Unveiling the 2019 BBC Proms

Friday 19 July - Saturday 14 September 2019

Henry Wood at 150

Date: 17.04.2019     Last updated: 17.04.2019 at 00.01
In the 150th anniversary year of his birth, the BBC Proms continues to fulfil founder-conductor Sir Henry Wood’s mission to bring ‘the best of classical music to the widest possible audience’.

Promming is surely what makes the Proms the Proms! It is the festival’s proudest tradition with audiences taking advantage of up to 1,400 daily £6 standing tickets.

Henry Wood’s Proms seasons were famous for nights dedicated to one composer. In celebration of that concept, the final week of the 2019 season replicates Wood’s original programming: a Monday evening of Wagner (9 September), a Wednesday evening of Bach (11 September) and a Friday evening of Beethoven (13 September).

The Proms travels to Holy Sepulchre London, the church where Henry Wood first learnt to play the organ and was later buried, for a special concert from the BBC Singers under Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin (17 August).

As a global visionary, Sir Henry Wood brought music by composers such as Stravinsky, Sibelius, Mahler and Schoenberg to British audiences for the first time. This year, over 33 of these works will be heard and over 32 new works will be performed.

Wood championed new artists, giving them a platform at the Proms. The 2019 Proms once again welcomes a host of notable debuts from Asmik Grigorian (19 July) to Eric Lu (1 September).

As an educationalist, conductor and champion of young people, Henry Wood provided countless opportunities for aspiring young artists to get involved in classical music; it’s a proud tradition that the Proms continues to reflect today.

Henry Wood trained the student orchestra at his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music; the Proms welcomes back the orchestra alongside musicians from The Juilliard School (22 July).

BBC Proms Learning offers a diverse range of creative opportunities beyond the concert platform. Our programmes for composition (BBC Proms Inspire - main image), the voice (Proms Youth Choir), and instrumental development (Proms Youth Ensemble) will reach hundreds of young people this year.

Each auditioned by Henry Wood himself, promising young soloists were given a platform and encouraged to perform. It’s a model that continues today and this season we’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme, featuring 12 alumni and current artists from the scheme.