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7th September 2013

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Sir Andrew Davis conducts the First Night of the Proms
Mr Bloom presents the CBeebies Prom
Paloma Faith
Laura Mvula
War Horse Prom
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Gabby Logan presesnts the BBC Sport Prom
Rufus Wainwright
Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys
 

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The Proms takes over the Royal Albert Hall each summer bringing some of the best classical musicians to London and the 2014 season, which runs from Friday 18th July to Saturday 13th September, includes 92 concerts, 12 world premieres, a War Horse Prom, the Pet Shop Boys and the first CBeebies and BBC Sport Proms.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2014

The Pet Shop Boys, Paloma Faith, and CBeebies presenters show the diversity of the Proms.

The BBC Proms 2014 The BBC Proms 2014 A War Horse Prom, the first ever BBC Sport Prom, and a performance by the Pet Shop Boys are just some of the Proms 2014 highlights. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 100+ concerts, concluding on the fabled last night where seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim, for the past 100 years, has been to mix the popular and familiar with the surprising and innovative, so if you go to a concert to hear some favourite piece, you may leave having discovered a whole new composer (recent years have even included Doctor Who and Wallace & Gromit-themed Proms). Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom on the door for just five pounds, so top international orchestras and soloists, programmes that mix the adventurous and the accessible, and a real sense of fun can all be had for half the price of a central London cinema ticket. There are also chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees in nearby Cadogan Hall and outdoor events throughout the country. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling finale - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join Terry Wogan and thousands of revellers in the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park. Booking opens on 17th May 2014.
2014-07-182014-09-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th July to 13th September 2014

 

A War Horse Prom, the first ever BBC Sport Prom, and a performance by the Pet Shop Boys are just some of the Proms 2014 highlights. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 100 concerts, concluding on the fabled last night where seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim, for the past 100 years, has been to mix the popular and familiar with the surprising and innovative, so if you go to a concert to hear some favourite piece, you may leave having discovered a whole new composer (recent years have even included Doctor Who and Wallace & Gromit-themed Proms). Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom on the door for just five pounds, so top international orchestras and soloists, programmes that mix the adventurous and the accessible, and a real sense of fun can all be had for half the price of a central London cinema ticket. There are also chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees in nearby Cadogan Hall and outdoor events throughout the country. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling finale - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join Terry Wogan and thousands of revellers in the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park. Booking opens on 17th May 2014.

 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms

Proms favourite Sir Andrew Davis conducts a distinguished cast of soloists to start the Proms 2014.

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms Prom 1: First Night of the Proms The Proms 2014 festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off with the Elgar's biblical oratorio The Kingdom - the beautiful 'slow movement' of a musical triptych that started with The Apostles which remained unfinished at the composer's death. Celebrated Elgarian and Proms favourite Sir Andrew Davis, a conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, returns in his 70th-birthday year, joined by a distinguished cast of soloists including Erin Wall, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples, and Christopher Purves who are joined by the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
2014-07-182014-07-18 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th July 2014

 

The Proms 2014 festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off with the Elgar's biblical oratorio The Kingdom - the beautiful 'slow movement' of a musical triptych that started with The Apostles which remained unfinished at the composer's death. Celebrated Elgarian and Proms favourite Sir Andrew Davis, a conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, returns in his 70th-birthday year, joined by a distinguished cast of soloists including Erin Wall, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples, and Christopher Purves who are joined by the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

 
 
 

BBC Sport Prom

Gabby Logan presents the first BBC Sport Prom.

BBC Sport Prom BBC Sport Prom With the World Cup, Wimbledon and Commonwealth Games this is a summer of sport and the first ever BBC Sport Prom celebrates by bringing the stadium to the Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by TV sports presenter Gabby Logan the prom features classical music associated with sport including TV theme tunes for 'Match of the Day', 'Test Match Special' and 'Wimbledon'. Sporting celebrities will select their favourite classical music as memorable sporting moments are played on screens at this Sunday morning prom.
2014-07-202014-07-20 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 20th July 2014

 

With the World Cup, Wimbledon and Commonwealth Games this is a summer of sport and the first ever BBC Sport Prom celebrates by bringing the stadium to the Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by TV sports presenter Gabby Logan the prom features classical music associated with sport including TV theme tunes for 'Match of the Day', 'Test Match Special' and 'Wimbledon'. Sporting celebrities will select their favourite classical music as memorable sporting moments are played on screens at this Sunday morning prom.

 
 
 

Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys

The world premiere of a new work based on the life and work of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing.

Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as the Pet Shop Boys, open the 2014 Proms Late Night series with the world premiere of a brand-new work based on the life and work of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, 60 years after his death. 25 years into their career, the Boys have sold more than 50 million albums and notched over 20 Top 10 hits with their infectious, catchy brand of "high-end, high-art disco pop for mind and body" (The Guardian). Constantly evolving - recent collaborators include Girls Aloud, Kylie, The Killers and Lady GaGa - Tennant and Lowe picked up a Brit Awards' Outstanding Contribution gong in 2012, the year their album Yes was released to critical acclaim. This special Proms performance which includes new orchestral arrangements of five Pet Shop Boys songs by film composer Angelo Badalamenti as well as the world premiere of 'A Man from the Future' will no doubt be a highlight of the 2014 Proms.
2014-07-232014-07-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd July 2014

 

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as the Pet Shop Boys, open the 2014 Proms Late Night series with the world premiere of a brand-new work based on the life and work of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, 60 years after his death. 25 years into their career, the Boys have sold more than 50 million albums and notched over 20 Top 10 hits with their infectious, catchy brand of "high-end, high-art disco pop for mind and body" (The Guardian). Constantly evolving - recent collaborators include Girls Aloud, Kylie, The Killers and Lady GaGa - Tennant and Lowe picked up a Brit Awards' Outstanding Contribution gong in 2012, the year their album Yes was released to critical acclaim. This special Proms performance which includes new orchestral arrangements of five Pet Shop Boys songs by film composer Angelo Badalamenti as well as the world premiere of 'A Man from the Future' will no doubt be a highlight of the 2014 Proms.

 
 
 

CBeebies Prom

Families and Mr Bloom fans give a Swashbuckle cheer - it's the first ever CBeebies Prom.

CBeebies Prom CBeebies Prom Mr Bloom, Chris Jarvis from 'Show Me, Show Me', and Robert the Robot are swapping the TV studio for the Royal Albert Hall for the first ever CBeebies Prom which comes to the hall on 26th and 27th July 2014. Essential viewing for the under 5's, the BBC's pre-school channel is a godsend for parents with small children and this prom is sure to enchant its 'tiddler' audience and their families. Music played by the BBC Philharmonic includes St Paul's Suite - Finale (The Dargason) by the English composer Gustav Holst, Sir Henry Wood's Fanfare on British Sea-Songs, a medley of British sea songs - sure to rouse a big 'Swashbuckle' cheer - and music from CBeebies programmes.
2014-07-262014-07-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th July 2014

 

Mr Bloom, Chris Jarvis from 'Show Me, Show Me', and Robert the Robot are swapping the TV studio for the Royal Albert Hall for the first ever CBeebies Prom which comes to the hall on 26th and 27th July 2014. Essential viewing for the under 5's, the BBC's pre-school channel is a godsend for parents with small children and this prom is sure to enchant its 'tiddler' audience and their families. Music played by the BBC Philharmonic includes St Paul's Suite - Finale (The Dargason) by the English composer Gustav Holst, Sir Henry Wood's Fanfare on British Sea-Songs, a medley of British sea songs - sure to rouse a big 'Swashbuckle' cheer - and music from CBeebies programmes.

 
 
 

War Horse Prom

Life-size puppets from the hit show come together with music performed by the Proms Military Wives Choir.

War Horse Prom War Horse Prom Marking the centenary of the First World War, the BBC Proms teams up with the National Theatre for the first time in a Prom. The War Horse Prom uses the life-size Handspring Puppet Company puppets which feature in War Horse, with music performed by the Proms Military Wives Choir directed by Gareth Malone, the personable presenter of the BAFTA-award-winning TV series The Choir.
2014-08-032014-08-03 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Sunday 3rd August 2014

 

Marking the centenary of the First World War, the BBC Proms teams up with the National Theatre for the first time in a Prom. The War Horse Prom uses the life-size Handspring Puppet Company puppets which feature in War Horse, with music performed by the Proms Military Wives Choir directed by Gareth Malone, the personable presenter of the BAFTA-award-winning TV series The Choir.

 
 
 

Prom 45: Laura Mvula

From Glastonbury to the Proms, the Birmingham singer-songwriter performs with the Metropole Orchestra.

Prom 45: Laura Mvula Prom 45: Laura Mvula Following her Proms debut last year, Laura Mvula returns to give her very own Late Night Prom with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Jules Buckley, with whom Laura collaborated for the Urban Classic Prom in 2013. Having sung in a church choir as a child, Mvula studied violin and piano and spent three years studying composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has since performed at Glastonbury, in support of Prince and is in the running for the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards. Her album Sing to the Moon, "one of the most striking and original debuts from any British artist in many a year," according to Neil McCormick (Daily Telegraph) is given a new orchestral remix in this Late Night Prom.
2014-08-192014-08-19 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Tuesday 19th August 2014

 

Following her Proms debut last year, Laura Mvula returns to give her very own Late Night Prom with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Jules Buckley, with whom Laura collaborated for the Urban Classic Prom in 2013. Having sung in a church choir as a child, Mvula studied violin and piano and spent three years studying composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has since performed at Glastonbury, in support of Prince and is in the running for the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards. Her album Sing to the Moon, "one of the most striking and original debuts from any British artist in many a year," according to Neil McCormick (Daily Telegraph) is given a new orchestral remix in this Late Night Prom.

 
 
 

Prom 65: Paloma Faith

The BRIT Award-nominated singer-songwriter reunites with Guy Barker and a 42-piece jazz orchestra.

Prom 65: Paloma Faith Prom 65: Paloma Faith BRIT Award-nominated singer-songwriter Paloma Faith reunites with Guy Barker and a 42-piece jazz orchestra to present full-blown orchestral arrangements of her own material intermingled with classic jazz ballads. Paloma makes her Proms debut on Friday 5th September at a Late Night Prom, backed by the Urban Voices Collective, with new arrangements of songs from her first two, double-platinum-selling albums, as well as from her most recent release, A Perfect Contradiction, a collection of "doo-wop-inspired ditties and lovesick slow jams" (The Guardian).
2014-09-052014-09-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 5th September 2014

 

BRIT Award-nominated singer-songwriter Paloma Faith reunites with Guy Barker and a 42-piece jazz orchestra to present full-blown orchestral arrangements of her own material intermingled with classic jazz ballads. Paloma makes her Proms debut on Friday 5th September at a Late Night Prom, backed by the Urban Voices Collective, with new arrangements of songs from her first two, double-platinum-selling albums, as well as from her most recent release, A Perfect Contradiction, a collection of "doo-wop-inspired ditties and lovesick slow jams" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

Prom 64: Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker

The famous orchestra plays an all-Russian programme inspired by dance.

Prom 64: Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker Prom 64: Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, who played an "out of this world" (The Guardian) concert at the 2012 Proms, return to the Royal Albert Hall for the first of two concerts at this summer's Proms. An all-Russian programme inspired by dance opens with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances which is, for many, his finest orchestral work. After the interval the audience enters the Russian fairy-tale world of Stravinsky's The Firebird, the folk-infused ballet score for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes that established the young composer as a rising star. For the second Proms concert, Sir Simon Rattle conducts Peter Sellars's staging of the St Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmoniker and a stellar cast led by Mark Padmore.
2014-09-052014-09-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 5th September 2014

 

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, who played an "out of this world" (The Guardian) concert at the 2012 Proms, return to the Royal Albert Hall for the first of two concerts at this summer's Proms. An all-Russian programme inspired by dance opens with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances which is, for many, his finest orchestral work. After the interval the audience enters the Russian fairy-tale world of Stravinsky's The Firebird, the folk-infused ballet score for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes that established the young composer as a rising star. For the second Proms concert, Sir Simon Rattle conducts Peter Sellars's staging of the St Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmoniker and a stellar cast led by Mark Padmore.

 
 
 

Prom 66: Bach - St Matthew Passion

The second Proms 2014 concert from the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Prom 66: Bach - St Matthew Passion Prom 66: Bach - St Matthew Passion For their second Proms 2014 concert, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Peter Sellars's innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion. The dramatic St John Passion is performed earlier in the season meaning both Bach's St John and St Matthew Passions will be performed at the Proms for the first time in a single season. A starry line-up of soloists is led by Mark Padmore's Evangelist, and includes celebrated German baritone Christian Gerhaher singing the words of Christ.

2014-09-062014-09-06 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 6th September 2014

 

For their second Proms 2014 concert, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Peter Sellars's innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion. The dramatic St John Passion is performed earlier in the season meaning both Bach's St John and St Matthew Passions will be performed at the Proms for the first time in a single season. A starry line-up of soloists is led by Mark Padmore's Evangelist, and includes celebrated German baritone Christian Gerhaher singing the words of Christ.

 
 
 

Prom 74: Rufus Wainwright

The Canadian singer-songwriter performs a Late Night Prom and at the Proms in the Park.

Prom 74: Rufus Wainwright Prom 74: Rufus Wainwright Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who has written his own opera, set Shakespeare sonnets to music and composed for the ballet, is participating in not one, but two, Proms events. At this his first appearance, a Late Night Prom on Thursday 11th September 2014, he is joined by the Britten Sinfonia to perform his own brand of 'baroque pop' that references everything from opera to ragtime. Songs include Poses, Going to a Town, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Over the Rainbow, Dinner at Eight, Me and Liza. Two days later, on 13th September, Rufus joins soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and Earth, Wind & Fire as special guest performers at the BBC Proms In The Park at Hyde Park on the last night of the Proms.
2014-09-112014-09-11 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Thursday 11th September 2014

 

Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who has written his own opera, set Shakespeare sonnets to music and composed for the ballet, is participating in not one, but two, Proms events. At this his first appearance, a Late Night Prom on Thursday 11th September 2014, he is joined by the Britten Sinfonia to perform his own brand of 'baroque pop' that references everything from opera to ragtime. Songs include Poses, Going to a Town, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Over the Rainbow, Dinner at Eight, Me and Liza. Two days later, on 13th September, Rufus joins soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and Earth, Wind & Fire as special guest performers at the BBC Proms In The Park at Hyde Park on the last night of the Proms.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms 2014

The rousing last night concert includes a Mary Poppins sing-along to mark the 50th anniversary of the Disney film.

Last Night of the Proms 2014 Last Night of the Proms 2014 Described by conductor Jiri Belohlavek as "the world's largest and most democratic musical festival", the much-loved Proms now encompasses more than 100 concerts each year. The rousing Last Night is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics and Patriotic Anthems (Rule, Britannia!, anyone?). This year's concert is conducted by Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and star soloists include violinist Janine Jansen and baritone Roderick Williams. The last night opens with the world premiere of Gavin Higgins' BBC commission, Velocity, and includes a Mary Poppins sing-along to mark the 50th anniversary of the Disney film. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus on the same night there's the popular Proms in the Park party, hosted by Terry Wogan.
2014-09-132014-09-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 13th September 2014 - 7.30pm

 

Described by conductor Jiri Belohlavek as "the world's largest and most democratic musical festival", the much-loved Proms now encompasses more than 100 concerts each year. The rousing Last Night is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics and Patriotic Anthems (Rule, Britannia!, anyone?). This year's concert is conducted by Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and star soloists include violinist Janine Jansen and baritone Roderick Williams. The last night opens with the world premiere of Gavin Higgins' BBC commission, Velocity, and includes a Mary Poppins sing-along to mark the 50th anniversary of the Disney film. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus on the same night there's the popular Proms in the Park party, hosted by Terry Wogan.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

Rufus Wainwright and Earth, Wind & Fire perform in a rousing outdoor finale to two months of the BBC Proms.

BBC Proms in the Park BBC Proms in the Park BBC Proms in the Park Britain's largest classical music event, the outdoor BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park, is a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. While the whole Last Night shebang is broadcast live on the BBC, nothing quite beats experiencing the biggest night in the classical music calendar under the stars in Hyde Park. Families and friends gather with picnic hampers and rugs for five hours of evening entertainment hosted by Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn and the inimitable Sir Terry Wogan with a sensational firework finale above the stage to cap things off.
2014-09-132014-09-13 Where:
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Concerts

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 13th September 2014

 

Britain's largest classical music event, the outdoor BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park, is a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. While the whole Last Night shebang is broadcast live on the BBC, nothing quite beats experiencing the biggest night in the classical music calendar under the stars in Hyde Park. Families and friends gather with picnic hampers and rugs for five hours of evening entertainment hosted by Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn and the inimitable Sir Terry Wogan with a sensational firework finale above the stage to cap things off. This year, Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra return under the baton of Richard Balcombe, with special guests Pumeza Matshikiza, Rufus Wainwright and Earth, Wind & Fire.