The Gospel Prom hosted by Pastor David Daniel will be the first Late Night Prom of the series, and the first ever all-gospel Proms programme. The evening will feature soulful, spirit-filled music from the London Community Gospel Choir, People’s Christian Fellowship Choir and London Adventist Chorale, as well as a number of community choirs (16 July).
Birmingham-based Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, perform an all-Stockhausen programme including Gesang der Jünglinge and the London premiere of Welt-Parlament (‘World Parliament’) from Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’ (19 July).
American a cappella group Naturally 7 makes its Proms debut with a distinctive programme of R&B and beatboxing, displaying the unique ‘Vocal Play’ style which has brought it fame in recent years (29 July).
Nicholas Collon leads the Aurora Orchestra in a rare performance of Frank Zappa’s The Adventures of Greggery Peccary and in the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 10 (31 July).
Nigel Kennedy directs Orchestra of Life and members of Palestine Strings in the first of his three Proms appearances, for a performance of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons (8 August).
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 70 this year, leads the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in performances of Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio (9 August).
BBC Radio 6 Music presents a fusion of musical styles in a Prom introduced by 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 3’s Tom Service. The London Sinfonietta will be joined by singers Cerys Matthews and Laura Marling and punk rockers The Stranglers in a programme including Varèse, Berio and John Adams (12 August).
Peter Phillips conducts the Tallis Scholars in a Late Night Prom of liturgical and sacred music by Renaissance composers Gesualdo and Taverner (14 August).
Proms Chamber Music (PCM)
In the first Chamber Prom of the series, two debut artists – violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits – perform Ravel’s Violin Sonata, Lutosławski’s Partita and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G major, K379 (15 July).
In the third Chamber Prom of the series, pianist Imogen Cooper is joined by soloists mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, tenor James Gilchrist and guitarist Christoph Denoth to perform works by Benjamin Britten (29 July).
In their Proms debut, the Belgian chamber choir Huelgas Ensemble, founded and conducted by Paul Van Nevel, present a programme entitled Music at the Polish Courts of the Renaissance (22 July).
Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and her brass ensemble tenThing make their Proms debuts in a performance including Grieg, Weill, Piazzolla, Bizet and the world premiere of Diana Burrell’s BBC-commissioned Blaze (5 August).
Nicholas Kok leads the Nash Ensemble and the BBC Singers in a programme of Gustav and Imogen Holst, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and music from the Eton Choirbook (12 August). Gustav Holst’s Indra is then performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under David Atherton at that evening’s Prom.
The London Conchord Ensemble is joined by tenor Robin Tritschler in a concert that features Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and winds, Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet, Warlock’s The Curlew and Thomas Adès’s arrangement of Couperin’s Les baricades mistérieuses (19 August).
On bank holiday Monday BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Christian Ihle Hadland and the Signum Quartet make their Proms debuts with Elizabeth Maconchy’s String Quartet No. 3 and Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor (26 August).
Fretwork perform an all-Dowland programme, for which they are joined by tenor Ian Bostridge and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny (2 September).
Ilan Volkov directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an experimental programme including music by John White and Morton Feldman, and the UK premiere of Gerald Barry’s No other people. At the age of 75, pianist Frederic Rzewski makes his Proms performance debut in the world premiere of his BBC-commissioned Pian Concerto (19 August).
This year’s World Routes Prom features a collaboration between current World Routes Academy mentee, 18-yearold Azerbaijani singer Fidan Hajiyeva, and her mentor Gochaq Askarov in a programme of music from Azerbaijan. The programme will also include performances from iconic Malian musicians Tinariwen and Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (22 August).
Django Bates directs his trio Belovèd and the Norrbotten Big Band in this Late Night jazz Prom. The programme will include the UK premiere of Bates’s The Study of Touch, inspired by the music of the legendary Charlie Parker (28 August).
David Hill conducts the BBC Singers in Britten’s A Boy was Born, and the London premiere of George Lloyd’s Requiem (3 September).
Internationally renowned pianist Imogen Cooper performs Schubert’s Sonata in C minor, D958. She is joined by friend and colleague Paul Lewis for Schubert’s Sonata in C major for piano duet, the ‘Grand Duo’ (5 September).
Proms Saturday Matinees (PSM)
Four of this year’s fi ve Proms Saturday Matinee performances at Cadogan Hall focus on the music of centenary composer Benjamin Britten by placing his work in context with that of contemporaries such as Lennox Berkeley, Tippett and Walton.
Meanwhile, the first concert (20 July) has a distinctly Roman flavour which carries through to that evening’s Verdi celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.
Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music in an all-Baroque programme with works by Corelli, Valentini and Handel, for which they are joined by soprano Sophie Bevan (20 July).
The Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Sian Edwards in her first Prom since 1993, performs an all-British programme featuring Britten, Holst, Lennox Berkeley and Tippett, with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly (3 August).
Pianist Barry Douglas leads Camerata Ireland in its Proms debut with a programme of works by Britten, Berkeley and Rainier. They are joined by Alison Balsom for the witty trumpet part in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (10 August).
Paul Watkins conducts the English Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger’s Round), where the original collaborative variations by Lennox Berkeley, Britten, Oldham, Searle, Tippett and Walton will be joined by two BBCcommissioned new variations by John Woolrich and Tansy Davies. Tenor Ben Johnson and horn player Richard Watkins are the soloists in Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (24 August).
Terje Tønnesen leads the Camerata Nordica in its Proms debut with a programme of Tippett’s Little Music for strings, Walton’s Sonata for strings and the world premiere of Britten’s Elegy for strings. Catherine Bullock will join them as the viola soloist in Britten’s Lachrymae (31 August).