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BBC Proms 2007 
The BBC outside broadcast screen at BBC Proms In The Park 2006, Hyde Park, London

BBC Proms 2007

Broadcasting the Proms

The BBC brings the BBC Proms, the world's greatest classical music festival, to the widest possible audience via BBC radio, television and online. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts each concert live and all are available on-demand via Listen Again for seven days after broadcast.


  • Proms broadcast live on BBC Radio 3


  • Proms available online with on-demand listening over seven days


  • First regular weekly broadcasts on BBC Four in addition to extensive television coverage of the season across BBC One and BBC Two


  • BBC One broadcasts three themed concert programmes


  • Digital services provide in-depth information about each broadcast on-air and online


This is the first year that BBC Four has had a regular weekly presence at the BBC Proms which is at the heart of the extensive television coverage this season. BBC One broadcasts highlights from six concerts in a series of three special programmes and BBC Two brings viewers some of this season's highlights.


A wide range of multimedia platforms bring the full range of programming, supported by news about the season, information about the music and artists and related broadcasts inviting audiences outside the Royal Albert Hall to join in and enjoy the complete BBC Proms experience.


BBC Proms are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Listeners can hear repeat broadcasts of most concerts each weekday in Afternoon on 3 (2.00pm) at BBC Proms Chamber Music concerts are broadcast live from Cadogan Hall and repeated the following Saturday (2.00pm) and BBC Proms Composer Portraits are broadcast on the day of recording, after the evening's Prom.


Regular programmes across the station will also feature BBC Proms-related content with detailed information about the wider musical and cultural context of the season's key events.This includes two special Sunday Features, which focus upon Sibelius (in the year of the 50th anniversary of his death) and Shakespeare, building upon the BBC Proms theme which celebrates repertoire inspired by his works.


Artists and composers will join presenters to offer insights into the works being performed and their own unique interpretations. Listeners to BBC Radio 3 via DAB digital radio and Freeview will be able to view ‘now playing' details and programme notes.


The season is also available to listeners throughout Europe, North America and across the world via the European Broadcasting Union, as well as online via the BBC Proms website. Selected concerts will again be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over the Christmas period.


BBC Four offers viewers the chance to enjoy a raft of concerts broadcast live weekly throughout the season and BBC Two features some of this year's most eagerly awaited performances, including those directed by Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas and Bernard Haitink. Highlights from six BBC Proms concerts are brought to BBC One viewers in a series of three themed programmes.


The first of these reflects the 150th anniversary of Edward Elgar's birth, featuring the composer's Enigma Variations performed by Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra coupled with Paul Watkins performing the legendary Cello Concerto, recorded on the opening night of the season.


Subsequent programmes celebrate young, international orchestral music-making with highlights from concerts by the National Youth Orchestras of both Venezuela and Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra and a special broadcast showcasing Baroque favourites.


For all televised Proms on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Fou, digital TV viewers (digital satellite, Freeview,Virgin TV and Sky viewers) can press the red button on their remote control to access programme notes tailored to each channel.


These programme notes provide viewers with a guide to the music including biographical information about the composer, background information and contextual references about the work, deeper analytical details and a commentary about specific interesting features of the music. On the Last Night of the Proms, this will also include live coverage from Proms in the Park concerts around the UK.


Every BBC Prom can be heard live online and concerts are available for up to seven days after the original broadcast. Last year there was a 200 per cent increase in the numbers of people using the ‘Listen Again' service at and more than a million requests by users were received throughout the season.


The BBC Proms website continues to be the primary source for the most up-to-date information about the programme of concerts and events, artists and repertoire, also inviting audiences to participate in debate by submitting their own reviews and joining the lively discussions on the message board. Online users are offered a wealth of background material with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and a look at the more historical perspective, celebrating the rich and unique history of the world's greatest music festival.


Listeners can access detailed notes about the music featured in each evening's concert, available one hour before each concert, complementing the BBC Proms broadcast experience.The BBC Proms will once again create a special WAP site for the season enabling users to access information via their mobile phones, including listings, updates, booking and broadcast information.


Broadcast listings


BBC Proms are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and ancillary events as follows:


  • BBC Proms Saturday Matinee concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 3.00pm


  • BBC Proms Chamber Music concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Mondays at 1.00pm and repeated the following Saturday at 2.00pm


  • BBC Proms Composer Portraits will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 immediately after that evening's Prom. Andrew McGregor will be talking to David Matthews and Thomas Adés, and the portraits will include chamber music by the composers.


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


  • Proms Preview Evening (Thursday 12 July, 7.00pm–8.45pm) Petroc Trelawny previews the season's programme and features interviews with selected artists who will be taking part


  • A special programme will be devoted to this year's
    BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the two Proms on Friday 24 August


  • In Breakfast (weekdays, 7.00am–10.00am; weekends, 7.00am–9.00am), Rob Cowan, Martin Handley and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present music and updates on the season


  • Summer CD Review (Saturdays, 9.00am–12.00 noon) will feature new releases and reissues from artists and orchestras appearing at the Proms


  • Classical Collection (weekdays, 10.00am–12.00 noon) Sarah Walker and James Jolly present their favourite recordings of works featured throughout this year's Proms


  • Afternoon on 3 (weekdays, 2.00pm–5.00pm) will include repeat broadcast of BBC Proms concerts


  • In Tune (weekdays, 5.00pm–start of Prom) features interviews, performances and news surrounding the Proms season, presented by Sean Rafferty


  • Twenty Minutes Talks and features broadcast in the intervals of evening Proms, reflecting Proms themes and anniversaries


  • The Adverb Broadcast weekly during Proms intervals on Thursday evenings throughout the season. Actors and writers join Ian McMillan and guest presenters for readings and discussion, including specially commissioned new writing on Shakespearean themes.The programme is recorded before live audiences at Cadogan Hall each Monday immediately after the Proms Chamber Music concert


  • Artist Focus (weekdays, 10.30pm–11.00pm) will explore music by selected artists featured across the season


  • Sunday Feature This year's BBC Proms Sunday Features focus upon Shakespeare and Sibelius. In 'Courting the East: Shakespeare and the Ottomans' (22 July, 9.30pm–10.15pm), dynamic historian Jerry Brotton uncovers the complex relationship between the court of Elizabeth I and the Islamic world, vividly illustrated by Shakespeare. Later in the season a special programme marks the 50th anniversary of Sibelius's death (5 August, 9.30pm– 10.15pm)




Elgar at the BBC Proms

(Transmission date tbc)
Enigma Variations Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Daniele Gatti
Cello Concerto Paul Watkins/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiří Bĕlohlávek
Four Choral Songs, Op. 53 (excerpts) BBC Symphony Chorus/Stephen Jackson

Youth orchestras of the world

(Transmission date tbc)
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Latin American works Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 Alexander Kobrin/National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Mark Elder
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 European Union Youth Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis

Baroque composers

(Transmission date tbc)
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Purcell (arr. Catherine Mackintosh):
Sett of Favourite Airs, Fantasies and Dances
Handel: Arias and Duets
Handel: Concerto a due cori in F major
Kate Royal/Ian Bostridge;
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Rachel Podger;
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Gottfried von der Goltz

Last Night of the Proms

Broadcast live
Last Night of the Proms, Part 2 BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Jiří Bĕlohlávek




13 Jul First Night of the Proms (BBC SO/Jiří Bĕlohlávek) Broadcast live
14 Jul Music from Great British Films (BBC Concert Orchestra) Broadcast 28 July
04 Aug National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Mark Elder Live/deferred
11 Aug European Union Youth Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis Live/deferred
25 Aug Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink Live/deferred
01 Sep San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas Live/deferred
08 Sep Last Night of the Proms, Part 1 (BBC SO/Jiří Bĕlohlávek) Broadcast live


BBC Four


15 Jul Campra/Rameau Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/Buskaid/Gardiner
16 Jul Berio/Rossini Swingle Singers/Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome/Antonio Pappano
17 Jul Hayden/Bernstein/
O. Shaham/BBC SO/David Robertson
22 Jul Dean/Beethoven Gondwana Voices/BBC Symphony Chorus/BBC SO/David Robertson
23 Jul Haydn Handel and Haydn Society of Boston/Sir Roger Norrington
29 Jul Fauré/Berlioz/Bizet Von Otter/Les Musiciens du Louvre,Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
30 Jul Ravel/Salonen/
Bronfman/BBC SO/Esa-Pekka Salonen
31 Jul Sibelius/Britten/
BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov
05 Aug Brahms/Elgar/
R. Strauss
Ogrintchouk/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Daniele Gatti
06 Aug Beethoven/Berg/
Fleming/BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda
07 Aug Britten/Mahler BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda
13 Aug Weber/Mahler/
Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Paavo Järvi
14 Aug Stravinsky/
Marcus Roberts Trio/BBC Scottish SO/Robert Spano
19 Aug Shostakovich/
Ginastera etc
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel
20 Aug Adčs/Bartók Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi
26 Aug Britten/Martinů/
Kahanek/BBC SO/Jiří Bĕlohlávek
27 Aug Michael Ball (repertoire tbc) BBC Concert Orchestra/Callum McLeod
28 Aug Tchaikovsky/
LSO/Valery Gergiev
02 Sep Ives/R. Strauss/
Voigt/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas


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