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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

BBC Proms on TV

BBC Proms reached 18 million viewers via BBC TV in 2010BBC Proms reached 18 million viewers via BBC TV in 2010

Selected concerts are available across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC HD with BBC Two and BBC HD maintaining a schedule of weekly Proms on Saturdays. All TV broadcasts are available for seven days after broadcast via

In 2010 the BBC Proms had a TV reach of 18 million and the 2011 season coverage aims to build on the new initiatives that were introduced, with context and presentation focusing on the musicians themselves and the stories behind the music. Katie Derham is the face of the Proms on BBC Two for the second year and the BBC Four Proms will be led on screen by Charles Hazlewood, Suzy Klein and Petroc Trelawny.

Broadcasts feature direct engagement with orchestral players during intervals and orchestral breaks.

BBC Four captures the special atmosphere of four Late Night Proms for the first time, across a wide range of genres, featuring leading soloists and chamber groups. Performances include Nigel Kennedy with a solo Bach recital, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt playing solo Brahms and Schumann with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, folk musician Kathryn Tickell with the Northern Sinfonia, and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra which will recreate the Morricone soundtracks to classic “spaghetti westerns” with audience participation.

BBC Four also broadcasts the Human Planet Prom with Charles Hazlewood conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. This unique event celebrates the music from the TV series composed by Nitin Sawhney and brings to the Proms groups which performed on BBC Radio 3's accompanying Music Planet series. The Proms focus on choral music is reflected with broadcasts of Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's Missa solemnis.

BBC Two broadcasts the First Night of the Proms as well as eagerly-anticipated performances by John Wilson and his Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the first ever Comedy Prom with host Tim Minchin.

Both BBC Two and BBC Four feature the bicentenary of Liszt, including his piano concertos and symphonies. There will also be TV coverage of some of the Mahler performances to mark the centenary of his death.

The first part of the Last Night of the Proms (featuring pianist Lang Lang and British soprano Susan Bullock as soloists) is live on BBC Two and BBC HD and the second part is live on BBC One and BBC HD. Viewers will also be able to enjoy Last Night celebrations from around the UK via the red button.

Throughout the BBC Proms, viewers will be able to enjoy enhanced coverage through technical innovations such as the Maestro Cam and Solo Cam along with expert audio commentary, plus Player Com available for selected Proms via the red button.

BBC TV listings

BBC Two (and HD TV)
Friday 15 July First Night of the Proms: BBC SO/Bělohlávek Live
Saturday 23 July Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Chung Recorded 19 July
Saturday 30 July City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons Live
Saturday 6 August Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra/Dudamel Recorded 5 August
Saturday 13 August National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Jurowski Recorded 6 August
Saturday 13 August Comedy Prom: BBC CO/Buckley Live/deferred
Saturday 20 August Brahms Night: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Haitink Live/deferred
Saturday 3 September Hooray for Hollywood: John Wilson Orchestra/Wilson Recorded 29 August
Saturday 10 September Last Night of the Proms: BBC SO/Bělohlávek Live (first half)
BBC Four (and HD TV)
Thursday 21July Hallé/Elder Live
Friday 22 July BBC Philharmonic/Mena Live
Thursday 28 July Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Norrington Recorded 25 July
Friday 29 July London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski Recorded 26 July
Thursday 4 August BBC SO/Sir Andrew Davis Recorded 2 August
Friday 5 August Human Planet Prom: BBC CO/Hazlewood Recorded 23 July
Sunday 7 August BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Runnicles Recorded 3 August
Friday 12 August Film Music Proms: BBC CO/Lockhart Live/deferred
Sunday 14 August Percy Grainger: Northern Sinfonia/Harle Recorded 2 August
Friday 19 August Brahms Night: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Haitink Live/deferred
Sunday 21 August Choral Sunday: Verdi Requiem/Bychkov Recorded 24 July
Friday 26 August Spaghetti Western Orchestra Recorded 12 August
Sunday 28 August Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra/Dudamel Recorded 5 August
Friday 2 September BBCSSO/Manze with Angela Hewitt Recorded 19 August
Sunday 4 September Choral Sunday: Beethoven’s Missa solemnis/Sir Colin Davis Live
Friday 9 September Nigel Kennedy plays Bach Recorded 6 August
BBC One (and HD TV)
Saturday 10 September Last Night of the Proms Live (second half only)
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