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BBC Proms 2009: leading musicians join young talent for biggest ever Proms, Friday 17 July-Saturday 12 September – Broadcasting the Proms

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Performance, interviews and documentaries on BBC Radio, Television and online

The BBC Proms continues to reach the widest possible audience via radio, television and online.

The Proms programmes are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and streamed live online:

all Proms programmes available to listen on demand via the BBC iPlayer for seven days after broadcast

interviews, discussion, performance and features offering Proms-related material broadcast on Radio 3 and online throughout the season

Proms broadcast on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four throughout the season

five concerts feature "Maestro Cam", offering an expert's insight into the art of conducting

two-part series on BBC Two following Goldie's journey as he writes an orchestral work for performance in the Evolution! A Darwin-inspired Extravaganza for Kids

First and Last Nights plus BBC Two Proms also broadcast on BBC HD

Each Prom is broadcast live on Radio 3, and BBC Two brings Proms on Saturday nights throughout the season with many others shown live or via deferred relay on BBC Four. BBC iPlayer offers audiences the opportunity to listen and watch live and again for seven days after broadcast at Radio 3 provides further context around the festival's 76 Royal Albert Hall concerts with related programming featured across the schedule: interviews and performances by many of the artists appearing this season; Proms Chamber Music concerts, Proms Composer Portraits, Proms Plus events and highlights from the Proms Literary Festival are broadcast on the station and regular updates from presenters and listeners are included daily in Breakfast. BBC Two shows a two-part documentary about Goldie, as he creates an orchestral work for performance in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Darwin-inspired Prom for kids.

Petroc Trelawny presents an overview of the season on Radio 3 with the Proms Preview Evening and Sean Rafferty hosts a special In Tune, broadcast live from the Royal College of Music on the First Night of the Proms capturing the anticipation and excitement as the festival begins its 115th year. In Tune features daily commentary about the season in addition to interviews and performances by artists taking part.

In a special Sunday Feature (16 Aug) Judith Mackrell traces the story of famous but short-lived dance company the Ballets Russes, as the BBC Proms marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of Stravinsky and Diaghilev and considers how the Russian troupe changed Western dance forever.

In Purcell and Dryden: A Professional Friendship, Alyn Shipton looks at the collaborative partnership between Dryden, the leading English poet of the late 17th century, and Henry Purcell, one of the great creative relationships of Restoration Britain, as part of the station's programming around Composers of the Year 2009 celebrating the anniversaries of Purcell, Handel, Mendelssohn and Haydn.

In My Son, the Fiddler (10–14 Sept) novelist and journalist Christopher Hope narrates a five-part series in which he shares the questions he has faced over the years as father of the well-known violinist Daniel Hope, who gives the UK premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Violin Concerto No. 2. In a special weekly series eight leading musicians join Norman Lebrecht to talk at length about their lives and careers, broadcast on Monday evenings during the Proms.

Digital television

An innovation for 2009 is "Maestro Cam" via red button, which aims to give an insight into the art of conducting. Five concerts over the season will feature a camera focused exclusively upon the conductor and an expert will provide commentary, discussing the gestures and the orchestra's response. Daniel Barenboim, Vasily Petrenko and Ilan Volkov are among those conductors involved in this project.

Services available on red button also include broadcasts of Proms in the Park concerts from across the UK on the last night of the season.

Goldie's first orchestral piece

Goldie, drum 'n' bass pioneer, poet and graphic artist, was the hero of BBC Two's Maestro in 2008 and a two-part documentary follows him on a new challenge as he creates an orchestral work for performance in the Royal Albert Hall as part of this Proms season (1 Aug). Goldie takes his first lessons in music theory and composition under the supervision of his Maestro mentor, Ivor Setterfield, and composer Anna Meredith. The programme reaches its climax as he attends the world premiere of his new work, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Charles Hazlewood, at the Darwin-inspired Proms for kids.

The Proms online

The BBC Proms website goes live at 6.00pm on 8 April and is the most up-to-date source of information about the season; it offers the full programme – including programme notes available from one hour before the concert, event information and opportunities for audience members and listeners to share their experiences of the season via messageboards or to submit their own reviews of the performances. There will be regular diary updates from those in the Proms team working behind the scenes and a Radio 3 blog which is focused around many aspects of the season. Other highlights include video interview footage and broadcasts of selected Proms Plus events.

The Proms on your mobile

Mobile users can again receive regular updates accessed via the WAP site and the Proms text club offers free daily text alerts.

Proms in the Park

Sir Terry Wogan introduces Proms in the Park festivities from London's Hyde Park, broadcast on Radio 2 and on BBC Television. BBC Four broadcasts Belfast's Prom in the Park taking place this year in its new venue at Hillsborough Castle with performances by the Ulster Orchestra.

BBC World Service

The BBC World Service takes the Proms to international audiences carrying highlights in English from 10 Proms in English and further Proms with commentary in Mandarin on the BBC Chinese Service. Other countries can also join with the live broadcast of the Last Night of the Proms on DRM (digital shortwave).

Broadcast Listings

BBC Proms programmes are broadcast live on Radio 3 and online. Other concerts broadcast are:

Proms Chamber Music concerts (Mondays, 1.00pm) are broadcast live on Radio 3 and repeated the following Saturday at 2.00pm – except PCM 6 (repeated 5 Sept) and PCM 16 (not repeated). All PCM concerts as part of the New Generation Artists 10th-Anniversary weekend
(29–31 Aug) are broadcast live.

Proms Composer Portraits will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 immediately following that evening's Prom.

Radio 3 programmes with Proms-related material:

Proms Preview Evening (16 July, 7.00–8.45pm) – Petroc Trelawny looks forward to the season with live music and guests.

Breakfast (every day from 7.00am) – Rob Cowan, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Martin Handley present music and updates on the season including Proms reviews submitted by listeners.

Summer CD Review (Saturdays 9.00am–12.15pm) – Andrew McGregor features new releases and reissues from artists and orchestras appearing at the Proms.

BBC Proms Chamber Music Concerts (Mondays 1.00pm, repeated Saturdays at 2.00pm).

In Tune (weekdays, 5.00pm-start of Prom) – features interviews, performances and news surrounding the Proms season. Sean Rafferty presents a special programme broadcast live from the Royal College of Music on the opening night of the season.

Afternoon on 3 (weekdays 2.00–5.00pm) – features repeat broadcasts of BBC Proms concerts (except on the August Bank Holiday Monday, when New Generation Artists performances are live).

Twenty Minutes – Talks and features broadcast in the intervals of evening Proms, some of which are drawn from the Proms Plus events and the Proms Literary Festival.

The Lebrecht Interview (Mondays throughout the season) – Norman Lebrecht talks in depth to eight leading musicians appearing throughout the season about their lives and careers. In previous years his guests have included Natalie Dessay, Steve Reich, Brigitte Fassbaender, Stephen Sondheim, Mariss Jansons and Peter Sellars.

Sunday Feature: Les Ballets Russes, 16 August, 10.00pm – Judith Mackrell retraces the story of the Ballets Russes, 100 years on from their founding, and considers how their unprecedented success changed Western dance for ever. Judith visits the V&A archives to see some of the original costumes and, in a tour around Paris, sees some of the art which was inspired by the dancers and is on display at the Picasso Museum. The programme looks at how Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring provoked a riot at its Paris premiere in 1913.

Purcell and Dryden – A Professional Friendship, 5 September, 12.15pm – Alyn Shipton looks at the collaborative partnership of John Dryden and Henry Purcell. The leading English poet of the late 17th century, John Dryden formed a close artistic alliance with Henry Purcell and it went on to become one of the great creative partnerships of Restoration Britain. The programme also examines the way in which the two men collaborated on King Arthur and how they tried numerous different styles and devices. Other contributors include Jonathan Keates, Curtis Price (author of Henry Purcell and the London Stage) and Dryden expert James Anderson.

The Essay: My Son, the Fiddler, 10–14 September, 11.00–11.15pm – Novelist and journalist Christopher Hope has written and narrated this series of five talks about his son, the well-known violinist Daniel Hope who gives the UK premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Violin Concerto at this year's Proms. At the heart of the series is the examination of father/son relations – both apparently very different individuals, yet sharing similar hopes and aspirations as writer and musician. Christopher shares many of the questions he has faced over the years and poignantly explores how he feels about letting his son go, once his star began to rise.

BBC Proms on television

17 July First night of the Proms BBC Two, 8.00pm, live/deferred
23 July BBC Philharmonic/Sinaisky BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
24 July Orchestre National de Lyon/Markl BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
25 July BBC Philharmonic/Mackerras BBC Two, 8.00pm, live/deferred
30 July Halle/Elder BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
31 July Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nezet-Seguin BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
1 Aug John Wilson Orchestra/John Wilson BBC Two, 7.30pm, live
6 Aug BBC Philharmonic/Noseda BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
7 Aug BBC Symphony Orchestra/Knussen BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
8 Aug National Youth Orchestra/Petrenko BBC Two, 7.00pm, live
12 Aug The Sixteen/Harry Christophers BBC Two, 8.45pm, Sat 15 Aug
13 Aug BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Volkov BBC Four, 8.00pm, live
14 Aug BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins BBC Four, 8.00pm, live
15 Aug BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Volkov BBC Four, 7.30pm, Fri 11 Sep
20 Aug The English Concert/Bicket BBC Four, 7.30pm, live/deferred
21 Aug West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Barenboim BBC Four, 7.30pm, live/deferred
22 Aug West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Barenboim BBC Two, 8.10pm, live/deferred
25 Aug Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Norrington BBC Two, tbc, Sat 5 Sep
27 Aug Lang Lang/Dresden Staatskapelle/Luisi BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
28 Aug BBC Symphony Orchestra/Robertson BBC Four, 7.30pm, live/deferred
29 Aug Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Zinman BBC Two, 7.00pm, live
3 Sept London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski BBC Four, 7.30pm, live/deferred
4 Sept Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra/Nott BBC Four, 7.30pm, live/deferred
10 Sept Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Harnoncourt BBC Four, 7.30pm, live
12 Sept Last Night of the Proms – Part 1 BBC Two, 7.30pm, live
12 Sept Last Night of the Proms – Part 2 BBC One, 9.15pm, live


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