BBC Proms 2018

From Bach to Bernstein via Buckley’s New York Disco, unveiling the 2018 BBC Proms

Late Night Proms

Date: 19.04.2018     Last updated: 19.04.2018 at 00.01
Nine Late Night Proms offer an eclectic range of musical styles that reflects the more intimate setting of these ‘after-hours’ events.

Pioneers Of Sound
23 July

The London Contemporary Orchestra presents an evening of post-war electronic music with the help of experimental composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki (pictured above).

The evening is inspired by BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneers including co-founder Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire, a composer who achieved cult status for her realisation of the Doctor Who TV theme.

Havana Meets Kingston
31 July

The sound-worlds of traditional and contemporary Cuba and Jamaica come together in a Late Night Prom, the brainchild of Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer Jake Savona (aka Mista Savona).

Featuring the best artists from both islands, including original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, the event brings roots reggae, dub and dancehall together with salsa and rumba.

Anna Prohaska And Il Giardino Armonico
2 August

Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska (pictured above) joins Italy’s leading early music ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico, in their debut at the Proms, for a programme that celebrates two great queens of myth and legend, Dido and Cleopatra, and the Baroque composers who created music inspired by them.

Inside Shostakovich
6 August

Continuing their survey of symphonies played from memory, the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.

New York: Sound Of A City
8 August

Celebrating the music of New York, the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules
Buckley (pictured above) present their take on the sounds of NYC today. With a line-up of both rising stars and established acts, audiences can expect everything from disco-punk to feminist rap.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra
16 August

As the Proms continues to explore Leonard Bernstein’s legacy, Mark Armstrong and guest conductor Guy Barker lead the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in a programme including the original jazzband version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue - performed with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (pictured above).

Sir András Schiff - J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2
29 August

Concluding a two-year project, Sir András Schiff returns with a late-night performance of Book 2 of J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Youssou Ndour
31 August - please note this is a change of date from the published guide

Grammy Award-winning Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour (pictured above) makes his Proms debut with his band Le Super Étoile de Dakar.

Before The Ending Of The Day
6 September

An intimate Late Night Prom with the Tallis Scholars weaves a programme inspired by the Christian office of Compline, the final service of the church day.