BBC Proms 2019

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

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Clara Schumann Piano Concerto20190818

Live at BBC Proms: The Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and Mariam Batsashvili in works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Shostakovich.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Hannah French

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C major
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto

c.8.20
Interval: Ian Skelly talks to pianist Lucy Parham and musicologist Natasha Loges about the life and work of Clara Schumann.

Sofia Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor

Mariam Batsashvili (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

Belfast's Ulster Orchestra and its dynamic music director Rafael Payare present the Proms premiere of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mariam Batsashvili.
Begun when the then Clara Wieck was just 13 years old, it’s a work whose mellow mood and lyrical melodies conceal no little technical intricacy and formal innovation.
Sunny good humour also runs through both Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 – famously described as a musical 'comedy of manners' – and Shostakovich's First Symphony, lively with satirical wit and mischief.

Live BBC Proms. Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and violinist Mariam Batsashvili.

Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam20190821

Live at BBC Proms: Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, with singers Ledisi and Lisa Fischer in a celebration of Nina Simone.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Nina Simone/Trad. arr. Jochen Neuffer: African Mailman/Sinnerman
Jack Hammer arr. Rob Taggart: Plain Gold Ring
Richard Rodgers arr. Evan Jolly: Little Girl Blue
Walter Donaldson arr. Jochen Neuffer: My Baby Just Cares
Jalacy Hawkins arr. Jeremy Levy: I Put A Spell On You
Bennie Benjamin/Horace Ott/Sol Marcus arr. Jeremy Levy: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Jacques Brel arr. Sebastian Koolhoven: Ne Me Quitte Pas
George Gershwin arr. Chris Walden: I Loves You Porgy
Henry Purcell arr. Chris Walden: Dido’s Lament
Rudy Stevenson arr. Tim Davies: I’m Going Back Home

c. 20:20 Interval Proms Plus
The life, work and legacy of great African-American singer-songwriter Nina Simone discussed by poet Zena Edwards and singer-musician Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Hosted by Kevin LeGendre. Produced by Zahid Warley

c. 20:40
Nat Adderly arr. Willem Friede: Work Song
Trad. arr. Damiano Pascarelli: See-Line Woman
Andy Stroud arr. Jules Buckley: Be my Husband
Randy Newman arr. Vladimir Nikolov: Baltimore
Exuma arr. Jules Buckley: Dambala
Nina Simone arr. Vladimir Nikolov: Mississippi Goddam
Nina Simone, arr. Tim Davies: Four Women
Trad./Billy Taylor/Dick Dallas. arr. Ilja Reijngoud: Take My Hand, Precious Lord / I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Ledisi (singer)
Lisa Fischer (singer)
Metropole Orkest
Jules Buckley (conductor)

Singer, songwriter, arranger and political activist – Nina Simone is a giant of jazz history. She’s celebrated here in all her guises in a concert led by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, featuring titles including ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘I Put a Spell on You’.

A homage to jazz giant Nina Simone in a concert led by Jules Buckley's Metropole Orkest.

Prom 42: Clara Schumann Piano Concerto20190818

Live at BBC Proms: The Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and Mariam Batsashvili in works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Shostakovich.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Hannah French

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C major
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto

c.8.20
Interval: Ian Skelly talks to pianist Lucy Parham and musicologist Natasha Loges about the life and work of Clara Schumann.

Sofia Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor

Mariam Batsashvili (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

Belfast's Ulster Orchestra and its dynamic music director Rafael Payare present the Proms premiere of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mariam Batsashvili.
Begun when the then Clara Wieck was just 13 years old, it’s a work whose mellow mood and lyrical melodies conceal no little technical intricacy and formal innovation.
Sunny good humour also runs through both Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 – famously described as a musical 'comedy of manners' – and Shostakovich's First Symphony, lively with satirical wit and mischief.

Live BBC Proms. Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and violinist Mariam Batsashvili.

Prom 43: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony20190819

Live at BBC Proms: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven's great choral symphony. Plus new commissions from Dieter Ammann and Jonathan Dove.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Jonathan Dove: We Are One Fire*
BBC commission: world premiere

Dieter Ammann: Piano Concerto
BBC co-commission with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, supported by Pro Helvetia: world premiere

8.05
INTERVAL - Proms Reading: Presenter Seán Williams discusses Beethoven, the man, and we hear readings which paint a picture of him and the culture at the time, including Schiller's 'An Ode to Joy', which forms part of the text for the composer's Symphony No. 9.

8.25
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Anu Komsi (soprano)
Hilary Summers (contralto)
Michael Weinius (tenor)
Mika Kares (bass)
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Neil Ferris (conductor)*
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sakari Oramo conducts the annual Proms performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – Western music’s most powerful statement of universal fellowship. Finnish soprano Anu Komsi leads an international cast of soloists.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is paired with two world premieres: a new choral work by Jonathan Dove, conducted by BBC Symphony Chorus Director Neil Ferris, and a much-anticipated Piano Concerto by Swiss composer Dieter Ammann, performed by his compatriot Andreas Haefliger.

Live BBC Proms. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Prom 44: Belshazzar's Feast20190820

Live at BBC Proms: The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley in Koechlin's Les bandar-log, Varese's Amériques and Walton's Belshazzar’s Feast

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Koechlin:
Les bandar-log

Varese:
Amériques (original version, 1921)

c.8.15pm Interval Proms Plus
Since its publication in 1894, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has remained loved by children, but its attitudes have been questioned by some parents and critics, who see it as a relic of colonial English literature. Koechlin’s Les Bandar-Log is part of his nearly life long effort to set The Jungle Book to music. Costa Book Prize winning novelist Frances Hardinge and Sue Walsh from Reading University explore the book’s popularity and controversies with New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.
Produced by Luke Mulhall.

c.8.35pm:
Walton:
Belshazzar’s Feast

Gerald Finley baritone
Orfeo Catala
Orfeo Catala Youth Choir
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of sonic spectacle, bringing one of the great English oratorios together with an American orchestral classic.

Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist.

More than 10 percussionists are needed to bring Varese’s Amériques – a celebration of the modern city in sound – to life, while Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book inspired Les bandar-log transports listeners to the primeval forest, where all the noise comes from the monkeys.

Live BBC Proms. London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley.

Prom 46: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra20190822

Live at BBC Proms: CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla perform music by Weinberg, Howell and Knussen, and are joined by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Elgar's cello concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Dorothy Howell:
Lamia
(Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1919)

Elgar:
Cello Concerto in E minor

c.8.15pm:
Interval: An exploration of the life and work of Mieczysław Weinberg with musicologists Erik Levi and Daniel Elphick, presented by Hannah Conway.

c.8.35pm:
Knussen:
The Way to Castle Yonder

Weinberg:
Symphony No. 3
(London premiere)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor

The CBSO and Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla celebrate the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg the man Shostakovich hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding composers’ of his day – with a rare performance of his Symphony No. 3, a work that combines folk melodies and dances with confessional urgency.

That intensity is shared by Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto, performed here by 2016 BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The concert opens with Dorothy Howell’s radiant tone-poem Lamia (first performed, like Elgar’s concerto, 100 years ago) and also includes The Way to Castle Yonder, a suite from the much-missed Oliver Knussen’s opera Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Live BBC Proms. CBSO and Mirga Gra\u017einyt\u0117-Tyla with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Prom 47: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra20190823

Live at BBC Proms: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig with Andris Nelsons and Michael Schönheit in works by JS Bach and Bruckner.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

JS Bach:
Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542
Cantata No. 147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben', BWV 147 – Chorale 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (transcr. Schmidt-Mannheim)
Prelude in E flat major, BWV 552
Chorale Prelude 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme', BWV 645
Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552

c. 8.15pm:
Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Petroc Trelawny talks to Stephen Johnson and Professor Julian Horton about the relationship between music and architecture.

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 in C minor (1890 version, ed. Nowak)

Michael Schönheit (organ)
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra returns to the Proms for the first time under new Music Director Andris Nelsons.
At the heart of their programme is Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 – a work as vast in scope as size, a mighty orchestral monologue whose monumental finale the composer considered ‘the most significant movement of my life’.
Before the broad unfolding of Bruckner, Michael Schonheit presents the meticulous detail of Bach in a series of solo organ works including the lovely chorale ‘Wachet auf’.

Live BBC Proms. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons and Michael Sch\u00f6nheit

Prom 48: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev And Silvestri20190824

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. Rachmaninov's mighty Symphony No. 2 plus Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Constantin Silvestri: Three Pieces for strings
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

8.10pm
Interval: An exploration of the Russian symphonic tradition, with musicologist Geoffrey Norris and Russian culture expert Rosamund Bartlett, presented by Tom Service.

Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru (conductor)

Tracing a thrilling journey from doubt to triumph, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 sits at the centre of this concert.From a brooding opening it moves through a lovely slow movement to an ecstatic close – one of the most exciting in the repertoire. Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru makes his Proms debut with the BBC SO.

There’s more drama and still greater virtuosity in Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 2, performed here by 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho. The concert opens with the folk-inspired Three Pieces for strings by the Romanian composer-conductor Constantin Silvestri, who defected to the West in 1956 and died in London 50 years ago.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SO, conducted by Cristian M\u0103celaru, with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Prom 49: The Lost Words20190825

Live at BBC Proms: the Southbank Sinfonia, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and soloists under conductor Jessica Cottis.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

We celebrate the rich musical landscape of nature in a Prom inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words, which revives disappearing words that describe the natural world.

With a brand-new ‘spell’ by the book’s author Robert Macfarlane, and live paintings from Jackie Morris, who created the original artwork, the programme includes the nightingale, quail and cuckoo calls from Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, the Arctic bird cries of Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus, the carefree flight of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, plus new commissions by Jocelyn Pook and Alissa Firsova.

Interval: Petroc Trelawny talks to some of the talent involved in this event.

Stephanie Childress, violin
Jason Singh, beatboxer
Spell Songs, folk group
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Southbank Sinfonia
Jessica Cottis, conductor

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, a celebration of the rich musical landscape of nature.

Prom 50: Orchestre De Paris20190826

Live at BBC Proms: Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Schumann, Widmann and Beethoven

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Robert Schumann: Genoveva – overture

Jörg Widmann: Babylon Suite
London premiere

c.8.15pm: Interval Proms Plus
Britons have always explored - and drawn creative inspiration from - their landscapes. But what does the ancient terrain mean in the modern world? Playwright and rapper Testament, whose play Black Men Walking was inspired by a group of Black British walkers based in Sheffield, discusses the hidden histories of the countryside with writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare – who has recorded several long walks for BBC Radio 3 and the Slow Radio podcast. Presented by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. Produced by Zahid Warley.

c.8.35pm
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'

Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Harding, conductor

Town or country? That's the choice offered here by Daniel Harding and the Orchestre de Paris.
Scored for a 90-strong orchestra, Jörg Widmann’s explosive Babylon Suite (adapted from his 2012 opera) invites listeners into the all-consuming sonic chaos of the city – a babel of sound and sensation.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, by contrast, takes listeners through fields and past brooks in its evocative portrait of pastoral life.
The concert opens with the gathering storm-clouds of the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva.

Live BBC Proms. Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris.

Prom 51: The Magic Flute20190827

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Ryan Wigglesworth in Glyndebourne's new production starring David Portillo as Tamino and Sofia Fomina as Pamina.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Donald Macleod

Mozart
The Magic Flute

2015 pm: Interval between Acts 1 and 2: Proms Plus Talk: Martin Handley talks to musicologists Tim Jones and Nicholas Till about The Magic Flute.

David Portillo Tamino
Sofia Fomina Pamina
Bjorn Burger Papageno
Alison Rose Papagena
Brindley Sherratt Sarastro
Caroline Wettergreen Queen of the Night
Jorg Schneider Monostatos
Esther Dierkes First Lady
Marta Fontanals-Simmons Second Lady
Katharina Magiera Third Lady
Michael Kraus Speaker
Martin Snell First Priest/Second Man in Armour
Thomas Atkins Second Priest/First Man in Armour

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Glyndebourne’s new production of The Magic Flute comes to the Proms in a special semi-staging.

Mozart’s final opera is a beguiling mix of enchantment and Enlightenment politics. A score overflowing with melody and invention and a fairy-tale cast of characters together create one of the composer’s best-loved comedies.

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts an exciting young cast including Sofia Fomina, Björn Bürger and David Portillo.

Synopsis:

Act I
Alone in a foreign land, Prince Tamino is attacked by a giant serpent. He faints but, when he comes to, realises that he has been rescued – someone else has killed the monster. Papageno, the Queen of the Night’s bird-catcher, is quick to claim the credit, but is soon corrected by the queen’s three ladies. They give Tamino a portrait of Pamina, the queen’s daughter, who has been abducted by the tyrant Sarastro. Tamino falls instantly in love. The queen herself appears, and promises the Prince her daughter’s hand if he can rescue her. To help him on his quest, the ladies give him a magic flute and three magical spirits to guide him. He sets off, joined by an unwilling Papageno.

Imprisoned in Sarastro’s temple underground, Pamina is at the mercy of the slave Monostatos. But his lecherous plans are interrupted by Papageno, who tells Pamina of Tamino’s love and his quest to rescue her. Arriving at the temple, Tamino is greeted by a priest, who tells him that he has been deceived by the Queen of the Night; all is not as she described. Papageno and Pamina have escaped, but are pursued by Monostatos. Papageno uses his magic bells to enchant their pursuers, but just as they are once again free, they hear Sarastro and his followers approaching. Pamina confesses all and is forgiven, but Sarastro still refuses to release her. Tamino enters, captured by a triumphant Monostatos. He and Pamina meet briefly for the first time before they are both led separately away to prepare for their initiation into Sarastro’s order. Monostatos is punished.

Act II
Sarastro persuades the brotherhood to accept Tamino as a member if he passes the order’s tests of initiation. Tamino and Papageno face the first trial: silence. Papageno fails almost immediately, but Tamino holds firm. The Queen of the Night still seeks revenge, and orders Pamina to kill Sarastro. Monostatos overhears and threatens to expose the plot unless Pamina surrenders to his desires. But Sarastro discovers his scheme, banishes Monostatos and forgives Pamina. Papageno and Tamino are still sworn to silence. Papageno once again fails by talking to an old woman. Tamino plays his magic flute, which summons Pamina to him. She speaks but he cannot reply, forcing her to believe that he no longer loves her. Sarastro orders Pamina and Tamino to bid each other a final farewell – they must now prepare for their trials. Papageno expresses his wish for a wife of his own, and is rewarded by the return of the old lady. But the instant he reluctantly agrees to marry her she is transformed into his perfect Papagena, only to be immediately whisked away by the brotherhood: he is not yet worthy of her.

Convinced Tamino no longer loves her, Pamina prepares to kill herself, but is prevented by the Three Boys, who reassure her of his devotion. Two men in armour help Tamino prepare for his final trials. Free now to speak, he is reunited with Pamina who resolves to undergo the trials of fire and water alongside him. Devastated by the loss of Papagena, Papageno prepares to hang himself. But once again the Three Boys intervene, telling him to use the magic bells to summon her back. The lovers are joyfully reunited.

The Queen of the Night, Monostatos and their allies make one final attempt to overthrow Sarastro but fail. ‘The rays of the sun expel the night and annihilate the power of the hypocrite’ proclaims Sarastro. He welcomes Tamino and Pamina into the brotherhood, as members of the order celebrate a new era of wisdom.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Ryan Wigglesworth.

Prom 52: Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky And Ryan Wigglesworth20190828

Live at BBC Proms: the Britten Sinfonia with Marc-André Hamelin and Ryan Wigglesworth, playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mozart: Concerto in E flat major for two pianos

Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4, 'Mozartiana'
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1897

c.8.15pm: Interval: Musicologist Jonathan Cross introduces Stravinsky’s Divertimento: The Fairy’s Kiss.

c.8.35pm:
Ryan Wigglesworth: Piano Concerto
BBC co-commission with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: world premiere

Stravinsky: Divertimento 'The Fairy's Kiss'

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Britten Sinfonia
Ryan Wigglesworth, piano and conductor

Arranging four pieces by Mozart in his Suite No. 4, Tchaikovsky pays homage to the composer he regarded as a ‘divinity’.
Tchaikovsky himself was the inspiration for Stravinsky’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss, shot through with Tchaikovsky’s melodies.
Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth also features as both pianist – alongside Marc-André Hamelin in Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos – and composer, with the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto.

Live BBC Proms. The Britten Sinfonia with Marc-Andr\u00e9 Hamelin and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Prom 53: Elgar's The Music Makers20190829

Live at BBC Proms: Sir Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus & Sarah Connolly. Plus Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia and Hugh Wood’s Scenes from Comus.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Hugh Wood: Scenes from Comus

08.10
Interval - Proms Plus Talk: Musicologist Kate Kennedy discusses aspects of Elgar's The Music Makers with Jordan Kistler, author of a book about O'Shaughnessy, whose poem Elgar set

08.40
Elgar: The Music Makers, Op.69

Stacey Tappan (soprano)
Anthony Gregory (tenor)
Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Chorus*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly in Elgar’s last great choral work.

The Music Makers is the musical culmination of a career, drawing together quotations from many of the composer’s best-loved pieces, including the ‘Enigma’ Variations and Sea Pictures, and weaving them into a musical manifesto for the power of art.

The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s luminous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra and Hugh Wood’s lyrical setting of scenes from Milton’s pastoral masque Comus.

Live BBC Proms. Sir Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Prom 54: Duke Ellington's Sacred Music20190829

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Singers, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, conducted by Peter Edwards premiere a brand-new Sacred Concert with music from Duke Ellington.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann.

Sacred Music by Duke Ellington

Monty Alexander - piano
Annette Walker - tap dancer
BBC Singers
Carleen Anderson and the UK Vocal Assembly
Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Peter Edwards - conductor

Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts.

Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.

Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle.

There will be no interval

Live BBC Proms. BBC Singers and Nu Civilisation Orchestra conducted by Peter Edwards.

Prom 55: Handel's Jephtha20190830

Live at BBC Proms: Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in Handel's oratorio Jephtha, with tenor Allan Clayton in the title role.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (Act I)

c. 20:05 Interval Proms Plus
The concept of sacrifice in the Old Testament is discussed by the Reverend Richard Coles and Dr Deborah Rooke hosted by New Generation Thinker John Gallagher. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.

c. 20:25
George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (Acts II & III)

Allan Clayton (Jephtha)
Jeanine De Bique (Iphis)
Hilary Summers (Storgè)
Tim Mead (Hamor)
Cody Quattlebaum (Zebul)
Rowan Pierce (Angel)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Richard Egarr (conductor)

Following on from the success of last year’s Theodora, the multi-year Proms Handel cycle continues with the composer’s last, and perhaps greatest, oratorio – Jephtha.

Period-performance specialist Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and SCO Chorus in the devastating story of the warrior Jephtha commanded by God to sacrifice his daughter Iphis.

Tenor Allan Clayton is the conflicted Jephtha, with Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique as Iphis.

Live BBC Proms. Richard Egarr conducts the SCO in Handel's Jephtha

Prom 56: Henry Wood Tribute20190831

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey, with Leon McCawley playing John Ireland's Piano Concerto and other works championed by Sir Henry Wood.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Ireland Piano Concerto

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Petroc Trelawny considers the legacy of Sir Henry Wood, and talks to some of tonight's performers.

Dobrinka Tabakova Timber & Steel
Debussy, orch Wood La cathédrale engloutie
Granados, orch Wood Spanish Dance ‘Andaluza’
Wagner, orch Wood Traume for violin and orchestra
Grainger, orch Wood Handel in the Strand
Ravel La Valse

Leon McCawley (piano)
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (violin)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey

A 150th-anniversary tribute to Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, featuring works he premiered and arranged, and reflecting his wide musical tastes, from Wagner to John Ireland, Ravel to Percy Grainger.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey and Leon McCawley.

Prom 57: Mozart, Rachmaninov And Qigang Chen20190901

Live at BBC Proms: the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu, play music by Qigang Chen, Mozart and Rachmaninov.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Qigang Chen: Wu Xing (The Five Elements)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major

11.45: INTERVAL
Andrew McGregor talks to members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra about their debut Proms appearance.

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Eric Lu, piano
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Long Yu, conductor

China’s Shanghai Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with an East-meets-West concert including music by Qigang Chen and Rachmaninov’s exhilarating Symphonic Dances. Leeds Piano Competition winner Eric Lu joins them for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.

Live BBC Proms. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Long Yu.

Prom 58: Tchaikovsky, Jan\u00e1\u010dek, Szymanowski And Linda Catlin Smith20190901

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO & Ilan Volkov with soprano Georgia Jarman perform Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz alongside a new work by Linda Catlin Smith.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Linda Catlin Smith - Nuages
Janáček - The Fiddler's Child
Szymanowski - Love Songs of Hafiz, Op. 26

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Kate Molleson talks to cultural historians Rosamund Bartlett and Philip Ross Bullock about Tchaikovsky and the Russian folk tradition.

8.35 Part 2
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian'

Georgia Jarman (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Folk songs and folk tales run through this programme from the BBC SSO and Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

A runaway success at its premiere, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 takes a different Ukrainian folk melody as the theme for each of its four movements, including the dizzyingly inventive finale, while a gruesome Czech legend provides the starting point for Janáček’s atmospheric orchestral ballad The Fiddler’s Child.

Szymanowski’s exotic songs based on texts by the 14th-century Persian mystic poet Hafiz and a world premiere by Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith complete the concert.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO & Ilan Volkov plus soprano Georgia Jarman.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 5: Louise Alder2019081920190825 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: soprano Louise Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman with songs by Schubert, Rossini, Chopin, Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at Cadogan Hall.

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade; Nacht und Träume; Die Forelle
Felix Mendelssohn: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges; Der Mond; Neue Liebe
Fanny Hensel; Bergeslust; Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass; Nach Süden
Liszt: Freudvoll und leidvoll; O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst; S'il est un charmant gazon;
Oh! quand je dors; Comment, disaient-ils
Chopin: Życzenie; Śliczny chłopiec
Rossini: Canzonetta spagnuola

Louise Alder (soprano)
Gary Matthewman (piano)

As we reach the 19th century in our Monday lunchtime survey of music spanning over 800 years, soprano Louis Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman present a recital of songs from across Europe, including Lieder by Schubert, and by both Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny (published under her married name of Hensel), whose final song, ‘Bergeslust’ – completed just a day before her death at the age of only 41 – tempers joy with a poignant ending.

The many facets of love are exposed in Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Der Mond’ and ‘Neue Liebe’, as well as in Chopin’s ‘Sliczny chłopiec’ (Handsome Lad) and songs by Liszt and Rossini.

Live BBC Proms. A song recital given by soprano Louise Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 6: Amatis Trio2019082620190901 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Amatis Piano Trio makes their Proms debut playing Clara Schumann's Piano Trio, plus music by her husband Robert Schumann.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Robert Schumann
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op 70

Clara Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 22
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17

Amatis Piano Trio

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Amatis Piano Trio make their Proms debut with chamber works by husband-and-wife composers Robert and Clara Schumann. The centrepiece is Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio – a mature work, and one of her finest.

Live BBC Proms. The Amatis Piano Trio play music by Robert and Clara Schumann.

Proms At ... Holy Sepulchre London20190817

BBC Singers and Sofi Jeannin perform Benjamin Britten's Sacred and Profane, Judith Weir's Missa del Cid and Joanna Lee's At this man’s hand.

Live from The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holborn, London.
Presented by Ian Skelly.

Programme
William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
Benjamin Britten: Sacred and Profane
John Ireland: The Holy Boy
Thea Musgrave: Rorate coeli
Elizabeth Maconchy: Three Donne Songs – No. 1: A Hymn to God the Father
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth
Judith Weir: Missa del Cid
Joanna Lee: At this man’s hand (BBC commission: world premiere)

BBC Singers
Sofi Jeannin conductor

The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin take the Proms to the ‘Musicians’ Church’, Holy Sepulchre London (aka St Sepulchure-without-Newgate), where Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood first learnt the organ and was later laid to rest.
This varied conspectus of 20th-century English choral music opens with the setting of lines by the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, that Walton composed for the unveiling of the church’s Henry Wood memorial window in 1946, and is brought up to date with a new commission by Joanna Lee, At this man’s hand, setting the verse by Masefield that is inscribed on the window itself.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Singers and Sofi Jeannin perform Judith Weir's Missa del Cid.

Proms Poetry Competition20190912

Poet Ian McMillan, presenter of Radio 3's The Verb, and Judith Palmer, Director of the Poetry Society, are joined by the poet Malika Booker to announce the winners of the 2019 Proms Poetry competition. They will be joined on stage by the winners in the two categories. The competition asks listeners to write poems inspired by the music in this year's season of Proms concerts.

Producer: Fiona McLean

The winners of the 2019 Proms Poetry competition are announced.

01First Night Of The Proms20190719

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces, conducted by Karina Canellakis in music by Dvorak, Janacek and a world premiere by Zosha Di Castri

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny

Zosha Di Castri: Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory
(BBC commission: world premiere)
Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel

c.8.10pm
Interval: On the opening night of the 2019 BBC Proms, Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight's Prom.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

Asmik Grigorian, soprano
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Ladislav Elgr, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Peter Holder, organ
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, conductor

The BBC’s Our Classical Century series concludes with a new work that marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon.

Janáček’s monumental Glagolitic Mass, steeped in Moravian rhythms, is heard alongside Dvořák’s fairy-tale tone-poem The Golden Spinning Wheel.
Karina Canellakis conducts the massed forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers in one of the 20th century’s great choral masterpieces.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces conducted by Karina Canellakis

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces, conducted by Karina Canellakis in music by Dvorak, Janacek, and a World Premiere by Zosha Di Castri

Asmik Grigorian, soprano
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Ladislav Elgr, tenor
Jan Martiník, bass
Peter Holder, organ
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, conductor

Live BBC Proms. BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces conducted by Karina Canellakis.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny

c.8.10pm
Interval: On the opening night of the 2019 BBC Proms, Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight's Prom.

Asmik Grigorian, soprano
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Ladislav Elgr, tenor
Jan Martiník, bass
Peter Holder, organ
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, conductor

02A Bohemian Rhapsody20190720

Live at BBC Proms: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša and violinist Joshua Bell in an all-Czech programme of Dvorak and Smetana

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Dvorak: Violin Concert in A minor

c.8pm
Interval: Proms Plus: An introduction to Smetana's Má vlast with Czech-born former manager of the BBC World Service, Sir John Tusa, and musicologist Dr. Nicholas Baragwanath. recorded earlier this evening at Imperial College Union and introduced by Petroc Trelawny. Producer Helen Garrison.

c.8.25
Smetana: Má vlast

Joshua Bell, violin
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor

Following his thrilling Proms debut in 2017, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša returns with two popular masterpieces from his homeland.

With its song-like slow movement and irrepressible, folk-infused finale, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is one of the best-loved in the repertoire. American virtuoso Joshua Bell joins the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as soloist.

Journey through the Czech countryside in the second half with Smetana’s symphonic suite Má vlast (‘My Country’) – a colourful celebration of a nation’s landscape, castles and warriors, with the sweeping melody of ‘Vltava’ at its heart.

Live at BBC Proms: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hr\u016f\u0161a and violinist Joshua Bell

c.8pm
Interval: Proms Plus: An introduction to Smetana's Má vlast with Czech-born former manager of the BBC World Service, Sir John Tusa, and musicologist Dr. Nicholas Baragwanath. recorded earlier this evening at Imperial College Union and introduced by Petroc Trelawny. Producer Helen Garrison.

Live BBC Proms. Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hr\u016f\u0161a and violinist Joshua Bell.

03Cbeebies - A Musical Trip To The Moon20190721

Live at BBC Proms: The CBeebies Prom Children's Choir joins the Chineke! Orchestra, conducted by Kwamé Ryan, in music by Handel, Britten and Puccini, plus a new work by Hans Zimmer.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Natasha Riordan-Eva

Handel: Solomon – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Puccini: Madam Butterfly – Humming Chorus

Zimmer: Earth
BBC commission: world premiere

YolanDa Brown, from 'Yolanda's Band Jam'
Nigel Clarke, from ‘The Baby Club
Justin Fletcher, from 'Somethnig Special', 'Justin's House' and 'Gigglebiz'
Chris Jarvis, from 'CBeebies Stargazing' and 'Show Me, Show Me'
Maddie Moate, from 'Do You Know?'
Cat Sandion, from 'CBeebies House' and 'Magic Door'
Angie Newman, British Sign Language Interpreter

BBC Singers
CBeebies Prom Children's Choir
Chineke! Orchestra
Kwamé Ryan, conductor

Take a musical trip to the Moon with favourite CBeebies characters and presenters. A brand-new work by Hans Zimmer – film music’s living legend – is the centrepiece of a Prom celebrating this weekend’s 50th anniversary of the manned Moon landing

Live BBC Proms. The CBeebies Prom Children's Choir join the Chineke! Orchestra.

04The Planets20190721

Live at BBC Proms: the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play Holst's The Planets and before that music by John Adams and Barber's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto

INTERVAL
at approx. 8.00pm Proms Plus Talk:
50 years to the day since men first walked on the Moon, Professor Richard Wiseman and Melanie Vandenbrouck, curator at the Royal Museums Greenwich reflect on the long footprint of those small steps. Hosted by Rana Mitter. Richard Wiseman is author of Shoot For The Moon. Melanie Vandenbrouck has co-curated an exhibition The Moon which runs at the National Maritime Museum from 19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020 and co-edited an accompanying book The Moon, A Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour.
Producer: Zahid Warley

at approx 8.25pm
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Nemanja Radulović (violin)
Trinity Boys Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)

A concert of 20th-century classics from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues a weekend marking the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

Space travel has never been more richly imagined than in Holst’s suite The Planets, but in order to get there you’ll need to take a Short Ride in a Fast Machine, courtesy of John Adams’s exhilarating, propulsive Minimalist masterpiece.

The lyrical beauty of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, with its exquisite slow movement, offers a contrasting moment of contemplation. Dynamic Franco-Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović makes his Proms debut as soloist.

Live BBC Proms. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits and Nemanja Radulovi\u0107.

Live at BBC Proms: the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play Holst's The Planets and before that music by John Adams and Barber's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto

INTERVAL
at approx. 8.00pm Proms Plus Talk:
50 years to the day since men first walked on the Moon, Professor Richard Wiseman and Melanie Vandenbrouck, curator at the Royal Museums Greenwich reflect on the long footprint of those small steps. Hosted by Rana Mitter. Richard Wiseman is author of Shoot For The Moon. Melanie Vandenbrouck has co-curated an exhibition The Moon which runs at the National Maritime Museum from 19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020 and co-edited an accompanying book The Moon, A Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour.
Producer: Zahid Warley

Space travel has never been more richly imagined than in Holst’s suite The Planets, but in order to get there you’ll need to take a Short Ride in a Fast Machine, courtesy of John Adams’s exhilarating, propulsive Minimalist masterpiece.

06The Rite Of Spring20190722

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Julliard School with Edward Gardner and James Ehnes in works by Stravinsky, Britten and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Metacosmos
(UK premiere)

Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto

c. 20:25 Interval
Proms Plus Talk: In the first of a series of talks focusing on Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood, musicologist and broadcaster Hannah French explores his relationship with the Royal Academy of Music, in discussion with Professor Tim Jones from the Academy, and presenter Petroc Trelawny.

c. 20:50
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

James Ehnes (violin)
Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Julliard School
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Earthy, pagan dances meet the Music of the Spheres in this concert of 20th- and 21st-century orchestral works. Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score The Rite of Spring pulses with rhythmic energy and urgency, while Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s luminous and intricately textured Metacosmos travels deep into space. At the centre of the programme is Britten’s elegiac Violin Concerto, written on the cusp of the Second World War. Violinist James Ehnes joins Edward Gardner and musicians from both London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York’s Juilliard School.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Julliard School.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School with Edward Gardner and James Ehnes in works by Stravinsky, Britten and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto

c. 20:25 Interval
Proms Plus Talk: In the first of a series of talks focusing on Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood, musicologist and broadcaster Hannah French explores his relationship with the Royal Academy of Music, in discussion with Professor Tim Jones from the Academy, and presenter Petroc Trelawny.

James Ehnes (violin)
Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Earthy, pagan dances meet the Music of the Spheres in this concert of 20th- and 21st-century orchestral works. Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score The Rite of Spring pulses with rhythmic energy and urgency, while Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s luminous and intricately textured Metacosmos travels deep into space. At the centre of the programme is Britten’s elegiac Violin Concerto, written on the cusp of the Second World War. Violinist James Ehnes joins Edward Gardner and musicians from both London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York’s Juilliard School.

Live BBC Proms. Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School.

07Schumann, Schoenberg And Mozart20190723

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic and Omer Meir Wellber in music by Ben-Haim, Schumann and Scoenberg. They are joined by Yeol Eum Son for Mozart's Piano Concerto No.15.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sarah Walker

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15(K450)
Ben-Haim: Symphony No.1

c.8.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Can music heal the mind and body? Music in hospitals used to be heard only in lifts or on patients’ headphones. Now, the NHS is using music therapy in innovative clinical programmes. New Generation Thinker Daisy Fancourt discusses her award winning research with a fellow researcher. Chaired by actor, musician and New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton. Producer Luke Mulhall

Schoenberg: Five Pieces Op.16
Schumann: Symphony No.4

Yeol Eum Son (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Omer Meir Wellber (conductor)

Omer Meir Wellber makes his Proms debut as the BBC Philharmonic's Chief Conductor. South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son joins them as soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.15 (K450) with its intricate wind writing and lively hunting-horn finale. Schumann's mould-breaking Fourth Symphony, with its opening journey from darkness to blazing light, is paired with Schoenberg's revolutionary Five Orchestral Pieces and Paul Ben-Haim's 1940 Symphony No.1 - an emotive musical statement at a time of international conflict.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Philharmonic, Omer Meir Wellber and Yeol Eum Son.

08Invitation To The Dance2019072420190728 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC SO conducted by Péter Eötvös in Stravinsky's Firebird, and works by Debussy and Bartók. Violinist Isabelle Faust joins for Eötvös's Alhambra Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Debussy
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Péter Eötvös
Alhambra (violin concerto) UK premiere

08.05
INTERVAL: Proms Plus: Hannah Conway hosts a discussion about Bartók with musicologist and broadcaster Erik Levi and Nigel Simeone, recorded earlier this evening at Imperial College Union. Producer Helen Garrison.

Bartók
Dance Suite

Stravinsky
The Firebird – suite (revised version, 1919)

Isabelle Faust (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Péter Eötvös (conductor)

Dance – whether in the exotic pulse of Bartók’s Dance Suite, the insistent Russian folk rhythms of Stravinsky’s The Firebird or the languorous ballet of Debussy’s faun – runs right through tonight’s Prom.

Peter Eötvös, celebrating his 75th birthday this year, conducts his new violin concerto Alhambra – performed here by the work’s original soloist, award-winning German violinist Isabelle Faust.

Live BBC Proms. The BBC SO conducted by P\u00e9ter E\u00f6tv\u00f6s with violinist Isabelle Faust.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

09Strauss, Brahms And Brostr\u00f6m20190725

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Markus Stenz with Jeroen Berwaerts and Hakan Hardenberger in a new double trumpet concerto by Tobias Brostrom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Tobias Broström: Nigredo: Dark Night of the Soul (concerto for two trumpets and orchestra)

c.19:50 Interval - Proms Plus Talk:
An introduction to the music in tonight’s Prom with researcher, writer and presenter Katy Hamilton and composer Tobias Broström. Presented by Flora Willson, and recorded earlier this evening in the Imperial College Union.

Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68

Jeroen Berwaerts (trumpet)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Markus Stenz (concductor)

The mischievous escapades of the irrepressible Till Eulenspiegel – Germany’s beloved folk-hero – introduce a concert that celebrates the dramatic power of the orchestra.

Markus Stenz conducts the BBC NOW in its first concert of the season, pairing Strauss’s lively tone-poem with Brahms’s turbulent Symphony No. 1 – the work that announced him as the ‘heir to Beethoven’.

Trumpeters Håkan Hardenberger and Jeroen Berwaerts are rival soloists in a rhythmically charged new double concerto by Swedish composer Tobias Broström.

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Markus Stenz.

Live BBC Proms. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Markus Stenz.

10Public Service Broadcasting20190725

Live at BBC Proms: Public Service Broadcasting, the Multi-Story Orchestra and London Contemporary Voices conducted by Christopher Stark

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Elizabeth Alker

Cult London band Public Service Broadcasting makes its Proms debut in a special Late Night Prom to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon.

The electronics/instrumental outfit is joined by The Multi-Story Orchestra to perform an orchestral arrangement of their 2015 studio album The Race for Space.

Blending both acoustic and electronic performance and archive audio samples, the album explores the highs and lows of the US–Soviet space race of the 1960s, and is heard here for the first time in this specially commissioned new version.

Live BBC Proms. Public Service Broadcasting and the Multi-Story Orchestra.

111969 - The Sound Of A Summer20190726

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell, with singers Vanessa Haynes and Tony Momrelle, and the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Lemn Sissay.

Joni Mitchell Woodstock
Walton Battle of Britain Suite
Bacharach/David Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Fred Neil Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me
John Barry Midnight Cowboy
John Barry Ski Chase from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Lennon/McCartney Get Back
George Harrison Something
George Harrison Here Comes The Sun

Interval: Proms Plus
Poets Jacob Polley and Rachael Allen read their poetry and respond to themes in the music of tonight’s concert. If the summer of 1969 was a time of hedonism and optimistic exploration of space does that echo down the decades? Hosted by New Generation Thinker and author Preti Taneja. Produced by Zahid Warley.

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (1st movt)
Legrand What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
Quincy Jones On Days Like This
Will Gregory Journey to the Sky
Whitfield/Strong I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Bacharach/David I Say A Little Prayer

Singers Vanessa Haynes and Tony Momrelle
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor Stephen Bell

Woodstock, the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, the ongoing Vietnam War, The Beatles’ final album (Abbey Road) – 1969 was a pivotal year.

This Prom explores the film and popular music of 1969 to revive the soundtrack of a special summer.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under Stephen Bell presents a typically wide-angled view, taking in music inspired by the era-defining Woodstock festival, excerpts from the films Battle of Britain, The Italian Job, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Midnight Cowboy, and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ from The Beatles’ final album Abbey Road.

As the USA’s victory in the space race inspired new music to match the emerging digital era, the Moog synthesizer broke into the mainstream with the album Switched-on Bach. A concert evoking the end of the Swinging Sixties, with a cross-generational appeal that offers both a sunburst of nostalgia and iconic revivals.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Concert Orchestra, Stephen Bell plus the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble.

Joni Mitchell Woodstock
Walton Battle of Britain Suite
Bacharach/David Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Fred Neil Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me
John Barry Midnight Cowboy
John Barry Ski Chase from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Lennon/McCartney Get Back
George Harrison Something
George Harrison Here Comes The Sun

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (1st movt)
Legrand What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
Quincy Jones On Days Like This
Will Gregory Journey to the Sky
Whitfield/Strong I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Bacharach/David I Say A Little Prayer

12National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20190727

Live at BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Mark Wigglesworth and Nicola Benedetti in works by Auerbach, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham

Lera Auerbach: Icarus
(London premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

c. 20:25
Interval: Katie Derham looks at the work of the NYO and meets some of its players

c. 20:50
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - suite (excerpts)

Nicola Benedetti (violin)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

Explosive energy and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of every performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, made up of the UK’s most talented musicians aged from 13 to 18. The ensemble’s annual visit to the Proms is always a festival highlight.
This year Mark Wigglesworth conducts the orchestra in a suite from Prokofiev’s passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet and they are joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s warmly lyrical Violin Concerto.
The concert opens with Lera Auerbach’s bracing symphonic poem Icarus, inspired by the myth of the heroic but ill-fated son of Daedalus who flew too close to the sun.

Live BBC Proms. Works by Auerbach, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

Live at BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Mark Wigglesworth and Nicola Benedetti in works by Auerbach, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham

c. 20:25
Interval: Katie Derham looks at the work of the NYO and meets some of its players

Nicola Benedetti (violin)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

Explosive energy and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of every performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, made up of the UK’s most talented musicians aged from 13 to 18. The ensemble’s annual visit to the Proms is always a festival highlight.
This year Mark Wigglesworth conducts the orchestra in a suite from Prokofiev’s passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet and they are joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s warmly lyrical Violin Concerto.
The concert opens with Lera Auerbach’s bracing symphonic poem Icarus, inspired by the myth of the heroic but ill-fated son of Daedalus who flew too close to the sun.

13'from The Canyons To The Stars...'20190728

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Sakari Oramo, with Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Martin Owen (horn), in Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles...

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Olivier Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles …

Martin Owen (horn)
David Hockings (percussion)
Alex Neal (percussion)
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

The ‘wild and colourful beauty’ of Utah and Arizona was the inspiration for one of the 20th century’s most singular and extraordinary works, a musical act of ‘praise and contemplation’ painted in the brightest and most vivid of sounds.

Olivier Messiaen’s mighty Des canyons aux étoiles … (‘From the Canyons to the Stars …’) is a sonic meditation in which birdsong mingles with desert winds, and the rustling of sand.

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO, with pianist Nicolas Hodges and horn player Martin Owen taking the demanding solo parts.

Live BBC Proms. The BBC SO and Sakari Oramo in Messiaen's Des canyons aux \u00e9toiles...

Olivier Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles …

Olivier Messiaen’s mighty Des canyons aux étoiles … (‘From the Canyons to the Stars …’) is a sonic meditation in which birdsong mingles with desert winds, and the rustling of sand.

14The Creation20190729

Live at the BBC Proms: The BBC Proms Youth Choir join the BBC Philharmonic and Omer Meir Wellber for Haydn's Creation.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sarah Walker

Haydn: The Creation (sung in German): Part 1

c.8.10pm:
Interval:
Proms Plus Talk: Rev. Lucy Winkett and Professor David Wyn Jones discuss Haydn's setting of the Bible in The Creation, with presenter Louise Fryer.

Haydn: The Creation: Parts 2 and 3

Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Christoph Pohl (baritone)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
BBC Philharmonic
Omer Meir Wellber (conductor)

Haydn's colourful oratorio returns to the Proms for the first time in a decade. The BBC Philharmonic is joined by the BBC Proms Youth Choir to perform Haydn's late masterpiece. From its opening Representation of Chaos, through the creation of stars, seas and storms, a magnificent musical sunrise and of course every animal from whales to eagles and even a worm, the Creation is one of the great musical dramas, teeming with life and energy.

Live BBC Proms. Omer Meir Wellber conducts the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Proms Youth Choir.

c.8.10pm:
Interval:
Proms Plus Talk: Rev. Lucy Winkett and Professor David Wyn Jones discuss Haydn's setting of the Bible in The Creation, with presenter Louise Fryer.

15Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - 12019073020190804 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra perform symphonies by Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Presented by Ian Skelly.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D major

c.8.05pm
Interval: Musicologists Marina Frolova-Walker and Pauline Fairclough discuss Shostakovich and his Symphony No. 5 with presenter Flora Willson.

Dmitry Shostakovich: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

One of Europe’s greatest orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Proms under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In the first of two concerts (see also Prom 17) they pair two contrasting symphonies in a programme that moves from sunshine to bitterness. ‘This symphony is smiling throughout,’ wrote Berlioz of Beethoven’s Second Symphony – a work in which seemingly sunny moods conceal personal tragedy and loss.

Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was written under the cloud of intense scrutiny and artistic repression following the public criticism of the composer at the hands of Stalin.

Live BBC Proms. Yannick N\u00e9zet-S\u00e9guin conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

c.8.05pm
Interval: Musicologists Marina Frolova-Walker and Pauline Fairclough discuss Shostakovich and his Fifth Symphony with presenter Flora Willson.

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

16Late Night - Ang\u00e9lique Kidjo20190730

Live at BBC Proms: Angélique Kidjo

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Lopa Kothari

Described as ‘the undisputed queen of African music’, three-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo makes her Proms debut with her nine-piece band in late-night tribute to the celebrated salsa songstress Celia Cruz.

Live BBC Proms. Ang\u00e9lique Kidjo performs a tribute to salsa songstress Celia Cruz.

16Late Night - Angelique_kidjo20190730

Live at BBC Proms: Angélique Kidjo

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Lopa Kothari

Described as ‘the undisputed queen of African music’, three-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo makes her Proms debut with her nine-piece band in late-night tribute to the celebrated salsa songstress Celia Cruz.

Live BBC Proms. Ang\u00e9lique Kidjo performs a tribute to salsa songstress Celia Cruz.

17Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - 220190731

Live at BBC Proms: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet‐Séguin plays Sibelius and Richard Strauss and are joined by violinist Lisa Batiashvili in Prokofiev

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Sibelius:
Symphony No 1 in E minor

c.8.10pm
Interval: Proms Plus talk: Journalist and string-instrument expert Ariane Todes and Russian music expert and critic David Nice explore Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and the Russian school of violin-playing.

c.8.30pm
Prokofiev:
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Richard Strauss:
Der Rosenkavalier – suite

The second concert from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood.

A passionate champion of new music, Wood gave the UK premieres of many major works featured this season, including both Sibelius’s turbulent Symphony No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto – played here by Georgian soloist Lisa Batiashvili – whose initial simplicity and directness give way to spiky virtuosity in the finale.

The concert closes in Vienna, with the waltz-filled and lushly orchestrated suite from Richard Strauss’s popular opera Der Rosenkavalier.

Live BBC Proms. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yannick N\u00e9zet\u2010S\u00e9guin, Lisa Batiashvili.

Live at BBC Proms: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet‐Séguin plays Sibelius and Richard Strauss and are joined by violinist Gil Shaham in Prokofiev.

Richard Strauss:
Der Rosenkavalier – suite

A passionate champion of new music, Wood gave the UK premieres of many major works featured this season, including both Sibelius’s turbulent Symphony No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto – played here by soloist Gil Shaham – whose initial simplicity and directness give way to spiky virtuosity in the finale.

The concert closes in Vienna, with the waltz-filled and lushly orchestrated suite from Richard Strauss’s popular opera Der Rosenkavalier.

Live BBC Proms. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yannick N\u00e9zet\u2010S\u00e9guin, Gil Shaham.

18Britten And Mahler20190801

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. Britten's Piano Concerto and Mahler's powerful orchestral song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13
(revised version, 1945)

08.05
INTERVAL - Proms Plus Talk: Hannah French and former Proms Controller Sir Nicholas Kenyon discuss Henry Wood’s relationship with 20th-century music in the second of three events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Proms founder-conductor's birth.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Claudia Mahnke and Stuart Skelton are the soloists in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde - a powerful, personal statement of loss, orchestrated with infinite variety and skill.

It’s paired with another mould-breaking work Britten’s Piano Concerto. Premiered at the Proms in 1938 with the 24-year-old composer as soloist, the work is as much a celebration of orchestral texture as pianistic bravura, bursting with youthful energy and invention. Norwegian pianist and Proms regular Leif Ove Andsnes is the soloist.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. Britten's Piano Concerto and Mahler's powerful orchestral song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde.

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Live BBC Proms. BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner and Leif Ove Andsnes.

19Strauss, Schumann And Macmillan20190802

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO & Thomas Dausgaard with pianist Alexander Melnikov. Schumann's Piano Concerto and James MacMillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

8.05 Interval; Proms Plus: Composer Sir James MacMillan, 60 this year, discusses The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and talks about his inspiration and ideas. Recorded earlier at Imperial College Union. Producer Helen Garrison.

8.30 Part 2
Schumann: Piano Concerto
James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Alexander Melnikov (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

‘I always wanted a great bravura piece by him,’ wrote Clara Schumann of her husband. Her hope was answered in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto a work whose broad, symphonic scope explores and tests the relationship between soloist and orchestra.

Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov joins the BBC Scottish SO and its Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard for a programme that also includes the sweeping drama of Strauss’s tone-poem Also sprach Zarathustra, with its memorable opening sunrise (heard on the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the violence and compassion of Sir James MacMillan’s early masterpiece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, inspired by the execution of a 17th-century ‘witch’ and premiered at the Proms in 1990.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard and pianist Alexander Melnikov.

20Pekka Kuusisto And The Bbc Sso20190803

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO and Thomas Dausgaard plus Pekka Kuusisto. Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony performed with special Finnish folk music introductions.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Trad: Finnish Folk Music
Sibelius: Violin Concerto

8.15 Interval
Proms Plus Talk: Kate Molleson talks to Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Leah Broad and Professor Daniel Grimley about the music in tonight's concert.

8.35
Trad: Finnish Folk Music
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (original version, 1915)

Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
Taito Hoffrén (singer)
Ilona Korhonen (singer)
Minna-Liisa Tammela (singer)
Vilma Timonen (kantele)
Timo Alakotila (harmonium)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto memorably set the entire Proms audience singing a Finnish folk song in 2016. Now he returns for a Prom joined by fellow Finnish folk musicians, which sprinkles rustic Finnish folk music among two pinnacles of Finnish orchestral sophistication: Sibelius’s great Romantic Violin Concerto (with Kuusisto as soloist) and his Fifth Symphony – a work suffused with light and autumnal warmth.

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the symphony’s original, four-movement version, allowing a glimpse into the creative process of a work that Sibelius revised over a period of four years.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

21Olivier Latry20190804

Live at BBC Proms: Olivier Latry (organ), with a selection of musical favourites and novelties including works by Bach, de Falla, Beethoven, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Gigout, Khachaturian and Widor.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Aram Khachaturian - Gayane – Sabre Dance (transcr. Kiviniemi)
Manuel de Falla - El amor brujo – Ritual fire dance (transcr. Latry)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Adagio in F major (for mechanical clock)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Eugène Gigout - Air célèbre de la Pentecôte
Franz Liszt (arr. Guillou) - Prelude and Fugue on the name BACH, S 260
Charles‐Marie Widor - Bach's Memento – No. 4: Marche du veilleur de nuit
Camille Saint‐Saëns - Danse macabre (arr. Lemare)

Olivier Latry (organ)

Celebrated French organist Olivier Latry returns to the Proms for the first time in over a decade for a programme centred around transcriptions and arrangements for the ‘King of Instruments’.
The organist of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral roams through 250 years of music in a wide-ranging recital programme that stretches from Bach to Falla.
There’s a rhythmic charge to the recital, which includes virtuosic transcriptions of Khachaturian’s frenzied Sabre Dance, Falla’s hypnotic Ritual Fire Dance and Saint-Saëns’s devilish Danse macabre, as well as Bach’s dramatic Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and Bach arrangements by French organist-composers Widor and Gigout.

Live BBC Proms. Organist Olivier Latry performs Bach, de Falla, Liszt and Saint-Sa\u00ebns.

22Rachmaninov, Shostakovich And Outi Tarkiainen20190804

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic with Chief Guest Conductor John Storgards in Rachmaninov, Shostakovich's Symphony No.11 and the world premiere of Outi Tarkiainen's Midnight Sun Variations.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sarah Walker

Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead
Outi Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations (world premiere, BBC co-commission)

Interval
c.8.10pm Proms Plus: The myths and landscapes of the Nordic lands are discussed by Nicole Schmidt, creator of the podcast Mythos, which explores world folk lore and fairy tales, and New Generation Thinkers Leah Broad and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. Producer Jacqueline Smith

Shostakovich: Symphony No.11 'The Year 1905'

BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor)

Death and darkness encounter light and new life in this Prom given by the BBC Philharmonic with its Chief Guest Conductor John Storgards. Two Russian classics brood on death and loss; Rachmaninov's atmospheric 'The Isle of the Dead' conjures an dark scene - a ghostly ferryman transport the souls of the dead to rest - while Shostakovich's bitterly passionate Eleventh Symphony takes inspiration from the "Bloody Sunday" massacre of 1905. But light and hope appear in the world premiere of Outi Tarkiainen's Midnight Sun Variations, a celebration of rebirth in the perpetual day of an Arctic summer.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Philharmonic with John Storg\u00e5rds in Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

23Mozart's Requiem20190807

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and Nathalie Stutzmann with Fatma Said, Kathryn Rudge, Sunnyboy Dladla and David Shipley perform Mozart's Requiem.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Brahms:
Tragic Overture, Op 81

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, WW 90: Prelude and Liebestod

c.7.40pm
Interval - Proms Plus
The power of tragic tales - with poet Clare Pollard and Dr Jennifer Wallace hosted by Rana Mitter. Clare Pollard is the author of Ovid’s Heroines and Dr Jennifer Wallace from the University of Cambridge is author of the forthcoming Tragedy Since 9 /11. Produced by Zahid Warley.

c.8pm:
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626 (compl. Süssmayr)

Fatma Said (soprano)
Kathryn Rudge (mezzo soprano)
Sunnyboy Dladla (tenor)
David Shipley (bass)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Nathalie Stutzmann (conductor)

Love and loss, life and death collide in an emotionally charged concert given by Nathalie Stutzmann and the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Turbulent shifts of mood characterise Brahms’s Tragic Overture, and their ripples continue through the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s powerful operatic exploration of forbidden love, Tristan and Isolde.

At the heart of the programme is Mozart’s Requiem – the composer’s final work, left unfinished at his early death, and his own musical epitaph. Soloists include former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Fatma Said and Kathryn Rudge.

Live BBC Proms. BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales with Nathalie Stutzmann.

23Swan Lake20190805

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic with Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon in Arnold, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sarah Walker

Arnold: Peterloo Overture
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

c.8.10pm
Interval:
Proms Plus
In 2017, Sacha Dench of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust flew the 7,000 mile migration route of Whooper Swans from Siberia to the UK in a paraglider. Drawing on her experience, the ‘Human Swan’ talks about the birds that have become symbolic of love, beauty, and mystery with dance critic Sarah Crompton, former Arts Editor-in-Chief at The Telegraph. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpts)

Juan Perez Floristan (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon open with Malcolm Arnold’s dramatic Peterloo Overture in the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre at St Peter’s Fields in the orchestra’s hometown of Manchester.

Excerpts from Swan Lake, the first of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet scores, include the colourful sequence of national dances and the heartbreaking final scene in which Odette and her beloved Siegfried are united for ever in death, breaking the spell of the sorcerer Rothbart.

Juan Pérez Floristán is soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with its famous lyrical 18th Variation.

Live at BBC Proms. BBC Philharmonic with Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic with Principal Conductor Ben Gernon in Arnold, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

c.8.10pm
Interval:
Proms Plus
In 2017, Sacha Dench of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust flew the 7,000-mile migration route of Whooper Swans from Siberia to the UK in a paraglider. Drawing on her experience, the ‘Human Swan’ talks about the birds that have become symbolic of love, beauty, and mystery with dance critic Sarah Crompton, former Arts Editor-in-Chief at The Telegraph. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.

Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic and their Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon open with Malcolm Arnold's Dramatic 'Peterloo Overture' in the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Masacre at St Peter's Fields in Manchester. Excerpts from 'Swan Lake' the first of Tchaikovsky's great ballet scores, include the colourful sequence of national dances and the heart-breaking final scene in which Odette and her beloved Siegfried are united for ever in death, breaking the spell of the sorcerer Rothbart. Russian virtuoso Alxander Gavrylyuk returns, following his Proms debut in 2017, as soloist in Rachmaninov's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini', with its famous lyrical 18th Variation.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Philharmonic with Principal Conductor Ben Gernon

25Tchaikovsky, Sibelius And Weinberg20190806

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6. Plus Weinberg's Cello Concerto with soloist Sol Gabetta.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Sibelius: Karelia Suite

Mieczysław Weinberg: Cello Concerto

c.08.10
Interval:
Proms Plus Talk: Shahidha Bari presents readings of Tchaikovsky’s letters, many of which were suppressed because of what they revealed about his sexuality. She is joined by composer Rolf Hind. Recorded earlier at Beit Hall, Imperial College.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Sol Gabetta (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska (conductor)

Dalia Stasevska makes her Proms debut as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor.

Cellist Sol Gabetta joins them to celebrate the centenary of one of the 20th century’s great unsung heroes, Mieczysław Weinberg, whose Cello Concerto – premiered by Rostropovich in 1957, a decade after it was written – deserves a place alongside those of his great friend and colleague Shostakovich.

The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s much-loved ‘Pathétique’ Symphony, with its thrilling Scherzo, and Sibelius’s suite Karelia a stirring celebration of Finland’s proud history.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SO, conducted by Dalia Stasevska, with cellist Sol Gabetta.

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6. Plus Weinberg's Cello Concerto with soloist Sol Gabetta.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Sibelius: Karelia Suite

Mieczysław Weinberg: Cello Concerto

c.08.10
Interval:
Proms Plus Talk: Shahidha Bari presents readings of Tchaikovsky’s letters, many of which were suppressed because of what they revealed about his sexuality. She is joined by composer Rolf Hind. Recorded earlier at Beit Hall, Imperial College.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Sol Gabetta (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska (conductor)

Dalia Stasevska makes her Proms debut as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor.

Cellist Sol Gabetta joins them to celebrate the centenary of one of the 20th century’s great unsung heroes, Mieczysław Weinberg, whose Cello Concerto – premiered by Rostropovich in 1957, a decade after it was written – deserves a place alongside those of his great friend and colleague Shostakovich.

The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s much-loved ‘Pathétique’ Symphony, with its thrilling Scherzo, and Sibelius’s suite Karelia a stirring celebration of Finland’s proud history.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SO, conducted by Dalia Stasevska, with cellist Sol Gabetta.

27The Sound Of Space: Sci-fi Film Music20190807

Live Proms from the Royal Albert Hall: London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames in music from sci-fi films including Alien: Covenant, Interstellar and Under the Skin.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Jed Kurzel: Alien: Covenant
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Mica Levi: Under the Skin
Clint Mansell: Moon
Steven Price: Gravity
John Murphy: Sunshine
Carly Paradis: The Innocents

London Contemporary Orchestra
Robert Ames (conductor)

A Late Night Prom with a futuristic spin brings together some of the best sci-fi film music. Excerpts from cult soundtracks come together with recent works by Hans Zimmer and Mica Levi.

The award winning London Contemporary Orchestra – whose collaborators include Radiohead, Goldfrapp and Steve Reich – perform music from Under the Skin, Interstellar and the recent Netflix series The Innocents, among other titles, as well as from Alien: Covenant, whose soundtrack the LCO recorded.

There will be no interval

Live BBC Proms. London Contemporary Orchestra with Robert Ames

Live Proms from the Royal Albert Hall: London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames in music from Sci-Fi films including Alien: Covenant, Interstellar and Under the Skin.

Steven Price: Gravity
Mica Levi: Under the Skin
John Murphy: Sunshine
Wendy Carlos: Tron (Scherzo)
Carly Paradis: The Innocents
Clint Mansell: Moon
Louis and Bebe Barron: Forbidden Planet (Main Titles – Overture)
Jed Kurzel: Alien: Covenant
Jòhann Jòhannsson arr. Anthony Weeden: Arrival (Suite No 1)
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar

Jed Kurzel (live electronics)
Carly Paradis (piano)
Lisa Hannigan (vocalist)
EERA (vocalist)
London Contemporary Orchestra
Robert Ames (conductor)

Live Proms from the Royal Albert Hall. The London Contemporary Orchestra with Robert Ames.

28Rachmaninov, Borodin And Huw Watkins20190808

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Tadaaki Otaka with Natalya Romanov, Oleg Dolgov and Iurii Samoilov.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas

Takemitsu:
Twill by Twilight

Huw Watkins:
The Moon

c. 7.35pm
Interval:
Proms Plus
The American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was a pioneer of Gothic and horror fiction and verse, including ‘The Raven’. His poem The Bells inspired the Rachmaninov piece in tonight’s concert. Laura Purcell, author of The Corset and The Silent Companions and Iain Sinclair, whose books include Downriver, join presenter Matthew Sweet. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.

c.7.55pm
Rachmaninov:
The Bells, Op. 35

Borodin:
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Natalya Romanov
Oleg Dolgov
Iurii Samoilov

BBC National Chorus of Wales
Philharmonia Chorus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka

Sleigh bells, wedding bells, warning bells and mourning bells all peal through Rachmaninov’s choral symphony The Bells – which sets a text by Edgar Allan Poe with broad brushstrokes and bright colours.

Borodin’s exotically seductive Polovtsian Dances also features, alongside a world premiere by Huw Watkins inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon.

Live BBC Proms. BBC NOW and NCW with the Philharmonia Chorus and Tadaaki Otaka.

30The Warner Brothers Story20190809

Live at BBC Proms: the John Wilson Orchestra, the Maida Vale Singers and John Wilson in the Warner Brothers Story with works by Korngold, Warren, Romberg, Steiner, Tiomkin, Willson, Loewe, Arlen, Styne, among others.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk
Harry Warren: We're in the money
Sigmund Romberg: The Desert song
Max Steiner: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Dimitri Tiomkin: The Old Man and the Sea
Meredith Willson: Seventy-Six Trombones
Harold Arlen: Blues in the Night

c. 20.25
INTERVAL: Proms Plus Talk: a discussion of some of the great film scores being played tonight, with Matthew Sweet, David Benedict and Pamela Hutchinson

c. 20:50
Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady (excerpts)
Max Steiner: Now, Voyager (excerpts)
Sammy Fain: The Deadwood Stage (from Calamity Jane)
(Doris Day tribute)
Jule Styne: It's Magic
Alex North: A Streetcar Named Desire (excerpts)
Frederick Loewe: Camelot (excerpts)
Henry Mancini: The Days of Wine and Roses
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Constant Nymph (excerpts)

Mikaela Bennett (singer)
Louise Dearman (singer)
Kate Lindsey (singer)
Matt Ford (singer)
Maida Vale Singers
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Ten years since their first Proms appearance together, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra present an evening of sumptuous technicoloured scores from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. With music from films including The Sea Hawk, The Constant Nymph, Calamity Jane, A Streetcar Named Desire and Harry Potter.

Live BBC Proms. The John Wilson Orchestra and the Maida Vale Singers.

Live at BBC Proms: the John Wilson Orchestra, the Maida Vale Singers and John Wilson in the Warner Brothers Story with works by Korngold, Warren, Romberg, Steiner, Tiomkin, Willson, Loewe, Arlen, Styne, among others. Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk - overture
Harry Warren: Gold Diggers of 1933 - We're in the money
Sigmund Romberg: The Desert song - title song
Max Steiner: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - suite
Dimitri Tiomkin: The Old Man and the Sea - suite, 1st mvt
Meredith Willson: The Music Man - Seventy-Six Trombones
Harold Arlen: Blues in the Night - title song
Bronislav Kaper: Auntie Mame - main title
Harold Arlen: A Star is Born - Gotta Have Me Go With You
Harold Arlen: A Star is Born - The Man That Got Away
Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady - Get Me to the Church on Time

c. 20.25 INTERVAL: Proms Plus Talk: a discussion of some of the great film scores being played tonight, with Matthew Sweet, David Benedict and Pamela Hutchinson

c. 20:50 Jule Styne: Gypsy - overture
Max Steiner: Now, Voyager - suite
Sammy Fain: Calamity Jane - The Deadwood Stage (Doris Day tribute)
Jule Styne: Romance in the High Seas - It's Magic
Alex North: A Streetcar Named Desire- main title
Frederick Loewe: Camelot - if Ever I Would Leave You
Henry Mancini: The Days of Wine and Roses
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Constant Nymph - Tomorrow

Mikaela Bennett (singer) Louise Dearman (singer) Kate Lindsey (singer) Matt Ford (singer) Maida Vale Singers John Wilson Orchestra John Wilson (conductor)

Ten years since their first Proms appearance together, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra present an evening of sumptuous technicoloured scores from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. With music from films including The Sea Hawk, The Constant Nymph, Calamity Jane, A Streetcar Named Desire and Harry Potter.

Live Proms from the Royal Albert Hall with the John Wilson Orchestra, Maida Vale Singers.

31Brahms, Bruckner And Strauss20190810

Live at BBC Proms: The Philharmonia, with Lise Davidsen and Esa-Pekka Salonen, in music by Brahms, Strauss and Bruckner

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Brahms: Variations on the St Anthony Chorale

Strauss: Four Songs, Op. 27

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: William Mival and Stephen Johnson discuss Bruckner's symphonic techniques, with presenter Flora Willson.

8.35: Bruckner: Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Romantic'
(1878–80 version, ed. Nowak)

Lise Davidsen, soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform a programme of Austro-German orchestral classics with Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony at its heart. Soprano Lise Davidsen joins them for a sequence of Strauss songs including the ecstatic ‘Morgen!’.

Live BBC Proms. The Philharmonia with Esa-Pekka Salonen and soprano Lise Davidsen.

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: William Mival and Stephen Johnson discuss Bruckner's symphonic techniques, with presenter Flora Willson.

32An Alpine Symphony20190811

Live at BBC Proms: The National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Sir Antonio Pappano and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato: Berlioz's Les nuits d'été and Strauss's Alpine Symphony

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Benjamin Beckman
New work

Hector Berlioz
Les nuits d'été, Op 7

11.35am
interval: Andrew McGregor looks at the work of the NYO USA and meets some of its players.

Richard Strauss
An Alpine Symphony

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Brass of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Celebrated American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is reunited with regular collaborator Sir Antonio Pappano to mark the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death with a performance of the composer’s sumptuous orchestral song-cycle Les nuits d’été – a musical journey from springtime love to cruellest loss.

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA undertakes a journey of quite a different kind in Strauss’s monumental An Alpine Symphony, whose vast orchestral forces and massive soundscapes conjure up the craggy drama of the Bavarian Alps.

The concert opens with a new work, by Benjamin Beckman, one of the NYO-USA’s two Apprentice Composers.

Live BBC Proms: The National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Sir Antonio Pappano.

33Mahler, Schubert And Glanert20190811

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Semyon Bychkov explore Austro-German music. Soprano Christina Gansch is the soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Detlev Glanert: Weites Land ('Musik mit Brahms' for orchestra)
UK premiere

Franz Schubert: Einsamkeit for soprano and orchestra (orch. D. Glanert)

08.00

INTERVAL - Proms Plus
Before the Mahler symphony which includes a song presenting a child's view of heaven - this discussion hears about children's concepts of innocence and experience New Generation Thinker Emma Butcher and Patrice Lawrence, award winning writer of the young adult novel Orangeboy. Presented by New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen. Produced by Jacqueline Smith.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major

Christina Gansch (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Semyon Bychkov traces the evolution and genealogy of Austro-German music in a fascinating Prom featuring three works from three different centuries.

Schubert’s influence on Mahler is clear from the weary loveliness and fretful anxiety of Einsamkeit (‘Loneliness’), heard here in an elegant orchestration by contemporary composer Detlev Glanert.

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, bright with sleigh bells and innocent wonder, glances back to Classical models from the vantage point of fin-de-siècle Vienna, while Glanert takes Brahms’s Fourth Symphony into the 21st century in his lyrical Weites Land (‘Open Land’).

Live BBC Proms. Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra explore Austro-German music.

34West-eastern Divan Orchestra20190812

Live at BBC Proms: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim and pianist Martha Argerich in Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Lutosławski

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor

8.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Professor Adrian Thomas and Professor Nicholas Reyland discuss the work that established Lutoslawski as a major composer in 1950s Poland, the Concerto for Orchestra, with presenter Andrew McGregor.

Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Orchestra

Martha Argerich (piano)
West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Daniel Barenboim and his West–Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms with a programme of emotion and sensation.

Legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – an outpouring of Romantic intensity sustained from the arresting opening chords right through to the thrilling finale.

Polish folk dances pulse through Lutosławski’s vibrant Concerto for Orchestra, with its echoes of Stravinsky and Bartok. Its bracing rhythmic energy and reticent beauty offer the perfect foil to the melodic richness of Tchaikovsky’s concerto.

Live BBC Proms. West\u2013Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich.

Live at BBC Proms: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim and pianist Martha Argerich in Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Lutosławski

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor

8.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Professor Adrian Thomas and Professor Nicholas Reyland discuss the work that established Lutoslawski as a major composer in 1950s Poland, the Concerto for Orchestra, with presenter Andrew McGregor.

Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Orchestra

Martha Argerich (piano)
West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Daniel Barenboim and his West–Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms with a programme of emotion and sensation.

Legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – an outpouring of Romantic intensity sustained from the arresting opening chords right through to the thrilling finale.

Polish folk dances pulse through Lutosławski’s vibrant Concerto for Orchestra, with its echoes of Stravinsky and Bartok. Its bracing rhythmic energy and reticent beauty offer the perfect foil to the melodic richness of Tchaikovsky’s concerto.

Live BBC Proms. West\u2013Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich.

35Enigma Variations20190813

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates conductor Martyn Brabbins's 60th birthday today in music by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Elgar's Enigma variations

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B.
(BBC commission: world premiere)

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

c.7.50pm
Interval: Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris and scholar Kate Kennedy explore the connections between Brahms, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, composers featured in tonight's concert.

c.8.20pm
Brahms: Song of Destiny
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Nadine Benjamin, soprano
Idunnu Münch, mezzo-soprano
William Morgan, tenor
David Ireland, bass-baritone

English National Opera Chorus
BBC Singers
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.

Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates conductor Martyn Brabbins's 60th birthday today in music by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Elgar's Enigma Variations

Various Composers: Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. (BBC commission: world premiere)
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

36Late-night Mixtape20190813

Live at BBC Proms: Tenebrae and 12 Ensemble with director Nigel Short, including music by Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, JS Bach and Schubert.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Tenebrae
12 Ensemble
Nigel Short (director)

In the spirit of Radio 3’s popular In Tune Mixtape - joining together an eclectic range of classical and contemporary sounds - we present a live, late-night wind-down, exploring the fringes of Minimalism and meditative listening.

With radiant choral sounds and heavenly strings plus guest soloists, the Royal Albert Hall transforms into a vast ambient resonator.

Pieces by the godfathers of ‘Holy Minimalism', Arvo Pärt and Pēteris Vasks, emerge out of the sublime classicism of JS Bach and Schubert, in a Prom to calm the mind and nourish the soul.

Live BBC Proms. Tenebrae and 12 Ensemble with director Nigel Short.

Live at BBC Proms: music to calm the mind and nourish the soul, with radiant choral sounds and heavenly strings from Tenebrae, 12 Ensemble, Martin James Bartlett, Soumik Datta and Cormac Byrne.

Eriks Esenvalds: Stars
Max Richter: Vladimir's Blues
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Peteris Vasks: The Fruits of Silence
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (2nd movement)
Ola Gjeilo: The Spheres
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden' (1st movement)
Soumik Datta: Morning Song
Alonso Lobo: Versa est in luctum cithara mea
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2
Soumik Datta: Clouds (arr. Iain Farrington) (world premiere)
Max Richter: On the Nature of Daylight
John Tavener: The Lamb

Tenebrae (director, Nigel Short)
12 Ensemble
Martin James Bartlett (piano)
Soumik Datta (sarod)
Cormac Byrne (bodhran)

Pieces by the godfathers of ‘Holy Minimalism', Arvo Part and Peteris Vasks, emerge out of the sublime classicism of JS Bach and Schubert, in a Prom to calm the mind and nourish the soul.

Super chilled heavenly radiance to calm the mind and nourish the soul.

37The Childhood Of Christ20190814

Live at BBC Proms: Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Genesis Sixteen and a starry solo quartet, Julie Boulianne, Allan Clayton, Roderick Williams and Neal Davies.

Presented by Andrew McGregor at the Royal Albert Hall.

Hector Berlioz: The Childhood of Christ

Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Neal Davies (bass)
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Genesis Sixteen
Hallé
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

Sir Mark Elder and the Halle continue our series marking 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz with the composer’s vividly dramatic oratorio The Childhood of Christ.

Simple and often disarmingly direct, with emotions that unfold in some of the composer’s most beautiful melodies (including the much-loved ‘Shepherds’ Farewell’), the oratorio follows the Holy Family as they flee from Bethlehem into Egypt, where they find safety and welcome.

Proms Plus: Inspired by Berlioz’s trickery, Shahidha Bari and Nick Groom explore the long tradition of literary hoaxes, with readings from some of the most creative and audacious examples. Producer Ciaran Bermingham

Live BBC Proms. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hall\u00e9 and a starry line-up of soloists.

Live at BBC Proms: Maxime Pascal conducts the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Genesis Sixteen and a starry solo quartet, Julie Boulianne, Allan Clayton, Roderick Williams and Neal Davies.

Hector Berlioz: The Childhood of Christ
Part 1: Herod's Dream

7.40pm
Proms Plus: Inspired by Berlioz’s trickery (he'd originally passed off some of L'enfance du Christ as the work of an imaginary 17th century composer Ducré), Shahidha Bari and Nick Groom explore the long tradition of literary hoaxes, with readings from some of the most creative and audacious examples. Producer Ciaran Bermingham

8.05
Hector Berlioz: The Childhood of Christ
Part 2: The Flight to Egypt
Part 3: The Arrival at Saïs

Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Neal Davies (bass)
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Genesis Sixteen
Hallé
Maxime Pascal (conductor)

Maxime Pascal and the Hallé continue our series marking 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz with the composer’s vividly dramatic oratorio The Childhood of Christ.

Live BBC Proms. Maxime Pascal conducts the Hall\u00e9 and a starry line-up of soloists.

38Solomon's Knot20190814

Live at BBC Proms: Solomon's Knot makes its Proms debut with an all-Bach late night Prom

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Hannah French

JS Bach:
Cantata No. 130 'Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir', BWV 130
Cantata No. 19 'Es erhub sich ein Streit', BWV 19
Cantata No. 149, 'Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg', BWV 149
Cantata No. 50, 'Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft', BWV 50

Solomon's Knot

Performing with small forces and without a conductor, Baroque-music collective Solomon’s Knot brings a contemporary clarity and freshness to all its performances.
The ensembles makes its Proms debut with an all-Bach Late Night Prom of cantatas composed for the Feast of St Michael – the saint who, appropriately, protects against the evils of darkness and night.
The programme includes the richly scored cantatas Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir and Es erhub sich ein Streit, as well as the dramatic Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, with its glorious chorale finale.

Live BBC Proms. Solomon's Knot makes its Proms debut with an all-Bach late-night Prom.

39Elgar, Errollyn Wallen, Mendelssohn And Mussorgsky20190815

Live at BBC Proms: BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Elim Chan and Catriona Morison perform Elgar Sea Pictures and a world premiere by Errollyn Wallen.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas

Mendelssohn:
Overture 'The Hebrides' (Fingal's Cave)

Elgar:
Sea Pictures, Op. 37

c.7.30pm: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Composer Errolyn Warren talks to Hannah Conway about her inspiration and ideas.

c.7.50pm
Errollyn Wallen:
This Frame Is Part of the Painting

Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel:
Pictures at an Exhibition

Cartiona Morison

BBC National Chorus of Wales
Elim Chan

Winner of Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, Catriona Morison makes her Proms debut in Elgar’s sumptuous Sea Pictures, a vivid musical portrait of the sea in its many moods.

Also hanging in this musical gallery are Mussorgsky’s colourful Pictures at an Exhibition, Mendelssohn’s much-loved overture The Hebrides and the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s homage to artist Howard Hodgkin, This Frame Is Part of the Painting.

Live BBC Proms. BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Elim Chan and Catriona Morison.

40Queen Victoria's 200th Anniversary20190816

Live at BBC Proms: Stephen Hough joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Ádám Fischer, then accompanies Alessandro Fisher to celebrate Queen Victoria's birth

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Hannah French

Part 1
Sullivan: Victoria and Merrie England - ballet suite No 1
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25

8.15
Interval - Proms Plus
With Queen Victoria’s piano centre-stage in tonight’s concert, historians Lee Jackson and Kathryn Hughes discuss what kept Her Majesty’s subjects amused indoors and outdoors. Lee Jackson is the author of Palaces of Pleasure. Kathryn Hughes has written about George Eliot, Mrs Beeton, and Victorians Undone: Tales of Flesh in the Age of Decorum. Hosted by Rana Mitter. Produced by Fiona McLean.

8.35 Part 2
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha: Gruss aus der Ferne; Standchen; Gruss an den Bruder; Aus Wilhelm Meister; Lebewohl
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish)

Stephen Hough (piano)
Alessandro Fisher (tenor)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ádám Fischer (conductor)

The Proms celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a glimpse into the monarch’s musical life.

The programme features music by her favourite composer, Mendelssohn, including his lively ‘Scottish’ Symphony and First Piano Concerto, which will be performed by Stephen Hough on Victoria’s own piano, loaned by HM The Queen from the Royal Collection.

The concert also includes a suite from Arthur Sullivan’s ballet Victoria and Merrie England, composed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as songs by Prince Albert.

Live BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, \u00c1d\u00e1m Fischer and Stephen Hough.

41Rimsky-korsakov, Rachmaninov, Lyadov And Glazunov20190817

Live at BBC Proms: The London Philharmonic and pianist Alexander Ghindin, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, play music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Lyadov and Glazunov.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada – suite
Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1898

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
(original version, 1891) Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1900

8.15: Interval

8.35: Lyadov: Baba-Yaga
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1906

Kikimora
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1917

From the Apocalypse
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1914

Glazunov: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1897

Alexander Ghindin, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto is the centerpiece of an all-Russian programme by Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO, which also includes the dance-filled suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada and Glazunov’s big-hearted Fifth Symphony.

Live BBC Proms. London Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Jurowski with Alexander Ghindin.

Presented by Penny Gore

Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada – suite
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
(original version, 1891)

8.15: Interval Proms Plus The Power of Russian Folktales are discussed by Marina Warner and Sophie Anderson, chaired by New Generation Thinker Victoria Donovan.

8.35: Lyadov: Baba-Yaga; Kikimora; From the Apocalypse
Glazunov: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto is the centrepiece of an all-Russian programme by Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO, which also includes the dance-filled suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada and Glazunov’s big-hearted Fifth Symphony.

Live at BBC Proms. The London Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

42Youthful Beginnings20190818

Live at BBC Proms: The Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and Mariam Batsashvili in works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Shostakovich.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Hannah French

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C major
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto

c.8.20
Interval: Ian Skelly talks to pianist Lucy Parham and musicologist Natasha Loges about the life and work of Clara Schumann.

Sofia Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor

Mariam Batsashvili (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

Belfast's Ulster Orchestra and its dynamic music director Rafael Payare present the Proms premiere of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mariam Batsashvili.
Begun when the then Clara Wieck was just 13 years old, it’s a work whose mellow mood and lyrical melodies conceal no little technical intricacy and formal innovation.
Sunny good humour also runs through both Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 – famously described as a musical ‘comedy of manners’ – and Shostakovich’s First Symphony, lively with satirical wit and mischief.

Live BBC Proms. Ulster Orchestra with Rafael Payare and violinist Mariam Batsashvili.

43Beethoven's Ninth Symphony20190819

Live at BBC Proms: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven's great choral symphony. Plus new commissions from Dieter Ammann and Jonathan Dove.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Jonathan Dove: We Are One Fire*
BBC commission: world premiere

Dieter Ammann: Piano Concerto
BBC co-commission with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, supported by Pro Helvetia: world premiere

8.05
INTERVAL - Proms Reading: Presenter Seán Williams discusses Beethoven, the man, and we hear readings which paint a picture of him and the culture at the time, including Schiller's 'An Ode to Joy', which forms part of the text for the composer's Symphony No. 9.

8.25
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Anu Komsi (soprano)
Hilary Summers (contralto)
Michael Weinius (tenor)
Mika Kares (bass)
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Neil Ferris (conductor)*
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sakari Oramo conducts the annual Proms performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – Western music’s most powerful statement of universal fellowship. Finnish soprano Anu Komsi leads an international cast of soloists.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is paired with two world premieres: a new choral work by Jonathan Dove, conducted by BBC Symphony Chorus Director Neil Ferris, and a much-anticipated Piano Concerto by Swiss composer Dieter Ammann, performed by his compatriot Andreas Haefliger.

Live BBC Proms. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Live at BBC Proms the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is conducted by Sakari Oramo in Beethoven's Symphony No.9. Plus world premieres of works by Dieter Ammann and Jonathan Dove.

Dieter Ammann: Piano Concerto
BBC co-commission with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council: world premiere

Sakari Oramo conducts the annual Proms performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – Finnish soprano Anu Komsi leads an international cast of soloists.

It is paired with two world premieres: a new choral work by Jonathan Dove and a much-anticipated Piano Concerto by Swiss composer Dieter Ammann, performed by his compatriot Andreas Haefliger.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sakari Oramo.

44Belshazzar's Feast20190820

Live at BBC Proms: The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley in Koechlin's Les bandar-log, Varese's Amériques and Walton's Belshazzar’s Feast

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Koechlin:
Les bandar-log

Varese:
Amériques (original version, 1921)

c.8.15pm Interval Proms Plus
Since its publication in 1894, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has remained loved by children, but its attitudes have been questioned by some parents and critics, who see it as a relic of colonial English literature. Koechlin’s Les Bandar-Log is part of his nearly life long effort to set The Jungle Book to music. Costa Book Prize winning novelist Frances Hardinge and Sue Walsh from Reading University explore the book’s popularity and controversies with New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.
Produced by Luke Mulhall.

c.8.35pm:
Walton:
Belshazzar’s Feast

Gerald Finley baritone
Orfeo Catala
Orfeo Catala Youth Choir
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of sonic spectacle, bringing one of the great English oratorios together with an American orchestral classic.

Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist.

More than 10 percussionists are needed to bring Varese’s Amériques – a celebration of the modern city in sound – to life, while Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book inspired Les bandar-log transports listeners to the primeval forest, where all the noise comes from the monkeys.

Live BBC Proms. London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley.

45Mississippi Goddam: A Homage To Nina Simone20190821

Live at BBC Proms: Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, with singers Ledisi and Lisa Fischer in a celebration of Nina Simone.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Part I

c. 20:20 Interval Proms Plus
The life, work and legacy of great African-American singer-songwriter Nina Simone discussed by poet Zena Edwards and singer-musician Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Hosted by Kevin LeGendre. Produced by Zahid Warley

c. 20:40
Part II

Ledisi (singer)
Lisa Fischer (singer)
Metropole Orkest
Jules Buckley (conductor)

Singer, songwriter, arranger and political activist – Nina Simone is a giant of jazz history. She’s celebrated here in all her guises in a concert led by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, featuring titles including ‘Feeling Good’, ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ and ‘I Put a Spell on You’.

Live BBC Proms. Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest with Ledisi and Lisa Fischer.

46City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra20190822

Live at BBC Proms: CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla perform music by Weinberg, Howell and Knussen, and are joined by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Elgar's cello concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Dorothy Howell:
Lamia
(Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1919)

Elgar:
Cello Concerto in E minor

c.8.15pm:
Interval: An exploration of the life and work of Mieczysław Weinberg with musicologist and broadcaster Erik Levi.

c.8.35pm:
Knussen:
The Way to Castle Yonder

Weinberg:
Symphony No. 3
(London premiere)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor

The CBSO and Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla celebrate the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg the man Shostakovich hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding composers’ of his day – with a rare performance of his Symphony No. 3, a work that combines folk melodies and dances with confessional urgency.

That intensity is shared by Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto, performed here by 2016 BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The concert opens with Dorothy Howell’s radiant tone-poem Lamia (first performed, like Elgar’s concerto, 100 years ago) and also includes The Way to Castle Yonder, a suite from the much-missed Oliver Knussen’s opera Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Live BBC Proms. CBSO and Mirga Gra\u017einyt\u0117-Tyla with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

47Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra20190823

Live at BBC Proms: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig with Andris Nelsons and Michael Schönheit in works by JS Bach and Bruckner.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

JS Bach:
Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542
Cantata No. 147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben', BWV 147 – Chorale 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (transcr. Schmidt-Mannheim)
Prelude in E flat major, BWV 552
Chorale Prelude 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme', BWV 645
Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552

c. 8.15pm:
Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Petroc Trelawny talks to Stephen Johnson and Professor Julian Horton about the relationship between music and architecture.

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 in C minor (1890 version, ed. Nowak)

Michael Schönheit (organ)
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra returns to the Proms for the first time under new Music Director Andris Nelsons.
At the heart of their programme is Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 – a work as vast in scope as size, a mighty orchestral monologue whose monumental finale the composer considered ‘the most significant movement of my life’.
Before the broad unfolding of Bruckner, Michael Schonheit presents the meticulous detail of Bach in a series of solo organ works including the lovely chorale ‘Wachet auf’.

Live BBC Proms. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons and Michael Sch\u00f6nheit

48Rachmaninov, Prokofiev And Silvestri20190824

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. Rachmaninov's mighty Symphony No. 2 plus Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Constantin Silvestri: Three Pieces for strings
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

8.10pm
Interval: An exploration of the Russian symphonic tradition, with musicologist Geoffrey Norris.

Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru (conductor)

Tracing a thrilling journey from doubt to triumph, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 sits at the centre of this concert.From a brooding opening it moves through a lovely slow movement to an ecstatic close – one of the most exciting in the repertoire. Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru makes his Proms debut with the BBC SO.

There’s more drama and still greater virtuosity in Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 2, performed here by 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho. The concert opens with the folk-inspired Three Pieces for strings by the Romanian composer-conductor Constantin Silvestri, who defected to the West in 1956 and died in London 50 years ago.

Live BBC Proms. BBC SO, conducted by Cristian M\u0103celaru, with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

49The Lost Words20190825

Live at BBC Proms: the Southbank Sinfonia, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and soloists under conductor Jessica Cottis.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

We celebrate the rich musical landscape of nature in a Prom inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words, which revives disappearing words that describe the natural world.

With a brand-new ‘spell’ by the book’s author Robert Macfarlane, and live paintings from Jackie Morris, who created the original artwork, the programme includes the nightingale, quail and cuckoo calls from Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, the Arctic bird cries of Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus, the carefree flight of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, plus new commissions by Jocelyn Pook and Alissa Firsova.

Interval: Petroc Trelawny talks to some of the talent involved in this event.

Stephanie Childress, violin
Jason Singh, beatboxer
Spell Songs, folk group
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Southbank Sinfonia
Jessica Cottis, conductor

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, a celebration of the rich musical landscape of nature.

50Orchestre De Paris20190826

Live at BBC Proms: Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Schumann, Widmann and Beethoven

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Robert Schumann: Genoveva – overture

Jörg Widmann: Babylon Suite
London premiere

c.8.15pm: Interval Proms Plus
Britons have always explored - and drawn creative inspiration from - their landscapes. But what does the ancient terrain mean in the modern world? Playwright and rapper Testament, whose play Black Men Walking was inspired by a group of Black British walkers based in Sheffield, discusses the hidden histories of the countryside with writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare – who has recorded several long walks for BBC Radio 3 and the Slow Radio podcast. Presented by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. Produced by Zahid Warley.

c.8.35pm
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'

Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Harding, conductor

Town or country? That's the choice offered here by Daniel Harding and the Orchestre de Paris.
Scored for a 90-strong orchestra, Jörg Widmann’s explosive Babylon Suite (adapted from his 2012 opera) invites listeners into the all-consuming sonic chaos of the city – a babel of sound and sensation.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, by contrast, takes listeners through fields and past brooks in its evocative portrait of pastoral life.
The concert opens with the gathering storm-clouds of the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva.

Live BBC Proms. Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris.

51The Magic Flute20190827

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Ryan Wigglesworth in Glyndebourne's new production starring David Portillo as Tamino and Sofia Fomina as Pamina

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Donald Macleod

Mozart
The Magic Flute

2015 pm: Interval between Acts 1 and 2: Proms Plus Talk: Martin Handley talks to musicologist Tim Jones about The Magic Flute.

David Portillo Tamino
Sofia Fomina Pamina
Bjorn Burger Papageno
Alison Rose Papagena
Brindley Sherratt Sarastro
Caroline Wettergreen Queen of the Night
Jorg Schneider Monostatos
Esther Dierkes First Lady
Marta Fontanals-Simmons Second Lady
Katharina Magiera Third Lady
Michael Kraus Speaker
Martin Snell First Priest/Second Man in Armour
Thomas Atkins Second Priest/First Man in Armour

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Glyndebourne’s new production of The Magic Flute comes to the Proms in a special semi-staging.

Mozart’s final opera is a beguiling mix of enchantment and Enlightenment politics. A score overflowing with melody and invention and a fairy-tale cast of characters together create one of the composer’s best-loved comedies.

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts an exciting young cast including Sofia Fomina, Björn Bürger and David Portillo.

Full synopsis available online

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Ryan Wigglesworth.

52Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky And Ryan Wigglesworth20190828

Live at BBC Proms: the Britten Sinfonia with Marc-André Hamelin and Ryan Wigglesworth, playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mozart: Concerto in E flat major for two pianos

Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4, 'Mozartiana'
Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1897

c.8.15pm: Interval: Musicologist Jonathan Cross introduces Stravinsky’s Divertimento: The Fairy’s Kiss.

c.8.35pm:
Ryan Wigglesworth: Piano Concerto
BBC co-commission with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: world premiere

Stravinsky: Divertimento 'The Fairy's Kiss'

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Britten Sinfonia
Ryan Wigglesworth, piano and conductor

Arranging four pieces by Mozart in his Suite No. 4, Tchaikovsky pays homage to the composer he regarded as a ‘divinity’.
Tchaikovsky himself was the inspiration for Stravinsky’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss, shot through with Tchaikovsky’s melodies.
Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth also features as both pianist – alongside Marc-André Hamelin in Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos – and composer, with the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto.

Live BBC Proms. The Britten Sinfonia with Marc-Andr\u00e9 Hamelin and Ryan Wigglesworth.

53Elgar's The Music Makers20190829

Live at BBC Proms: Sir Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus & Sarah Connolly. Plus Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia and Hugh Wood’s Scenes from Comus.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Hugh Wood: Scenes from Comus

08.10
Interval - Proms Plus Talk: Musicologist Kate Kennedy discusses aspects of Elgar's The Music Makers with Jordan Kistler, author of a book about O'Shaughnessy, whose poem Elgar set

08.40
Elgar: The Music Makers, Op.69

Stacey Tappan (soprano)
Anthony Gregory (tenor)
Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Chorus*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly in Elgar’s last great choral work.

The Music Makers is the musical culmination of a career, drawing together quotations from many of the composer’s best-loved pieces, including the ‘Enigma’ Variations and Sea Pictures, and weaving them into a musical manifesto for the power of art.

The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s luminous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra and Hugh Wood’s lyrical setting of scenes from Milton’s pastoral masque Comus.

Live BBC Proms. Sir Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

54Duke Ellington's Sacred Music20190829

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Singers, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, conducted by Peter Edwards premiere a brand-new Sacred Concert with music from Duke Ellington.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann.

Sacred Music by Duke Ellington

Monty Alexander - piano
Annette Walker - tap dancer
BBC Singers
Carleen Anderson and the UK Vocal Assembly
Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Peter Edwards - conductor

Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts.

Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.

Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle.

There will be no interval

Live BBC Proms. BBC Singers and Nu Civilisation Orchestra conducted by Peter Edwards.

55Handel's Jephtha20190830

Live at BBC Proms: Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in Handel's oratorio Jephtha, with tenor Allan Clayton in the title role.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (Act I)

c. 20:05 Interval Proms Plus
The concept of sacrifice in the Old Testament is discussed by the Reverend Richard Coles and Dr Deborah Rooke hosted by New Generation Thinker John Gallagher. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.

c. 20:25
George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (Acts II & III)

Allan Clayton (Jephtha)
Jeanine De Bique (Iphis)
Hilary Summers (Storgè)
Tim Mead (Hamor)
Cody Quattlebaum (Zebul)
Rowan Pierce (Angel)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Richard Egarr (conductor)

Following on from the success of last year’s Theodora, the multi-year Proms Handel cycle continues with the composer’s last, and perhaps greatest, oratorio – Jephtha.

Period-performance specialist Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and SCO Chorus in the devastating story of the warrior Jephtha commanded by God to sacrifice his daughter Iphis.

Tenor Allan Clayton is the conflicted Jephtha, with Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique as Iphis.

Live BBC Proms. Richard Egarr conducts the SCO in Handel's Jephtha

56Henry Wood Tribute20190831

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey, with Leon McCawley playing John Ireland's Piano Concerto and other works championed by Sir Henry Wood.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Ireland Piano Concerto

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Petroc Trelawny considers the legacy of Sir Henry Wood, and talks to some of tonight's performers.

Dobrinka Tabakova Timber & Steel
Debussy, orch Wood La cathédrale engloutie
Granados, orch Wood Spanish Dance ‘Andaluza’
Wagner, orch Wood Traume for violin and orchestra
Grainger, orch Wood Handel in the Strand
Ravel La Valse

Leon McCawley (piano)
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (violin)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey

A 150th-anniversary tribute to Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, featuring works he premiered and arranged, and reflecting his wide musical tastes, from Wagner to John Ireland, Ravel to Percy Grainger.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey and Leon McCawley.

57Mozart, Rachmaninov And Qigang Chen20190901
58Tchaikovsky, Jan\u00e1\u010dek, Szymanowski And Linda Catlin Smith20190901

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO & Ilan Volkov with soprano Georgia Jarman perform Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz alongside a new work by Linda Catlin Smith.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Linda Catlin Smith - Nuages
Janáček - The Fiddler's Child
Szymanowski - Love Songs of Hafiz, Op. 26

8.15: Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Kate Molleson talks to cultural historian Rosamund Bartlett about Tchaikovsky and the Russian folk tradition.

8.35 Part 2
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian'

Georgia Jarman (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Folk songs and folk tales run through this programme from the BBC SSO and Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

A runaway success at its premiere, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 takes a different Ukrainian folk melody as the theme for each of its four movements, including the dizzyingly inventive finale, while a gruesome Czech legend provides the starting point for Janáček’s atmospheric orchestral ballad The Fiddler’s Child.

Szymanowski’s exotic songs based on texts by the 14th-century Persian mystic poet Hafiz and a world premiere by Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith complete the concert.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov and Georgia Jarman.

59Benvenuto Cellini20190902

Live at BBC Proms: John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Monteverdi Choir and tenor Michael Spyres in Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Tom Service.

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini - Michael Spyres
Teresa - Sophia Burgos
Balducci - Matthew Rose
Pope Clement VII - Tareq Nazmi
Francesco - Krystian Adam
Fieramosca - Lionel Lhote
Ascanio - Adèle Charvet
Bernardino - Ashley Riches
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Interval at approx 8.25pm: Historian and broadcaster Sarah Lenton introduces Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his five-year series of Berlioz performances to a triumphant close, and this summer’s 150th-anniversary celebrations to a spectacular climax, with the composer’s rarely performed opera Benvenuto Cellini, based on the life and loves of the Renaissance sculptor – culminating in the forging of a vast masterwork. With its sprawling storytelling and vastly demanding score, this is a piece built for the scope of the Royal Albert Hall. American tenor Michael Spyres sings the title-role.

Live BBC Proms. John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini.

Live at BBC Proms: John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Monteverdi Choir and tenor Michael Spyres in Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Tom Service.

Benvenuto Cellini - Michael Spyres
Teresa - Sophia Burgos
Balducci - Maurizio Muraro
Pope Clement VII - Tareq Nazmi
Francesco - Vincent Delhoume
Fieramosca - Lionel Lhote
Ascanio - Adèle Charvet
Bernardino - Ashley Riches
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Interval at approx 8.25pm: Andrew McgGegor talks to historian and broadcaster Sarah Lenton and music historian Flora Willson about Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his five-year series of Berlioz performances to a triumphant close, and this summer’s 150th-anniversary celebrations to a spectacular climax, with the composer’s rarely performed opera Benvenuto Cellini, based on the life and loves of the Renaissance sculptor – culminating in the forging of a vast masterwork. With its sprawling storytelling and vastly demanding score, this is a piece built for the scope of the Royal Albert Hall. American tenor Michael Spyres sings the title role.

60Vienna Philharmonic And Bernard Haitink20190903

Live at BBC Proms: The Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Murray Perahia in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and Bruckner's 7th Symphony

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

8.05pm
– interval – Martin Handley talks to tonight's conductor Bernard Haitink about his life and career.

Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 in E major (ed. Nowak)

Murray Perahia piano
Vienna Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink conductor

In a year that marks both his 90th birthday and the 65th anniversary of his conducting debut, Bernard Haitink conducts the first of the Vienna Philharmonic’s two concerts this season.

Making his first Proms appearance since 2012, legendary American pianist Murray Perahia is the soloist in Beethoven’s revolutionary Piano Concerto No. 4 – written by the composer as his own farewell to the performing stage.

A farewell of a different kind runs through Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. Completed shortly after Wagner’s death, the work’s heartfelt slow movement, with its poignant closing elegy, pays homage to the man and mentor Bruckner described as his ‘dearly beloved Master’.

Live BBC Proms. Vienna Philharmonic with Bernard Haitink and Murray Perahia.

Live at BBC Proms: The Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and Bruckner's 7th Symphony

Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Beethoven’s revolutionary Piano Concerto No. 4 – written by the composer as his own farewell to the performing stage.

Live BBC Proms. The Vienna Philharmonic with Bernard Haitink and Emanuel Ax.

61Vienna Philharmonic And Andr\u00e9s Orozco-estrada20190904

Live BBC Proms: the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Andrés Orozco‐Estrada in Dvorak's New World Symphony and Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley.

Dvořák: The Noonday Witch
Korngold: Violin Concerto

c. 7.45pm INTERVAL: Musicologists Ben Winters and Jessica Duchen discuss Korngold and America with Georgia Mann.

Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic, Andrés Orozco‐Estrada (conductor)

Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, with its wistful slow movement, is the centrepiece of the second concert from the Vienna Philharmonic – a programme of Central European works that showcases the orchestra’s distinctively rich sound. Andrés Orozco-Estrada pairs it with the composer’s colourful, folk-infused tone-poem The Noonday Witch, in which a mother’s threats inadvertently summon a witch into her home. Cinematic drama is also a hallmark of Korngold’s richly orchestrated and unashamedly romantic Violin Concerto, performed here by soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

Live at BBC Proms: the Vienna Philharmonic with violinist Leonidas Kavakos

Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, with its wistful slow movement, is the centrepiece of the second concert from the Vienna Philharmonic – a programme of Central European works that showcases the orchestra’s distinctively rich sound. Andrés Orozco-Estrada pairs it with the composer’s colourful, folk-infused tone poem The Noonday Witch, in which a mother’s threats inadvertently summon a witch into her home. Cinematic drama is also a hallmark of Korngold’s richly orchestrated and unashamedly romantic Violin Concerto, performed here by soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

Live BBC Proms. Vienna Philharmonic, Andr\u00e9s Orozco-Estrada and violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

62Canzionere Grecanico Salentino20190904

Live at BBC Proms: the music/dance group Canzioniere Grecanico Salentino, joined by guitarist Justin Adams and kora player Ballaké Sissoko bring sunny sounds from Southern Italy.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Justin Adams, guitar
Ballaké Sissoko, kora

Inspired by the ancient ritual of pizzica tarantata, the frenzied trance-like dance said to purge the bite of the tarantula spider, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino’s shows are an explosion of life that summons up the wildness behind the classical tarantella.

The Italian band creates a spectacle full of dance, passion, rhythm and mystery – as they say, ‘We still have our own demons to exorcise today’. They renew their traditions by inviting musicians to join them at their home in Southern Italy, and two of those guests join them onstage – Robert Plant’s guitarist Justin Adams and legendary kora player Ballaké Sissoko.

Live at BBC Proms: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Justin Adams and Ballak\u00e9 Sissoko.

Live at BBC Proms: the music/dance group Canzioniere Grecanico Salentino, joined by guitarist Justin Adams and kora player Ballaké Sissoko, bring sunny sounds from southern Italy.

The Italian band creates a spectacle full of dance, passion, rhythm and mystery – as they say, ‘We still have our own demons to exorcise today’. They renew their traditions by inviting musicians to join them at their home in southern Italy, and two of those guests join them onstage – Robert Plant’s guitarist Justin Adams and legendary kora player Ballaké Sissoko.

Live BBC Proms. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Justin Adams and Ballak\u00e9 Sissoko.

63Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninov20190905

Live BBC Proms: The Staatskapelle Dresden with Myung-Whun Chung and Yuja Wang in works by Rachmaninov and Brahms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor

c.8.15pm
Interval Proms Plus: Each year Proms Plus and the Free Thinking programme invite a leading author to talk about their career. Mark Haddon - author of the literary and theatrical super-hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - discusses the ideas in his latest novel, The Porpoise. The book re-imagines the legend of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, the subject of an epic work by the English poet Gower, and a play by Shakespeare, keeping its central image of a ship at sea, but re-imagining it in a modern age of aviation. He is interviewed by Anne McElvoy. Produced by Fiona McLean. The whole interview will be broadcast as a Free Thinking episode later in September.

c.8.40pm
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Yuja Wang (piano)
Staatskapelle Dresden
Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Explosively virtuosic and a thrilling live performer, Yuja Wang is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s emotionally expansive and technically demanding Third Piano Concerto – one of the most challenging in the repertoire.
She joins conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Staatskapelle Dresden – the second of this week’s visiting European orchestras – for a concert that also includes Brahms’s genial Symphony No. 2, whose freshness and spontaneity have drawn comparisons with Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.

Live Proms from the Royal Albert Hall with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Myung-Whun Chung

Live BBC Proms. Staatskapelle Dresden, Myung-Whun Chung and Yuja Wang.

64The Breaks20190906

Live at BBC Proms: The Heritage Orchestra, conductor Jules Buckley, featuring Soul Mavericks, DJ Mr Switch, Alice Russell, Vula Malinga and Brendan Reilly (vocals)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Take the most infectious bit of a funk record that makes people dance, and repeat it. These are ‘The Breaks’! Witness the Heritage Orchestra, with Jules Buckley and special guests, slice up and reimagine these iconic tracks that spawned breaking and formed the origins of hiphop - a culture that has risen from a single moment on the sidewalks of the Bronx nearly 50 years ago.

The concert will feature historic and modern-classic breaking tunes from James Brown, Incredible Bongo Band, Babe Ruth, Herbaliser, Madcon, and Poets of Rhythm, alongside LIVE breaking crew 'Soul Mavericks’, UK turntable royalty DJ Switch, singer Alice Russell, and many more.

Live BBC Proms. Heritage Orchestra, Jules Buckley, Soul Mavericks and Mr Switch.

The concert will feature historic and modern-classic breaking tunes from James Brown, Incredible Bongo Band, Babe Ruth, Herbaliser, Madcon, and Poets of Rhythm, alongside LIVE breaking crew 'Soul Mavericks’, UK turntable royalty DJ Switch, singer Alice Russell, and many more.

Live at BBC Proms: Heritage Orchestra, conductor Jules Buckley, Soul Mavericks, Mr Switch

65Mozart, Beethoven And R Strauss20190907

Live at BBC Proms: Constantinos Carydis conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and soprano Danae Kontora in Mozart and Strauss, plus Beethoven Symphony No. 7.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Ian Skelly.

Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio – overture; Aria: 'Popoli di Tessaglia! – lo non chiedo, eterni dei'; Cassation No. 1 in G major – Andante; Aria: 'No, no, che non sei capace'; Symphony No. 35 in D major, 'Haffner'

c.8.25
Interval: Georgia Mann introduces an exploration of the connections between the music of Strauss and Mozart, with musicologists Barbara Eichner and William Mival.

Richard Strauss: Capriccio – sextet; Ariadne auf Naxos – 'Grossmächtige Prinzessin!'
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major

Danae Kontora (soprano)
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Constantinos Carydis (conductor)

Greek coloratura soprano Danae Kontora makes her Proms debut with a sequence of Mozart and Strauss arias, while Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony is filled with operatic ornamentation and dramatic effects.

The vitality of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 led to its being famously described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.

Live BBC Proms. Constantinos Carydis conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

66John Luther Adams's In The Name Of The Earth20190908

Live at BBC Proms: eight choirs totalling over 600 singers join forces for John Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth

BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Hackney Empire Community Choir
London International Gospel Choir
London Philharmonic Choir
London Symphony Chorus
LSO Community Choir
Victoria Park Singers

Neville Creed, Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and David Temple (conductors)

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams is a master of large-scale musical spectacles – sonic installations that take the natural world not just as their inspiration but also as a stage. In the Name of the Earth celebrates the elements in a musical meditation on rivers, lakes, mountains and deserts.
The Proms audience immersed in the sound of eight choirs – totalling more than 600 singers – placed around the auditorium.
Marshalling these huge vocal forces are conductors Neville Creed, Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and David Temple.

Live BBC Proms. Eight choirs and 600 singers in Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth.

67Sakari Oramo Conducts Sibelius20190908

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the final version of Sibelius's 5th Symphony. Plus works by Mussorgsky, Weir and Louis Andriessen - The Only One (UK premiere).

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Modest Mussorgsky (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov): A Night on the Bare Mountain
Louis Andriessen: The Only One (UK premiere)
BBC co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and NTR ZaterdagMatinee

08.00
Interval Proms Plus
Witchcraft, witch-trials and the image of the witch are explored by historian Professor Suzannah Lipscomb and activist Laura Bates. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Fern Riddell. Laura Bates is founder of Everyday Sexism and author of The Burning, a novel about a young woman’s trial by social media. Suzannah Lipscomb has presented a Channel 5 TV programme on witchcraft and written a Ladybird Expert Book on the topic. Produced by Luke Mulhall.

08.20
Judith Weir: Forest
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major (final version, 1919)

Nora Fischer (singer)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

A Prom celebrating Nature in all her moods. A flight of 16 swans was the catalyst for Sibelius’s stirring Fifth Symphony, with its ambiguous, mysterious ending. We hear the composer's final 1919 version - after the thrilling UK premiere of the original 1915 version performed at the BBC Proms earlier this season by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. While for Judith Weir it was nature’s process – forests sprouting outwards from a single seed, endlessly growing and multiplying – that offered inspiration.

Nature turns menacing in Mussorgsky’s vivid tone-poem A Night on the Bare Mountain. Boundary-breaking singer Nora Fischer is the soloist in the UK premiere of The Only One by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, who turned 80 this year, setting texts by the Flemish poet Delphine Lecompte.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius's Symphony No 5.

68Wagner Night20190909

Live at BBC Proms: Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloists Christine Goerke and Stephen Gould, in music by Wagner, Franck and Weber.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz – Overture
Richard Wagner: Siegfried – Forest Murmurs
César Franck: Le chasseur maudit

c. 20:15 Interval
In the third of our series on Henry Wood, Hannah French explores the Proms founder-conductor’s relationship with Wagner’s music.

c. 20:40
Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung – Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey; Duet 'Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde'; Siegfried's Death and Funeral March; Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene

Christine Goerke (soprano)
Stephen Gould (tenor)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Marc Albrecht (conductor)

Composer-themed evenings were a distinctive and popular feature of Henry Wood’s early Proms seasons: if it was Monday, it was Wagner Night.

We revive this tradition with a concert whose first half explores the enchanted forest (both beguiling and darkly supernatural) – a key symbol of the German Romantic movement.

The second half presents pivotal scenes from Götterdämmerung, the climax of Wagner’s four-opera magnum opus The Ring of the Nibelung – including Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music and the vocal tour de force of Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene.

Live BBC Proms. Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

69Smetana, Shostakovich And Tchaikovsky20190910

Live at BBC Proms: Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in excerpts from Tchaikovsky and Smetana operas and Shostakovich's wartime 8th Symphony.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride – overture; Three Dances
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene

8.10pm
Interval Proms Plus
A verbal correspondence about the function of letters in literature and life. PS - the speakers are best-selling crime novelist Ruth Ware and Shaun Usher, editor of the popular website Letters Of Note. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Sophie Coulombeau. Produced by Zahid Warley.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

Elena Stikhina (soprano)
Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

The dancing rhythms and swirling colours of Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride launch a concert of big musical gestures and even bigger emotions.

First love blazes hot in the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, as Tatyana (sung here by soprano Elena Stikhina) pours out her heart in music as romantic as anything the composer ever wrote.

War, not love, drives the pulsing heartbeat of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony – the most personal and direct of the composer’s many attempts ‘to express the terrible tragedy of war’.

Live BBC Proms. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic.

70Jonny Greenwood20190910

Live at BBC Proms: Composer Jonny Greenwood joins Proms Youth Ensemble, BBC NOW, Daniel Pioro, Katherine Tinker and conductor Hugh Brunt to perform works by Greenwood and others.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Elizabeth Alker

Biber: Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas No.16 - Passacaglia in G minor
Penderecki: Vivace (Sinfonietta for Strings)
Greenwood: Three Miniatures from Water (No. 3); 88 (No. 1)
Reich: Pulse
Greenwood: Horror vacui

Daniel Pioro (violin)
Katherine Tinker (piano)
Jonny Greenwood (bass guitar/tanpura)
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Hugh Brunt (conductor)

Jonny Greenwood’s talents range from being lead guitarist of Radiohead to writing award-winning film scores. Here he curates a Late Night Prom culminating in the world premiere of his Horror vacui, which explores characteristics of electronically created music and transfers them into the acoustic arena.

The programme includes Biber’s almost Bachian Passacaglia for solo violin and Minimalist master Steve Reich’s radiantly throbbing Pulse.

Live BBC Proms. Radiohead's lead guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, curates a late-night Prom.

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Live at BBC Proms: the Dunedin Consort are directed by John Butt in Bach's Orchestral Suites.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

c. 8.25pm Interval. Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the pivotal role that Henry Wood played in the revival of J.S. Bach's music at the turn of the 20th century, with guest musicologist Hannah French.

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Bach specialist John Butt and his period-instrument Dunedin Consort continue our series of composer themed nights as a tribute to Proms founder conductor Henry Wood.
They pair Bach’s four Orchestral Suites with four newly commissioned works taking inspiration from the suites’ dance movements – providing both companions and contrasts.
Bach's suites are interspersed with four new works from Stuart MacRae, Nico Muhly, Ailie Robertson and Stevie Wishart (BBC co-commissions with the Dunedin Consort: world premieres).

Live at BBC Proms: John Butt directs the Dunedin Consort in Bach's Orchestral Suites.

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Live at BBC Proms: with the help of Matthew Baynton as Berlioz, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra theatrically present Berlioz's autobiographical tragic, passionate and opium-fuelled symphonic fantasy from memory.

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Matthew Baynton (actor)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the gallows and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a cinematic fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque.

Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra perform this grandiose work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz’s own words about his music.

Staging concept by the Aurora Orchestra

Live BBC Proms. Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra perform Berlioz from memory.

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Live at BBC Proms: the NDR Radio Philharmonic is conducted by Andrew Manze in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley.

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Beethoven: Aria 'Ah! perfido'
Bach (orch Elgar): Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

c. 8.15pm Interval: Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, and his Fifth Symphony are two of his most iconic works. Scholars Benjamin Walton and Laura Tunbridge examine the composer’s social standing in the early years of the 19th century. Presented by Flora Willson.

c. 8.35pm
Beethoven: Fidelio – overture
Beethoven: Fidelio – 'Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern'
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood’s tradition of composer-themed nights continues here with Beethoven.
The composer’s revolutionary Fifth Symphony provides the climax of a programme that also includes music from his dramatic ‘rescue’ opera Fidelio.
Bach’s music was a passion shared by Beethoven and Wood, and is represented here by Elgar’s orchestration of the Fantasia and Fugue in C minor for organ.

Live BBC Proms. NDR Radio Philharmonic conducted by Andrew Manze play Beethoven.

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The Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Chorus, plus star mezzo-soprano soloist Jamie Barton.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny and Georgia Mann

Daniel Kidane: Woke (BBC Commission: world premiere)

Falla: Three Cornered Hat - Suite No.2

Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon

Maconchy: Proud Thames

Elgar: Sospiri

Bizet: Carmen - L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)

Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah - Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix

Verdi: Don Carlos - O don fatale

Verdi: Aida - Triumphal March

c. 8.30pm INTERVAL
Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny look back at the last two months of the BBC Proms in the company of guests. Georgia also goes backstage to talk to some of tonights performers, and she heads into the arena to get a sense of the excitement with some of the Prommers.

9.00 pm Part 2

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld - Overture

Grainger: Marching Song of Democracy

Arlen: The Wizard of Oz - Over the Rainbow

Gershwin: I got rhythm

arr. Henry Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Arne arr. Sargent: Rule, Britannia!

Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 in D major (Land of Hope and Glory)

Parry orch Elgar: Jerusalem

arr. Britten: The National Anthem

Trad arr. Paul Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Jamie Barton (Mezzo-soprano)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

From orchestral dances and marches to songs and arias, Offenbach’s light-footed musical comedy to Verdi’s operatic tragedies, world premieres to traditional favourites, this year’s Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular climax to the world’s greatest classical music festival.

Charismatic American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose lustrous voice has established her as one of the most exciting performers of her generation, joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebrations.

The Last Night of the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo.