BBC Proms 2018

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

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Date: 19.04.2018     Last updated: 19.04.2018 at 00.01

Jacob Collier And Friends
19 July

Following his debut at 2016’s Quincy Jones Prom, the multi-talented Grammy Award-winner Jacob Collier (pictured above) headlines his own Prom featuring friends such as Sam Amidon and Take 6.

Audiences can expect a mix of musical styles from folk to neo-soul. This multi-instrumentalist will perform alongside Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.

Ten Pieces Proms
29 July

The success of the BBC’s Ten Pieces project is phenomenal: it has already reached more than four million young people, not to mention winning a BAFTA, and it continues to bring classical music to huge numbers of schoolchildren and adults across the UK.

These two Proms will bring to life music by Kerry Andrew, Copland, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, among others.

Joseph Tawadros
30 July

Cairo-born oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros - heralded for his work in reimagining th range of music accessible to his instrument - presents the third in the Proms At… Cadogan Hall series, bringing a concert steeped in Arabic sound-worlds, alongside a world premiere by Jessica Wells (pictured above).

Folk Music Around Britain And Ireland
3 August

Celebrating the folk music scene in Britain and Ireland, leading artists such as Sam Lee, Julie Fowlis (pictured above) and The Unthanks are joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

West Side Story
11 August

In the year marking Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, the work for which he is surely best known is performed by the John Wilson Orchestra in a pair of show-stopping concert performances not to be missed.

On The Town
25 August

On what would have been Bernstein’s 100th birthday, John Wilson leads the London Symphony Orchestra and a lineup of musical theatre stars in a concert performance of his debut work as a Broadway composer.

Relaxed Prom
27 August

Presented by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its disabled-led ensemble BSO Resound (pictured above), this Relaxed Prom will explore Bernstein’s Fancy Free - Three Dance Variations.

In partnership with the RAH Education and Outreach team, this matinee performance offers an informal environment for all, including family members of all ages, children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, as well as individuals who are Deaf or hearing impaired, blind and partially sighted, or living with dementia.

Tango Prom
4 September

In a night of Latin passion and high kicks, the roof of the Royal Albert Hall promises to be raised with an exploration of Latin-American tango from its origins in the bars of 1880s Buenos Aires, through to Ástor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango that emerged in the 1950s, via the Finnish tango tradition.