Benjamin Britten’s enormous contribution to the British musical landscape over the last century is put into focus, 100 years after his birth, across 12 Proms concerts.
Saturday Matinees at the 2013 Proms place Britten in the context of his peers by featuring his work alongside that of contemporaries including Lennox Berkeley, Gustav Holst, Imogen Holst, Michael Tippett and William Walton. Ensembles and artists closely associated with Britten’s music, such as the English Chamber Orchestra and tenor Ian Bostridge, will perform during the series.
Four Sea Interludes from ‘Peter Grimes’ BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo 12 July 2013, First Night of the Proms
Sinfonia da Requiem BBC Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès 17 July
Various chamber works Imogen Cooper (piano), Christoph Denoth (guitar), Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) PCM 29 July
Prelude and Fugue/Phaedra Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Britten Sinfonia/Sian Edwards PSM 3 August
Young Apollo/Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Alison Balsom (trumpet), Camerata Ireland/Barry Douglas PSM 10 August
Les illuminations Ian Bostridge (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis 20 August
Purcell arr. Britten Chacony/Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger’s Round)/Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Ben Johnson (tenor) Richard Watkins (horn), English Chamber Orchestra/Paul Watkins PSM 24 August
Billy Budd Cast includes: Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), Mark Padmore (Captain Vere), Brindley Sherratt (Claggart), Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis 27 August
Simple Symphony/Elegy for strings (world premiere)/Lachrymae Catherine Bullock (viola) Camerata Nordica/Terje Tønnesen PSM 31 August
Violin Concerto Janine Jansen (violin), Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi 1 September
A Boy was Born Choristers of the Temple Church, BBC Singers/David Hill 3 September
The Building of the House/National Anthem, arr. Britten BBC Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop 7 September, Last Night of the Proms
Bantock at the Proms
A reflection of the Proms’ firm commitment to British music, this year’s festival gives audiences the rare opportunity to hear five of Granville Bantock’s orchestral works.
Sapphic Poem Raphael Wallfi sch (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Jac van Steen 24 July
Pierrot of the Minute BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth 31 July
Celtic Symphony BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo 21 August
The Witch of Atlas London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski 30 August
Sea Reivers BBC Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop 7 September, Last Night of the Proms
Tippett at the Proms
Arguably overshadowed by his contemporary Britten, Michael Tippett will be featured this season with seven works performed at the Proms, including the first complete performance at the Proms of his opera The Midsummer Marriage (16 August) since its Proms premiere more than 35 years ago.
Symphony No. 2 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen 1 August
Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli Britten Sinfonia/Sian Edwards PSM 3 August
The Midsummer Marriage Paul Groves (Mark), Erin Wall ( Jenifer), Ailish Tynan (Bella), Allan Clayton ( Jack), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis 16 August
Fanfare No. 5 from ‘The Mask of Time’/Concerto for Double String Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis 20 August
Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger’s Round) English Chamber Orchestra/Paul Watkins PSM 24 August
Little Music for strings Camerata Nordica/Terje Tønnesen PSM 31 August
More British music
The work of Imogen Holst will be heard for the fi rst time at the Proms this year, in two Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall (12 and 19 August).
The centenary of George Lloyd’s birth is celebrated in the London premiere of his Requiem (3 September) and the UK premiere of his HMS Trinidad March at the Last Night of the Proms (7 September).
Other major British composers reflected in the 2013 festival include Arnold, Lennox Berkeley, Coates, Dowland, Elgar, Gustav Holst, Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Walton and Warlock.