Proms 2013

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Proms 2013: All Events

  • Friday 12 Jul 2013

  • Saturday 13 Jul 2013

    • 11:30
      Royal College of Music

      Hannah Conway presents stories and music based on Oliver Jeffers’s Lost and Found.

      Proms Plus Storytime
    • 14:00
      Royal College of Music

      This workshop is for 12-18 year olds who are interested in writing electronic music and will be led by The New Radiophonic Workshop.

    • 17:45
      Royal College of Music

      Doctor Who enthusiast Matthew Sweet looks back over 50 years of the BBC series.

      Also part of
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      Proms Plus Intro
    • 19:30
      Royal Albert Hall

      In its 50th-anniversary year, Doctor Who returns to the Proms with a spectacular concert featuring Murray Gold’s music for the series, plus pieces by Bach, Bizet and Debussy, and a special performance of one of the most iconic theme tunes in television history. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster, the Prom includes a host of alien friends and foes plus a very special appearance by Matt Smith.

      In its 50th-anniversary year, Doctor Who returns to the Proms with a spectacular concert featuring Murray Gold’s music for the series, plus pieces by Bach, Bizet and Debussy, and a special performance of one of the most iconic theme tunes in television history. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster, the Prom includes a host of alien friends and foes plus a very special appearance by Matt Smith.

      Programme

          • The Mad Man with a Box(3 mins)
          • I Am The Doctor(5 mins)
          • Carmen Suite No 2 (Habanera)(2 mins)
          • The Companions(7 mins)
          • Cyber Shard(5 mins)
          • Toccata and Fugue in D minor (orch. Stokowski)(4 mins)– excerpt
          • The Final Chapter of Amelia Pond(7 mins)
          • The Rings of Akhaten(6 mins)
            • interval
            • All the Strange, Strange Creatures(4 mins)
            • The Impossible Girl(4 mins)
            • Préludes, Book 1 - No 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin(3 mins)
            • First There Were Daleks(5 mins)
            • The Name of The Doctor(8 mins)
            • Song for Fifty(11 mins)
        Prom 2: Doctor Who Prom
    • Sunday 14 Jul 2013

      • 10:30
        Royal Albert Hall

        In its 50th-anniversary year, Doctor Who returns to the Proms with a spectacular concert featuring Murray Gold’s music for the series, plus pieces by Bach, Bizet and Debussy, and a special performance of one of the most iconic theme tunes in television history. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster, the Prom includes a host of alien friends and foes plus a very special appearance by Matt Smith.

        In its 50th-anniversary year, Doctor Who returns to the Proms with a spectacular concert featuring Murray Gold’s music for the series, plus pieces by Bach, Bizet and Debussy, and a special performance of one of the most iconic theme tunes in television history. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster, the Prom includes a host of alien friends and foes plus a very special appearance by Matt Smith.

        Programme

            • Music from the Doctor Who series(120 mins)
              • interval

              Composers

              Prom 3: Doctor Who Prom
            • 14:00
              Royal College of Music

              Join the Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus in creating its own Doctor Who soundtrack.

              Proms Plus Family Orchestra & Chorus
            • 17:45
              Royal College of Music

              A discussion on the history of French ballet from Lully to Stravinsky and an examination of The Rite of Spring, 100 years after its premiere, with Jane Pritchard, Dance Historian at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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              Proms Plus
              Proms Plus Intro
            • 19:30
              Royal Albert Hall

              François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles trace the history of French dance music – on period instruments – from the Court of the Sun King at Versailles to the riotous 1913 Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring.

              François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles trace the history of French dance music – on period instruments – from the Court of the Sun King at Versailles to the riotous 1913 Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring.

              Programme

              Prom 4: Les Siècles – The Rite of Spring
          • Monday 15 Jul 2013

            • 13:00
              Cadogan Hall

              In the festival’s first Cadogan Hall concert, violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits play Ravel’s blues-influenced Violin Sonata, Mozart’s sunny Violin Sonata in G major, K379, and the dazzling 1984 Partita by Witold Lutosławski, a composer central to the festival’s focus on Polish music.

              In the festival’s first Cadogan Hall concert, violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits play Ravel’s blues-influenced Violin Sonata, Mozart’s sunny Violin Sonata in G major, K379, and the dazzling 1984 Partita by Witold Lutosławski, a composer central to the festival’s focus on Polish music.

              Programme

              Proms Chamber Music 1: Ravel, Mozart & Lutosławski
            • 17:45
              Royal College of Music

              Conductor Kenneth Woods introduces a selection of readings about Gustav Mahler, including the composer’s letters, reviews and biographies. Rana Mitter presents.

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            • 19:30
              Royal Albert Hall

              Jonathan Nott conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, whose Adagietto is a tender tribute to his wife, Alma. The Arditti Quartet joins the orchestra for the UK premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s vast and atmospheric Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied.

              Jonathan Nott conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, whose Adagietto is a tender tribute to his wife, Alma. The Arditti Quartet joins the orchestra for the UK premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s vast and atmospheric Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied.

              Programme

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              Prom 5: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
          • Tuesday 16 Jul 2013

            • 17:15
              Royal College of Music

              Louise Fryer speaks to David Matthews about his new commission and Daniel Grimley gives an introduction to Nielsen and his ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony No. 4.

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              Proms Plus Intro
            • 19:00
              Royal Albert Hall

              Inspired by daybreak on the Kent coast, David Matthews’s A Vision of the Sea opens the BBC Philharmonic’s Prom with Juanjo Mena. Nobuyuki Tsujii is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a passionate upbeat to Nielsen’s life-affirming ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony.

              Inspired by daybreak on the Kent coast, David Matthews’s A Vision of the Sea opens the BBC Philharmonic’s Prom with Juanjo Mena. Nobuyuki Tsujii is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a passionate upbeat to Nielsen’s life-affirming ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony.

              Programme

              Performers

              Prom 6: David Matthews, Rachmaninov & Nielsen
            • 22:15
              Royal Albert Hall

              The London Adventist Chorale, London Community Gospel Choir, People’s Christian Fellowship Choir, Muyiwa & Riversongz and Pastor David Daniel raise the roof of the Royal Albert Hall in a late-night celebration of gospel music’s powerful songs of praise and passion.

              The London Adventist Chorale, London Community Gospel Choir, People’s Christian Fellowship Choir, Muyiwa & Riversongz and Pastor David Daniel raise the roof of the Royal Albert Hall in a late-night celebration of gospel music’s powerful songs of praise and passion.

              Programme

                  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I Seen (arr. Ken Burton)(3 mins)
                  • Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land (arr. Glen Burleigh)(3 mins)
                  • Medley: This Little Light of Mine – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Down by the Riverside – Amen(3 mins)
                  • Amazing Grace(3 mins)
                  • How Great Thou Art(3 mins)
                  • Medley: I've Got My Mind Made Up – Jesus Name So Sweet – Fire, Fire, Fire(3 mins)
                    • Safe in His Arms(3 mins)
                    • How I Got Over(3 mins)
                    • Total Praise(3 mins)
                    • O Happy Day(3 mins)
                      • God Is Love(3 mins)
                      • Devoted(3 mins)
                      • God of Miracles(3 mins)
                        • Only You Be God, Oh(3 mins)
                        • Medley: Double Double – Glory Be to God – Today, O(6 mins)
                          • Sing Unto the Lord(3 mins)
                          • Wave Your Hands(3 mins)
                          • Keep Moving(3 mins)

                      Performers

                      Prom 7: Gospel Prom
                  • Wednesday 17 Jul 2013

                    • 17:45
                      Royal College of Music

                      Polish is the third most spoken language in the UK, after English and Welsh, and the 2011 census found over half a million Poles living in Britain. But you don't need to speak Polish in order to embrace Polish culture, thanks to a current boom in translating Polish novels into English. Rana Mitter asks the Polish-born writers Eva Hoffman and A.M. Bakalar to provide a guide to the most exciting writing coming out of Poland today.

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                      Proms Plus Literary
                    • 19:30
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Thomas Adès conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a work inspired by a mural destroyed in the Second World War bombing of Lübeck. Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto complete a programme of remembrance and survival.

                      Thomas Adès conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a work inspired by a mural destroyed in the Second World War bombing of Lübeck. Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto complete a programme of remembrance and survival.

                      Programme

                      Performers

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                      Prom 8: Britten, Lutosławski & Thomas Adès
                  • Thursday 18 Jul 2013

                  • Friday 19 Jul 2013

                    • 16:45
                      Royal College of Music

                      Louise Fryer is joined by composer and musicologist William Mival to discuss Rachmaninov and his Symphony No. 2.

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                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 18:30
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, in Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony and Mozart’s elegant ‘Haffner’ Symphony. Jan Lisiecki plays Schumann’s intimate Piano Concerto in the first of Pappano’s two Proms.

                      Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, in Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony and Mozart’s elegant ‘Haffner’ Symphony. Jan Lisiecki plays Schumann’s intimate Piano Concerto in the first of Pappano’s two Proms.

                      Programme

                      Prom 10: Mozart, Schumann & Rachmaninov
                    • 22:15
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra perform Welt-Parlament, the a cappella Babel tower centrepiece of Stockhausen’s opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’. Sound-projectionist Kathinka Pasveer oversees Gesang der Jünglinge, the visionary composer’s first masterpiece.

                      Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra perform Welt-Parlament, the a cappella Babel tower centrepiece of Stockhausen’s opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’. Sound-projectionist Kathinka Pasveer oversees Gesang der Jünglinge, the visionary composer’s first masterpiece.

                      Programme

                          • Gesang der Jünglinge(14 mins)
                          • Mittwoch aus 'Licht' – Welt-Parlament(40 mins)London premiere

                      Performers

                      • Eleanor Gregory
                        soprano
                        soprano
                      • Louise Wayman
                        soprano
                        soprano
                      • Amy Wood
                        soprano
                        soprano
                      • Claire Barnett-Jones
                        alto
                        alto
                      • Claire Eadington
                        alto
                        alto
                      • Ksynia Loeffler
                        alto
                        alto
                      • Martha McLorinan
                        alto
                        alto
                      • Peter Davoren
                        tenor
                        tenor
                      • Ashley Turnell
                        tenor
                        tenor
                      • tenor
                      • James Birchall
                        bass
                        bass
                      • John Evanson
                        bass
                        bass
                      • Adrian Horsewood
                        bass
                        bass
                      • Timothy Murphy
                        bass
                        bass
                      • Themba Mvula
                        bass
                        bass
                      • bass
                      • Kathinka Pasveer
                        sound projection
                        sound projection
                      • director
                      Also part of
                      Late Night Proms
                      Prom 11: Stockhausen
                  • Saturday 20 Jul 2013

                  • Sunday 21 Jul 2013

                  • Monday 22 Jul 2013

                    • 13:00
                      Cadogan Hall

                      Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble mine the rich and rarely performed repertoire of Renassiance and Baroque Poland in motets by Zieleński, Klabon, Demantius and Marenzio, including the earliest-known setting of a Polish text, the mid-15th-century ‘Chwała tobie, Gospodznie’ (Praise to Thee, O Lord).

                      Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble mine the rich and rarely performed repertoire of Renassiance and Baroque Poland in motets by Zieleński, Klabon, Demantius and Marenzio, including the earliest-known setting of a Polish text, the mid-15th-century ‘Chwała tobie, Gospodznie’ (Praise to Thee, O Lord).

                      Programme

                          • Chwała tobie, Gospodzinie(3 mins)
                          • Cracovia civitas(5 mins)
                          • Dixit angelus ad Petrum(5 mins)
                          • Et valde mane(5 mins)
                          • Mihi autem nimis(4 mins)
                          • Neue lieblich Intraden und frölichen Polnischen Täntzen(10 mins)Intrada; Chorea polonica; Galliarde
                          • Lamentabatur Jacob(4 mins)
                          • Solo e pensos i più dersti campi(5 mins)
                          • Tryumfuj, wierny poddany(4 mins)
                          • Sluchajcie mie(5 mins)
                      Proms Chamber Music 2: 'Praise to Thee, O Lord!'
                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Also part of
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                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Stolen gold and a world order in chaos. Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin open the Proms cycle of Wagner’s epic operatic tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, with a cast hand-picked from Barenboim’s Berlin and Milan productions.

                      Stolen gold and a world order in chaos. Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin open the Proms cycle of Wagner’s epic operatic tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, with a cast hand-picked from Barenboim’s Berlin and Milan productions.

                      Programme

                          • Das Rheingold(160 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 14: Wagner – Das Rheingold
                  • Tuesday 23 Jul 2013

                    • 15:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by Elaine Padmore for an introduction to Die Walküre.

                      Also part of
                      Proms Plus
                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 17:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Daniel Barenboim’s Proms Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin continues with Die Walküre. Simon O’Neill and Anja Kampe sing the roles of the tragic twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose doomed love inspires the rebellion of Brünnhilde (sung by Nina Stemme).

                      Daniel Barenboim’s Proms Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin continues with Die Walküre. Simon O’Neill and Anja Kampe sing the roles of the tragic twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose doomed love inspires the rebellion of Brünnhilde (sung by Nina Stemme).

                      Programme

                          • Die Walküre(225 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 15: Wagner – Die Walküre
                  • Wednesday 24 Jul 2013

                  • Thursday 25 Jul 2013

                  • Friday 26 Jul 2013

                    • 15:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by Mark Berry (Royal Holloway, University of London) for an introduction to tonight's opera, Siegfried.

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                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 17:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Talking birds, dragon’s blood and a ring of fire. Lance Ryan sings the title-role in the third part of Daniel Barenboim’s complete Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Nine Stemme is the rebel Valkyrie, Brünnhilde, who teaches Siegfried love and fear.

                      Talking birds, dragon’s blood and a ring of fire. Lance Ryan sings the title-role in the third part of Daniel Barenboim’s complete Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Nine Stemme is the rebel Valkyrie, Brünnhilde, who teaches Siegfried love and fear.

                      Programme

                          • Siegfried(238 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 18: Wagner – Siegfried
                  • Saturday 27 Jul 2013

                    • 15:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Wagner's stage directions are notorious: giant dragons; underwater singing; horses on stage; storms; destruction by raging fires. Designer Peter Mumford and Dr John Snelson of the ROH discuss the solutions available to 21st century artists and some famous 19th and 20th century stagings. Presented by Anne McElvoy and including readings by David Rintoul. Guests include Philip Hoare, Jamila Gavin and Elizabeth Gray. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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                      Proms Plus Literary
                    • 17:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra interrupt the Ring cycle to explore Wagner’s intoxicating tragedy Tristan and Isolde, a turning point in the history of Romantic music. Robert Dean Smith and Violeta Urmana are the illicit lovers.

                      Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra interrupt the Ring cycle to explore Wagner’s intoxicating tragedy Tristan and Isolde, a turning point in the history of Romantic music. Robert Dean Smith and Violeta Urmana are the illicit lovers.

                      Programme

                          • Tristan and Isolde(284 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 19: Wagner – Tristan and Isolde
                  • Sunday 28 Jul 2013

                    • 14:45
                      Royal College of Music

                      Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by Sarah Lenton for an introduction to Götterdämmerung.

                      Also part of
                      Proms Plus
                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 16:30
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Daniel Barenboim’s survey of The Ring of the Nibelung with the Staatskapelle Berlin concludes with betrayal, revenge, immolation and the return of the stolen gold to the waters of the Rhine. Nina Stemme sings the role of Brünnhilde, while Mikhail Petrenko is the vengeful Hagen.

                      Daniel Barenboim’s survey of The Ring of the Nibelung with the Staatskapelle Berlin concludes with betrayal, revenge, immolation and the return of the stolen gold to the waters of the Rhine. Nina Stemme sings the role of Brünnhilde, while Mikhail Petrenko is the vengeful Hagen.

                      Programme

                          • Götterdämmerung(259 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 20: Wagner – Götterdämmerung
                  • Monday 29 Jul 2013

                    • 13:00
                      Cadogan Hall

                      Pianist Imogen Cooper, soprano Ruby Hughes, tenor James Gilchrist and guitarist Christoph Denoth mark Britten’s centenary in a sequence of song-cycles and miniatures, from Night Piece (Notturno) to A Charm of Lullabies, My beloved is mine and Abraham and Isaac.

                      Pianist Imogen Cooper, soprano Ruby Hughes, tenor James Gilchrist and guitarist Christoph Denoth mark Britten’s centenary in a sequence of song-cycles and miniatures, from Night Piece (Notturno) to A Charm of Lullabies, My beloved is mine and Abraham and Isaac.

                      Programme

                          • Canticle I 'My beloved is mine'(8 mins)
                          • A Charm of Lullabies(13 mins)
                          • Night Piece (Notturno)(5 mins)
                          • Songs from the Chinese(10 mins)
                          • Canticle II 'Abraham and Isaac'(16 mins)
                          • Master Kilby(2 mins)

                      Performers

                      Proms Chamber Music 3: Britten Up-Close
                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      John le Carré, one of the greatest spy novelists, celebrates 50 years since the publication of his groundbreaking Cold War espionage novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, with Anne McElvoy.

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                      Proms Plus Literary
                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      The UK premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point opens the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s first Prom with Thomas Søndergård. Daniel Hope plays Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the quicksilver antipode to Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 11, ‘The Year 1905’.

                      The UK premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point opens the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s first Prom with Thomas Søndergård. Daniel Hope plays Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the quicksilver antipode to Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 11, ‘The Year 1905’.

                      Programme

                      Performers

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                      Proms on TV
                      Prom 21: Colin Matthews, Prokofiev & Shostakovich
                    • 22:15
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Fresh from their residency at the O2, the inimitable vocalists of Naturally 7 build on the gospel legacy in a Late Night Prom of a cappella soul with a hip hop tang. Drums, harmonica, brass, turntable ‘scratching’ and electric guitars are all in the mix – recreated with nothing more than the human voice.

                      Prom 22: Naturally 7
                  • Tuesday 30 Jul 2013

                  • Wednesday 31 Jul 2013

                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      The writers Simon Heffer and Andrew O'Hagan discuss the halcyon days of light music at the BBC and beyond with Matthew Sweet. With its jaunty melodies and cascading strings, they restore it to its proper place: the heart of British musical life. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra, with pianists Noriko Ogawa and Kathryn Stott, offer a parade of British light and occasional music, including Arnold’s Concerto for two pianos (three hands), Bantock’s bittersweet Pierrot of the Minute, Elgar’s Nursery Suite and a medley of radio favourites.

                      Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra, with pianists Noriko Ogawa and Kathryn Stott, offer a parade of British light and occasional music, including Arnold’s Concerto for two pianos (three hands), Bantock’s bittersweet Pierrot of the Minute, Elgar’s Nursery Suite and a medley of radio favourites.

                      Programme

                      Performers

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                      Piano and organ
                      Prom 24: British Light Music
                    • 22:15
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Fasten your seat belts as Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra plunge into Frank Zappa’s counter-culture satire The Adventures of Greggery Peccary, with a car-chase, a coughing mountain and a choir of stenographers. A wild Study for player piano by Conlon Nancarrow and the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s Tenth Symphony complete a far-reaching Late Night Prom.

                      Fasten your seat belts as Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra plunge into Frank Zappa’s counter-culture satire The Adventures of Greggery Peccary, with a car-chase, a coughing mountain and a choir of stenographers. A wild Study for player piano by Conlon Nancarrow and the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s Tenth Symphony complete a far-reaching Late Night Prom.

                      Programme

                      Performers

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                      Late Night Proms
                      Prom 25: Zappa – The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
                  • Thursday 1 Aug 2013

                    • 17:45
                      Royal College of Music

                      Rana Mitter introduces an anthology of unexpected readings from the letters and autobiography of the English composer Michael Tippett, with guests Ivan Hewett and Oliver Soden.

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                    • 19:30
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Legendary American pianist Peter Serkin makes his Proms debut with Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and wind instruments. Henze’s Barcarola opens the first of this season’s concerts focusing on the music of Michael Tippett as Knussen conducts Tippett’s Symphony No. 2.

                      Legendary American pianist Peter Serkin makes his Proms debut with Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and wind instruments. Henze’s Barcarola opens the first of this season’s concerts focusing on the music of Michael Tippett as Knussen conducts Tippett’s Symphony No. 2.

                      Programme

                      Performers

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                      Piano and organ
                      Prom 26: Henze, Stravinsky & Tippett
                  • Friday 2 Aug 2013

                  • Saturday 3 Aug 2013

                  • Sunday 4 Aug 2013

                    • 11:30
                      Royal College of Music

                      Hannah Conway presents stories and music based on Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back.

                      Proms Plus Storytime
                    • 14:00
                      Royal College of Music

                      Sing extracts from Tannhäuser with Mary King.

                      Proms Plus Sing
                    • 16:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      An introduction to Wagner's Tannhäuser, with James Jolly.

                      Also part of
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                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 18:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Acclaimed Wagnerian Donald Runnicles continues the Proms Wagner bicentenary celebrations with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Robert Dean Smith sings the role of the titular troubadour who tires of sensual pleasure and longs for spiritual redemption

                      Acclaimed Wagnerian Donald Runnicles continues the Proms Wagner bicentenary celebrations with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Robert Dean Smith sings the role of the titular troubadour who tires of sensual pleasure and longs for spiritual redemption

                      Programme

                          • Tannhäuser(183 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)

                      Composers

                      Prom 29: Wagner – Tannhäuser
                  • Monday 5 Aug 2013

                  • Tuesday 6 Aug 2013

                  • Wednesday 7 Aug 2013

                  • Thursday 8 Aug 2013

                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sylvia Plath and the publication of her novel, The Bell Jar, the writer, Lavinia Greenlaw and the critic, Sally Bayley, look back on the legacy of a remarkable poet with readings by Buffy Davis.   Born in Boston in 1932 Plath moved to England to study at Cambridge where she met and married the poet Ted Hughes. Her first collection of poems, Colossus, was published here in 1960. In 1962 she wrote most of the poems which would form her best known collection, Ariel. She died in February 1963 during one of the most severe winters on record in Britain. Ariel and The Bell Jar were published after her death.   Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Mitsuko Uchida plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons. The opium-fuelled idylls and nightmares of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique complete one of the festival’s hottest programmes.

                      Mitsuko Uchida plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons. The opium-fuelled idylls and nightmares of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique complete one of the festival’s hottest programmes.

                      Programme

                      Prom 33: Beethoven, Berlioz
                    • 22:15
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Hail, ice, thunder, rain … and the bark of a dog on a sunny afternoon. Iconoclastic violinist Nigel Kennedy plays Vivaldi’s endlessly fascinating set of concertos, The Four Seasons, in a Late Night Prom with players from Palestine and Poland.

                      Hail, ice, thunder, rain … and the bark of a dog on a sunny afternoon. Iconoclastic violinist Nigel Kennedy plays Vivaldi’s endlessly fascinating set of concertos, The Four Seasons, in a Late Night Prom with players from Palestine and Poland.

                      Programme

                      Composers

                      Prom 34: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
                  • Friday 9 Aug 2013

                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Norman Lebrecht and Jeremy Barham discuss Mahler's conversion from Judaism to Christianity, spirituality and the social context of the 'Resurrection' Symphony.

                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      In their second BBC Proms appearance this season, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra are joined by Genia Kühmeier, Anna Larsson and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’, bringing a vision of life after death.

                      In their second BBC Proms appearance this season, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra are joined by Genia Kühmeier, Anna Larsson and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’, bringing a vision of life after death.

                      Programme

                      Composers

                      Prom 35: Mahler – 'Resurrection' Symphony
                    • 22:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      A late-night feast of sinfonias, arias and chorales as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 70 this year, conducts the singers and players of the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio.

                      A late-night feast of sinfonias, arias and chorales as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 70 this year, conducts the singers and players of the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio.

                      Programme

                          • Easter Oratorio(38 mins)
                          • Cantata No. 11, 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen' 'Ascension Oratorio', BWV 11(32 mins)
                      Prom 36: Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach
                  • Saturday 10 Aug 2013

                  • Sunday 11 Aug 2013

                  • Monday 12 Aug 2013

                  • Tuesday 13 Aug 2013

                  • Wednesday 14 Aug 2013

                    • 14:00
                      Royal College of Music

                      This workshop is for 12-18 year olds and will be led by Judith Weir and the BBC Singers

                    • 17:15
                      Royal College of Music

                      Ian Skelly talks to Marina Frolova-Walker and Rosamund Bartlett about Tchaikovsky and his world, looking at the influences in his life at the time of writing his Third Symphony.

                      Also part of
                      Proms Plus
                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 19:00
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Janáček’s brassy Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Polish’ Symphony (No. 3). Sunwook Kim is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

                      Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Janáček’s brassy Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Polish’ Symphony (No. 3). Sunwook Kim is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

                      Programme

                      Performers

                      Also part of
                      Piano and organ
                      Prom 42: Janáček, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
                    • 22:15
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Tallis Scholars return to the BBC Proms in a Late Night Prom interweaving the movements of John Taverner’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas with motets by the infamous aristocratic madrigalist Carlo Gesualdo.

                      Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Tallis Scholars return to the BBC Proms in a Late Night Prom interweaving the movements of John Taverner’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas with motets by the infamous aristocratic madrigalist Carlo Gesualdo.

                      Programme

                      Prom 43: Tallis Scholars
                  • Thursday 15 Aug 2013

                  • Friday 16 Aug 2013

                    • 16:45
                      Royal College of Music

                      Louise Fryer talks to Oliver Soden about Tippett's own libretto for The Midsummer Marriage and the influence on the opera of poet T. S. Eliot.

                      Also part of
                      Proms Plus
                      Proms Plus Intro
                    • 18:30
                      Royal Albert Hall

                      Last heard at the Proms in 1977, The Midsummer Marriage is Tippett’s The Magic Flute, an opera rich in trials and transformations. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, with Paul Groves and Erin Wall singing the roles of Mark and Jenifer.

                      Last heard at the Proms in 1977, The Midsummer Marriage is Tippett’s The Magic Flute, an opera rich in trials and transformations. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, with Paul Groves and Erin Wall singing the roles of Mark and Jenifer.

                      Programme

                      Composers

                      Prom 45: Tippett – The Midsummer Marriage
                  • Saturday 17 Aug 2013

                  • Sunday 18 Aug 2013

                  • Monday 19 Aug 2013

                    • 13:00
                      Cadogan Hall

                      Robin Tritschler sings Warlock’s The Curlew with the London Conchord Ensemble. The intimate programme moves from Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet to Poulenc’s Sextet and Thomas Adès’s arrangement of François Couperin’s Les baricades mistérieuses.

                      Robin Tritschler sings Warlock’s The Curlew with the London Conchord Ensemble. The intimate programme moves from Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet to Poulenc’s Sextet and Thomas Adès’s arrangement of François Couperin’s Les baricades mistérieuses.

                      Programme