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BBC Proms 2005
The Royal Albert Hall for the Proms 2005

BBC Proms 2005


The world makes music at the 111th season of the BBC Proms

BBC Proms 2005 at a glance


Friday 15 July – Saturday 10 September


Orchestras and ensembles from around the world


Royal Concertgebouw with Mariss Jansons

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach and Zubin Mehta

World Orchestra for Peace with Valery Gergiev

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim

The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with James Judd

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen

The African Children's Choir


Debut artists


Plácido Domingo, Ravi Shankar and Baaba Maal make their first Proms appearances




The Sea

Fairy Tales

The End of the Second World War


Chamber Music at Cadogan Hall


New Proms Chamber Music venue enlarges audience capacity


More accessible than ever


BBC ONE broadcasts first half of First Night of the Proms

The Proms goes mobile with WAP listings and information service

Full interactive TV service with digital programme notes


Reaching new audiences


New ticket scheme: BBC Music Intro sponsored by Lloyds TSB

Half-price tickets for under-16s for every Prom

New Proms Films initiative


Great orchestras, ensembles and artists from around the world


This year, orchestras, ensembles and artists arrive at the Royal Albert Hall from all corners of the world.


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra makes its debut at the Proms with James Judd; whilst from North America, The Cleveland Orchestra returns with its new music director Franz Welser-Möst; and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan make their European debut.


The African Children's Choir performs at a Sunday afternoon matinée alongside Bobby McFerrin and Impure Thoughts, and Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal debuts with his band Daande Lenol.


South America is represented by pianist Nelson Freire and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink.


The Central European tradition is celebrated by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and two ensembles from Berlin – the period-instrument Akademie für Alte Musik and the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin in their Proms debuts.


Scandinavia and the far North is represented by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.




Some of the major events in the festival are given by the ensembles which bring together top musicians from different countries.


Valery Gergiev's World Orchestra for Peace, and Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, return to the Proms this year.


Sir Colin Davis brings together two conservatoire orchestras from both sides of the Atlantic – the Juilliard Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music – and two outstanding youth orchestras return to the Proms: the European Union Youth Orchestra and annual visitors, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.


UK ensembles


Complementing orchestras from around the world, the Proms is a showcase for our home-grown ensembles: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Hallé, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra all appear.


The Manchester Camerata debuts and the Scottish Ensemble returns, whilst as ever the BBC's own performing groups form the backbone of the season.


The newly-appointed team of conductors for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek and David Robertson, both conduct during the season whilst waiting in the wings to take on their new roles.


Two distinguished British conductors, Sir Roger Norrington and Paul Daniel - both Proms regulars - conduct the First and Last Nights.


The Sea


With the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory over the French in the Battle of Trafalgar – a crucial moment in the history of the nation – and one hundred years on from Debussy composing La Mer, the Proms explores the inspiration the sea has afforded to composers through the ages.


Works range from Haydn's Nelson Mass to classics of the British repertoire, including Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, and Stanford's Songs Of The Sea - whilst Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and Pineapple Poll (arr. Mackerras) provide a lighter side.


And this year, to mark the centenary of Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea-Songs on the Last Night, the Proms restores his original introductory naval bugle-calls which will call from nation to nation, linking the parks and the Royal Albert Hall.


Fairy Tales


The 200th anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen provides the focus for the Proms Fairy Tales theme this year.


Purcell's epic semi-opera, The Fairy Queen, kicks off the programming and other key events include Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and The Nightingale, Dukas's La Peri, Zemlinsky's The Little Mermaid and a new commission of the same name by Danish composer Bent Sørensen.


End of the Second World War


The 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is commemorated with a performance on the First Night of A Child of Our Time, by anniversary composer Sir Michael Tippett, and a late-night performance of Henryck Górecki's Symphony Number Three (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs).


Creating and championing the new


The BBC Proms is known worldwide for its commitment to new music and for bringing works by lesser-known composers to a wider audience, helping to fulfil the BBC's remit to build creative value by enriching the UK's cultural life.


This year's major new commissions come from Marc-André Dalbavie, Detlev Glanert, Michael Berkeley and Esa-Pekka Salonen, whilst there are co-commissions for Bent Sørensen, James MacMillan and Mark-Anthony Turnage.


Premières of 18 works by living composers are heard right across the season, and there are many works which have never been heard at the Proms before.




The 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Michael Tippett gives the BBC Proms the opportunity to programme a wide range of the still-controversial composer's works – from A Child of Our Time on the opening night, to the rarely-heard The Vision of St Augustine and the great life-cycle of Symphony Number Four.


Seventy years after his death, the music of Alban Berg - described as the human face of Viennese modernism - is celebrated. The Lulu Suite and the Violin Concerto are among the works programmed.


The centenaries of British composers are marked – Alan Rawsthorne's, with the Piano Concerto Number Two; Constant Lambert's, with his Merchant Seamen; and the popular Rio Grande programmed for the Last Night.


And at each end of the Western classical music canon, the Proms celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Tallis and the 70th birthday of Arvo Pärt.


Masses of Opera


Opera and large-scale choral works form an important part of the 2005 Proms season and the Royal Albert Hall, as ever, provides a stunning setting for this year's raft of great works.


Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time opens the Proms, and on the three following nights there are three completely contrasting operas – Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen, and Wagner's Die Walküre - which introduces the great Plácido Domingo to the Proms, performing alongside baritone Bryn Terfel.


Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Handel's Julius Caesar feature in the middle of the season, and Brahms's German Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Berlioz's Romeo and Juliette, Berio's Coro, Mahler's Das Klagende Lied and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis all add to the roll-call of large-scale masterpieces.


Reaching even more people – phone, radio, television and online


The 2005 season sees new technological developments and an extension of availability across all platforms.


Following the huge take-up in 2004 of the audio-on-demand service (where concerts can be heard online up to seven days after their performance), nearly all Proms in 2005 will be available on this service, giving audiences increased flexibility and access.


A new WAP service has been developed which enables people to access Proms online information via mobile phones, and the Proms text club will run following a successful pilot in 2004.


BBC ONE strengthens its commitment by broadcasting the opening half of the First Night for the first time this year and, once again, nearly half of the season will be broadcast on television across BBC ONE, BBC TWO and BBC FOUR.


BBC Radio 3 will broadcast all Proms live.


Audiences of the future


This year the Proms increases its commitment to new audiences, with four projects specifically designed to encourage and enable greater access for young people and their families.


Lloyds TSB are the sponsors of a new ticket scheme, BBC Music Intro, that launches at the beginning of the season.


Subsidised tickets for ten Proms across the season, as well as the special Violins!! event and the two Blue Peter Proms, will enable families to buy seats at selected concerts for just £4 per person.


Violins!! A three-concert day brings youngsters from ensembles around the country together with top violinist Viktoria Mullova, members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and innovative ensemble Between The Notes to celebrate and explore the role of the violin as a solo instrument and as the linchpin of the modern orchestra.


A matinee concert features Viktoria Mullova, Thomas Zehetmair and 2002 Young Musician of the Year winner Jennifer Pike. A performance of Respighi's The Pines of Rome in the second concert of the day will be the first time that talented young players have performed alongside a professional symphony orchestra in the Proms.


The day is rounded off with a display of virtuoso folk and gypsy fiddling with Blazin' Fiddles and the Roby Lakatos Ensemble.


The seventh BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers competition will once again seek out the nation's best composers aged 12-18.


Blue Peter - There are also major concerts aimed at attracting the younger audience, a key aim of the Proms. The popular Blue Peter Prom is now well-established as the only Prom to be repeated during the season so as to enable more families to enjoy the fun.


On Sunday 7 August, the world-renowned African Children's Choir make their debut appearance at the Proms. The inspiring choir was formed in 1984 in the midst of Uganda's civil war.


Music for everyone


This year, for the first time, there are half-price tickets for under-16s for every Prom except the Last Night.


Once again, there are no price increases this season - and for every Prom, up to 1,400 standing places are available for each concert for £4.


As usual, there are more than 170,000 places, including seats, available at £10 or under during the Proms season, a price level made possible by the BBC's continuing promotion of the festival.


The Last Night: Renewing old traditions and celebrating the new


For the first time, the counter-tenor voice will be heard as part of the Last Night celebrations, with Andreas Scholl singing favourites by Handel and Purcell in the Royal Albert Hall, whilst John Williams is soloist for the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez.


As well as marking the centenary of Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea-Songs with the reintroduction of his original bugle calls, BBC Proms in the Park celebrates its own 10th anniversary with audiences in nine locations for the biggest finale party ever.


Across the Royal Albert Hall and the park events, all the BBC orchestras take part in the Last Night for the first time and audiences also join from Liverpool, Hull, Birmingham and Manchester, watching the celebrations on the BBC Big Screens.


The BBC Proms Guide 2005 contains full details of the complete programme of concerts, along with articles about the music and artists and an advance booking form.


Priced £5, it is available from all good bookshops and can be ordered from the BBC Shop, 50 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SF, or by telephone on 0870 241 5490.


Booking facilities are also available on which provides a comprehensive source of information and insight into the 2005 Proms.


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