More BBC Proms coverage on radio, television and online for 2013

Date: 18.04.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
In 2013 the Proms will continue its mission to reach the widest possible audience with more Proms coverage on more BBC platforms than ever, across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four and online.

In the spirit of the Proms’ ethos to make the best classical music available to everyone, once again every Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, the audio streamed online in HD quality. In addition to this, selected Proms will feature on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 4 Extra, 6 Music and the Asian Network. Online, for the first time ever, Cadogan Hall Proms Chamber Music Concerts, hosted by Petroc Trelawny, will be filmed for the BBC website and a selection will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four.

Highlights of Proms coverage include:

BBC One this year will feature the return of the Dr Who Prom for the 50th anniversary of the television series. The channel will also broadcast the climax of the BBC Proms season on 7 September - The Last Night - which will be led by Marin Alsop, the first female to conduct the world famous evening, featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guests alongside the UK’s Proms in the Park celebrations.

Over on BBC Two, soprano Sally Matthews, baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Stephen Hough and Sakari Oramo in his first performance as the new chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, will make their way to viewer’s screens on the 12th July for the first night of the Proms.

Also, new for 2013, a six-part weekly series presented by Katie Derham will look at the pick of the Proms of the week and a look ahead to highlights of the following week, alongside interviews with key performers. Once again, BBC Two will continue the tradition of broadcasting the first part of the Last Night of the Proms featuring Marin Alsop conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, and star soloist Nigel Kennedy and mezzo-soprano Joyce Didonato.

BBC Three will return to the Proms to broadcast the first ever Urban Classic Prom with artists including Fazer, Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This prom will also be simulcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 and 1 Extra.

BBC Four is the home of classical music on television and new for this year has curated its peak time coverage into three key strands: Thursday nights will be presented by Katie Derham featuring orchestras of the world; Friday nights will be the home of great works presented by guest presenters; and Sunday nights presented by Tom Service will shine a light on 20th-century and new musical works.

In addition to this, BBC Four will record a selection of the Cadogan Hall Chamber Music Concerts for future broadcast. Highlights of BBC Four coverage include an evening of Verdi featuring Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecila Rome; John Wilson with his celebrated John Wilson Orchestra will present an evening of glitz and glamour paying tribute to the unsung Hollywood composers from the 1930s onwards; and the UK premiere of Turning Point by Colin Matthews with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Sondergard.

On BBC Radio, Radio 3 - as the home of the BBC Proms and classical music - will broadcast each Prom live from the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. Each Prom will be available to listen to online for seven days after broadcast and each week there will be a chance to hear six concerts during Afternoon On 3 and Sunday Concert.

Now in its fourth year, BBC Radio 3’s World Routes Academy returns for its own Prom. This time, the focus is music of Azerbaijan. In a Late Night Prom, this year’s protégée, 18-year-old self-taught singer Fidan Hajiyeva is joined by her mentor, the Azerbaijani music master Gochaq Askarov, to give audiences the chance to hear the results of their collaboration, alongside performances from Malian musicians Tinariwen and Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba.

Throughout the Proms season, BBC Radio 3 will also provide extensive context around the festival’s concerts and accompanying events in a wide range of programming featuring interviews and performance by many or the artists performing this season: Proms Chamber Music concerts, Composer Portraits, complementary listening suggestions, interval features, along with regular updates from presenters and listeners included daily in Breakfast.

BBC Radio 2 will simulcast with BBC Radio 3 The BBC Concert Orchestra’s all-English programme of Bantock, Coates and Elgar, among others on 31 July. Nigel Kennedy and Joseph Calleja, both of whom will have featured earlier in the festival, will perform at Proms in the Park, Hyde Park - 7 September alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, with Kennedy also appearing at the Royal Albert Hall that same evening. The Hyde Park event is broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 as well as reflected on BBC One and BBC Radio 3. Full details of all the BBC Proms in the Park events will be announced in due course.

BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 3’s Tom Service will join forces to present an eclectic Late Night Prom led by singers Cerys Matthews and Laura Marling, and punk rockers The Stranglers alongside the London Sinfonietta, which will be broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

In a first for 2013, BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast a new initiative Proms Plus Storytime aimed at families with children aged three to seven. Presenter Hannah Conway, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, will interact with the audience in musical retellings of two very popular books: Lost And Found by Oliver Jeffers on 13 July with City of London Sinfonia, and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen on 4 August, Britten Sinfonia. Both events will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4 Extra.

BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio 3 will come together to simulcast the world premiere of Nishat Khan’s BBC commission The Gate Of The Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1), performed by the composer himself, and Holst’s Indra, a musical portrayal of the Hindu god of rain and storm.

In addition to all broadcast activity, the BBC Proms website, which goes live in April, is the most up-to-date source of information about the season; it offers event information and opportunities for audiences members and listeners to share their experiences of the season.


Notes to Editors

Throughout the season on BBC Radio 3, programmes will feature Proms-related material:

  • Breakfast (daily, from 6.30am) Petroc Trelawny and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present music and updates on the season.
  • Essential Classics (weekdays, 9.00am-12 noon) Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker recommend music and recordings to complement Proms listening.
  • CD Review (Saturdays, 9.00am-12.15pm) Andrew McGregor features new releases and reissues from soloists, conductors and orchestras appearing at the Proms.
  • Composer of the Week (weekdays, 12 noon-1.00pm) Donald Macleod explores the lives and music of some of the main composers featured in this year’s Proms.
  • Afternoon On 3 and Sunday Concert (weekdays, 2.00pm-4.30pm, Sundays 2.00pm-4.00pm) Repeat broadcasts of BBC Proms concerts.
  • In Tune (weekdays, 4.30pm-start of Prom) Live interviews and performances, and news surrounding the Proms season. A special outside broadcast on the First Night will feature a selection of artists and musicians from across the whole season.
  • Twenty Minutes Talks, interviews and features, many of the Proms Plus series, broadcast during the intervals of evening Proms.

More bespoke programming will be announced in due course.