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L-R: Tine Thing Helseth, Cerys Matthews, Katie Derham and Nishat Khan
Last Night of the Proms
The BBC Proms 2013
Prom 2: Doctor Who Prom
Cerys Matthews, 6 Music Prom
The Stranglers, 6 Music Prom
Conductor Sakari Oramo, First Night of the Proms
Joshua Bell performs with the National Youth Orchestra Of The United States Of America
Last Night of the Proms
Joseph Calleja, BBC Proms In The Park
BBC Proms In The Park
Nishat Khan performs in Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales
Nigel Kennedy, Prom 34: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Vasily Pentrenko conducts Prom 38: Free Prom
Mariss Jansons conducts Proms 33 & 35
Pianist Stephen Hough, Prom 49: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Tenor Ian Bostridge, Prom 51: London Symphony Orchestra
Prom 51: London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, Prom 60: London Philharmonic Orchestra | Glyndebourne Festival Opera
 

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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 2013 season, which runs from Friday 12th July to Saturday 7th September, includes 18 world premieres, Wagner's complete Ring Cycle, and Nigel Kennedy performing at the famous Last Night of the Proms.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2013

The 2013 Proms celebrates anniversaries for Britten, Wagner & Verdi.

The BBC Proms 2014 The BBC Proms 2014 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. This year's season launches on 24th April and booking opens 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

 

The centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest British composers, will be a focal point of The BBC Proms in 2013. The 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth, Verdi's 200th anniversary and 18 world premieres are also major themes of the classical music festival which is held every July to September at the Royal Albert Hall. Though popular concerts sell out at website-crashing speed (and re-sell at vastly over-inflated prices), there are between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets available for each Prom for just five pounds. Over 500 are available on the door - so even if an event is sold out you can still queue up and get tickets (just get there early for popular concerts like the Doctor Who Prom). In addition to the main programme at the Albert Hall there are also concerts at Cadogan Hall, storytime sessions at the Royal College of Music and Proms in the Park at Hyde Park. With so much to choose from the only problem is picking which concerts you want to see so to help we've listed our edited highlights of this year's Proms.

 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms

Sakari Oramo conducts a sea-themed first night.

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms Prom 1: First Night of the Proms The Proms 2013 festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off with a choir of 450 and two sea-inspired works by Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams. The 300-strong Proms Youth Choir and the BBC Symphony Chorus come together to sing Williams's A Sea Symphony conducted by Sakari Oramo. The first night also includes the world premiere of Julian Anderson's Harmony while pianist Stephen Hough plays Paganini variations by Rachmaninov and by featured composer Lutosawski.
2013-07-122013-07-12 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: 12th July 2013

 

The Proms 2013 festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off with a choir of 450 and two sea-inspired works by Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams. The 300-strong Proms Youth Choir and the BBC Symphony Chorus come together to sing Williams's A Sea Symphony conducted by Sakari Oramo. The first night also includes the world premiere of Julian Anderson's Harmony while pianist Stephen Hough plays Paganini variations by Rachmaninov and by featured composer Lutosawski.

 
 
 

Proms Plus Storytime

Proms Plus Storytime Proms Plus Storytime A new Proms event for families with children aged between 3 and 7 in which presenter Hannah Conway leads the audience through a musical journey based on Oliver Jeffer's wonderful Lost and Found featuring a penguin who appears to be lost - or is just lonely? Audiences can join in with music performed by the City of London Sinfonia.
2013-07-132013-07-13 Where:
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London London, SW7 2BS
Category: Kids Events

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th July 2013

 

A new Proms event for families with children aged between 3 and 7, Proms Plus Storytime sees presenter Hannah Conway lead the audience through a musical journey based on Oliver Jeffer's wonderful 'Lost and Found' featuring a penguin who appears to be lost, with music performed by the City of London Sinfonia. The second Proms Plus Storytime, on Sunday 4th August, takes Jon Klassen's 'I Want My Hat Back' and puts it to music with help from the Britten Sinfonia. Audience participation is positively encouraged at these free family matinees at Cadogan Hall.

 
 
 

Prom 2 & 3: Doctor Who Prom

Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith, makes an appearance at this special 50th anniversary concert.

Prom 2 & 3: Doctor Who Prom Prom 2 & 3: Doctor Who Prom The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir perform classical music taken from the popular BBC TV series, Doctor Who, as part of this year's BBC Proms 2013 in the year the sci-fi programme celebrates its 50th anniversary. Featuring special guests from the series, big screens and a host of monsters, plus a very special appearance by the Doctor himself, actor Matt Smith, the concert is always a highlight of the Proms. Get ready for a night of superb lighting, special effects and science fiction as the orchestra works its way through an appealing programme of composer Murray Gold's Doctor Who classics, including the inimitable theme tune we have all come to love. Additional music includes the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 2, Debussy's 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. With appearances from the show's main characters, their Tardis and some of the Doctor's worst enemies including the Daleks, this promises to be the ideal family friendly Prom. 2013-07-132013-07-14 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: 13th - 14th July 2013

 

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir perform classical music taken from the popular BBC TV series, Doctor Who, as part of this year's BBC Proms 2013 in the year the sci-fi programme celebrates its 50th anniversary. Featuring special guests from the series, big screens and a host of monsters, plus a very special appearance by the Doctor himself, actor Matt Smith, the concert is always a highlight of the Proms. Get ready for a night of superb lighting, special effects and science fiction as the orchestra works its way through an appealing programme of composer Murray Gold's Doctor Who classics, including the inimitable theme tune we have all come to love. Additional music includes the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 2, Debussy's 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. With appearances from the show's main characters, their Tardis and some of the Doctor's worst enemies including the Daleks, this promises to be the ideal family friendly Prom.

 
 
 

Prom 8: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades conducts the world premiere of his 40-minute Totentanz.

Prom 8: BBC Symphony Orchestra Prom 8: BBC Symphony Orchestra Thomas Ades conducts the world premiere of his 40-minute Totentanz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in what The Guardian critic Tom Service calls, "arguably the new-music highlight of the season". The orchestra also performs Britten's Sinfonia Da Requiem and Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto with cellist Paul Watkins, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and baritone Simon Keenlyside. See our full length feature for highlights of The Proms. 2013-07-172013-07-17 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: 17th July 2013

 

Thomas Ades conducts the world premiere of his 40-minute Totentanz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in what The Guardian critic Tom Service calls, "arguably the new-music highlight of the season". The orchestra also performs Britten's Sinfonia Da Requiem and Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto with cellist Paul Watkins, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and baritone Simon Keenlyside.

 
 
 

Prom 13: National Youth Orchestra Of The United States Of America

Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the newly formed youth orchestra who make their UK debut.

Prom 13: National Youth Orchestra Of The United States Of America Prom 13: National Youth Orchestra Of The United States Of America American Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performs with the newly formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America who make their UK debut at the 2013 Proms. Each of the players, aged 16-19, has been recognised by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the USA following a comprehensive audition process. The concert, overseen by conductor Valery Gergiev, opens with the European premiere of Magiya, a new work by young American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for the orchestra, it continues with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and concludes with Shostakovich's monumental 10th Symphony, Symphony No 10 In E Minor.
2013-07-212013-07-21 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: 21st July 2013

 

American Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performs with the newly formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America who make their UK debut at the 2013 Proms. Each of the players, aged 16-19, has been recognised by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the USA following a comprehensive audition process. The concert, overseen by conductor Valery Gergiev, opens with the European premiere of Magiya, a new work by young American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for the orchestra, it continues with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and concludes with Shostakovich's monumental 10th Symphony, Symphony No 10 In E Minor.

 
 
 

Prom 14: Wagner - Das Rheingold

Daniel Barenboim's complete Ring Cycle begins on Monday 22nd July.

Prom 14: Wagner - Das Rheingold Prom 14: Wagner - Das Rheingold The award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim presents the first opera in his Proms cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen, ('The Ring of the Nibelung'), with a cast hand-picked from his recent Berlin and Milan Ring cycle productions. The first of four operas, this concert on Monday 22nd July sees the Staatskapelle Berlin open the series with Das Rheingold.
2013-07-222013-07-22 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: 22nd July 2013

 

The award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim presents Wagner's complete Ring Cycle, the first time all four operas will have been performed in one Proms season. Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Barenboim received his first piano lessons at age five. At age eleven Wilhelm Furtwängler, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, described him as "a phenomenon" and at the age of 12 he began his recording career as a concert pianist. He begins Der Ring des Nibelungen, ('The Ring of the Nibelung'), on Monday 22nd July with Das Rheingold performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra and a cast hand-picked from his recent Berlin and Milan Ring cycle productions.

 
 
 

Prom 15: Wagner - Die Walkure

The second of Daniel Barenboim's Ring Cycle, Die Walkure, takes place on Tuesday 23rd July.

Prom 15: Wagner - Die Walkure Prom 15: Wagner - Die Walkure The award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim presents the second opera in his Proms cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen, ('The Ring of the Nibelung'), with the Staatskapelle Berlin playing Die Walkure, a tale of incestuous love and marital dispute which introduces us to Wotan's rebel daughter, Brunnhilde, sung by a leading exponent of the role, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, "the outstanding Isolde and Brunnhilde of her generation" (The Guardian).
2013-07-232013-07-23 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: 23rd July 2013

 

The award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim presents the second opera in his Proms cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen, ('The Ring of the Nibelung'), with the Staatskapelle Berlin playing Die Walkure, a tale of incestuous love and marital dispute which introduces us to Wotan's rebel daughter, Brunnhilde, sung by a leading exponent of the role, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, "the outstanding Isolde and Brunnhilde of her generation" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

Prom 18: Wagner - Siegfried

The third installment of Daniel Barenboim's complete Ring cycle, on Friday 26th July.

Prom 18: Wagner - Siegfried Prom 18: Wagner - Siegfried Lance Ryan sings the title role in the third of Daniel Barenboim's complete Ring cycle, introducing the naive hero Siegfried. He performs the role of the dragon-slaying innocent who only learns fear when he falls in love with Brunnhilde (Nina Stemme).
2013-07-262013-07-26 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: 26th July 2013

 

Lance Ryan sings the title role in the third of Daniel Barenboim's complete Ring cycle, introducing the naive hero Siegfried. He performs the role of the dragon-slaying innocent who only learns fear when he falls in love with Brunnhilde (Nina Stemme).

 
 
 

Prom 20: Wagner - Gotterdammerung

The fourth and final part of Daniel Barenboim's Wagner Ring Cycle, Sunday 28th July.

Prom 20: Wagner - Gotterdammerung Prom 20: Wagner - Gotterdammerung Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin conclude the Proms Ring cycle with Gotterdammerung - unleashing the final chain of betrayals that culminates in the destruction of the gods. British tenor Ian Storey is the tragic hero Siegfried, Nina Stemme the fallen valkyrie Brunnhilde, while Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko sings Hagen.
2013-07-282013-07-28 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: 28th July 2013

 

Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin conclude the Proms Ring cycle with Gotterdammerung - unleashing the final chain of betrayals that culminates in the destruction of the gods. British tenor Ian Storey is the tragic hero Siegfried, Nina Stemme the fallen valkyrie Brunnhilde, while Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko sings Hagen.

 
 
 

Prom 34: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Violinist Nigel Kennedy performs a work he recorded to great acclaim nearly 25 years ago.

Prom 34: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Prom 34: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Classical music's only violinist with a spiky flat-top hairdo, Nigel Kennedy, returns to the Proms - following his two appearances in 2008 and 2011 - to play a late night prom: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, a work he recorded to great acclaim nearly 25 years ago. His 8th August performance, where he also plays solo violin works by J. S. Bach, is one of two scheduled for the 2013 Proms - he also appears on the Last Night of the Proms. At this Vivaldi concert he plays with the Palestine Strings from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music as well as members of his own Orchestra of Life. One of the most respected violinists in the world, this Albert Hall concert should be pretty special.
2013-08-082013-08-08 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: 08th August 2013

 

Classical music's only violinist with a spiky flat-top hairdo, Nigel Kennedy, returns to the Proms - following his two appearances in 2008 and 2011 - to play a late night prom: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, a work he recorded to great acclaim nearly 25 years ago. His 8th August performance, where he also plays solo violin works by J. S. Bach, is one of two scheduled for the 2013 Proms - he also appears on the Last Night of the Proms. At this Vivaldi concert he plays with the Palestine Strings from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music as well as members of his own Orchestra of Life. One of the most respected violinists in the world, this Albert Hall concert should be pretty special.

 
 
 

Prom 33: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida returns to the Proms after an absence of almost 20 years.

Prom 33: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Prom 33: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 In G and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with pianist Mitsuko Uchida who returns to the Proms after an absence of almost 20 years. Prom 33: Beethoven, Berlioz is one of two Proms being conducted by the Royal Concertgebouw's chief conductor, Mariss Jansons, who won this year's Ernst von Siemens Prize given to a composer, performer or musicologist for their exceptional contribution to the profession. The conductor, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, returns to the Royal Albert Hall the following night to conduct Prom 35: Mahler - 'Resurrection' Symphony. 2013-08-082013-08-08 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: 08th August 2013

 

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 In G and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with pianist Mitsuko Uchida who returns to the Proms after an absence of almost 20 years. Prom 33: Beethoven, Berlioz is one of two Proms being conducted by the Royal Concertgebouw's chief conductor, Mariss Jansons, who won this year's Ernst von Siemens Prize given to a composer, performer or musicologist for their exceptional contribution to the profession. The conductor, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, returns to the Royal Albert Hall the following night to conduct Prom 35: Mahler - 'Resurrection' Symphony.

 
 
 

Prom 36: Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists

Bach specialist Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's Easter Oratorio and his Ascension Oratorio.

Prom 36: Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists Prom 36: Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's Easter Oratorio and his Ascension Oratorio, with Hannah Morrison, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, the internationally renowned Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. In 2000, the ensembles undertook a Bach Pilgrimage, bringing Bach's cantatas to 14 countries. This Late Night Prom sees their reunion at the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Sir Gardiner, who is 70 this year
2013-08-092013-08-09 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: 09th August 2013

 

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's Easter Oratorio and his Ascension Oratorio, with Hannah Morrison, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, the internationally renowned Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. In 2000, the ensembles undertook a Bach Pilgrimage, bringing Bach's cantatas to 14 countries. This Late Night Prom sees their reunion at the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Sir Gardiner, who is 70 this year

 
 
 

Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom

Urban and contemporary classical music aimed at the Radio 1 audience.

Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom Broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 3, this Urban Prom is one that will appeal to a new audience for the Proms, teenagers. Conductor Jules Buckley leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a collision of Fazer, Henze, and the Brit award nominated British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham Laura Mvula. Mosolov and Maverick Sabre also appear along with guest artists from the worlds of urban and contemporary classical music.
2013-08-102013-08-10 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: 10th August 2013

 

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 3, this Urban Prom is one that will appeal to a new audience for the Proms, teenagers. Conductor Jules Buckley leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a collision of Fazer, Henze, and the Brit award nominated British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham Laura Mvula. Mosolov and Maverick Sabre also appear along with guest artists from the worlds of urban and contemporary classical music.

 
 
 

Prom 38: Free Prom

The first free evening Prom celebrates the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Prom 38: Free Prom Prom 38: Free Prom The first ever Free Prom taking place in the evening at the Royal Albert Hall celebrates the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society with a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage and a performance of the society's most famous commission for choir and orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Turnage's new piece, 'Frieze', has been written in response to Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony and is named after Gustav Klimt's painting, the Beethoven Frieze, which was itself inspired by Beethoven's final complete symphony. Youth choirs from the UK and Ireland, including from Derry-Londonderry, UK City of Culture 2013, join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for this special concert on Sunday 11th August conducted by Vasily Petrenko. 2013-08-112013-08-11 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: 11th August 2013

 

The first ever Free Prom taking place in the evening at the Royal Albert Hall celebrates the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society with a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage and a performance of the society's most famous commission for choir and orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Turnage's new piece, 'Frieze', has been written in response to Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony and is named after Gustav Klimt's painting, the Beethoven Frieze, which was itself inspired by Beethoven's final complete symphony. Youth choirs from the UK and Ireland, including from Derry-Londonderry, UK City of Culture 2013, join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for this special concert on Sunday 11th August conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

 
 
 

Prom 40: 6 Music Prom

Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and punk veterans The Stranglers perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Prom 40: 6 Music Prom Prom 40: 6 Music Prom Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and punk veterans The Stranglers - whose classics No More Heroes and Golden Brown were first performed more than 30 years ago - join the London Sinfonietta for the first ever 6 Music Prom, a Late Night Prom put together by BBC Radio 6 Music radio presenter Steve Lamacq. The programme includes 20th century classics by John Adams, Berio and Varese, plus a live remix mash-up by composer Anna Meredith who came to public attention through her 2008 work for the BBC Last Night of the Proms which was broadcast to 40 million people. The 6 Music Prom is one of two Proms, along with the first Urban Classic Prom, which are bringing the world famous classical music festival to a wider - and younger - audience.
2013-08-122013-08-12 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: 12th August 2013

 

Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and punk veterans The Stranglers - whose classics No More Heroes and Golden Brown were first performed more than 30 years ago - join the London Sinfonietta for the first ever 6 Music Prom, a Late Night Prom put together by BBC Radio 6 Music radio presenter Steve Lamacq. The programme includes 20th century classics by John Adams, Berio and Varese, plus a live remix mash-up by composer Anna Meredith who came to public attention through her 2008 work for the BBC Last Night of the Proms which was broadcast to 40 million people. The 6 Music Prom is one of two Proms, along with the first Urban Classic Prom, which are bringing the world famous classical music festival to a wider - and younger - audience.

 
 
 

Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

Sitar player Nishat Khan performs the world premiere of his The Gate of the Moon.

Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales Sitar player Nishat Khan performs the world premiere of his The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1), a piece commissioned by the BBC and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of David Atherton. Two visions of India are presented through Gustav Holst's Indra, a musical portrayal of the Hindu god of rain and storm, and Khan's The Gate of the Moon. After the interval Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony, first performed in 1914, paints a portrait of the capital city before the war.
2013-08-122013-08-12 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: 12th August 2013

 

Sitar player Nishat Khan performs the world premiere of his The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1), a piece commissioned by the BBC and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of David Atherton. Two visions of India are presented through Gustav Holst's Indra, a musical portrayal of the Hindu god of rain and storm, and Khan's The Gate of the Moon. After the interval Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony, first performed in 1914, paints a portrait of the capital city before the war.

 
 
 

Prom 48: Ravel / Matthias Pintscher / Stravinsky

Trumpeters Tine Thing Helseth and Marco Blaauw perform with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Prom 48: Ravel / Matthias Pintscher / Stravinsky Prom 48: Ravel / Matthias Pintscher / Stravinsky Expected to be a highlight of the Proms in 2013, trumpeters Tine Thing Helseth and Marco Blaauw are the soloists in the London premiere of Matthias Pintscher's Chute d'etoiles. The German composer makes his Proms conducting debut in his musical tribute to the great German artist Anselm Kiefer. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra accompany the soloists, also playing Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Stravinsky's Ballet Russes commission The Firebird. There's another chance to see Tine perform, this time with her all-female 10-piece brass ensemble tenThing, in the matinee Proms Chamber Music 4 on Saturday 5th August at Cadogan Hall.
2013-08-182013-08-18 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 August 2013

 

Expected to be a highlight of the Proms in 2013, trumpeters Tine Thing Helseth and Marco Blaauw are the soloists in the London premiere of Matthias Pintscher's Chute d'etoiles. The German composer makes his Proms conducting debut in his musical tribute to the great German artist Anselm Kiefer. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra accompany the soloists, also playing Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Stravinsky's Ballet Russes commission The Firebird. There's another chance to see Tine perform, this time with her all-female 10-piece brass ensemble tenThing, in the matinee Proms Chamber Music 4 on Saturday 5th August at Cadogan Hall.

 
 
 

Prom 49: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Pianist Stephen Hough makes his second Proms appearance.

Prom 49: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Prom 49: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Pianist Stephen Hough, who appeared at the First Night of the Proms, makes his second Proms appearance this summer appearing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. They will be playing Berlioz's overture to 'King Lear' and Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, sight-read by Liszt in the Erard piano showroom in Paris in 1831 to Mendelssohn's amazement. These same era works by Berlioz and Mendelssohn are followed by Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony, described by Berlioz as 'a funeral oration for a great hero', and excerpts from Bach's 'The Art of Fugue'. 2013-08-192013-08-19 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: 19th August 2013

 

Pianist Stephen Hough, who appeared at the First Night of the Proms, makes his second Proms appearance this summer appearing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. They will be playing Berlioz's overture to 'King Lear' and Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, sight-read by Liszt in the Erard piano showroom in Paris in 1831 to Mendelssohn's amazement. These same era works by Berlioz and Mendelssohn are followed by Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony, described by Berlioz as 'a funeral oration for a great hero', and excerpts from Bach's 'The Art of Fugue'.

 
 
 

Prom 51: London Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a Prom dedicated to Sir Colin Davis.

Prom 51: London Symphony Orchestra Prom 51: London Symphony Orchestra Daniel Harding conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in the Prom which was due to be given by Sir Colin Davis on Tuesday 20th August but will instead be dedicated to the inspirational conductor who appeared in more than 140 Proms. Harding, who has been principal guest conductor with the LSO since 2006, will also conduct a Prom with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on 30th July, where he holds the lifetime post of Conductor Laureate. The programme for Prom 51 now includes Elgar's Symphony No. 2 which replaces Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. Otherwise the programme, which features Tippett's The Mask Of Time - Fanfare No. 5 and Concerto For Double String Orchestra, and Britten's Les Illuminations and Elgar's Symphony No. 2 In E Flat, remains unchanged. World-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge sings.
2013-08-202013-08-20 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: 20th August 2013

 

Daniel Harding conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in the Prom which was due to be given by Sir Colin Davis on Tuesday 20th August but will instead be dedicated to the inspirational conductor who appeared in more than 140 Proms. Harding, who has been principal guest conductor with the LSO since 2006, will also conduct a Prom with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on 30th July, where he holds the lifetime post of Conductor Laureate. The programme for Prom 51 now includes Elgar's Symphony No. 2 which replaces Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. Otherwise the programme, which features Tippett's The Mask Of Time - Fanfare No. 5 and Concerto For Double String Orchestra, and Britten's Les Illuminations and Elgar's Symphony No. 2 In E Flat, remains unchanged. World-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge sings.

 
 
 

Prom 60: London Philharmonic Orchestra | Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Britten's Billy Budd is performed by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in his centenary year.

Prom 60: London Philharmonic Orchestra | Glyndebourne Festival Opera Prom 60: London Philharmonic Orchestra | Glyndebourne Festival Opera Sir Andrew Davis conducts Britten's Billy Budd with baritone Jacques Imbrailo in the title role and tenor Mark Padmore as Captain Vere. If you didn't get to Glyndebourne, this Prom gives another chance to see the cast and chorus of this year's production, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 2013-08-272013-08-27 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: 27th August 2013

 

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Britten's Billy Budd with baritone Jacques Imbrailo in the title role and tenor Mark Padmore as Captain Vere. If you didn't get to Glyndebourne, this Prom gives another chance to see the cast and chorus of this year's production, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
 
 

Prom 65: Film Music Prom

Excerpts from great British film scores, space and science-fiction films.

Prom 65: Film Music Prom Prom 65: Film Music Prom There's a wartime theme to the first half of the Film Music Prom with Keith Lockhart conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra as they play excerpts from great British film scores at the Royal Albert Hall. These include The Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell, written for the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, the late Richard Rodney Bennett's Lady Caroline Lamb suite, and Sir William Walton's music for Guy Hamilton's World War II epic, Battle Of Britain. Superheroes and space travellers dominate the second half with music from space and science-fiction films including '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Alien', 'Independence Day', 'Star Wars' and 'Superman'.
2013-08-312013-08-31 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: 31st August 2013

 

There's a wartime theme to the first half of the Film Music Prom with Keith Lockhart conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra as they play excerpts from great British film scores at the Royal Albert Hall. These include The Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell, written for the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, the late Richard Rodney Bennett's Lady Caroline Lamb suite, and Sir William Walton's music for Guy Hamilton's World War II epic, Battle Of Britain. Superheroes and space travellers dominate the second half with music from space and science-fiction films including '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Alien', 'Independence Day', 'Star Wars' and 'Superman'.

 
 
 

Prom 66: Family Matinee: The Big Proms Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen hosts this family friendly Prom, audience participation positively encouraged.

Prom 66: Family Matinee: The Big Proms Bear Hunt Prom 66: Family Matinee: The Big Proms Bear Hunt We're going on a bear hunt with Michael Rosen as he hosts the Family Matinee: The Big Proms Bear Hunt at the Royal Albert Hall to whet the appetite of new and younger audiences with a first taste of classical music. Poet, author and national treasure Michael Rosen spins a story with illustrator Tony Ross drawing pictures live and shown on big screens while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and 160 young singers and orchestral musicians from Liverpool perform the music of composers including Mussorgsky, Grieg and Stravinsky. There will be lots of opportunities for the audience to join in - a wonderful way to introduce young ones to the joys of live music peformed by an orchestra. 2013-09-012013-09-01 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: 01st September 2013

 

We're going on a bear hunt with Michael Rosen as he hosts the Family Matinee: The Big Proms Bear Hunt at the Royal Albert Hall to whet the appetite of new and younger audiences with a first taste of classical music. Poet, author and national treasure Michael Rosen spins a story with illustrator Tony Ross drawing pictures live and shown on big screens while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and 160 young singers and orchestral musicians from Liverpool perform the music of composers including Mussorgsky, Grieg and Stravinsky. There will be lots of opportunities for the audience to join in - a wonderful way to introduce young ones to the joys of live music peformed by an orchestra.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms 2013

Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the famous finale to the Proms in 2013.

Last Night of the Proms 2013 Last Night of the Proms 2013 Last Night of the Proms 2013 Marin Alsop will make history on Saturday 7th September 2013 at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall when she becomes the first woman to conduct the world famous final night of The Proms. Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato are the star soloists in a programme that picks up sea-faring themes from Bantock and George Lloyd and includes a translatlantic flavour. Described by conductor Jiri Belohlavek as "the world's largest and most democratic musical festival", the much-loved classical celebration 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?). 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. Check www.royalalberthall.com for full details of the 2013 Proms programme. 2013-09-072013-09-07 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: 07th September 2013

 

Marin Alsop will make history on Saturday 7th September 2013 at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall when she becomes the first woman to conduct the world famous final night of The Proms. Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato are the star soloists in a programme that picks up sea-faring themes from Bantock and George Lloyd and includes a translatlantic flavour. Described by conductor Jiri Belohlavek as "the world's largest and most democratic musical festival", the much-loved classical celebration 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?). 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. Check www.royalalberthall.com for full details of the 2013 Proms programme.

 
 
 

BBC Proms In The Park

Bryan Ferry, Joseph Calleja, Nigel Kennedy and Dame Edna Everage are at the Hyde Park concert.

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

 

Bryan Ferry heads the BBC Proms in the Park line-up in 2013, Britain's largest classical music event which is now in its 18th year. The outdoor concert 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. Joining Bryan Ferry in the 2013 line-up are world-famous tenor Joseph Calleja, violinist Nigel Kennedy who will hot-foot it to play in the Royal Albert Hall on the same night and Dame Edna Everage who will be leading the traditional sing-a-long. With a sensational firework finale above the stage to cap things off, the only thing you'll have to worry about is the weather.