón Leifs 1899–1968
      • Consolation
        (encore)
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
      • Traditional
      • Sprengisandur
        (encore)
        • Ilan Volkov Conductor
        • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
      • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
      • Ilan Volkov Conductor
      • Jonathan Biss piano

      The Iceland Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with works by two homegrown composers, both inspired by Iceland’s geology. The slow-growing, primal force of Leifs’s Geysir is balanced by the shifting tectonics of Tómasson’s Magma. Jonathan Biss joins the orchestra for Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and the concert closes with Beethoven’s dramatic Fifth Symphony.

  • Sat 23 Aug

    • 14:00 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 some of the highlights of the season. Open to ages 7-plus.

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    • 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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    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 49: Russian Fairy Tales
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Mother Goose (ballet) (Ma mère l'oye (ballet)) (29 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Jukka Tiensuu
      • Voice verser
        UK premiere (17 mins)
      • INTERVAL
      • SzymanowskiKarol Szymanowski 1882–1937
      • Songs of a Fairy Princess Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess, Op 31 (version with orchestra)
        with three additional songs orchestrated by Sakari Oramo UK premiere (20 mins)
        • Anu Komsi soprano
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Rimsky-Korsakov 1844–1908
      • Scheherazade Scheherazade, Op 35 (42 mins)
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Anu Komsi soprano
      • Sakari Oramo Conductor
      • Sakari Oramo Conductor

      Ice-maidens, pirates and princesses form the cast of this fairy-tale concert. The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by soprano Anu Komsi to perform Szymanowski’s atmospheric Songs of a Fairy Princess. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade sees the orchestra turn storyteller.

    • 22:00 Royal Albert Hall
      Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 24 Aug

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 50: Dvořák, Beethoven & Janáček
      • Janáček 1854–1928
      • From the House of the Dead
        – overture (7 mins)
        • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
        • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
      • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
      • Cello Concerto in B minor (39 mins)
        • Alisa Weilerstein cello
        • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
        • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
      • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
      • Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
        Sarabande (encore)
        • Alisa Weilerstein cello
      • INTERVAL
      • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
      • Symphony No. 7 in A major Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op 92 (42 mins)
        • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
        • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
      • SmetanaBedřich Smetana 1824–1884
      • The Bartered Bride
        Skocná (encore)
        • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
        • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
      • NedbalOskar Nedbal 1874–1930
      • Valse triste
        (encore)
        • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
        • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
      • Alisa Weilerstein cello

      Cellist Alisa Weilerstein returns to the Proms with one of the great Romantic concertos – Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. Jiří Bělohlávek leads the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s ‘apotheosis of the dance’, the Seventh Symphony; and the evening opens with a Czech flavour, in the overture to Janáček’s final opera, From the House of the Dead.

  • 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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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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' 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.

  • Tue 26 Aug

    • 17:15 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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.

    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 17:45 Royal College of Music
      Proms Plus Intro

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • Mon 1 Sep

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 7: Benjamin Grosvenor
      • Chopin 1810–1849
      • Ballade No. 1 in G minor Ballade in G minor, Op 23 (9 mins)
      • MompouFrederic Mompou 1893–1987
      • Paisajes (11 mins)
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Valses nobles et sentimentales (solo piano version) (14 mins)
      • Judith Weir b.1954
      • Day Break Shadows Flee
        BBC commission: world premiere (12 mins)
      • GounodCharles-François Gounod 1818–1893