Following the launch of the Proms At… series in 2016, the BBC Proms continues to bring audiences to new locations beyond the Royal Albert Hall, matching music to three different venues this year - two in London and one in Lincoln - as well as continuing the long-running series of Monday lunchtime chamber music performances as part of the Proms At… Cadogan Hall series.
Proms At... Roundhouse
The Proms returns to Camden’s Roundhouse with a programme of 20th and 21st century works.
Composer-conductor George Benjamin directs the London Sinfonietta - celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - in a concert marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Alongside premieres (co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and the London Sinfonietta) by Luca Francesconi, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hannah Kendall and Isabel Mundry, the programme features Stravinsky’s Symphonies Of Wind Instruments (his homage to Debussy), Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum and Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question.
Proms At... Lincoln Drill Hall
Venturing out of London for the second year in a row, the Proms travels to Lincoln’s Drill Hall for two performances of Stravinsky’s 1918 music-theatre piece The Soldier’s Tale.
The Hebrides Ensemble and conductor William Conway tell the theatrical tale of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil against the backdrop of a venue designed for the Fourth Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, who in August 1914 were mobilised at the Drill Hall before being deployed to the Western Front.
Proms At... Alexandra Palace
Proms audiences will gain a first glimpse of the Victorian Theatre at Alexandra Palace - which has remained dark since the 1950s - before its restoration is fully completed.
With a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s one-act operetta Trial By Jury, written in 1875, the same year that the Theatre was originally built, the BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra under Jane Glover and a cast led by Neal Davies, Mary Bevan and Sam Furness, breathe life back into this Victorian ‘People’s Palace’.