Unveiling the 2019 BBC Proms

Friday 19 July - Saturday 14 September 2019

Space and the Moon landings

Date: 17.04.2019     Last updated: 17.04.2019 at 00.01
Fifty years after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the Proms ponders how composers across the centuries have imagined and created the sound of space.

The First Night of the Proms hosts the world premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s Long Is The Journey, Short Is The Memory, a work that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon (19 July).

On the exact anniversary of humankind walking on the moon, Holst’s world-renowned The Planets is complemented by John Adams’s ever-popular Short Ride In A Fast Machine (21 July). CBeebies will offer families the chance to travel through time and space with some famous faces including Mr Tumble and Chris Jarvis, hosted by YolanDa Brown, featuring Chineke! Orchestra under Kwamé Ryan (21-22 July).

The UK premiere of Anna Thorvalsdottir’s Metacosmos - a musical metaphor of falling into a black hole, will be performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School (22 July).

Public Service Broadcasting recreate their ground-breaking 2015 concept album The Race For Space, a mix of music and archive documentary material, portraying the tale of the US/Russian space race (25 July).

In a Proms first, the Sci-Fi Prom features scores from cult space and sci-fi films, including Steve Price’s Gravity, Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar, Jed Kurzel’s Alien: Covenant and Mica Levi’s Under the Skin, presented by the London Contemporary Orchestra under Robert Ames (7 August).

A re-conceptualisation of the Moon in a new work by Huw Watkins will feature settings of topical poems by Shelley, Larkin and Whitman (8 August).