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Last Night of the Proms
BBC Proms In The Park
The BBC Proms 2015
Sakari Oramo, First Night of the Proms 2015
Bryn Terfel, Prom 11: Fiddler On The Roof
Pete Tong, Prom 16: Late Night With BBC Radio 1
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Prom 27: Late Night With BBC 6 Music
Seth MacFarlane, Prom 30: The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Frank Sinatra
Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir David Attenborough, Prom 59: Life Story Prom
The Jacksons, BBC Proms in the Park 2015
Yo-Yo Ma, Prom 68: Bach - Six Cello Suites
Prom 74: Wireless Nights Prom With Jarvis Cocker
Prom 2: Ten Pieces Prom
Proms Chamber Music 4: Dame Evelyn Glennie
 

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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 2015 season, which runs from Friday 17th July to Saturday 12th September, includes 92 concerts, world premieres, a Pete Tong Prom and an insight into the musical mind of Sherlock Holmes.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2015

Pete Tong joins Mozart and Beethoven for the Proms in 2015.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 17th July - 12th September 2015

 

Pete Tong joins Mozart and Beethoven for the Proms in 2015, showing how the classical music concert series caters for music lovers young and old. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, for the past 120 years, highlights of this year's eight week programme include A new feature of the 2015 Proms will be regular Sunday matinees including David Attenborough narrating a Prom, a new work by Eric Whitacre inspired by photographs from the Hubble space telescope, and a Sherlock Holmes prom which will feature the music that the great detective enjoyed. The high profile series attracts musical royalty - Alina Ibragimova, Yo-Yo Ma and Andras Schiff - are just some of those lined up to perform. 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.

 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms

Sakari Oramo conducts the First Night of the Proms.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 17th July 2015

 

The two-month-long Proms 2015 festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off on Friday 17th July with pianist Lars Vogt and baritone Christopher Maltman as the soloists performing a programme that includes two exotic musical retellings of the story of the Babylonian king Belshazzar - one Walton's choral masterpiece 'Belshazzar's Feast' and the other by Sibelius. They are joined by the BBC Singers, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other musical pieces are Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, Nielsen's Maskarade overture 5, and Dadaville c6 by British composer Gary Carpenter who spearheads the 32 premieres in this year's Proms season.

 
 
 

Prom 2: Ten Pieces Prom

CBBC presenters introduce some of the greatest pieces of classical music.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th July 2015

 

Join CBBC presenters Barney Harwood and Dick and Dom for an introduction to some of the greatest pieces of classical music and a celebration of children's responses to them. The programme features excerpts from John Adams's Short Ride In A Fast Machine, Beethoven's Symphony No 5 In C Minor First Movement, Britten's Storm Interlude, Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King, Handel's Zadok The Priest, and Holst's Mars from The Planets for the family-friendly Ten Pieces Prom.

 
 
 

Prom 3: Ten Pieces Prom

The second of two family-friendly Ten Pieces Proms.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th July 2015

 

The second of two family-friendly Ten Pieces Proms presented by CBBC's Barney Harwood and Dick and Dom, the programme features excerpts from John Adams's Short Ride In A Fast Machine, Beethoven's Symphony No 5 In C Minor First Movement, Britten's Storm Interlude, Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King, Handel's Zadok The Priest, and Holst's Mars from The Planets. See how children in schools across the UK have been working on their own creative responses to music by Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Mussorgsky and others.

 
 
 

Prom 11: Fiddler On The Roof

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th July 2015

 

Bryn Terfel sings the part of Tevye, the village milkman, when Hampshire's Grange Park Opera makes its Proms debut with a semi-staged production of Fiddler On The Roof with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Brimming with toe tapping numbers such as 'If I were a rich man', the marriage procession song 'Sunrise, sunset' and love song 'Miracle of Miracles', the story is set in pre-Revolutionary Russia with Tevye trying, in vain, to bring up his five daughters within the confines of Jewish tradition.

 
 
 

Prom 16: Late Night With BBC Radio 1

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 29th July 2015

 

Swapping Ibiza for London, veteran British DJ Pete Tong presents a line-up of live artists, including Jess Glynne, to perform a homage to the dance tracks which put the Balearic isle on the map. Prom 16, the Late Night With BBC Radio 1, also stars Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra who'll play live alongside individual artists. "Finally, a chance to cut some moves, to 'stack some shelves'" at The Proms says The Guardian. Expect reinterpetations of classic dancefloor fillers like Rhythm is Rhythm's 'Strings of Life' and Stardust's 'Music Sounds Better with You' says The Telegraph. We say: with Pete Tong you can't go wrong.

 
 
 

Prom 27: Late Night With BBC 6 Music

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th August 2015

 

Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 6 Music presents an evening of music by piano and keyboard virtuoso Nils Frahm and atmospheric duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen, playing individual sets which interlock with a unique collaborative piece written and performed exclusively for this Prom. Eleven months in the making, this late night concert shows how these musical pioneers, who draw on contemporary electronic influences, are completely re-imagining classical music for the next generation.

 
 
 

Prom 30: The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Frank Sinatra

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 07th August 2015

 

This Late Night Prom, a homage to Frank Sinatra, celebrates the centenary of this musical legend in a concert that brings together some of the great voices of our own time, led by the multitalented Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, who's joined by the John Wilson and his orchestra. A longstanding fan of ol Blue Eyes, MacFarlane trained with Sinatra's vocal coaches and used the late crooner's preferred microphone while recording his 2011 album Music Is Better Than Words.

 
 
 

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 09th August 2015

 

Other-worldly photographs of distant galaxies taken from the Hubble Space Telescope have inspired Eric Whitacre's new work Deep Field, which receives its European premiere at the Proms. Whitacre conducts his latest choral and orchestral work, his popular Cloudburst, in which audience members can help create the sound of rain falling, and American classics by Copland and Gershwin played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
 
 

Proms Chamber Music 4: Dame Evelyn Glennie

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th August 2015

 

Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie celebrates her 50th birthday with a special Proms chamber musical party. She performs Proms Chamber Music 4 alongside pianist Philip Smith, showcasing not only her expressive virtuosity and versatility in works by John Psathas and Keiko Abe, but also her skill as a composer, in Orologeria Aureola, a joint composition for Halo.

 
 
 

Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes: A Musical Mind

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th August 2015

 

Barry Wordsworth conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a matinee of music that conjures up the world of Sherlock Holmes. Works by Paganini, Lassus and Wagner - which Conan Doyle tells us Holmes loved - feature along with the film and TV scores written for him, from Miklos Rozsa's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to David Arnold and Michael Price's music from the BBC's Sherlock series. Special guests include Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who explores the repertoire of Holmes's nemesis, the opera singer Irene Adler.

 
 
 

Prom 51: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd August 2015

 

Returning for a second appearance this summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, brings a piece of America with them in Barber's Essay No. 2 which they pair with Haydn's Symphony No 90. Moving on to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 - a vivid portrait of Stalinist Russia - sees joy give way to high drama.

 
 
 

Prom 59: Life Story Prom

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 30th August 2015

 

Distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough presents a concert inspired by his recent BBC Television series, Life Story. The soundtrack, composed by Murray Gold (who has written the music for Doctor Who since 2005), takes centre-stage, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

 
 
 

Prom 68: Bach - Six Cello Suites

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th September 2015

 

American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a regular Proms soloist for almost 40 years, tackles perhaps his boldest performance to date performing the complete Bach solo cello suites in a single concert. That's over two hours of music - with no interval - a feat as challenging intellectually as it is physically. Though neglected until the 20th century, the suites represent some of Bach's greatest musical achievements and Ma has played them over many decades and multiple recordings.

 
 
 

Prom 74: Wireless Nights Prom With Jarvis Cocker

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th September 2015

 

Pairing music and spoken word, singer songwriter and radio presenter Jarvis Cocker presents a late night Prom based on his Wireless Nights - a nocturnal series he hosts on BBC Radio 4 in which the singer has "sat up watching badger colonies, met on-call transplant surgeons and interviewed night-shift workers at the National Grid" (Guardian). Turn up and tune in for an evening Jarvis describes as 'a nocturnal investigation of the human condition', with Maxime Tortelier conducting the BBC Philharmonic.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms

Marin Alsop conducts and the audience joins in with a singalong Sound of Music.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th September 2015

 

Marin Alsop, the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, in 2013, returns two years later to take the helm at the the high profile classical concert again. Featuring much flag waving and patriotic anthems - including Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In D Major 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and Parry's Jerusalem - the concert brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close. The Last Night of the Proms is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics - this year's programme includes a singalong Sound of Music. 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 2015

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 12th September 2015

 

The Jacksons headline 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. Radio 2 DJs Tony Blackburn, Ken Bruce and Anneka Rice will be getting the party started from 5.30pm, joined by Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack, American band The Mavericks, violinist David Garrett, and the cast of the hit musical Memphis, led by Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle. All that's before The Jacksons, trumpeter Alison Balsom, soprano Danielle de Niese and tenor Russell Watson appear on stage, followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 
 
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