Unveiling the 2019 BBC Proms

Friday 19 July - Saturday 14 September 2019

A multi-genre season

Date: 17.04.2019     Last updated: 17.04.2019 at 00.01
As ever, a range of genres and styles will be represented throughout this year’s season. From afropop to jazz, hip hop to pizzica, and electronic to meditative listening, this year’s Proms is a truly eclectic festival.

Heralded as ‘Africa’s premier diva’ by Time magazine, Angélique Kidjo comes to the BBC Proms in a special Late Night Prom (30 July).

Marking ten years of the John Wilson Orchestra at the Proms, John Wilson delves into the Warner Bros. archives to perform some of Hollywood’s favourite numbers from the Golden Age of Hollywood (9 August).

The Mixtape Prom will bring together an eclectic range of classical and contemporary sounds in a live, late-night wind-down which will explore the fringes of minimalism and meditative listening in a mindful setting (13 August).

An evening devoted to the music of singer, pianist, and social activist Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam: A Homage To Nina Simone explores her background and enduring influence. It will be presented by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, featuring an array of global artists including Ledisi, star of 2014 film Selma (21 August).

An exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music is presented in a Late Night Prom where Nu Civilisation Orchestra will give its Proms debut alongside the BBC Singers, leading soloists and tap dancer Annette Walker (29 August).

Puglia’s contemporary world music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino brings its explosive style to the Proms for a celebration of the Italian pizzica music and dance tradition (4 September).

This year, Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra showcase The Breaks. From breakdancing to MC-ing and DJ-ing to graffiti art, this Prom will honour the global phenomenon of hip hop and, in particular, breakbeat culture (6 September).