There’s definitely something for everyone this summer as we dive into this iconic festival and the rich musical world to which it belongs, placing musicians centre stage and bringing audiences around the country the incredible atmosphere of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.Jan Younghusband
Date: 05.07.2019 Last updated: 05.07.2019 at 14.09
BBC Music has announced further detail of this year’s TV coverage of the BBC Proms, including additions to the presenting line-up and a new-look BBC Two magazine show, Proms Encore.
Extensive coverage of the world’s largest classical music festival will be available to audiences across BBC Television and Radio this summer, with 25 concerts broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and CBeebies, as well as every note broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Jess Gillam, star of the 2018 Last Night of the Proms to go from stage to screen as she joins the BBC Proms television presenting line-up alongside Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service
Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh Mason and Kwame Ryan to make their BBC Proms presenting debuts, alongside returning presenters Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny
Isata Kanneh-Mason to make her TV presenting debut on the Prom in which her brother, Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Nicola Benedetti, Fatma Said and Omer Meir Wellber confirmed as being amongst the musicians who will be brought to the fore across TV coverage, as more performers from the festival than ever before join presenters to provide their unique insight
Proms Encore; the relaunched magazine show presented by Katie Derham to be brought out of the studio and into a specially-constructed outdoor bandstand next to the iconic Albert Memorial, offering discussion, performances and special features throughout the Proms season
New features on Proms Encore to include special topical reports, including Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Notre Dame Cathedral’s organist Olivier Latry
Presentation areas for televised concerts will bring audiences into the heart of the electric atmosphere of the festival, from the very top of the gallery to down in the promming arena in and amongst concert goers
TV coverage of the BBC Proms to feature a new title sequence and a specially-commissioned theme by film and television composer Ian Arber
Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, BBC Music Television, says: “We’re looking forward to sharing fantastic highlights from this year’s Proms season on TV through our concert broadcasts as well as our refreshed magazine show, Proms Encore. There’s definitely something for everyone this summer as we dive into this iconic festival and the rich musical world to which it belongs, placing musicians centre stage and bringing audiences around the country the incredible atmosphere of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.”
Guy Freeman, Managing Director, Livewire Pictures, says: “With such a rich variety of world-class performers and music within this year’s Proms, our production teams, presenters and guests are poised to share their passion and expertise with viewers, not only within the televised concerts but also within the lively conversation and features of Proms Encore, in its new bandstand home.”
BBC Proms on Television is produced by Livewire Pictures. The Managing Director is Guy Freeman, and the Editor is Ben Weston.
BBC Proms on TV is ordered by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning for BBC Music Television.
Following her critically acclaimed performance on the Last Night Of The Proms in 2018, the culmination of four appearances at the BBC Proms following her debut in 2017, Jess Gillam will join the core presenting line-up of the BBC Proms television coverage, alongside presenters Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service.
The 21 year-old saxophonist and broadcaster became the youngest-ever permanent presenter on BBC Radio 3 in April this year, fronting her own weekly programme This Classical Life. The first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of BBC Young Musician in 2016, Jess has since achieved spectacular success as a performer; touring both nationally and internationally, as well as performing at prestigious events including the Baftas and the National Portrait Gallery Annual Gala.
On joining the presenting line-up for BBC Proms on TV, Jess Gillam says: “The BBC Proms is a truly incredible celebration of music and at any Prom, I am completely taken by the electric atmosphere and connection created between performer and audience. Making my festival debut in 2017 and performing at the iconic Last Night of the Proms in 2018 are both highlights of my career so far, so to be returning as a presenter is really exciting!” This year’s televised concerts will see presenters cast an eye from a range of vantage points within London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall; from the very top of the gallery down to the promming arena, immersing television audiences in the truly special atmosphere of the festival.
Katie Derham will present concerts including the First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms, as well as the relaunched magazine show, Proms Encore.
First-time Proms presenters Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Kwame Ryan will also assume hosting duties this summer, and presenter appearances will also be made throughout the season by some returning faces, including Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny.
Complementing this year’s stellar presenting line-up, musicians will be brought to the fore and placed centre stage across the BBC Proms television coverage. Presenters will be joined by musicians or musical experts who will offer audiences an insider’s perspective into the concert repertoire. An exciting list of confirmed names include First Night of the Proms conductor Karina Canellakis, tenor Sunnyboy Dladla and violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Alongside extensive continuing television coverage of BBC Proms concerts, broadcaster Katie Derham will present Proms Encore. The relaunched eclectic magazine show will be broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC Two throughout the Proms season, featuring a mixture of discussion, performances and special features.
In keeping with this year’s BBC Proms TV offer, which aims to bring audiences the vibrant atmosphere of the world’s greatest classical music festival, Proms Encore will be taken out of the studio and instead will be broadcast from a specially-constructed outdoor bandstand, located right next to the iconic Albert Memorial, just across the road from the Royal Albert Hall and the heart of all the BBC Proms action.
Each programme will be driven by a particular theme, and will see Katie joined by experts and practioners at the top of their game to look ahead to exciting highlights from the festival. Themes will include an intergalactic exploration of music as Katie and her guests consider the influence of space in music on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a celebration of singers from Nina Simone to Maria Callas, and a tribute to Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms.
A range of contributors will also present special reports for the programme, exploring a range of different topics pertinent to the rich 125 year history of the Proms and the wider musical landscape to which the festival belongs. Highlights include Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Notre Dame Cathedral’s organist Olivier Latry, and Rachel Parris meeting some of the next generation of classical music performers.
Each edition of Proms Encore will conclude with a performance from a star performer, including one of the stars of this year’s Last Night of the Proms, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and talented siblings Sheku and Isata Kanneh Mason.
Katie Derham says: “I am hugely proud to be involved in the Proms magazine programme, Proms Encore, and now we get our very own bandstand! Exciting times. I’m looking forward to being in at the heart of the festival, and continuing to provide a thoroughly enjoyable window onto the BBC Proms.”
Proms Encore will air Saturday evenings on BBC Two from Saturday 27 July.
Fri 19 July
First Night Of The Proms Part one will be broadcast on BBC Two. Part two is broadcast on BBC Four.
Sun 21 July
Prom 2 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Hrůša
Katie Derham & Jess Gillam
Fri 26 July
Prom 7 BBC Philharmonic/Omer Meir Wellber
Prom 10 - Late Night Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space
Sun 28 July
Prom 12 NYO of GB/Mark Wigglesworth
Tom Service and Jess Gillam
Fri 2 August
Prom 18 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Prom 16 - Late Night Angélique Kidjo
Sun 4 August
Prom 22 BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds
Tom Service and Jess Gillam
Fri 9 August
Prom 30 John Wilson Orchestra/The Warner Bros. Story
Prom 27 - Late Night The Sound Of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music
Sun 11 August
Prom 26 BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Nathalie Stutzmann
Tom Service and Danielle de Niese
Fri 16 August
Prom 32 NYO of USA and NYO of GB/Sir Antonio Pappano
Sun 18 August
Prom 40 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Ádám Fischer
Fri 23 August
Prom 44 London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
Sun 25 August
Prom 46 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Tom Service and Isata Kanneh-Mason
Fri 30 August
Prom 17 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
Prom 45 - Late Night Mississippi Goddam: A Homage To Nina Simone
Sun 1 September
Prom 56 BBC Concert Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey
Tom Service and Kwame Ryan
Fri 6 September
Prom 57 Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Long Yu
Prom 54 - Late Night Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music
Sun 8 September
Prom 35 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
Fri 13 September
Prom 72 Aurora Orchestra/Nicholas Collon
Prom 70 - Late Night BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Hugh Brunt
Tom Service and Jess Gillam
Sat 14 September
Last Night Of The Proms Part one will be broadcast on BBC Two. Part two is broadcast on BBC One.
Proms 3 and 5 Both Proms will be recorded for future broadcast on CBeebies.
Last Night Of The Proms
Broadcast on Saturday 14 September. Part one will be shown on BBC Two and part two will be shown on BBC One.
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 enables the festival to reach millions each year by broadcasting every single note. Audiences can listen on radio, computer, tablet or mobile in HD sound via the Radio 3 and BBC Proms websites and BBC Sounds. Proms-themed special editions of In Tune, Record Review and Composer of the Week will complement the season, alongside coverage of pre-Prom talks and events.
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