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BBC Proms 2007 
Carl Davis conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra at BBC Proms In The Park 2006, Hyde Park, London

BBC Proms 2007

Proms extras

The BBC Proms has grown over the past decade to include more than 50 extra events and concerts, complementing and expanding on the music and themes of the 72 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.


In 2007 there are a further 13 concerts including Proms Chamber Music, Proms Saturday Matinees and the Young Composers concert at Cadogan Hall; plus six films, two Composer Portraits, the annual Audience Forum and more than 20 pre-concert talks.


Proms Chamber Music


Eight chamber music concerts take place every Monday lunchtime throughout the season at Cadogan Hall. Leading artists from home and abroad present a range of programmes often inspired by themes of the season.


The BBC has commissioned a new work from America's leading young composer, Aaron Jay Kernis, especially for the series; and one of the most highly esteemed British tenors of our time brings a very personal contribution to the centenary celebrations for composer Elizabeth Maconchy.


Proms Chamber Music concerts are:


  • Leading mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and pianist Graham Johnson join forces for English song settings by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Quilter and Judith Weir (16 July)


  • Canadian violin virtuoso James Ehnes gives the world premiere of a specially commissioned new work by Aaron Jay Kernis alongside Mozart and Elgar (23 July)


  • Choral settings of Auden, Blake and Shakespeare by Britten, Sir John Tavener and Vaughan Williams from Polyphony under Stephen Layton (30 July)


  • The Henschel Quartet makes its Proms debut with Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Janáček (6 August)


  • Top British talents Philip Langridge and David Owen Norris bring Shakespeare settings and great song-cycles by Schumann, Britten and anniversary composer Elizabeth Maconchy (13 August)


  • Renowned soloists from Abbado's celebrated Lucerne Festival Orchestra perform intimate chamber music by Mozart and Brahms (20 August)


  • Ensemble Sequentia perform Songs of a Rhineland Harper exploring the sounds of European song from 1,000 years ago using instruments from the time (27 August)


  • Angela Hewitt plays Bach and Domenico Scarlatti (3 September)


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


For full listings, please see the BBC Proms Guide or go online at


The Adverb


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


The Adverb is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 weekly during Proms intervals on Thursday evenings throughout the season and available via 'Listen Again' for seven days after broadcast at


Proms Saturday Matinees


Proms Saturday Matinees at Cadogan Hall, introduced to the Proms last year with great success, give audiences the opportunity to further explore the themes of the season – Shakespeare and Britten/Auden in particular, from some of the country’s leading chamber ensembles.


Highlights include:


  • Shakespeare theme explored by Britten Sinfonia and The English Concert (14 July)


  • The acclaimed Scottish Ensemble mark anniversaries of Elgar, Grieg and Maconchy in music for strings (4 August)


  • Rare screening of film Night Mail in concert exploring W H Auden and Benjamin Britten (1 September)




Proms Saturday Matinee 1–14 July
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream – excerpts; Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing – Suite; Stravinsky:Three Songs from William Shakespeare; Bridge:There is a willow grows aslant a brook; Shostakovich: Hamlet – Suite from the incidental music
Anna Dennis (mezzo-soprano); speakers to be announced; Britten Sinfonia/Alexander Shelley


Proms Saturday Matinee 2–4 August
Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Finzi: Clarinet Concerto; Maconchy: Music for Strings; Grieg: Holberg Suite
Michael Collins (clarinet); Scottish Ensemble/Jonathan Morton


Proms Saturday Matinee 3–18 August
Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D major;Arne:Two Shakespeare Songs;Thomas Linley, Jr: Ode on the Spirits of Shakespeare – Overture; Handel: Esther – 'Tune your harps', Samson – 'Total eclipse', Jephtha – 'Waft her, angels', Water Music – Suites in D and G (selections)
Mark Padmore (tenor); The English Concert/Laurence Cummings


Proms Saturday Matinee 4 August–1 September
Britten:The Way to the Sea, On this Island; Cabaret Songs (arr. Daryl Runswick); Night Mail (with film); In memoriam Dennis Brain (arr. Colin Matthews); Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano); Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Richard Watkins (horn); Samuel West (narrator); Nash Ensemble/ Edward Gardner


Proms Films


Proms Films, first introduced in 2005, are now eagerly anticipated by Proms audiences. All are introduced by a guest speaker connected with the film or its subject.


The Bridge On The River Kwai


Famous for its Oscar-winning score by Sir Malcolm Arnold, Piers Burton-Page, author of the first authorised biography of the composer, introduces David Lean’s moving insight of the historical construction of the Burma Railway in 1942 which complements the British Film Music Prom later that evening (Sunday 15 July).


Les choristes


Musical director of the New London Children's Choir, Ronald Corp, presents this celebration of the power of music through song. Les choristes (2004), directed by Christophe Barratier, was an international success, and depicts the journey of musical discovery experienced by a group of boys living in post-war France. (Saturday 21 July)


King Lear


Widely hailed as one of the finest screen versions of Shakespeare's great tragedy, this reinterpretation encapsulates the torment created by the progression of madness and creates parallels with a picture of civilisation heading towards its doom.This Russian adaptation of the play (1969), directed by Grigori Kozintsev, is presented by British director and actor Samuel West. (Sunday 29 July)


Jean Sibelius


Producer, director and writer Chistopher Nupen presents his two-part film about the life and works of composer Jean Sibelius in this 1984 film, with a soundtrack performed by soprano Elisabeth Söderström, violinist Boris Belkin and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. (Saturday 11 August)


Tocary Luchar


This captivating documentary, 'To Play and To Fight', about the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System was directed by Alberto Arvelo and depicts the social phenomenon created by this orchestral network.The director introduces his powerful film, which brings music into the lives of children living in towns and villages all over the country. (Sunday 19 August)


Keeping score: Copland And The American Sound


America’s most celebrated composer is at the heart of this documentary, which is hosted by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Born in Brooklyn in 1900, Aaron Copland created a musical style that merged the symphonic styles of Europe with the eclectic sounds of his native country.This documentary explores the innovative composer's personal history and the ways it affected his music. (Sunday 2 September)


All films will be shown at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, SW7 (apart from Keeping Score: Copland and the American Sound, which will be shown at Cadogan Hall) at 2.00pm. Admission is free.


Proms composer portraits


A conversation with composers receiving major premieres in a main evening BBC Proms concert, including performances of chamber works. Each Composer Portrait takes place in the Arena of the Royal Albert Hall and is recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 immediately following the evening's main Prom. Admission is free.


David Matthews


Before the world premiere of his Symphony No. 6, one of Britain’s leading middle-generation composers talks with Andrew McGregor about this new work, and introduces performances of chamber works including Marina and Dionysus Dithyramb played by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Thursday 2 August, 5.00pm


Thomas Adès


Thomas Adès in conversation with Andrew McGregor; to include a performance of ‘Court Studies’ from The Tempest. Monday 20 August, 5.30pm


BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Concert


Inspire day, for the young composers who entered the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition, culminates in a public showcase (admission free) for the six winning pieces from the prestigious competition.The winning pieces are performed by the ensemble Endymion and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 24 August (between Proms 53 and 54).


Friday 17 August, 4.00pm, Cadogan Hall


Pre-Prom Talks


A vast array of Pre-Prom Talks is scheduled for the 2007 season, featuring artists, composers and experts on the music, instruments and themes of the Prom season. Admission is free for ticket-holders to the evening concert.


Pre-Prom Talks include:


  • Great composers introducing their works, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as newcomers Sam Hayden and Guto Puw


  • Edward Seckerson exploring music from British films with John Wilson


  • Sir Roger Norrington in conversation with Chris de Souza about The Seasons


  • Nicholas Kenyon in conversation with Jenny Doctor and David Wright about the history of the Proms


  • Tom Service talks to Thea Musgrave, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Nicholas Daniel about Two's Company, a BBC commission and world premiere


Full listings available in the BBC Proms Guide or online at


Audience forum


The audience get the chance to put questions to Proms Director Nicholas Kenyon and Royal Albert Hall Chief Executive David Elliott. Admission is free. Tuesday 4 September, 5.45pm, RAH


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