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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Season at a glance

evening_shot_65_rsThe Royal Albert Hall
  • Eight Choral Sundays include the Proms premiere of Havergal Brian's gargantuan The Gothic Symphony as well as Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's Missa solemnis and choral works by Britten, Mahler and Rachmaninov
  • A strand of unconventional concertos – for more than two soloists or unusual instruments – includes works for string quartet, for coloratura soprano and for turntables with orchestra
  • Bicentenary celebrations for Liszt with major piano and orchestral works across the season
  • Complete Brahms symphonies and concertos, including two consecutive all-Brahms nights
  • Spotlight on Frank Bridge and music by other 20th-century British composers, including Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax and Havergal Brian
  • Complete cycle of Bartók's piano concertos for the first time at the Proms
  • Seventy-fifth birthday celebrations for Steve Reich and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, plus notable anniversary moments for Henri Dutilleux, Percy Grainger, Bernard Herrmann, Gustav Mahler, Stan Kenton and Tomás Luis de Victoria
  • New music includes BBC commissions for 11 living composers and 26 premieres
  • Operas include the first complete Proms performances of Rossini's William Tell and Berlioz's adaptation of Weber's Der Freischütz, as well as Handel's Rinaldo
  • Contemporary music by Pascal Dusapin, Marc-André Dalbavie and Henri Dutilleux throws light on French music since 1900
  • First Proms for six outstanding young pianists: Khatia Buniatishvili, David Fray, Benjamin Grosvenor, Dejan Lazić, Alice Sara Ott and Yuja Wang
  • Classical music meets comedy at the Proms for the first time with an evening hosted by comedian and pianist Tim Minchin
  • First "Audience Choice" Prom with Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Spaghetti Western Orchestra comes to the Proms for the first time, while two other major film music concerts celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood and blockbuster soundtracks of iconic films such as James Bond, Harry Potter and Star Wars
  • Human Planet and BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy Proms bring musical traditions and artists from all over the globe
  • Major solo Late Night recitals from violinist Nigel Kennedy (JS Bach) and pianist Marc-André Hamelin (Liszt) plus an extraordinary range of other Late Night Proms
  • Featured artists include pianists Benjamin Grosvenor, Lang Lang and Marc-André Hamelin; violinists Viktoria Mullova and Christian Tetzlaff; cellists Matthew Barley and Yo-Yo Ma; flautist Emmanuel Pahud; and soprano Susan Bullock
  • Star names include pianists Martha Argerich, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Maria João Pires and András Schiff and violinists Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Gil Shaham
  • More than 20 international orchestras include Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Eight Monday lunchtime Proms Chamber Music recitals include Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott, Christian Tetzlaff with Lars Vogt and Music of the French Baroque from Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques
  • Four contemporary music Proms Saturday Matinees at Cadogan Hall
  • Free Family Prom as Proms collaborates with CBBC's Horrible Histories for the first time
  • Lang Lang is the first artist to play at BBC Proms in the Park, London, and the Royal Albert Hall on the Last Night as the celebrations spill out to events in all four nations
  • Proms Plus is expanded with eight participatory singing events before each Choral Sunday, a new series of Proms Plus Lates in the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, plus more opportunities than ever for audiences to find a variety of daily insight and entry points into the music
  • BBC Proms broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and in HD Sound via the website bbc.co.uk/radio3 for the first time for all Proms
  • All Proms broadcasts available to listen for seven days after broadcast at bbc.co.uk/proms
  • Performance, interviews, discussion and features broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and online throughout the season
  • Proms broadcasts on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC HD throughout the season, with regular Saturday nights on BBC Two and BBC HD
  • All-new Proms website with access to related material from the Radio 3 archive and many more ways to book, listen and watch the summer's events – live at noon on 14 April
  • Tickets go on sale from 9am on Saturday 7 May via bbc.co.uk/proms or 0845 401 5040* and in person at the Royal Albert Hall
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