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Tradition, Innovation and a Taste of Spain with the BBC Proms 2002

Friday 19 July to Saturday 14 September

"… the best cultural bargain in the world… "
New Statesman, September 2001

Spanish Theme brings over 60 works and flamenco to the Proms

BBC commissions from Anthony Payne, David Sawer,
Mark-Anthony Turnage and Joseph Phibbs

LA Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Kirov return

Debuts by James Levine, Frederica von Stade and Maureen Lipman

Great artists: Kissin, Brendel and Vengerov return; Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel join forces

Centenaries of William Walton and Richard Rodgers celebrated

Celebrations for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Online booking for the first time

75 years of BBC Proms broadcasts

"Power of the Proms... this inspired musical tribute"
The Times, September 2001

"An enlightened change... an ennobling occasion"
The Guardian, September 2001

Following the most dramatic and most discussed Last Night of the Proms in recent years, widely praised for its response to the events of 11 September, BBC Proms 2002 returns to a mood of celebration in announcing its plans for a new season.

The traditional elements of the Last Night are restored and the exploration of the highest quality of music and music-making, new and old, continues.

The BBC Proms had a highly successful season in 2001. Continuing the steady growth of recent years, a greater number of people than ever before attended the 73 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. The final figures show that total attendance grew from 259,000 in 2000 to 265,000 in 2001, an increase of 2%. Over half of the concerts sold out and the average audience attendance for the main concerts was over 87%. The Late Night Proms showed particular growth: 20,300 people attended the 13 concerts in 2001, compared with 12,500 who attended the 11 concerts in 2000.

Access to the Proms through BBC Radio, Television and Online this year is greater than ever. Seventy-five years ago, when the BBC itself was just five years old, it took over the management of the Proms. The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts had been founded 32 years earlier, aiming to bring musical excellence to the widest possible audience, and the BBC continues to develop this ideal in the new media age.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts every concert live on air and online; the BBC World Service broadcasts selected concerts around the world; and the BBC introduces audio-on-demand via the Proms website for the first time.

More Proms than ever are televised, with four concerts on BBC ONE, six on BBC TWO and 14 on BBC FOUR. Most of these are webcast in sound and pictures, giving an even larger audience the opportunity to experience the Proms.

The Proms continues to appeal to the widest possible audiences. There are 73 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in 2002 offering a tremendous variety of performers and repertoire, with world-class orchestras, opera companies and specialist groups performing repertoire as diverse as the St Matthew Passion and Oklahoma!

There are world premieres, much-loved classics, choral extravaganzas, intimate chamber concerts and unique family events such as the Nation’s Favourite and Blue Peter Proms.

Buying tickets for the concerts is also easier than ever, with the introduction of online booking, mirroring existing telephone and postal booking procedures through the BBC Proms Guide.

A new Weekend Promming Pass offers prommers around the country the chance to beat the queues and save money. The popular Explorer packages return, encouraging audiences to discover more music for less, with discounts on a series of Spanish-themed and choral concerts.

As part of a huge new end-of-season weekend, Hyde Park hosts three Proms in the Park events for the first time. The Last Night event, now an established part of the musical calendar, is followed on Sunday by the return of the CBBC Prom in the Park and the new BBC Blue Planet Prom in the Park.

Proms in the Park celebrations spill out of London, going for the first time to Belfast, and for the second year in succession, to Gateshead. With all of this, as well as four Proms Composer Portraits, four Poetry Proms, the Proms Lecture, eight Proms Chamber Music concerts and more Pre-Prom Talks than ever, the BBC Proms continues to expand its boundaries and provide something for everyone.

The 108th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes on a distinctly Spanish flavour in 2002 with the inclusion of more than 60 pieces written by Spanish and Latin American composers, or by composers inspired by Spain.

At the heart of this is the music of Featured Composer Manuel de Falla. The Spanish theme gives rise to the performance of a vast array of music by composers from many centuries and countries, and brings to the Proms for the first time flamenco music and dance, as well as two concerts, one Chamber and one Late Night, devoted to Spanish Renaissance music.

The season is also shaped by an Old Testament theme, which leads to performances of major oratorios from Handel’s Samson and Israel in Egypt, through Mendelssohn’s Elijah to Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee is celebrated with royal music old and new. Robert King revives the music from the Coronation of George II in 1727, and there is coronation music by Walton and Parry on the Last Night.

The centrepiece is a BBC co-commission with the King’s Singers for a new work in honour of this year’s festivities. Seven composers and seven poets have been invited to create a 21st-century equivalent to The Triumphs of Oriana, a celebratory set of madrigals assembled in 1601 in honour of Elizabeth I.

Among the other anniversaries marked during the 2002 season are the contrasting centenaries of William Walton and Richard Rodgers.

To mark the Rodgers centenary, the Proms features the Broadway show Oklahama!, with Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller, as well as a 20-minute medley on the Last Night with Broadway star Audra McDonald.

The celebrations for Walton begin on the First Night with Belshazzar’s Feast, and end on the Last Night with his film music for Henry V and the Orb and Sceptre March written for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Between are some rare treats, as well as many of his best-loved works.

The centenary of Maurice Duruflé's birth is marked by the first performance at the BBC Proms of his best-known work, the Requiem. Other celebrations include the 50th birthdays of Oliver Knussen, Simon Bainbridge and Dominic Muldowney, and the 70th birthdays of Per Nørgård and Rodion Shchedrin.

The BBC Proms continues to attract the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Valery Gergiev brings the Chorus and Orchestra of the Kirov Opera for a Russian weekend including Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ According to St John. The Royal Concertgebouw and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras make two appearances each under their distinguished Music Directors, Riccardo Chailly and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Osmo Vänskä all make welcome returns. James Levine makes a belated Proms debut, and Simon Rattle conducts Mahler's Eighth Symphony for the first time.

The finest British orchestras and ensembles, including all the BBC orchestras, make invaluable contributions to the season, bringing with them many excellent conductors and soloists.

This season we say farewell to Osmo Vänskä and Yan Pascal Tortelier as Chief Conductors of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic respectively, but welcome the debut of Gianandrea Noseda, the BBC Philharmonic’s new Chief Conductor.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is, as ever, at the heart of the BBC Proms season with 13 concerts. It gives the world premieres of three major new BBC commissions from Anthony Payne, David Sawer and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and introduces music by Marc-André Dalbavie and Roberto Sierra to the Proms.

Two multi-composer works, one for the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the other for BBC Music Magazine's 10th birthday, have been written especially for this year’s Proms.

Other world premieres include a new chamber work by Joseph Phibbs, a saxophone concerto by John Harle, and six further UK and London premieres. There are also more than 100 works performed at the Proms for the first time, ranging from major pieces like Handel's Samson, Dvorák's Stabat mater and Duruflé's Requiem to motets by Victoria and sinfonias by Vivaldi.

Among the many distinguished international soloists appearing this season, the Proms is pleased to welcome back Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Alfred Brendel, Evgeny Kissin, Viktoria Mullova, András Schiff, Maxim Vengerov, and many others.

There is also an impressive line-up of singers. Bryn Terfel and Renée Fleming join forces for a special matinée recital of opera arias and show tunes, while acclaimed mezzos Frederica von Stade (who was unable to make her debut last season following the events of 11 September) and Jennifer Larmore appear for the first time.

Established stars such as Paco Peña make their Proms debuts, as do bright hopes for the future, including Chloë Hanslip, the youngest soloist performing at this year's Proms.

In line with expanding its repertory, John Williams brings African music to the Proms, Wynton Marsalis brings the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for the first time, and José Mercé gives a special Late Night flamenco Prom.

Full details of the BBC Proms 2002 season can be found online and in the BBC Proms Guide, which is published on Friday 26 April. It gives concert-goers their first chance to apply for tickets for the season before telephone booking opens on 17 June, as well as being an invaluable companion to the season. Priced at £5.00, it is available from all good bookshops.

Notes to Editors

Further information about The Proms is available below in pdf format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.

Anniversary Composers (379KB)

Broadcasting the Proms (364KB)

Debut Artists (370KB)

Events for Children (372KB)

Extras (365KB)

Factsheet (365KB)

Golden Jubilee (364KB)

The Last Night (367KB)

New Music (377KB)

Proms in the Park (374KB)

Themes (374KB)

Website breaks new ground (426KB)



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