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Live Bbc Proms At ... Alexandra Palace. Bbc Concert Orchestra20180901

, conductor Jane Glover.

Live BBC Proms at... Alexandra Palace. BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers and conductor Jane Glover perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury in the newly restored Victorian Theatre. With Mary Bevan and Neal Davies.

Live from Alexandra Palace, London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Sullivan Prelude to Act IV of ‘The Tempest’
Coleridge-Taylor ‘Onaway, Awake Beloved’ (Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast)
Cellier All alone to my eerie … the Love that is Dead (The Mountebanks)
Ethel Smyth Overture : The Boatswain’s Mate
Sullivan When I went to the Bar (Iolanthe)
Stanford So it’s kisses you’re craving (Shamus O’Brien)
Parry The Birds - Introduction, Intermezzo, Bridal March

– Interval –

Sullivan Trial by Jury

Neal Davies bass (The Learned Judge)
Mary Bevan soprano (The Plaintiff)
Sam Furness tenor (The Defendant)
Ross Ramgobin baritone (Counsel for the Plaintiff)
Keel Watson baritone (Usher)
Edward Price baritone (Foreman)

BBC Singers,
BBC Concert Orchestra,
conductor Jane Glover

The magnificent theatre at Alexandra Palace originally opened in 1875 – the same year that Gilbert and Sullivan’s one-act operetta Trial by Jury was premiered. In this special ‘Proms at …’ event, Jane Glover conducts a concert performance of this Victorian comic masterpiece in the Palace’s theatre as its ambitious new refurbishment reaches completion. A first half of music by Sullivan’s contemporaries explores that favourite G&S theme of love and marriage.

Trial By Jury - Synopsis
Scene: A Court of Justice. The curtain rises on the Court of the Exchequer, where a Jury and the public assemble.

The chorus make known the course of events:
“For, today, in this arena,
Summoned by a stern subpoena,
Edwin – sued by Angelina –
Shortly will appear. ?

The Usher, having marshalled the Jurymen into the Jury-box, gives them the judicial counsel to heed the plaintiff, "The broken-hearted bride," and not "the ruffianly defendant," for:
“From bias free, of every kind,
This trial must be tried. ?

The Defendant (Edwin) arrives, and the jurymen greet him with hostility, even though – as he points out – they have, as yet, no idea of the merits of his case. He tells them, with surprising candour, that he jilted the Plaintiff because she became a "bore intense" to him, and he then quickly took up with another woman. The Jury admit that they were like that once, but they are now respectable gentlemen and have no sympathy for the Defendant.

The Usher orders silence as the Judge approaches. He enters with great pomp, and describes how he rose to his position – by courting a rich attorney's "elderly, ugly daughter". The rich attorney then aided his prospective son-in-law's legal career until "at length I became as rich as the Gurneys" and "threw over" the daughter. The Jury and public are delighted with the Judge, completely ignoring the fact that he has just admitted to the same wrong of which the Defendant is accused.

The Usher swears in the Jury, and the Plaintiff (Angelina) is summoned. She is preceded into the courtroom by her bridesmaids, one of whom catches the eye of the judge. However, when Angelina herself arrives in full wedding-dress finery, she instantly captures the heart of both Judge and Jury.

The Counsel for the Plaintiff makes a moving speech detailing Edwin's betrayal. At this, Angelina feigns distress and staggers first into the arms of the Foreman of the Jury, and then of the Judge himself. The Jury are outraged on her behalf, addressing the Defendant as “Monster ?

Edwin attempts to defend himself, explaining that his change of heart is only natural, and offering to marry both the Plaintiff and his new love, if that would satisfy everyone.

The Judge at first finds this "a reasonable proposition", but the Counsel argues that from the days of James II, it has been "a rather serious crime / To marry two wives at a time" (humorously, he labels the crime in question "burglary" rather than "bigamy"). Perplexed, everyone in court ponders the "nice dilemma" in a parody of Italian opera ensembles.

Angelina desperately embraces Edwin, demonstrating the depth of her love, and bemoans her loss – the extent of her woe serving as evidence of the large amount of damages that the Jury should force Edwin to pay.

Edwin, in turn, says he is a smoker, a drunkard, and a bully (when tipsy), and that the Plaintiff could not have endured him even for a day, so therefore the damages should be small. The Judge suggests making Edwin tipsy to see if his assertions turn out to be true, but everyone else (except Edwin) objects to this proposition.

Impatient at the lack of progress, and in a hurry to get away, the Judge resolves the case by offering to marry Angelina himself. Angelina is delighted by this proposal, which is found by all to be a satisfactory solution, and the opera is concluded with "joy unbounded".

Marin Alsop And The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra20180827

perform Shostakovich and Bernstein.

Live from BBC Proms: Marin Alsop and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins them in Bernstein's Age of Anxiety
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bernstein Slava! (A Political Overture)
Bernstein Symphony No 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

c8.40pm
Interval Proms Plus: Poet, playwright and librettist Glyn Maxwell has retraced Auden's travels in Iceland. He joins Polly Clark, whose recent novel Larchfield explored Auden's early years teaching in Scotland, to discuss Auden's poetry and his influence on other artists. Hosted by Matthew Sweet.

c. 9.00pm
Shostakovich Symphony No 5 in D minor

Jean ?Yves Thibaudet (piano)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor)

Marin Alsop, a protégée of Leonard Bernstein, returns to the Proms with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a politically charged climax to our bank-holiday Bernstein weekend. The concert culminates in Shostakovich’s ambiguous Fifth Symphony, whose triumphant finale can be heard either as political protest or capitulation to Stalin’s Soviet regime. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the orchestra for Bernstein’s ‘The Age of Anxiety’ – a musical quest for faith in a broken, post-war world – and the evening opens with the boisterous Slava!, a ‘political overture’ dedicated to cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms: Holst, Vaughan Williams, Meredith20180713

Live at BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, National Youth Choir and Proms Youth Ensemble conducted by Sakari Oramo in music by Holst, Vaughan Williams and Anna Meredith.

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

Oliver Knussen: Flourish with Fireworks, Op 22
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Holst: The Planets

c. 9.20 pm
Live Interval: On the opening night of the 2018 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.

c.9.50 pm
Anna Meredith: Five Telegrams
BBC co-commission with 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh International Festival

National Youth Choir of Great Britain
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

An all-British season launch, featuring two major figures who composed responses to the First World War. Holst's much-loved The Planets (premiered in 1918) and Vaughan Williams's choral masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region contrast with a new work by Anna Meredith, featuring the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble. Five Telegrams draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918, taken from a British Field Service Postcard.

Prom 29: The Brandenburg Project - 120180805

Live at the BBC Proms: the Swedish Chamber Orchestra play three Bach Brandenburg Concertos

Over two concerts in one day, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra present Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works, to create a brand-new musical cycle, heard here in the UK for the first time.

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

3.00 pm
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Maya (UK premiere)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Anders Hillborg: Bach Materia (UK premiere)

4.00 pm PROMS INTERVAL: A Walk in the Darent Valley
This afternoon's Proms Interval is an account of a classic English summer walk in a thunderstorm. The acclaimed novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of a thundery rain shower deep in the Kent countryside. Fittingly, given this sun-blessed summer, she walks alongside the River Darent at the end of a drought and reflects on how the countryside changes in wet weather - and how the English identity is shaped by the elements..
The extract is introduced and read by the author, and taken from her collection Rain: Four Walks in English Weather.
Producer Jules Wilkinson
First broadcast 26/07/2016

4.20 pm
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Uri Caine: Hamsa (UK premiere)

Pekka Kuusisto,violin
Antje Weithaas, violin
Maya Beiser, cello
Fiona Kelly, flute
Uri Caine, piano
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

The second concert, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, is at 7.30 pm this evening.

Prom 30: The Brandenburg Project - 220180805

Live at the BBC Proms: the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform Bach.

Over two concerts in one day, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra present Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works, to create a brand-new musical cycle, heard here in the UK for the first time.

Live from the Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

7.30 pm
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Olga Neuwirth: Aello - ballet mécanomorphe (UK premiere)
Brett Dean: Approach - Prelude to a Canon (UK premiere)
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

8.45 pm Interval: Proms Plus
A series of classical tales, from the Iliad to the Inferno, via the Ramayana and the Sagas have been recast by modern poets. New Generation Thinker and poet Sandeep Parmar and poet Sean O'Brien scrutinise contemporary re-workings of classical stories. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Catherine Fletcher.

9.05 pm
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (arr. Felix Mottl)
Steven Mackey: Triceros (UK premiere)

Antje Weithaas, violin
Brett Dean, viola
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Claire Chase, flute
Fiona Kelly, flute
Marten Larsson, oboe
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

The Second, Fourth and Sixth of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos appear alongside present-day responses by Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth and Brett Dean.

The soloists include star Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, German violinist Antje Weithaas and violist Brett Dean himself.

Prom 37: Orchestra Of The Academy Of Santa Cecilia And Sir Antonio Pappano20180810

Live at the BBC Proms: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, performs Mahler.

Live at the BBC Proms: The Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, play Haydn, Bernstein and Mahler.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Ian Skelly

Haydn: The Creation - Chaos
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah'

8.15: INTERVAL: Interval Proms Plus: Chaos and doom as featured in the Old Testament are examined by BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Joe Moshenska and novelist Salley Vickers. Presented by New Generation Thinker Nandini Das.

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major

Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor

The Bernstein centenary celebrations continue in a programme that pairs his 'Jeremiah' Symphony with music by two composers he admired and championed.

Appearing at the Proms for the first time in five years, Rome's Santa Cecilia Orchestra (of which Bernstein was Honorary President for almost a decade) and its Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano perform Bernstein's youthful First Symphony, charged with political anxiety and dread, alongside another symphonic debut, Mahler's dramatic First.

The evening opens with Haydn's arresting musical vision of primordial chaos.

Prom 43: Daniel Barenboim And The West-eastern Divan Orchestra Perform Tchaikovsky And Scriabin20180814

Live at the BBC Proms: the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim.

Live at BBC Proms: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim in Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman and Scriabin

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

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

8.05pm
Interval Proms Plus: BBC New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes and philosopher Mark Vernon compare figures from the past and present who have searched for a sense of transcendence and experienced ecstatic states. Hosted by Christopher Harding.

8.25pm
David Robert Coleman: Looking for Palestine
London premiere

Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Elsa Dreisig, soprano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West-Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms for a concert marrying passion and politics.

One of the most richly Romantic works in the repertoire - Tchaikovsky's heart-rending Violin Concerto, performed here by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili - is paired with Scriabin's ecstatic, orgiastic 'The Poem of Ecstasy', an attempt to bridge the divide between spirituality and sexuality in music.

At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman's 'Looking for Palestine' for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.

Prom 44: Debussy, Ravel And Boulanger20180815

Live at the BBC Proms: Ludovic Morlot conducts the CBSO in Debussy, Ravel and Boulanger.

Live at BBC Proms: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus and Ludovic Morlot in Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Ravel

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

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Lili Boulanger: Psalm 130 'Du fond de l'abîme'

8.10pm Interval: Proms Plus
An introduction to the music and life of Lili Boulanger, with Caroline Rae and Caroline Potter, presented by Andrew McGregor.

8.30pm
Debussy: Nocturnes
Ravel: Boléro

Justina Gringytė, mezzo-soprano
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor

The CBSO and Ludovic Morlot mark two major centenaries in this all-French programme. In the centenary of his death, Debussy is celebrated in the languorous beauty of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, as well as the Nocturnes with their shifting, shimmering play of musical light.

Lili Boulanger, whose death in 1918 at the age of just 24 cut short a career of extraordinary promise, is represented by her powerful setting of Psalm 130 - a musical howl of grief composed at the height of the First World War.

Ravel's Boléro closes the evening with its hypnotic Spanish dance rhythm and swirling orchestral colours.

Prom 45: Debussy's Jeux, Ravel's Violin Concerto In G, Stravinsky's Petrushka.20180816

Jonathan Nott, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Renaud Capucon in Debussy and Ravel.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott play music by Debussy and Ravel, and Stravinsky's Petrushka

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

Debussy: Jeux
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major (orch. Yan Maresz)
(UK premiere of this orchestration)

c.7.40pm

Interval: Proms Plus: Martin Handley chairs a discussion about the life and work of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which makes its Proms debut.

c.8pm
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott, conductor

Geneva's renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande celebrates its 100th anniversary by making its Proms debut under its English Music Director Jonathan Nott.

The orchestra continues this season's strand of French music with works by Debussy and Ravel - the mercurial dance-fantasy Jeux, Debussy's last orchestral work, and a new orchestration of Ravel's jazz-infused Second Violin Sonata with soloist Renaud Capuçon - as well as a Russian piece synonymous with Paris: Stravinsky's colourful folk-ballet Petrushka, heard here in its original version.

Prom 45: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande And Jonathan Nott20180816

Jonathan Nott, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Renaud Capucon in Debussy and Ravel.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott play music by Debussy and Ravel, and Stravinsky's Petrushka

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

Debussy: Jeux
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major (orch. Yan Maresz)
(UK premiere of this orchestration)

c.7.40pm

Interval: Proms Plus: Martin Handley chairs a discussion about the life and work of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which makes its Proms debut.

c.8pm
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott, conductor

Geneva’s renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande celebrates its 100th anniversary by making its Proms debut under its English Music Director Jonathan Nott.

The orchestra continues this season’s strand of French music with works by Debussy and Ravel – the mercurial dance-fantasy Jeux, Debussy’s last orchestral work, and a new orchestration of Ravel’s jazz-infused Second Violin Sonata with soloist Renaud Capuçon – as well as a Russian piece synonymous with Paris: Stravinsky’s colourful folk-ballet Petrushka, heard here in its original version.

Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra20180816

Live at the Proms: Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Benjamin Grosvenor.

Live at the Proms: National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Benjamin Grosvenor and conductors Guy Barker and Mark Armstrong in an all-American programme including Gershwin's classic Rhapsody in Blue.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Laura Jurd The Earth Keeps Spinning (world premiere)

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (original version with jazz band, arr. Grofé)
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Leonard Bernstein Kenton's West Side Story (arr. Johnny Richards, UK premiere)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Guy Barker and Mark Armstrong (conductors)

Classical music gets a swing in its step in this all-American concert by the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Benjamin Grosvenor is the soloist in Gershwin’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue – an exhilarating mix of jazz rhythms and classical virtuosity.Classical music gets a swing in its step in this all-American concert by the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Benjamin Grosvenor is the soloist in Gershwin’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue – an exhilarating mix of jazz rhythms and classical virtuosity.

Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Benjamin Grosvenor, Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue20180816

Live at the BBC Proms: National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Benjamin Grosvenor, Rhapsody in Blue

Live at the Proms: National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Benjamin Grosvenor and conductors Guy Barker and Mark Armstrong in an all-American programme including Gershwin's classic Rhapsody in Blue.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Laura Jurd The Earth Keeps Spinning (world premiere)

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (original version with jazz band, arr. Grofé)
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Guy Barker and Mark Armstrong (conductors)

Classical music gets a swing in its step in this all-American concert by the UK's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Benjamin Grosvenor is the soloist in Gershwin's intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue - an exhilarating mix of jazz rhythms and classical virtuosity. Classical music gets a swing in its step in this all-American concert by the UK's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Benjamin Grosvenor is the soloist in Gershwin's intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue - an exhilarating mix of jazz rhythms and classical virtuosity.

Prom 48: London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle And Magdalena Kozena Perform Ravel20180818

Live at the BBC Proms: London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle perform Ravel.

Live at BBC Proms: London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle play Ravel including Mother Goose and Magdalena Kožená leads the cast in L'enfant et les sortilèges.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service

Ravel Mother Goose (ballet)

Ravel Shéhérazade
with Magdalena Kožena (mezzo soprano)

c. 8.20pm
Interval Proms Plus: Composer Kerry Andrew has published her first novel Swansong and she performs many traditional songs. She talks to writer Katherine Langrish, author of Seven Miles of Steel Thistles and a "Troll Trilogy" about the cultural legacy of fairy tales and the lessons we can learn from them. Presented by Rana Mitter.

Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges
Magdalena Kožená Child
Patricia Bardon Mother/Shepherd/Dragonfly
Jane Archibald Fire/Nightingale/Princess
Anna Stéphany Chair/White Cat/Chinese Cup/Squirrel
Elizabeth Watts Shepherdess/Bat/Owl
Sunnyboy Dladla Teapot/Little Old Man/Tree-Frog
Gavan Ring Grandfather Clock/Black Cat
David Shipley Tree/Armchair
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast, including Magdalena Kožena and Patricia Bardon, present Ravel's magical opera L'enfant et les sortilèges.

Ravel's fairy-tale ballet Mother Goose and sensuous song-cycle Shéhérazade complete the programme.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 26 August.

Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra And Gianandrea Noseda Perform Tchaikovsky, Chopin And Zubel20180819

Live at the BBC proms: Tchaikovsky, Chopin and a UK premiere, Agata Zubel's Fireworks.

Live at BBC Proms: European Union Youth Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5, Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 and the UK premiere of Agata Zubel's Fireworks.

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

Agata Zubel: Fireworks (UK premiere)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor

c. 11:45
Interval: PRS Foundation's 'Keychange'
This year, music festivals around Europe signed up to a scheme designed 'to transform the music industry for current and future generations'. With the help of artistic administrators and musicians, including members of the EUYO and composer Agata Zubel, Hannah Conway explores the PRS Foundation's 'Keychange', an initiative which seeks to redress male dominance in music.

c. 12:05
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
European Union Youth Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

The UK premiere of Agata Zubel's Fireworks is a celebration of freedom and of the present moment, written to mark the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.

The Polish theme continues in Chopin's lyrical and much-loved Second Piano Concerto, with the winner of the 2015 International Chopin Competition, Seong-Jin Cho, making his Proms debut.

In the second half, Gianandrea Noseda and the European Union Youth Orchestra turn up the intensity with one of the great Romantic symphonies, Tchaikovsky's stirring Fifth.

Prom 50: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto And Mahler's Symphony No 520180819

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard and Annelien Van Wauwe in Mozart and Mahler.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard with Annelien Van Wauwe perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No 5.

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

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major

8.30: Proms Plus: Writer and critic Norman Lebrecht investigates Leonard Bernstein's relationship with the music of Mahler.

8.50
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Recreating a Proms concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard pair two of the best-loved and most beautiful works in the repertoire.

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, with its sublime slow movement, is the composer at his sunniest and most mellow, despite the fact that he was to die two months after its completion.

Mahler's Fifth Symphony, by contrast, is the urgent work of a composer starting a new adventure, charged with new musical possibilities and a new love, expressed with impossible tenderness in its famous Adagietto.

Prom 51: Strauss, Wagner And Per N\u00f8rg\u00e5rd20180820

BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard and Malin Bystrom perform music by Wagner, Norgard and Strauss.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard at the BBC Proms with soprano Malin Byström.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Wagner: Parsifal – Prelude to Act I
Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.15
Interval: Proms Plus. Tom Service discusses the life and works of Per Norgard, ahead of the UK's premiere of his 3rd Symphony at this Prom, with broadcaster and lecturer Stephen Johnson and musicologist Prof. Daniel Grimley.

8.35
Per Nørgård: Symphony No 3

Malin Byström (soprano)
London Voices
The National Youth Chamber Choir
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Premiered in 1976, Per Nørgård’s Third Symphony is one of the great contemporary symphonies – a Danish classic that has never before been performed in the UK. Suffused with glowing microtones and thick, textural beauty, the eclectic score draws on everything from plainchant to Latin-American rhythms to spin its extraordinary narrative.

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra preface it with two works of equal sonic breadth: Wagner’s exquisite musical meditation, the Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal, and the autumnal warmth of Strauss’s Four Last Songs, sung by Swedish soprano Malin Byström.

Prom 52: Edward Gardner And The Bergen Philharmonic20180821

Edward Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic perform Sibelius, Wagner and a Wallin world premiere

Live at BBC Proms: Edward Gardner and Bergen Philharmonic in music by Sibelius and Wagner, and Alina Ibragimova joins for the world premiere of Rolf Wallin's violin concerto

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

Wagner: Flying Dutchman – overture
Rolf Wallin: Violin Concerto

c.7.35pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Composer Rolf Wallin talks to presenter Kate Molleson about the influences and ideas that went into the making of his Violin Concerto.

c.7.55pm
Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D major

Alina Ibragimova, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra climaxes in Sibelius’s Second Symphony, whose folk-like melodies are a musical celebration of Finnish life and identity.
Violinist Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin’s concerto – the second of two new violin concertos premiered this season (see also Prom 47).
And the evening opens with Wagner’s propulsive overture to The Flying Dutchman, an opera set along the coast of Norway from the orchestra’s base in Bergen.

Prom 54: Ivan Fischer And The Budapest Festival Orchestra Perform Enescu, Bartok And Mahler20180822

Live at BBC Proms: Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer perform Mahler and Bartok

Live at BBC Proms: Budapest Festival Orchestra with Ivan Fischer and Anna Lucia Richter in Enescu, Bartok and Mahler

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

Enescu: Suite No. 1 – Prélude à l’unisson

Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

8.10pm
Interval: Proms Plus. An introduction to Mahler's 4th Symphony with musicologist Jeremy Barham and lecturer Laura Tunbridge. Presented by Martin Handley. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

8.30pm
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major

Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

The intoxicating energy of their performances makes any appearance by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra a highlight of the season. In the first of their two Proms together, they pair Mahler’s best-loved symphony – the vivacious Fourth, with its jingling sleighbells and child’s-eye vision of heaven – with two works exploring the unusual relationship between strings and percussion: Bartók’s dynamic Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Enescu’s Prélude à l’unisson, with its slow-build tension.

Prom 55: Ivan Fischer And The Budapest Festival Orchestra Perform Works By Brahms And Liszt20180823

Live at the BBC Proms: Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra perform Brahms and Liszt.

Live at BBC Proms: Iván Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra in Brahms's First Symphony and guest cimbalom players join them for some Hungarian Dances.
Live from the Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Ian Skelly

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in C sharp minor
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 in B flat major
Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 11 in C minor

c. 8.15pm
Interval Proms Plus: An introduction to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and heritage with writers Louise Doughty and Damian Le Bas. Presented by New Generation Thinker Sophie Coulombeau.

c. 8.35pm
Brahms Symphony No 1 in C minor

József Lendvay Sr and József Lendvay Jr (violins), Jenő Lisztes (cimbalom),
Iván Fischer (conductor)

Hungarian folk tunes run through the veins of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, while Gypsy rhythms set their pulses dancing.
This concert – a true celebration of Hungary’s national music – traces the development of folk songs and dance, from their colourful, rough-hewn originals into virtuosic concert-hall reimaginings by Liszt, Brahms and Sarasate.
In the second half comes Brahms’s dramatic First Symphony, whose darkness and drama eventually give way to an ending of transcendent musical triumph.

Prom 56: Mozart And Bruckner20180824

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo perform Mozart and Bruckner

Live at the BBC Proms the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo performs Bruckner's Symphony No.5, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21 in C K467 with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor.

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

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C K467

c. 20.00 Interval: Proms Plus: Conductor and musicologist John Butt introduces Bruckner's Symphony No.5. Recorded earlier at Imperial College Union.

c.20.20
Bruckner: Symphony No.5 in Bb

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Former BBC Young Musician winner Benjamin Grosvenor may only be 26 but this exceptional pianist is an artist of startling emotional and technical maturity. Here he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo as the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (sometimes known by the nickname ‘Elvira Madigan’), with its trickling slow movement and good-humoured buffo levity. Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, with its astonishing fugal finale, offers a more serious counterpoint in the second half.

Prom 67: Andris Nelsons Conducts The Boston Symphony Orchestra In Mahler's Symphony No 3 In D Minor20180902

Live at the BBC Proms: Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No 3

Live at the BBC Proms: Mahler Symphony no 3 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andris Nelsons and the mezzo soprano Susan Graham plus the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus.

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

Mahler Symphony No 3 in D minor

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
CBSO Chorus and CBSO Youth Chorus
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the CBSO Chorus perform Mahler’s Third Symphony. With its post horn calls, children's voices imitating the sound of cowbells and quotations from the Wunderhorn songs, Mahler's Third Symphony teems with the joy of heavenly love and life itself.

Prom 68: Berlin Philharmonic And Kirill Petrenko Perform Beethoven And Strauss20180902

Kirill Petrenko, Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven's Symphony No 7 and Strauss's Don Juan.

Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven and Strauss.

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

Strauss: Don Juan
Death and Transfiguration

8.20: Interval Proms Plus: Crime writer Belinda Bauer and novelist Patricia Duncker consider the challenges posed by describing sex and death in fiction. Presented by Matthew Sweet.

Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko, conductor

For their second concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker and its Music Director Designate Kirill Petrenko pair two of the 19th century’s greatest symphonic poems with Beethoven’s much-loved Seventh Symphony. If Don Juan celebrates the life of the body – energetic passions, desires and cynical ambitions – then the composer’s Death and Transfiguration, a vivid portrait of the last hours of a dying artist, explores ideas of the mind and spirit. These two colourful musical narratives are set against the dance-driven energy of Beethoven’s symphony.

Prom 72: Peter Oundjian, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Perform Britten's War Requiem20180906

Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Britten's War Requiem

Live at the BBC Proms: Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian with soloists Erin Wall, Allan Clayton and Russell Braun in Britten's War Requiem

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

7.30pm
Britten War Requiem

Erin Wall (soprano)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Russell Braun (baritone)
Huddersfield Choral Society
RSNO Junior Chorus
RSNO Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Oundjian (conductor)

A powerful statement of the composer’s pacifist beliefs – composed in the shadow of the Second World War, but harking back to the carnage of the First via the war poetry of Wilfred Owen – Britten’s War Requiem today remains one of the most devastating artistic responses to conflict: a work that mourns but also rages against the senseless violence and destruction of war.

The Huddersfield Choral Society, RSNO Chorus (175 this year) and RSNO Junior Chorus (40 this year) join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its outgoing Music Director Peter Oundjian for a performance marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Prom 73: Before The Ending Of The Day20180906

The Tallis Scholars in a sung meditation spanning over 1000 years of sacred music.

Live at BBC Proms: Tallis Scholars, director Peter Phillips. Allegri Miserere, Browne O Maria salvatoris, Pärt Nunc Dimittis, works by von Bingen, Gallus, Padilla and Tallis.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Verity Sharp

Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo virtutum – In principio omnes
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Deus in adiutorium
Jacobus Gallus: Pater noster
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
Thomas Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum (I)
Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis
John Browne: O Maria salvatoris

Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director)

Before the fanfares and celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms comes a late-night moment of contemplation led by Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. Recreating the Christian office of Compline, the final service of the church day, they weave together a sung meditation spanning over 1,000 years of sacred music. The delicate tracery of Renaissance polyphony by Padilla and Gallus gives way to the 21st-century ‘Spiritual’ Minimalism of Arvo Pärt, and at the centre of it all sits Allegri’s exquisite Miserere.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 1: Calidore String Quartet And Pianist Javier Perianes2018071620180722 (R3)

The Calidore String Quartet and pianist Javier Perianes perform Shaw and Schumann.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC New Generation Artists the Calidore String Quartet and Javier Perianes (piano) perform works by Caroline Shaw and Robert Schumann

Live from the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Caroline Shaw
First Essay: Nimrod
Second Essay: Echo
Third Essay: Ruby

Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44

Calidore String Quartet
Javier Perianes (piano)

Praised by The New York Times for their 'irrepressible dramatic spirit', BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Calidore String Quartet make their Proms debut here in a concert pairing a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw with Schumann's richly Romantic Piano Quintet in E flat major - a buoyant, virtuosic work that pioneered the piano quintet genre as we know it today.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 2: Jean Rondeau2018072320180729 (R3)

Live at the BBC Proms: Jean Rondeau plays Rameau, Risser, Couperin the Great and Royer.

Live at BBC Proms: harpsichordist Jean Rondeau plays works of the French Baroque by Rameau, Couperin and Royer, as well as the world premiere of a BBC commission by Eve Risser

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at Cadogan Hall, London

Jean ?Philippe Rameau
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Prelude in A minor; Book 3: Allemande; Courante; Sarabande; Gavotte avec les Doubles de la Gavotte

François Couperin
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Sarabande 'La lugubre'; Chaconne 'La Favorite'

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: La sensible; La marche des Scythes

Eve Risser
Furakèla
BBC commission: world premiere

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

Young French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau is a passionate and quirky champion of his instrument, with a maverick energy that brings a contemporary freshness to his period performances.

Here, in an all-French programme, he pairs music by giants of the French Baroque - François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer - with a world premiere by genre-crossing French composer Eve Risser, whose music draws on jazz and and improvisation to create its edgy sound-world.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 3: Ancient Rituals And New Tales2018073020180805 (R3)

Live at the BBC Proms: Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and a world premiere by Jessica Wells.

Live at BBC Proms: oud player Joseph Tawadros plays traditional Arabic improvisation as well as his own compositions, and the world premiere of a BBC commission by Jessica Wells

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Joseph Tawadros
Taqasim Kord
Constellation
Work

Jessica Wells
Rhapsody for solo oud (BBC commission: world premiere)

Joseph Tawadros
Permission to Evaporate
Gare De L'est
Heal
Give of Take
Clothes
Forbidden Fruit

Joseph Tawadros (oud)

Cairo-born, longtime Sydney-resident oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has reimagined the range of music accessible to his instrument, the ancient Middle- Eastern lute.

Steeped in traditional Arabic music (his grandfather was a respected composer, oud player and violinist) but also an avid collaborator with a diverse array of musicians, he draws equally on jazz and folk styles in a kaleidoscopic celebration of his instrument.

His debut at the Proms embraces traditional Arabic taqsim (improvisation) and maqam (pieces based on traditional scales) as well as his own compositions, and the world premiere of a BBC commission by Australian composer Jessica Wells.

Joseph Tawadros
Tawasim Kord
Constellation
Work
Permission to Evaporate

Jessica Wells
Rhapsody for solo oud
BBC commission: world premiere

Joseph Tawadros
Gare De L'est
Heal
Eye of the Beholder
Forbidden Fruit

There will be no interval.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 7: Bernstein On Broadway And Beyond2018082720180902 (R3)

Live at the BBC Proms: Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond with Wallis Giunta and friends.

Live at BBC Proms: Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond - Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano), Michael Sikich and Iain Farrington (pianos), Toby Kearney and Owen Gunnell (percussion)

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Leonard Bernstein
La bonne cuisine

Bushra El-Turk
Crème Brûlée on a Tree
BBC commission: world premiere

Leonard Bernstein
Fancy Free – 'Big Stuff'
Conch Town
UK premiere

Aaron Copland
Pastorale

Samuel Barber
Hermit Songs, Op. 29 – ‘Sea Snatch’; ‘The Monk and His Cat’

Marc Blitzstein
Modest Maid’; ‘Stay in My Arms'

Stephen Sondheim
A Little Night Music – 'The Miller's Son'

Leonard Bernstein
Trouble in Tahiti – 'What a Movie!'

Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Sikich and Iain Farrington (pianos)
Toby Kearney and Owen Gunnell (percussion)

Our Bernstein series continues with a recital of gems by Bernstein and his associates. The concert also features a new song by British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk, written in response to Bernstein’s witty recipe settings, La bonne cuisine. Scored for two pianos and percussion, the early, unfinished ballet Conch Town – containing the song now better known as ‘America’ in West Side Story – has now been completed using other material by Bernstein.

Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 8: Berliner Philharmoniker Performs Debussy, Ravel, Boulanger And \u0160enk20180903

The Berliner Philharmoniker performs Debussy, Ravel, Boulanger and a Senk world premiere

Live at BBC Proms: Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker perform Debussy, Ravel, L. Boulanger and the world premiere of a BBC commission by Nina Šenk

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Lili Boulanger
Nocturne (version for violin and piano)

Claude Debussy
Sonata for flute, viola and harp

Nina Šenk
Baca
BBC commission: world premiere

Lili Boulanger
Trois morceaux pour piano

Maurice Ravel
Introduction and Allegro

Berliner Philharmoniker

Hear some of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s finest players perform as soloists in a concert of 20th-century French chamber music.

Marking the 100th anniversaries of both Debussy and Lili Boulanger, the programme includes the latter’s evocative sequence of miniatures, Trois morceaux, alongside the neo-Classical melancholy of the former’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

The concert also includes a world premiere by Slovenian composer Nina Šenk, using the same instrumental forces as Ravel’s vivacious Introduction and Allegro

There will be no interval

Proms At ... Lincoln Drill Hall: The Soldier's Tale20180804

Live at the BBC Proms: Hebrides Ensemble performs Stravinsky's 'Soldier's Tale'.

Live at BBC Proms: William Conway conducts the Hebrides Ensemble in Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale".

Live from Drill Hall, Lincoln
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Stravinsky - The Soldier's Tale

Hebrides Ensemble
William Conway (conductor)

Following the success of last year's 'Proms at...' concert in Hull, the BBC Proms once again travels outside London, this time to Lincoln.
The city's 19th-century Drill Hall - home to the Fourth Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, deployed to the Western Front in 1914 - is the evocative setting for a staged performance of Stravinsky's First World War music-theatre piece The Soldier's Tale.
William Conway conducts the Hebrides Ensemble in this tale of a young man who sells his soul (and his violin) to the Devil in exchange for untold wealth - or so it seems.

Proms At ... The Roundhouse: George Benjamin Conducts The London Sinfonietta20180721

Live at the BBC Proms: the London Sinfonietta perform Ives, Stravinsky and Messiaen.

Live at BBC Proms: George Benjamin conducts the London Sinfonietta in music by Ives, Stravinsky and Messiaen plus a quartet of premieres marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Live from the Roundhouse, London
Presented by Tom Service

Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question
Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 version)
Olivier Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
London Sinfonietta
Conductor Sir George Benjamin

The Proms returns to Camden's Roundhouse - a former railway engine shed reinvented as a spectacular contemporary space - with a programme of 20th- and 21st-century works.

Composer-conductor George Benjamin directs new-music specialists, the London Sinfonietta - celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - in a concert that continues our series marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Alongside a quartet of war-themed premieres (co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW), the programme features Stravinsky's homage to Debussy, the elegant Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Messiaen's monumental tribute to the dead of both world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question, whose haunting solo trumpet famously raises 'the perennial question of existence'.

Proms Poetry Competition20180903

The winners of the 2018 Proms Poetry Competition are announced.

01First Night Of The Proms: Holst, Vaughan Williams, Meredith20180713
02Mozart, Ravel And Faure20180714

Live at the BBC Proms: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alain Altinoglu, Francesco Piemontesi

Live at BBC Proms: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Francesco Piemontesi and conductor Alain Altinoglu, in music by Fauré and Mozart and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.

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

Fauré: Pavane (version with chorus)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K595

c.8.10
Interval: Proms Plus
Longus's charming pastoral novel 'Daphnis and Chloe' about teenage love and pirates was written in the second century AD. Professor Tim Whitmarsh, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, discusses his work, alongside that of other early Greek writers and Judith Mackrell, dance critic for 'The Guardian' talks about how the text was used by Diaghilev to create the iconic ballet for the Ballets Russes. Hosted by Shahidha Bari.

c.8.30
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe

Francesco Piemontesi, piano
BBC Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

An evening of French music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opens with Fauré's serene, gently pulsing Pavane, elegantly recalling the French court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Ravel reaches even further back in time in his mythological Daphnis and Chloe, written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and set in a pastoral Greek-island idyll.
At the centre of the concert is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 - the composer's final piano concerto, and a work of unusually introspective lyricism. Swiss-born Francesco Piemontesi, a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, is the soloist.

03Bbc Young Musician 40th Anniversary20180715

A gala concert featuring past winners, finalists and the 2018 winner of BBC Young Musician

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Andrew Gourlay. BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th birthday with a concert featuring illustrious past winners and finalists, including Nicola Benedetti, Freddy Kempf and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, as well as this year's winner, Lauren Zhang.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Ben Foster: Fantasia on the Young Musician Theme
David Bruce: Sidechaining
Steve Reich: Drumming, Part 1
Giovanni Sollima: Violoncelles, vibrez!
Iain Farrington: Gershwinicity

INTERVAL: Clemency Burton-Hill looks back over the history of the BBC Young Musician with the help of some of its winners.

Saint-Saëns, arr Farrington: Carnival of the Animals (excerpts)
Ravel: Tzigane
James MacMillan: Britannia
Mussorgsky, arr Wood: The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
Jennifer Pike (violin)
Alexander Bone (alto saxophone)
David Childs (euphonium)
Jess Gillam (soprano saxophone)
Emma Johnson (clarinet)
Alexandra Ridout (trumpet)
Colin Currie (percussion)
Owen Gunnell (percussion)
Adrian Spillett (percussion)
Sam Walton (percussion)
Natalie Clein (cello)
Laura van der Heijden (cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Martin James Bartlett (piano)
Freddy Kempf (piano)
Lara Melda (piano)
Lauren Zhang (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Andrew Gourlay

BBC Young Musician has launched the careers of scores of artists since it began in 1978. We mark the competition's 40th anniversary with the help of an array of previous winners and finalists, joining this year's finalists; and we take a look at the competition's rich history.

04Shostakovich's 'leningrad' Symphony20180716

The BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena and Mark Simpson perform Shostakovich and Lindberg.

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by Mark Simpson for Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto

8pm Interval: Proms Plus Talk
An introduction to Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony with Anastasia Belina and David Nice, presented by Petroc Trelawny.

8.25
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 'Leningrad'

Mark Simpson (clarinet)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

In his final season as its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena leads the BBC Philharmonic in a concert contrasting darkness and light. Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto is a modern classic, a glorious collision of tradition and innovation that is at once emotionally direct and ferociously virtuosic; a graduate of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme and BBC Young Musician winner, Mark Simpson is the soloist. Darkness streaks across the second half with Shostakovich's heart-wrenching tribute to the Soviet victims of the Second World War - the powerful 'Leningrad' Symphony.

05Debussy Pelleas Et Melisande20180717

Robin Ticciati conducts the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Live at BBC Proms: Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the LPO conducted by Robin Ticciati, with Christina Gansch, John Chest and Christopher Purves in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

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

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Acts 1 - 3

c.8.20pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Musicologist Richard Langham Smith and specialist in 19th century French music and poetry Helen Abbott introduce Pélleas et Mélisande, Debussy's only opera

c.8.40pm
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Acts 4 - 5

Christina Gansch (Mélisande)
John Chest (Pelléas)
Christopher Purves (Golaud)
Brindley Sherratt (Arkel)
Karen Cargill (Geneviève)
Chloé Briot (Yniold)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is an operatic fairy tale played out in the shadowy half-light of the mysterious kingdom of Allemonde. Love, desire, power and violence permeate this luminous score - arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century.

This semi-staged performance of Glyndebourne's new production, marking the centenary of the composer's death, is conducted by the company's Music Director Robin Ticciati, with Christopher Purves as the obsessive Golaud and former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Christina Gansch as his beloved Mélisande.

Synopsis

Act 1
Scene 1: A forest. Golaud, a prince who has become lost while hunting, finds the weeping Melisande sitting by a fountain, into which she has dropped her crown.
Scene 2: A room in the castle. Golaud's mother, Genevieve, is reading a letter from Golaud to her other son, Pelleas. In it, Golaud explains he has married Melisande. Pelleas wishes to visit his friend Marcellus, who is dying, but his grandfather, the nearly blind Arkel, tells him that he must wait for his brother Golaud to return.
Scene 3: Outside the castle. Genevieve, Pelleas and Melisande are gazing out to sea as the boat that has carried Golaud and Melisande to the castle disappears over the horizon. A storm is approaching.

Act 2
Scene 1: By a well. Pelleas has brought Melisande to a well that is reputed to restore sight to the blind. Melisande loses her wedding ring in the well.
Scene 2: A room in the castle. Golaud is recovering after being thrown by his horse at the 12th stroke of midday (the very time Melisande lost her ring in the well). Melisande wants to leave the castle. She tells her husband that she lost her wedding ring in a cave by the sea.
Scene 3: By a cave. Pelleas and Melisande are hunting for the ring in the place where she told Golaud she lost it. When the moon shines into the cave, they see three old men asleep. Melisande is terrified.

Act 3
Scene 1: Below a castle tower. Golaud catches Melisande lowering her hair from her window to Pelleas.
Scene 2: The castle dungeons. Golaud takes his younger brother to the dungeons deep below the castle.
Scene 3: A terrace. Golaud orders Pelleas to stay away from Melisande.
Scene 4: In front of the castle. Golaud questions Yniold, his son from his first marriage, about Pelleas and Melisande. The boy is forced to spy on them through a window.

Act 4
Scene 1: A room in the castle. Pelleas is to leave the castle. He asks Melisande
to meet him one last time at the fountain before he departs. Arkel hopes that things may be different from now on. Golaud admonishes Melisande and pulls her to the ground by her hair.
Scene 2: A well in the estate. Yniold cannot rescue his ball from under a rock. He hears a flock of sheep crying to be taken home. Pelleas and Melisande exchange a kiss and admit their love for each other. Golaud is hiding behind a tree and attacks his brother. Pelleas is mortally wounded and Melisande flees.

ACT 5
A room in the castle. Melisande is dying. Golaud demands to know the truth about her and Pelleas, ignoring the daughter she has just borne him. The room fills with serving-women. Melisande dies and Arkel leaves with the child and Golaud.

06An American In Paris And Turangalila20180718

Live at the BBC Proms: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalîla Symphony.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Gershwin: An American in Paris

c. 7.45
Interval: Proms Plus
In the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein's birth, the first in a series of talks exploring his life and work. Presenter Petroc Trelawny discusses Bernstein's legacy and his championship of contemporary music with conductor and keyboard player Wayne Marshall and Nigel Simeone, editor of 'The Leonard Bernstein Letters'.

c. 20.05
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Gershwin's An American in Paris - a giddy, gloriously tuneful musical evocation of 1920s Paris - takes a stroll through the bustling City of Light, swept along by the jazz rhythms that were its throbbing pulse. The rhythmic impulse continues through Messiaen's hypnotic orchestral love song, the Turangalîla Symphony. Premiered by Leonard Bernstein in 1949, this Tristan and Isolde-inspired work is a celebration of sensual pleasure and boundless ecstasy.

07Jacob Collier And Friends20180719

Live at the BBC Proms: Metropole Orkest with Jacob Collier and Friends.

Live at the BBC Proms: Metropole Orkest with Jacob Collier and Friends
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Jacob Collier arr. Evan Jolly: Don't You Know
Jacob Collier arr. Jamshied Sharifi / Jacob Collier: Hideaway
Jacob Collier orch. Jules Buckley: Djesse
Sam Amidon arr. Jules Buckley: Pat Do This Pat Do That
Stevie Wonder arr. Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens and Take 6: As
Jacob Collier arr. Jamshied Sharifi / Jacob Collier: Hajanga

c. 8.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Musicians from the Metropole Orkest talk about the life and work of the orchestra.

c. 8.55pm
Sting arr. Jacob Collier, orch. Stefan Behrisch: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Jacob Collier orch. Jules Buckley: Ocean wide, canyon deep
Stevie Wonder arr. Jacob Collier: You and I
Jacob Collier orch. Stefan Behrisch and Vladimir Nikolov: Everlasting Motion
Hamid El Kasri arr. Vladimir Nikolov: Moulay Ahmed
Jacob Collier, orch. Stefan Behrisch: Once You
Lionel Richie arr. Jacob Collier, orch. Vladimir Nikolov: All Night Long

Jacob Collier (keyboards and vocals)
Sam Amidon (vocals, guitar, fiddle )
Guembri Hamid El Kasri (vocals)
Take 6
Metropole Orkest
Jules Buckley (conductor)

Since becoming an online sensation with his one-man, multi-tracked arrangements of songs such as 'Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing' and 'Fascinating Rhythm', vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has been forging a lightning-quick path through the musical world. Last year, aged 22, he picked up two Grammy Awards for his debut album In My Room.

Having made a guest appearance at the Quincy Jones Prom in 2016, Collier once again teams up with conductor Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest in a special collaboration for the Proms, featuring a host of new tracks and a smattering of special guests.

08Youthful Beginnings2018072020180722

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC NOW with Thomas Sondergard and pianist Bertrand Chamayou.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC NOW with Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård in Schumann's Symphony No 4, plus the pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1.

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

Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
Boulanger: D'un soir triste
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor

c. 8.15pm Interval: Proms Plus: Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival, and the music critic and journalist Steph Power, discuss the life and music of Morfydd Owen. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

8.35pm
Morfydd Owen: Nocturne
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D minor

Bertrand Chamayou (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

In his final season as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales's Principal Conductor, Thomas Søndergård explore the music of two 20th-century female composers whose early deaths cut their careers tragically short: Prix de Rome winner Lili Boulanger and Wales's Morfydd Owen, whose Nocturne showcases a sensuous and utterly original musical voice. Bertrand Chamayou makes his Proms debut in Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto - composed when Mendelssohn was just 22 - while Schumann's jubilant Fourth Symphony is also the work of a composer exploring new musical maturity.

BBC NOW, Thomas Sondergard and pianist Bertrand Chamayou perform Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Another chance to hear the BBC National National Orchestra of Wales with Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård in Schumann's Symphony No 4, plus the pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1.

Presented by Penny Gore at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

c. 5.15pm Interval: Proms Plus: Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival, and the music critic and journalist Steph Power, discuss the life and music of Morfydd Owen. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

5.35pm
Morfydd Owen: Nocturne
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D minor

09The World Orchestra For Peace Conducted By Donald Runnicles20180721

Beethoven Symphony No 9, Britten Sinfonia da Requiem, Esenvalds Shadow (world premiere).

Live at BBC Proms: World Orchestra for Peace and conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Eriks Esenvalds Shadow

Presented by Penny Gore

Eriks Esenvalds: Shadow (BBC commission, world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

c8.00pm Interval: Proms Plus
The Narrative Voice: Dr Sarah Dillon is joined by the novelist Richard Beard, whose memoir The Day That Went Missing was published to great acclaim last year. They'll be discussing the literary voice: first, third or rarely seen second person narrators, comic narrators and slippery unreliable narrators. Illustrated with a selection of readings, Sarah and Richard will investigate some of the best voices in fiction. The reader is Fenella Woolgar.

c8.20pm
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano)
Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano)
Russell Thomas (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (baritone)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
World Orchestra for Peace
Simon Halsey (conductor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, the World Orchestra for Peace - founded by Georg Solti as an expression of international musical harmony - returns to the Proms with one of classical music's most potent statements of brotherhood and fellowship, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem adds its own emotive warning against war. The concert opens with a new, First World War-themed work by Latvian composer Ä’riks EÅ¡envalds, commissioned for the talented young singers of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

09War And Peace20180721

Live at BBC Proms: World Orchestra for Peace and Donald Runnicles - Beethoven 9th Symphony

Live at BBC Proms: World Orchestra for Peace and conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Eriks Esenvalds Shadow

Presented by Penny Gore

Eriks Esenvalds: Shadow (BBC commission, world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

c8.00pm Interval: Proms Plus
The Narrative Voice: Dr Sarah Dillon is joined by the novelist Richard Beard, whose memoir The Day That Went Missing was published to great acclaim last year. They'll be discussing the literary voice: first, third or rarely seen second person narrators, comic narrators and slippery unreliable narrators. Illustrated with a selection of readings, Sarah and Richard will investigate some of the best voices in fiction. The reader is Fenella Woolgar.

c8.20pm
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano)
Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano)
Russell Thomas (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (baritone)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
World Orchestra for Peace
Simon Halsey (conductor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, the World Orchestra for Peace - founded by Georg Solti as an expression of international musical harmony - returns to the Proms with one of classical music's most potent statements of brotherhood and fellowship, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem adds its own emotive warning against war. The concert opens with a new, First World War-themed work by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, commissioned for the talented young singers of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

10Faure, Franck And Widor's Toccata20180722

Live at the BBC Proms: Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna makes her Proms debut.

Live at BBC Proms: Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna makes her Proms debut with a programme including French 19th- and 20th-century music by Fauré, Franck and Widor's Toccata

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Widor: Organ Symphony No 5 in F minor, Op 42
Franck: Trois Pièces - Pièce héroïque
Fauré: Pavane (arr. Apkalna)
J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G major, BWV 572
Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball: Variations on a Theme by Paganini (A Study for the Pedals)
Thierry Escaich: Deux Évocations

Iveta Apkalna, organ

Widor's thrilling Organ Symphony No. 5, with its famous final-movement Toccata, offers sprawling, extrovert drama - a mood it shares with prize-winning French composer-organist Thierry Escaich's exuberant Évocations, with their nods to Baroque and Renaissance music.
Works by Franck and Bach's great G major Fantasia, with its 'wonderful variations and foreign tones', complete the programme given on the Royal Albert Hall's famous 'Father' Willis organ.

Live at the BBC Proms: Iveta Apkalna plays Faur\u00e9, Franck and Widor's Toccata.

Live at BBC Proms: Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna makes her Proms debut with a programme of French 19th- and 20th-century music by Fauré, Franck and Widor's Toccata

Widor: Organ Symphony No 5 in F minor, Op 42
Franck: Trois Pièces - Pièce héroïque
Fauré: Pavane (arr. Apkalna)
J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G major, BWV 572
Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball: Variations on a Theme by Paganini (A Study for the Pedals)
Thierry Escaich: Deux Évocations
ENCORE: Aivars Kalejs (b. 1951): Toccata on the Chorale 'Allein Gott'

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna makes her Proms debut with a programme of French 19th- and 20th-century music.
Widor's thrilling Organ Symphony No. 5, with its famous final-movement Toccata, offers sprawling, extrovert drama, a mood it shares with prize-winning French composer-organist Thierry Escaich's exuberant 'Évocations', with their nods to Baroque and Renaissance music.
Works by Franck and Bach's great G major Fantasia, with its 'wonderful variations and foreign tones', complete the programme given on the Royal Albert Hall's famous 'Father' Willis organ.

11Mahler Symphony Of A Thousand20180722

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC NOW with Thomas S\u00f8nderg\u00e5rd in Mahler's dramatic Eighth Symphony

Live at BBC Proms: BBC NOW with Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård and a star-studded cast, plus no fewer than give choirs, perform Mahler's mighty Eighth Symphony.

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

Mahler: Symphony No 8 in E flat major, 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Tamara Wilson (soprano)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Joélle Harvey (soprano)
Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)
Claudia Huckle (contralto)
Simon O'Neill (tenor)
Quinn Kelsey (baritone)
Morris Robinson (bass)
Southend Boys' Choir
Southend Girls' Choir
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Chorus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

'It is the best thing I have ever done,' said Mahler of his Eigth Symphony - for which tonight the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård, in his final season as Principal Conductor, join forces with no fewer than five choirs. One of the grandest symphonic statements of the repertoire, concluding with a dramatic setting of the mystical closing scene from Goethe's Faust, it's mammoth scale matches the impressive space of the Royal Albert Hall.

12Beethoven, Shostakovich And Rachmaninov20180723

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis with cellist Alisa Weilerstein in Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto. Plus Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

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

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat, Op 107

c.7.35
Proms Plus
Composer Andrew Norman talks to Louise Fryer about his new work 'Spiral' ahead of its UK premiere tonight, and talks about his inspiration and ideas.

c.7.55
Andrew Norman: Spiral (UK premiere)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis (conductor)

Following her exciting Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra last year, rising young American conductor Karina Canellakis returns to direct the orchestra in two 20th-century Russian masterpieces. Although composed just three years before his death, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances pulse with exhilarating rhythmic energy, while Shostakovich's much-loved First Cello Concerto features Alisa Weilerstein in the solo part originally composed for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Violence and tenderness battle in Beethoven's Coriolan overture, and the UK premiere of a new work by American composer Andrew Norman completes the programme.

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis with cellist Alisa WeilBrian Gulliver's Travels

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Beethoven, Shostakovich And Rachmaninov

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis with cellist Alisa WeilBrian Gulliver's Travels

12Beethoven, Shostakovich And Rachmaninov"20180723

12Beethoven, Shostakovich And Rachmaninov"""20180723
13Pioneers Of Sound20180723

Live at the BBC Proms: London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames, with Shiva Feshareki in turntables/electronics. including Daphne Oram's Still Point.

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

10.15pm
Daphne Oram Still Point
Plus electronic works by Delia Derbyshire and others, and the world premiere of a new work for orchestra and electronics

Shiva Feshareki turntables/electronics
London Contemporary Orchestra
Robert Ames (conductor)

Daphne Oram's visionary Still Point fills the cavernous space of the Royal Albert Hall for the first time in the premiere of a revised realisation based on recently discovered archive material.

Composed in 1949 - almost a decade before Oram co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - the piece was possibly the first to combine a live orchestra with live electronic manipulations, here played via turntables.

Still Point forms the centrepiece of a late-night sonic exploration that features work by Delia Derbyshire - another Radiophonic Workshop pioneer who achieved cult status for her electronic arrangement of the Doctor Who TV theme - as well as new works inspired by the Radiophonic legacy.

14Sibelius, Schubert And Zimmermann20180724

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards, Elizabeth Watts and Louis Lortie.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Guest Conductor John Storgards are joined by Elizabeth Watts and Louis Lortie.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Sarah Walker.

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - overture
Schubert orch. Lizst: Die junge Nonne, Gretchen am Spinnrade, Lied der Mignon, Erlkönig
Zimmermann: Symphony in One Movement

8.15
Interval Proms Plus
Lauren Elkin has published a book with the title "Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London". She talks with New Generation Thinker and wild ice-skater Dr Seán Williams about the joys and difficulties of a wandering life and the inspiration that travel has brought to composers and writers from the 18th century to now. Hosted by Rana Mitter.

8.45
Schubert orch Liszt: Fantasy in C, D760, 'Wanderer'
Sibelius Symphony No 7 in C major

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
Louis Lortie (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor)

Sibelius's genre-bending Seventh unfolds in a continuous musical gesture of expansive, if characteristically enigmatic, nobility. Centenary composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Symphony in One Movement is another assault on tradition that kicks against Wagner's rousing overture to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Four popular Schubert songs and his formidable 'Wanderer' Fantasy get a colourful orchestral upscaling.

15Paul Lewis Plays Beethoven's 'emperor' Concerto20180725

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic in music by Tansy Davies, Beethoven and Brahms.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic conducted by Ben Gernon in a world premiere by Tansy Davies and in music by Brahms. They are joined by Paul Lewis for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto.

Tansy Davies: What Did We See? (suite from 'Between Worlds') BBC commission: world premiere
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor'

8.20
Interval:
Proms Plus: Composer Tansy Davies talks to Ivan Hewett about her ideas and inspiration and introduces her new work 'What Did We See?'

8.45
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Paul Lewis (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Life is celebrated and loss mourned in music spanning over 200 years. The BBC Philharmonic and its Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon pair Beethoven's majestic final piano concerto - for which we welcome back Paul Lewis, who played all five Beethoven piano concertos in the 2010 season - with Brahms's sunny Second Symphony, whose lyrical, pastoral spirit harks back to the earlier composer's own 'Pastoral' Symphony (No. 6). The concert opens in a more sombre, contemplative mood with the world premiere of Tansy Davies's 'What Did We See?' - a meditation on death, healing and transcendence that builds on material from the composer's recent 9/11-inspired opera Between Worlds.

16Stravinsky, Debussy And Wagner20180726

Live at the BBC Proms: the Halle conducted by Mark Elder in Wagner, Debussy and Stravinsky

Live at the BBC Proms: the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder with the Hallé Choir and Youth Choir plus soloists Sabine Devieilhe and Anna Stephany, with music by Debussy and Stravinsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Redmond

7.30pm
Wagner: Tannhäuser - overture
Debussy: La damoiselle élue

c.8.05 Interval: Proms Plus
An exploration of the relationships between birds and humans with Professor Tim Birkhead and prize-winning author of H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald, hosted by New Generation Thinker Lucy Powell.

c.8.25
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale
Stravinsky: The Firebird - suite (1945 version)

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano)
Hallé Choir (female voices)
Hallé Youth Choir (female voices)
Hallé
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

Sabine Devieilhe and Anna Stéphany are the soloists in centenary composer Claude Debussy's Wagner-infused, mythical-fantasy cantata La damoiselle élue.

Wagner's relationship with Paris soured over his opera Tannhäuser but Stravinsky was practically adopted by the city.

Tonight's second half features two of the latter's most colourful scores, whose striking resemblances result from the fact that Stravinsky broke off work on The Nightingale (the opera on which tonight's symphonic poem is based) in order to write his first ballet, The Firebird.

17Parry, Vaughan Williams And Holst20180727

Live at BBC Proms: BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins with vocal soloists Francesca Chiejina and Ashley Riches. Violinist Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Parry: Symphony No. 5 in B minor
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

c. 7.50pm Interval: Proms Plus
Melissa Harrison, author of a monthly Nature Notebook in The Times, and farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel contemplate contemporary British landscapes and depicting the challenges of rural life today. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Will Abberley.

c. 8.15pm
Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Holst: Ode to Death
Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony (No. 3)

Tai Murray (violin)
Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

As well as being the composer of that Last Night favourite, Jerusalem, Hubert Parry (died 1918) was in many ways the father of contemporary English music, teaching both Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Tonight's celebration of his legacy features Parry's own hope-filled Fifth Symphony alongside Vaughan Williams's elegiac The Lark Ascending and two memorials inspired by the First World War: Holst's Ode to Death and Vaughan Williams's Pastoral Symphony.

18Currentzis Conducts Beethoven20180728

Teodor Currentzis conducts MusicAeterna in Beethoven Symphonies No 2 and No 5.

Live at BBC Proms: Beethoven, but not as you know it: the thrilling Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis conducts his ensemble MusicAeterna in the 2nd and 5th Symphonies.

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

Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D major
MusicAeterna
Conductor Teodor Currentzis

8pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Shahidha Bari introduces a series of the best comic readings from literature to tie in with Beethoven's penchant for 'musical jokes'.

8.25pm
NTERVAL
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor
MusicAeterna
Conductor Teodor Currentzis

One of the boldest, most exhilarating new voices in classical music, Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis, and his period-instrument ensemble MusicAeterna are together ripping up the classical rulebook with thrilling, award-winning results.

In the hands of MusicAeterna a classic programme of Beethoven symphonies - the vivacious, 'smiling' Second and the emotionally charged Fifth - becomes something altogether more punk and provocative.

20Ten Pieces Prom20180729

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers conducted by Rafael Payare.

Live at the BBC Proms the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Ten Pieces Children's Choir conducted by Rafael Payare in the BBC's Ten Pieces hosted by CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Part 1: Programme to include music by:
Sibelius, Copland, Joseph Bologne, Mason Bates, Elgar, and Orff.

c.17.50
Interval: the present and future of the Ten Pieces project through interviews and testimonies.

c.18.10
Part 2: Programme to include music by:
Purcell, Britten, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Kerry Andrew, and Stravinsky.

Join CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson in a thrilling musical adventure for all the family inspired by the BBC's Ten Pieces project, including Copland's foot-stomping 'Hoe-Down' from Rodeo, the dramatic 'O Fortuna' from Orff's Carmina burana, the lyrical Largo from Dvořák's 'New World' Symphony and a portrait from Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations.

Along with the Ten Pieces Children's Choir, young performers and some very special guests, discover the characters and stories behind some spectacular orchestral pieces, and watch the imaginations of a new generation of music-makers take flight.

21An Alpine Symphony20180730

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov with the Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov are joined by the Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet to perform G.F. Haas' Concerto Grosso No 1, alongside Strauss' Alpine Symphony.

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

Mozart: Serenade No 8 (Notturno) for Four Orchestras
G.F. Haas: Concerto Grosso No 1

1925 Interval: Proms Plus Abbie Garrington and Dan Richards discuss the appeal of the mountains and how wild landscapes have inspired creativity. Presented by New Generation Thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.

1945
Strauss: Alpine Symphony

Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet
Ilan Volkov (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A concert of sonic scope and spectacle from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov climaxes in Strauss's dramatic An Alpine Symphony, which paints a vivid picture of a day's hiking in the Bavarian mountains.

The Alps also make their way into Georg Friedrich Haas's Concerto Grosso in the form of four alphorns - enormous wooden horns, whose other-worldly overtones also inspired Rossini and Berlioz.

The concert opens with Mozart's Notturno, an unfinished Salzburg carnival serenade, whose four separate instrumental groups will be dispersed around the Royal Albert Hall for maximum acoustic drama.

22A London Symphony20180731

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO and Andrew Manze perform Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andew Manze perform two 'London' symphonies: by Haydn and Vaughan Williams.

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

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London'

20.00 Interval Proms Plus
Novelists John Lanchester and Diana Evans discuss depicting contemporary London in their fiction with presenter Rana Mitter.

20.20
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

Following on from the Hallé's Paris-inspired programme (Prom 16) comes a corresponding focus on London.

Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra open with Haydn's lively, assertive final symphony - composed and first performed in London during the composer's second triumphant residency.

First performed in March 1914, Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony evokes the chimes of Westminster, a chilly November in Bloomsbury and the bright lights of the Strand in a city that would soon be scarred by war.

23Havana Meets Kingston20180731

Live at the BBC Proms: dancehall's Mista Savona with musicians from Jamaica and Cuba.

Live at BBC Proms: Havana Meets Kingston: Leading reggae and dancehall producer Mista Savona brings together some of Cuba and Jamaica's most influential musicians.

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

Mista Savona, keyboard/samples
Randy Valentine, vocals
Solis, vocals
Brenda Navarrete, percussion/vocals
Julito Padrón, trumpet/vocals
Mathieu Bost, saxophone
Bopee,guitar
Rolando Luna, piano
Valery 'Valess' Assouan, bass
Manuel Garcia, drums

Australia's leading reggae and dancehall producer Mista Savona (aka Jake Savona) has gathered together some of Cuba's and Jamaica's most influential musicians to create a fresh, unifying take on the music of both cultures.

Drawing from the styles of roots reggae, dub and dancehall on the one hand and son, salsa, rumba and Afro-Cuban on the other, Havana Meets Kingston sees a top-flight group of musicians come together in an effortless meeting of genres.

Energetic and passionate vocals in Spanish, English and Jamaican patois twist and turn over distinctly Cuban rhythms and melodies, while the typically deep bass lines of Jamaica pulse beneath.

24A Hero's Life20180801

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC NOW conducted by Otto Tausk in Strauss, Dvorak and Ethel Smyth.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC NOW and conductor Otto Tausk with the cellist Daniel Müller ?Schott in Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Plus performances of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and the Prelude to Act 2 of Dame Ethel Smyth's opera The Wreckers.

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

Smyth: The Wreckers - On the Cliffs of Cornwall (Prelude to Act 2)
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor

c. 8pm Interval: commemorating 50 years since the Russian maestro Mstilav Rostropovich famously performed Dvorak's Cello Concerto at the Proms as Soviet tanks entered Prague, Sir John Tusa and Marina Frolova-Walker discuss with Petroc Trelawny the cultural repercussions started by the upheaval across the Iron Curtain. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c. 8.25pm
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Daniel Müller ?Schott (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Otto Tausk (conductor)

Triumphant horns and a flirtatious, vivacious solo violin set the tone for Strauss's vivid autobiographical tone-poem Ein Heldenleben - 'A Hero's Life', outwardly inspired by 'an ideal of great and manly heroism'. The orchestra is also at the forefront in Dvořák's Cello Concerto, sounding as an equal partner to the soloist - German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, who returns to the Proms under tonight's debut conductor Otto Tausk - in an intensely personal work that marries a pervasive sense of longing with real passion. And in the centenary year of British women gaining the right to vote, Ethel Smyth's evocative Act 2 Prelude from The Wreckers celebrates a key British composer who, as a suffragette, spent two months in Holloway Prison.

25Tchaikovsky, Glinka And Joby Talbot20180802

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov, Milos Karadaglic.

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. Glinka, Tchaikovsky and the world premiere of Joby Talbot's Guitar Concerto with Miloš Karadaglić.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Glinka: Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No.2)
Joby Talbot: Guitar Concerto (BBC Commission World Premiere)

c.19.35 Interval
Proms Plus
Composer Joby Talbot, whose Guitar Concerto receives its world premiere in this evening's Prom, discusses the influence of dance in this new work and along with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon looks at how composers and choreographers work together to create new pieces. Hosted by Andrew McGregor and recorded earlier this evening at the Imperial College Union, London.

c. 19.55
Tchaikovksy: The Nutcracker - Act 1

Miloš Karadaglić (guitar)
Finchley Children's Music Group
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić is the soloist in a new concerto written especially for him by Joby Talbot. Taking inspiration from Karadaglić's Montenegrin heritage, Talbot's typically rhythmic piece incorporates Balkan dances into its propulsive flow.

Dance also runs through both Glinka's heat-soaked Summer Night in Madrid, accompanied by pulsing castanets, and the expansive waltzes of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, whose complete Act 1 is here performed for the first time at the Proms.

26Late Night Serpent And Fire20180802

Live at BBC Proms: Anna Prohaska and Il Giardino Armonico in music for Dido and Cleopatra.

Live at BBC Proms: soprano Anna Prohaska joins leading early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico for a programme that takes inspiration from two great queens, Cleopatra and Dido.

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

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, excerpts
The Fairy Queen - Chaconne: Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman
Dance for Chinese Man and Woman
Christoph Graupner: Dido, Queen of Carthage, excerpts
Antonio Sartorio: Julius Caesar in Egypt, excerpts
Matthew Locke: The Tempest - Curtain Tune
George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar in Egypt - 'Che sento? Oh Dio!... Se pietà di me non senti'
Dario Castello: Sonata No. 15 in D minor
Francesco Cavalli: Dido - 'Rè de' Getuli altero... Il mio marito'
Johann Adolf Hasse: Mark Antony and Cleopatra - 'Morte col fiero aspetto'
George Frideric Handel: Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 6 No. 8

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini, conductor

Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska joins Italy's leading early music ensemble for a programme that takes inspiration from two great queens, Cleopatra and Dido, who proved endlessly fascinating to Baroque composers. Operatic arias are framed by some of the period's most vital instrumental works.

27Folk Music Around Britain And Ireland20180803

Live at the BBC Proms: Folk musicians join Stephen Bell and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Bell. Folk music around Britain and Ireland, with Sam Lee, Julie Fowlis, The Unthanks, ALAW and Jarleth Henderson.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Sam Lee and Julie Fowlis.

Interval: Proms Plus:
Gillian Clarke is a former National Poet of Wales and winner of the Queen's Medal for Poetry. New Generation Thinker Dr Peter Mackay is from the Island of Lewis and an expert in Scots and Irish poetry. They discuss the folklore and oral traditions that have entertained and educated adults and children in these islands throughout millennia. Presented by New Generation Thinker Corin Throsby.

In a Prom that celebrates the history and evolution of the folk music scene in Britain and Ireland, the BBC Concert Orchestra collaborates with some of the folk world's leading musicians who are pushing the boundaries of traditional music, and bringing with them a new breed of folk fan.

With performers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, this Prom reflects the diversity of a genre of music that, while steeped in tradition, is constantly evolving and reinventing itself through the generations.

28National Youth Orchestra Performs Mussorgsky, Benjamin, Ravel, Ligeti And Debussy20180804

Live at the BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra, George Benjamin, Tamara Stefanovich.

Live at the BBC Proms: The National Youth Orchestra under George Benjamin with pianist Tamara Stefanovich with music by Mussorgsky, Benjamin, Ravel, Ligeti and Debussy.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Redmond

7.30pm
Mussorgsky, arr. Rimsky-Korsakov A Night on the Bare Mountain
George Benjamin Dance Figures
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

c.8.20
During the interval, Tom Redmond is joined by guests live at the Royal Albert Hall, including members of the National Youth Orchestra

c.8.40pm
Ligeti Lontano
Debussy La mer

Tamara Stefanovich (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
George Benjamin (conductor)

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain return to conjure a series of vivid worlds, both real and imagined.

The sea roars and shimmers in Debussy's La mer, Mussorgsky paints eerie visions of a Witches' Sabbath, while Ligeti's Lontano summons the 'dream worlds of childhood'.

Ravel's brooding Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by a pianist who lost an arm in the First World War.

31Bernstein, Gershwin And Ives20180806

Live at the BBC Proms: Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vanska and pianist Inon Barnatan.

Live at BBC Proms: Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä play music by Bernstein, Ives and are joined by pianist Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's piano concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny, with Brian Newhouse from Minnesota Public Radio.

Bernstein: Candide - overture
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major

c.7.40pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Presenter Ivan Hewett discusses Ives' Symphony No. 2 with musicologist J.P.E. Harper-Scott. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c.8pm
Ives: Symphony No. 2

Inon Barnatan, piano
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

A great American orchestra marks Leonard Bernstein's 100th-anniversary year with a concert of 20th century American classics that represent Bernstein in his multiple guises as composer, conductor and pianist.

The breathless exuberance of Bernstein's Candide overture is extended by Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's Concerto in F major, which filters the composer's popular jazz idiom through classical structures and Lisztian virtuosity.

Premiered by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1951, Ives's attractive Second Symphony melds European techniques with an all-American sound-world.

32Inside Shostakovich20180806

Live at the BBC Proms: Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and pianist Denis Kozhukhin.

Live at BBC Proms: The Aurora Orchestra, pianist Denis Kozhukhin and conductor Nicholas Collon in Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 in F and Symphony No 9 in Eb

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service

10.15pm
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No 2 in F major

10.35pm
Tom Service and Nicholas Collon present Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, with live excerpts

10.55pm
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No 9 in E flat major

Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Tom Service, presenter
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon, conductor

Presenter Tom Service, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra take their audience inside Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony - taking it apart to reveal its intricate construction, before putting it back together again in a complete performance from memory.

33Brahms's A German Requiem20180807

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Farnes.

Live at BBC Proms, Richard Farnes conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Thea Musgrave's Phoenix Rising. The BBC Symphony Chorus and soloists join for Brahms's German Requiem.

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

Thea Musgrave: Phoenix Rising

Interval: Proms Plus:
Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Brahms' 'A German Requiem', together with Reverend Lucy Winkett. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

Brahms: A German Requiem

Golda Schultz (soprano)
Johan Reuter (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Farnes (conductor)

Inspired by the death of his mother, Brahms's tender, consoling A German Requiem couldn't be further from Verdi's and Berlioz's settings of the standard Latin Mass text. It's the first of three Requiems this season marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Richard Farnes makes his Proms debut directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with soloists Golda Schultz and Johan Reuter.

Thea Musgrave's Phoenix Rising (marking the composer's 90th birthday this year) also traces a journey from darkness to light -enacting the conflict both spatially and musically- in some of the composer's most dramatic writing.

34Bbc Philharmonic And Juanjo Mena In Britten And Copland20180808

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena in Britten, Barber and Copland.

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in music by Britten, Walton, Barber and Copland. They are joined by soprano Sally Matthews.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Ian Skelly.

Walton: Overture 'Portsmouth Point'
Copland: Connotations
Britten: Les illuminations

8.15
Interval: Proms Plus
Film-maker and biographer Humphrey Burton and Britten scholar Heather Wiebe explore Aaron Copland's influence on Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein and Britten's relationship with America, in conversation with Louise Fryer. Recorded earlier today at the Imperial College Union.

8.40
Barber: Antony and Cleopatra - Two scenes
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

Sally Matthews (soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

In Bernstein's centenary year, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic celebrate with a transatlantic Prom, uniting music by British and American composers connected not just by generation but in many cases personal friendship. Commissioned and premiered by Bernstein, Copland's Connotations is a portrait of "the tensions aspirations and drama inherent in the world today". Its knotty confrontations find contrast in the sensuous beauty of Britten's orchestral song-cycle Les illuminations, while the sea provides inspiration both for Walton's bustling, bonhomous Portsmouth Point overture and Britten's boldly dramatic Four Sea Interludes from his opera 'Peter Grimes'. Sally Matthews joins the orchestra for two extracts from Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra which complete the programme.

35New York: Sound Of A City20180808

Live at BBC Proms: Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, and New York artists.

Live at BBC Proms: the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, including Hercules and Love Affair, serpentwithfeet and Sharon Van Etten

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

Celebrating the music of a modern New York, the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley present their take on the sound of NYC today.

With guest artists drawn from across the Big Apple, this Late Night Prom features new music from some of the city's rising stars, plus classic tracks by established acts that have changed the city's soundscape.

Expect anything from pagan-gospel and disco-punk to feminist rap or DIY indie... the panoply of musical talent that continues to emanate from New York means anything could happen.

There will be no interval.

36Mahler, Wagner And Webern20180809

Live at the BBC Proms: Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen in Webern, Mahler, Wagner

Live at BBC Proms: Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen with Anja Kampe, Robert Dean Smith and Franz-Josef Selig in Webern, Mahler and Wagner

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

Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No 10 - Adagio

8.00pm Interval: Proms Plus
Stephen Fry and John Deathridge introduce Wagner's 'Die Walküre'. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

8.20pm
Wagner: Die Walküre - Act 1

Anja Kampe (soprano), Sieglinde
Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Siegmund
Franz-Josef Selig (bass), Hunding
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

The Philharmonia Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen take a musical journey from aphorism to epic. Barely six minutes long, Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra distils expression down to its most concentrated form, every musical gesture carrying infinite weight and colour. By contrast, Wagner's Die Walküre, the second instalment of his monumental Ring cycle, explores musical expansion and amplitude, offering an all-consuming vision of illicit love. At the midpoint is the Adagio from Mahler's 10th Symphony - music that grasps towards eternity and immortality but that was to remain tragically unfinished at the composer's death.

39The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.20180811

Live at the BBC Proms: John Wilson Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

Live at BBC Proms: John Wilson Orchestra, conductor John Wilson. Sierra Boggess (Maria), Ross Lekites (Tony), Students from ArtsEd and Mountview.
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (concert performance)

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

Sierra Boggess (Maria,
Ross Lekites (Tony)
Students from ArtsEd and Mountview.
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

West Side Story bursts with violent, sensual rhythms and big-hearted melodies. The music ranges from the touching innocence of 'I feel pretty' and 'Tonight' to the tension-fuelled 'Dance at the Gym' in conveying the trials of the ill-fated lovers, Tony and Maria, as they attempt to resolve the deep-rooted animosity between two warring communities on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

This rare performance of the theatre score (authorised concert version) features a top-flight cast, joined by an ensemble of students from leading London theatre schools.

Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Kate Molleson introduces Bernstein's 'West Side Story' together with critic and broadcaster David Benedict. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

40Joshua Bell And The Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Perform Mendelssohn, Beethoven And Saint-saens.20180812

Music by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Bridge and Beethoven, live from the Royal Albert Hall.

Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream overture and Beethoven's graceful Fourth Symphony. Bell himself is the soloist in Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Kate Molleson

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - overture
Saint ?Saëns: Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor

5.15: INTERVAL: Proms Plus
Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, historians Saul David and Laura Rowe discuss the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and the effect that this terrible tragedy had on American public opinion about the conflict. Presented by New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.

5.35:
Bridge: Lament (Catherine, aged 9, 'Lusitania' 1915)
Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, director/violin.

41Edward Gardner Conducts The Bbc So And Chorus In Vaughan Williams, Boulanger And Elgar.20180812

Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Vaughan Williams and Elgar.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Edward Gardner in Vaughan Williams and Lili Boulanger. Soloist Jean-Guihen Queyras in Elgar's Cello Concerto.

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

Lili Boulanger: Pour les funerailles d'un soldat
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op.85

c.20.30 Interval
Proms Plus
Musicologist Kate Kennedy and Professor AC Grayling introduce Vaughan Williams' 1936 cantata Dona nobis pacem. Hosted by Hannah Conway and recorded earlier this evening at the Imperial College Union, London.

c.20.55
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

War casts its long shadow over this Prom given by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - part of this season's musical survey suggested by the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A precursor to Britten's War Requiem (see Prom 72), Vaughan Williams's cantata Dona nobis pacem is a heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of the violence of war, its expansive lyricism a natural foil for the compressed drama of Lili Boulanger's choral miniature Pour les funérailles d'un soldat.

Elgar's much-loved Cello Concerto, composed in the wake of the conflict, completes this emotive concert, with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as soloist.

42Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi And Khatia Buniatishvili In Sibelius, Part And Grieg20180813

Live at the BBC Proms: Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, Grieg Piano Concerto.

Live at BBC Proms: Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (conductor). Khatia Buniatishvili (piano). Grieg Piano Concerto, Sibelius Symphony No 5, Pärt Symphony No 3

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

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 3

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

c.8.35pm
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Sibelius' 5th Symphony together with Radio 3's New Generation Thinker, Leah Broad. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c.8'55pm
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (making its Proms debut) pairs music by Grieg and Sibelius with Estonia's own national composer, Arvo Pärt.

Celebrated Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili - a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - performs one of the great Romantic piano concertos.

Beloved for its generous melodies and dramatic gestures, Grieg's concerto is matched for sonic drama by Sibelius's stirring Fifth Symphony.

Arvo Pärt's eclectic Third Symphony, with its echoes of Renaissance polyphony and Orthodox chant, opens the concert.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 17 August.

42Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, And Khatia Buniatishvili In Part, Grieg And Sibelius.20180813

Live at the BBC Proms: Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, Grieg Piano Concerto.

Live at BBC Proms: Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (conductor). Khatia Buniatishvili (piano). Grieg Piano Concerto, Sibelius Symphony No 5, Pärt Symphony No 3

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

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 3

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

c.8.35pm
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Sibelius' 5th Symphony together with Radio 3's New Generation Thinker, Leah Broad and musicologist Prof. Tim Howell. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c.8'55pm
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (making its Proms debut) pairs music by Grieg and Sibelius with Estonia's own national composer, Arvo Pärt.

Celebrated Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili - a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - performs one of the great Romantic piano concertos.

Beloved for its generous melodies and dramatic gestures, Grieg's concerto is matched for sonic drama by Sibelius's stirring Fifth Symphony.

Arvo Pärt's eclectic Third Symphony, with its echoes of Renaissance polyphony and Orthodox chant, opens the concert.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 17 August.

47Elgar, Prokofiev And Venables20180817

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo perform Elgar and Prokofiev

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Elgar and Prokofiev. Plus soloist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a quirky new violin concerto by Philip Venables.

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

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Philip Venables/Bartók: Venables Plays Bartók (BBC Commission World Premiere)

c.20.10
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Hannah Conway talks to composer Philip Venables about his new work, premiered in this concert, 'Venables plays Bartok'. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c.20.30
Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat Op.100

Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables. The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok's Hungarian Sketches to his teacher's teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee - and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism - Elgar's lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in 'the strength and beauty of the human spirit'.

57John Wilson, London Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein's On The Town20180825

Live at the BBC Proms: John Wilson conducts the LSO in Bernstein's On the Town

Live at BBC Proms: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town, with the London Symphony Orchestra

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bernstein: On the Town
Gabey: Nathaniel Hackmann,
Hildy: Louise Dearman
London Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor
Martin Duncan, Stage Director

INTERVAL:
Proms Plus Event: Louise Fryer talks to pianist Jason Carr and Broadway expert Edward Seckerson about Bernstein's On The Town.

Launching a Bernstein bank-holiday weekend on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday, John Wilson conducts Bernstein’s hit Broadway musical On The Town, which follows the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in 1944.

58The Sound Of An Orchestra20180826

Live at the BBC Proms: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein

Live at the BBC Proms: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein with The Sound of an Orchestra

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

7.30pm
A vivid tapestry of words, projections and music including Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Interval

c.8.30pm
including works by Ligeti, Bernstein, Debussy and Beethoven

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)
Gerard McBurney (creative director)
Mike Tutaj (projection design)

What happens – on stage, in the air, in the listener’s mind – when an orchestra plays together? In a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s televised presentations, which brought classical music to generations of new audiences, we pay homage to his pioneering work in this area.

The first half of our journey into ‘The Sound of an Orchestra’ presents a vivid tapestry of words, projections and music, leading us from the primal anarchy of tuning-up to the dynamic complexity of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

In the second half we explore a kaleidoscope of works spanning almost 250 years – from the unsettling echo chamber of Ligeti’s Apparitions, through Bernstein in Broadway mode, to Debussy’s shimmering seascape La mer and Beethoven’s resolute Egmont overture. A scintillating multi-sensory journey for novices and experts alike.

59Relaxed Prom20180827

Live at the BBC Proms: the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Sian Edwards.

Live at BBC Proms: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Sian Edwards in music by Bernstein, Holst, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, plus the London Premiere of a work by Alexander Campkin

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Louise Fryer

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Royal Albert Hall Education and Outreach and Proms Learning, present orchestral music in an informal setting. Everyone is welcome: family members of all ages, children, young people and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, as well as individuals who are Deaf or hearing impaired, blind or visually impaired, and those living with dementia. There is a relaxed attitude to movement and noise, plus ‘chill-out’ spaces outside the auditorium. The Prom features picture communication systems on large screens, audio description and British Sign Language interpretation. The orchestra is joined by its groundbreaking disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound.

61Yannick Nezet-seguin And The Rotterdam Philharmonic20180828

Live at BBC Proms: Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic perform Liszt and Bruckner

Live at BBC Proms: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Rotterdam Philharmonic are joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Liszt's Second Piano concerto, followed by Bruckner's Fourth Symphony.

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

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

c.7.55pm
Interval: Proms Plus: Sebastian Faulks, OBE, author of best-selling novels including Charlotte Grey and Birdsong, comes to the Proms to talk about his new novel Paris Echo. It tells the story of Hannah, a 31-year-old American, who is researching the lives of French women during the German occupation of Paris in 1940-1944. Set against this is the tale of Tariq, a 19-year-old boy who has run away from his home in Morocco, searching for sex and adventure. Does history and a greater cultural awareness help us lead better lives? Presented by Anne McElvoy

c.8.15pm
Bruckner: Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Romantic'

Yefim Bronfman, piano
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Yannick Nézet ?Séguin, conductor

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary with its first visit to the Proms in five years, under the baton of Chief Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Subtitled the ‘Romantic’ by the composer, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony draws deeply on the German Romantic tradition of Weber and Wagner for its colourful musical drama. Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, a work originally conceived as a ‘concerto symphonique’, which offers a fascinating reimagining of the traditional relationship between soloist and orchestra.

62Vasily Petrenko And The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic20180829

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Strauss, Elgar and Bartok

Live at BBC Proms: Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Strauss, Elgar, Bartok and a world premiere by Iain Bell

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

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
Iain Bell: Aurora (BBC co-commission: world premiere)

c. 6.45pm
Interval Proms Plus
Dr Nathan Case and Dr Melanie Windridge discuss the latest scientific research into the Aurora Borealis with New Generation Thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.

c.7.05pm
R Strauss: Ständchen; Das Bächlein; Morgen!; Zueignung
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Adela Zaharia (soprano - Iain Bell)
Miah Persson (soprano - R Strauss)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra present a concert that moves from the lush, late-Romantic soundscapes of Strauss’s songs (with soprano Miah Persson) and the sweeping melodic generosity of Elgar’s Italy-inspired overture In the South to the leaner, more percussive intensity of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – a virtuosic showcase for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert also includes the world premiere of Iain Bell’s concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra, Aurora, featuring soprano Adela Zaharia.

63Sir Andr\u00e1s Schiff Plays The Well-tempered Clavier (book 2)20180829

Live at BBC Proms: Sir Andras Schiff plays JS Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 2)

Live at BBC Proms: Sir András Schiff plays JS Bach's 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' (Book 2)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented Sarah Walker

JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2

Sir András Schiff, piano

The two volumes of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier are a window onto an extraordinary musical imagination – an infinitely varied, beguiling series of musical reflections and questions.

Following his complete performance of Book 1 last year, distinguished pianist and Bach specialist Sir András Schiff returns to perform the complete Book 2. Much more than just a musical sequel, this volume pushes harmony and counterpoint further than ever before in its fascinating and uniquely challenging sequence of works.

There will be no interval

Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 31 August

64Verdi Requiem20180830

Andres Orozco-Estrada and the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Verdi's Requiem.

Live at BBC Proms: Verdi's Requiem with the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra with conductor Orozco-Estrada and Lise Davidsen, Karen Cargill, Dmytro Popov and Tomasz Konieczny

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

Verdi: Requiem

Lise Davidsen, soprano
Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano
Dmytro Popov, tenor
Tomasz Konieczny, bass
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrés Orozco ?Estrada, conductor

Rising conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada continues this season’s sequence of Requiems with Verdi’s mighty concert-hall setting – an ‘opera in church vestments’. Embracing the full gamut of human emotion, from the most tender and fragile of hopes to the visceral terror of the Day of Judgement, it’s a work that transforms private grief into an astonishing public statement. An international team of soloists includes the exciting young Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen and renowned Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.

65Stravinsky, Ravel And Berio20180831

Live at BBC Proms: Semyon Bychkov, BBC Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky, Ravel and Berio

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, in Ravel's La valse, Berio's Sinfonia, with London Voices, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Ravel: La valse
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia*

c.7.40pm
Interval: Proms Plus. Hannah Conway with an introduction to Berio's Sinfonia, together with music critic Ivan Hewett and lecturer and composer William Mival. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c. 8.00pm
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

London Voices*
Sound Intermedia*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Three 20th-century classics explore the fantastical beginnings of modern music. Semyon Bychkov leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a journey that contrasts the pre-war, avant-garde provocations of Stravinsky’s infamous ballet The Rite of Spring with the darker post-war reflections of Ravel’s La valse, also commissioned by Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes.

At the centre of the programme is Berio’s extraordinary Sinfonia. Dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, it is a technical tour de force for orchestra and eight solo voices that gathers together familiar fragments of classical music (including nods to both the Ravel and Stravinsky works) to create something bewilderingly brilliant and utterly, joyously original.

65AYoussou N'dour And Le Super \u00c9toile De Dakar20180831

Prom 65a: Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Etoile de Dakar

Prom 65a: Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Étoile de Dakar

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

Senegalese cultural icon Youssou N’Dour makes his Proms debut in a special late-night appearance. This largely acoustic performance spotlights N’Dour’s characteristic soaring vocals and the smooth instrumental colours brought to life by his group Le Super Étoile de Dakar.

For over 40 years N’Dour has been thrilling audiences around the world with an eclectic mix of Cuban rumba, hip hop, jazz, soul and music of the West African griot tradition. In addition to his prodigious performing career – which has embraced more than 30 albums and a Grammy Award – he has also played a political role, having campaigned for the release of Nelson Mandela, performed at concerts for Amnesty International and served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

There will be no interval

66Berlin Philharmonic, Kirill Petrenko, Yuja Wang Perform Dukas, Schmidt And Prokofiev20180901

Yuja Wang performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Live at BBC Proms: Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Kirill Petrenko in ballet music by Dukas and Franz Schmidt's Symphony no 4, plus Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 with Yuja Wang as soloist.

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

Dukas: La Péri – Fanfare and Poème dansé
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major

8.20pm
Interval: Proms Plus Talk: Musicologist and broadcaster Erik Levi introduces Schmidt's Symphony No. 4.

8.45pm
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No 4 in C major

Yuja Wang (piano)
Berliner Philharmonic
Conductor Kirill Petrenko

A landmark concert sees the Berlin Philharmonic perform for the first time in London under its new Chief Conductor Designate, Kirill Petrenko. ‘In this work Mahler’s spirit is resurrected,’ said a colleague of Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony, a piece whose Romantic character is charged with the grief of personal loss. Dynamic pianist Yuja Wang is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, with its explosive closing battle of wills between soloist and orchestra. The concert opens with Dukas’s exotic, Impressionistic ballet score La péri, prefaced by the arresting curtain-raising fanfare the composer later added.

69Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra And Baiba Skride Perform Bernstein And Shostakovich20180903

Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Baiba Skride play Bernstein and Shostakovich

Live at BBC Proms: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and joined by Baiba Skride in Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium

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

Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium

c.8pm: Interval:

c.8.20pm:
Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 in C minor

Baiba Skride, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

This second concert by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra sets Bernstein’s intensely lyrical Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) for solo violin and orchestra – a work composed for Isaac Stern and performed here by the prize-winning Latvian violinist Baiba Skride – alongside Shostakovich’s uncompromising Fourth Symphony. This dazzling musical manifesto of the composer’s modernist beliefs was withdrawn under duress before its scheduled 1936 premiere and wasn’t heard publicly until 25 years later.

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A celebration of the tango, from Latin America to Finland.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Georgia Mann

Pablo Ziegler, piano
Héctor Del Curto, bandoneon
Claudio Ragazzi, guitar
Pedro Giraudo, double bass
Franco Pinna, drums
Britten Sinfonia
Clark Rundell, Conductor

A celebration of the heady, sexually charged Latin American tango, from its origins in the bars of 1880s Buenos Aires, through to À?stor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango that emerged in the 1950s. The story also embraces the Finnish tango tradition of the early 20th century – steeped in the themes of love, sorrow and nature – and comes bang up to date with some of the latest tango music. Showcasing Grammy Award-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler along with leading singers, dancers and instrumentalists from Europe, the USA and Argentina, the raw and earthy vitality of the tango is explored, from the sultry intimacy of the bandoneon to the big-band orchestral forces of the Britten Sinfonia.

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John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre R\u00e9volutionnaire et Romantique in Belioz.

Live at BBC Proms: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner perform Berlioz with mezzo Joyce DiDonato and viola player Antoine Tamestit.

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

Berlioz Overture 'Le corsaire'
Berlioz La mort de Cléopâtre
Berlioz The Trojans – Royal Hunt and Storm
Berlioz The Trojans – Dido’s death scene

c.7.50pm
Interval Proms Plus: Broadcaster and classicist Bettany Hughes talks to presenter Alex Clark about our knowledge of Troy and introduces readings from contemporary fictional incarnations of the epic stories behind Berlioz’s grand opera Les Troyens which have been written from the women’s point of view.

c.8.10pm
Berlioz Harold in Italy

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo soprano)
Antoine Tamestit (viola)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique continue their cycle of Berlioz performances, which will reach its climax next season in the 150th-anniversary year of the composer’s death. Some of Berlioz’s most colourful and dramatic works come together here in a programme that draws not only from concert works including the filmic overture Le corsaire and the magnificent symphony with solo viola Harold in Italy, but also from Berlioz’s great opera The Trojans. Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the orchestra to sing Dido’s heartbreaking final scene.

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Live at the BBC Proms: Jonathan Cohen directs Arcangelo in Handel's Theodora.

Live at BBC Proms: Handel's Theodora with Louise Alder as Theodora and Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen.

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

Handel Theodora

Louise Alder (soprano) Theodora
Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) Didymus
Benjamin Hulett (tenor) Septimius
Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano) Irene
Tareq Nazmi (bass) Valens
Arcangelo Chorus
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

Parts 1 and 2 (beginning)

c. 20.25 Interval: Professor Suzanne Aspden discusses Handel's Theodora, including the staging and its 18th century context. Recorded earlier at Imperial College Union.

Parts 2 (end) and 3

In a battle between love and faith, which will triumph? Following the success of last year’s Israel in Egypt, the Proms continues its journey through Handel’s oratorios with the composer’s own favourite and one of the most powerfully dramatic works he ever produced.

An all-star cast is led by Louise Alder and Iestyn Davies as tragic lovers Theodora and Didymus. Jonathan Cohen directs his period ensemble Arcangelo.

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with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

The Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Chorus, plus soloists Gerald Finley and Jess Gillam.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Ian Skelly and Georgia Mann

Hindemith: Neues vom Tage: Ouvertüre
Berlioz: Lélio - Fantaisie sur La Tempête' de Shakespeare
Roxanna Panufnik: Songs of Darkess, Dreams of Light (BBC Commission,World Premiere)
Stanford: Songs of the Sea
Stanford: The Blue Bird
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

c.8.15pm
Interval: Georgia Mann and Ian Skelly look back at the last two months of the BBC Proms in the company of guests, and Georgia Mann gets a sense of the excitement in the arena with some of the Prommers.

c.8.35pm
Saint-Saëns: Suite algérienne - Marche militaire francaise
Milhaud: Scaramouche
Rodgers: Soliloquy – Carousel
Arr Anne Dudley: World War 1 Songs:
Roses of Picardy
It's a long, long way to Tipperary
Keep right on to the end of the road
Keep the home fires burning
Henry Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Arne arr Sargent: Rule Britannia!
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Parry arr Elgar: Jerusalem
Britten: The National Anthem
Trad arr Paul Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Gerald Finley (baritone)
Jess Gillam (saxophone)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran steersman of the Last Night, returns to direct the greatest annual party in classical music. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Henry Wood and Thomas Arne is extended in Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, featuring star Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.

Another British choral classic, Blest Pair of Sirens – honouring the ‘harmonious sisters, Voice and Verse’ – joins Jerusalem in the centenary year of Hubert Parry’s death.

There’s a dash of Broadway in the touching ‘Soliloquy’ from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, in which the wife-battering Billy finds new eloquence while vowing to change his ways, and a more mischievous streak in Milhaud’s delightful suite Scaramouche.

Roxanna Panufnik’s new commission, Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light, rounds off a series of over 40 world, UK or London premieres this season, continuing the forward-looking vision of Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood.