Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
BBC Proms 2010: the season at a glance
- Huge celebratory opening weekend features
Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand, Wagner's The
Mastersingers and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.
- Tribute to Proms founder-conductor Henry
Wood includes a day of celebrations and a season
designed to reflect his spirit of musical adventure.
- Two Last Nights of the Proms for the first time
with a free recreation of the Last Night of the
Proms from 1910.
- Thirty-one major new commissions and
premieres, including 14 BBC commissions and
17 new works from British composers, more
than double in any recent decade.
- The first complete Beethoven piano concerto
cycle at the Proms is undertaken by Paul Lewis.
The tradition of the Beethoven Night also returns.
- Broadway comes to the Proms with starry
celebrations for both Stephen Sondheim and the
work of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- Major anniversary celebrations include Mahler,
Schumann and Chopin, as well as birthdays for
British composers George Benjamin (50), Mark-
Anthony Turnage (50) and James Dillon (60).
- Focuses on the music of Parry and Scriabin, and
a day devoted to J.S. Bach.
- The 400th anniversary of Monteverdi's Vespers
of 1610 brings a Venice strand to the season.
- Proms Saturday Matinees return and include a
theme of today's composers responding to music
of the past.
- The Doctor Who Prom is back and features
the new Time Lord, Matt Smith; plus a dedicated
Children's Prom on August Bank Holiday Monday.
- Maria João Pires makes a welcome return after
more than 10 years, and Plácido Domingo is back
for only his second Prom.
- Proms debuts for jazz star Jamie Cullum,
violinist Nicola Benedetti, rising young conductor
Robin Ticciati and the legendary band Penguin Cafe.
- Featured artists include Bryn Terfel, Julia Fischer
and Lars Vogt, while Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark
Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner,
Valery Gergiev and Sir
Simon Rattle are among those who conduct more
than one orchestra.
- A new series of Music Intros is introduced as
part of Proms Plus, aimed at adults who may be
coming to the BBC Proms for first time.
- Workshops and 'Come and Sing' events provide
more opportunities than ever to participate
across the season.
- The Last Night of the Proms is celebrated with
BBC Proms in the Park and more Big Screens
around the UK than ever.
- Katie Derham becomes the new face of BBC
Proms on BBC Two every Saturday night.
- For the first time BBC Three joins BBC One,
Two, Four and HD in broadcasting the BBC Proms
and there's enhanced coverage on TV.
- A Players' Commentary service joins Maestro
Cam and include expert insight into selected
Proms via the BBC Red Button.
- A BBC database of every Proms programme
since 1895 goes online for the first time.
- A newly launched ticket booking system
provides an innovative online Proms Planner.
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