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BBC Proms

Season 2016 2016
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  • 2016-07-15T22:00:00+02:00 on BBC Four
  • 180 mins
  • 4 days, 3 hours, 0 mins (33 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Music
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The BBC Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts.

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33 episodes

2016x01 First Night of the Proms - Part One (BBC TWO)

  • Season Premiere

    2016-07-15T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Tchaikovsky’s ravishing 'Romeo and Juliet' overture launches our celebrations marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.

Argentine soloist Sol Gabetta makes her Proms debut in Elgar’s hauntingly lyrical Cello Concerto, the first in a series of works throwing a spotlight on the instrument.

Prokofiev delivered a score of new directness and clarity for his friend Sergey Eisenstein’s patriotic film Alexander Nevsky: the cantata he fashioned from it features the dramatic ‘Battle on the Ice’.

Katie Derham presents the second half of the opening of the 2016 BBC Proms season from the Royal Albert Hall.

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the BBC National Chorus of Wales and mezzo-soprano soloist Olga Borodina in a performance of Prokofiev's celebrated cantata Alexander Nevsky. Created from the soundtrack Prokofiev originally composed for Sergey Eisenstein's landmark film, the music is dramatic and evocative, including the famous musical depiction of Battle on the Ice.

2016x03 Mozart, Haydn and Fauré

  • 2016-07-17T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

In a Prom of choral classics the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, follows intricate sacred works by Mozart and Haydn with the radiant serenity of Fauré, whose Requiem radiates stillness and spirituality. The King’s choristers are joined by leading vocal soloists as well as the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Valery Gergiev and his Munich Philharmonic Orchestra open with Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro and close with a suite from Richard Strauss’s waltz-filled opera Der Rosenkavalier.

In between, Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 3 pleads for redemption on raw brass and winds.

Young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov – winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition – is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s soaring Piano Concerto No. 3.

2016x06 Gospel Prom

  • 2016-07-19T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

In the second ever Gospel Prom, some of the best Gospel music is performed by the London Adventist Chorale, the London Community Gospel Choir, V9 Collective and University Choir of the Year Mass Choir conducted by Ken Burton, Karen Gibson, Bazil Meade, and Volney Morgan.

2016x08 Strictly Prom

  • 2016-07-22T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Katie Derham dons her dance shoes and ball gown once more, joined by some of your favourite professionals from Strictly Come Dancing, who will whisk us from Vienna to Latin America and back in the company of the BBC Concert Orchestra and English National Ballet Music Director Gavin Sutherland.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the difference between an English and Viennese waltz, or how classical composers have approached the Charleston and the tango, this is the Prom for you.

2016x10 Ten Pieces II

  • 2016-07-23T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

After the success of last year’s Ten Pieces Prom comes a new selection of classical essentials, this time aimed at secondary-school pupils.
In the culmination of the Ten Pieces II project – which has taken classical music to schools across the UK – this Prom combines live performance with video animations.
From the power of Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ to the skills of DJ Mr Switch in Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra, the Ten Pieces II Prom also showcases creative responses from teenagers.

2016x11 Wagner and Tippett

  • 2016-07-23T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

As Europe slipped towards Fascism, Michael Tippett felt solidarity with the downtrodden. Then, in 1938,a young Polish Jew, whose parents had been deported by the Nazis, shot a German diplomat in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, A Child of Our Time – inspired by Bach’s Passions, Handel’s Messiah and American spirituals.

Mark Wigglesworth also explores the theme of parent–child relationships in the final scene of Wagner’s opera Die Walküre, culminating in Wotan’s poignant farewell to his daughter.

2016x12 Ten Pieces II

  • 2016-07-24T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

After the success of last year’s Ten Pieces Prom comes a new selection of classical essentials, this time aimed at secondary-school pupils.
In the culmination of the Ten Pieces II project – which has taken classical music to schools across the UK – this Prom combines live performance with video animations.
From the power of Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ to the skills of DJ Mr Switch in Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra, the Ten Pieces II Prom also showcases creative responses from teenagers.

2016x18 Mahler – Symphony No.3

  • 2016-07-29T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

On the shores of the Attersee in Upper Austria, the hut still stands in which Gustav Mahler set about creating one of the most overwhelming visions of nature in all art. The composer’s Third Symphony harnessed the expanse that surrounded him. Horns bray and trombones growl in the face of nature’s primeval power; human voices move from grief to hope before, as Mahler declared, ‘nature in its totality rings and resounds’.

In the 50th-anniversary year of his first appearance at the Proms, Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s almighty nature symphony.

2016x19 David Bowie Prom

  • 2016-07-29T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

A celebration and reinterpretation of the music of David Bowie with the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder.

They are joined by guest singers and collaborators – including Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer – to re-imagine the Bowie catalogue with fresh settings of classic works.

2016x20 Berlioz - Romeo and Juliet

  • 2016-07-31T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Shakespeare's influence on the world has been profound, and on no-one more so than Berlioz, who fell in love with the Bard's work in 1827 and so began a lifelong passion for all things Shakespearean.

How fitting, then, to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death with a performance of Berlioz's dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet, the grandest of his Shakespeare-inspired works. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Monteverdi Choir, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and soloists Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor) and Laurent Naouri (bass), as Berlioz tells his version of this most famous of stories.

2016x21 Mozart from Memory

  • 2016-08-26T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

The Aurora Orchestra with conductor and founder Nicholas Collon return to the Proms with another performance entirely from memory. Not a note of music or a single music stand will be seen on the Royal Albert Hall stage as they tackle Mozart's final symphony, a piece packed full of joy and invention.

Presenter Tom Service explores the process of committing a complete symphony to memory and, with the orchestra's help, unpicks this great work on stage for the Proms audience, deconstructing the final movement to explore Mozart's compositional genius.

2016x27 Helen Grime, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

  • 2016-08-05T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Tonight’s Prom marks the first instalment of all three of Stravinsky’s landmark ballets for the Ballet Russes company, all performed this weekend by Scottish orchestras. In the vivid folk tale of a puppet springing to life, Stravinsky had the starting point for his stylistic breakthrough, Petrushka, a ballet that would depict Russia with ‘quick tempos, smells of Russian food, sweat and glistening leather boots’.

The first part of a new work from major talent Helen Grime (see also Prom 30) prefaces this concert’s arrival in Russia via all the despair, passion and determination of Tchaikovsky’s heart-rending Violin Concerto.

2016x29 Also sprach Zarathustra, The Planets

  • 2016-08-06T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Edward Gardner conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the women of the City of Birmingham Youth Chorus in Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s The Planets. The programme opens with a new work by Iris ter Schiphorst.

2016x36 Jamie Cullum Prom

  • 2016-08-11T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Straddling the boundaries of jazz, pop and rock, Jamie Cullum returns for another Late Night Prom after his sell-out appearance in 2010. This time, backed by the Roundhouse Choir and Heritage Orchestra, he offers his own take on a collection of pop songs, in the spirit of The Song Society – Cullum’s project to create fast and loose covers of favourite tracks.

He brings the same approach of new discovery both to his use of the wide array of instruments available and to exploring the distinctive space of the Royal Albert Hall.

John Wilson and his orchestra return to pay tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, one of America’s most celebrated song-writing duos, with favourites including ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Love Walked In’, ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’ and the ballet music from the 1951 film An American in Paris.

Berlioz’s King Lear overture was admired by the King of Hanover: ‘How you have portrayed [Cordelia] – her humility and tenderness! It is heart-rending, and so beautiful!’

Continuing our focus on the cello this summer, Colin Matthews’s Berceuse for Dresden takes
inspiration from the eight bells of the Dresden church at which it was premiered.

In Mahler’s exploration of darkness and radiance in his culminating synthesis of song and symphony, Das Lied von der Erde, he altered the parameters of vocal and orchestral expression for ever.

Daniel Barenboim returns with his orchestra of young Arabs and Israelis, and with another iconic musician, Martha Argerich. Composer Jörg Widmann harnessed the energy of Beethoven’s fast movements in the ‘exercise in fury and rhythmic insistence’ that is his Con brio.

After Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic First Piano Concerto, Daniel Barenboim – who conducted Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Proms in 2013 – concludes with powerful excerpts from three of the composer’s operas.

2016x49 Quincy Jones Prom

  • 2016-08-22T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest return to the Proms to celebrate the career of composer, arranger, conductor, producer and all-round musical giant Quincy Jones. Recent musical partners of Quincy’s join the longest-established jazz orchestra in existence as special guests to collaborate on new arrangements of hits both old and new – and the great man himself makes an appearance.

This year’s Proms focus on Latin America in the year the Olympic Games go to Rio de Janeiro heats up with a visit from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under its charismatic conductor Marin Alsop.

Their concert is bookended by infectious, furious dances from Marlos Nobre and Rachmaninov. In between comes music from the doyen of South American composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto for which the orchestra is joined by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero.

2016x52 São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra

  • 2016-08-24T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Immediately following the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s evening Prom, its string players and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are joined by members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular-music from the past 100 years.
Few countries can boast such an ingrained and individual popular music tradition as Brazil, and this feel-good Late Night Prom will take you from the Africaninfluenced rhythms and Chopinesque chromaticism of Brazilian street music to the outlandish constructions of the so-called São Paulo avant-garde – all from the best Brazilian players in the business.

The story of Mozart’s last months is almost as remarkable as the string of masterpieces he produced during them. Who was the cloaked figure rumoured to have commissioned Mozart to write the Requiem? We’ll never know, but the deathly tread, furious fight and radiant hope of the music remain unparalleled.

Iván Fischer brings his equally exceptional Budapest Festival Orchestra to the Proms, joined by one of Europe’s leading choirs for the Requiem, alongside the autumnal shades of Mozart’s late Clarinet Concerto.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra makes its first London appearance with young Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who becomes the orchestra’s Music Director next season.

While Mozart’s overture combines infectious energy with Masonic symbolism, Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Fourth Symphony explores the shadow cast by Fate.

Hans Abrahamsen’s Grawemeyer Award-winning song-cycle for Barbara Hannigan centres on Shakespeare’s Ophelia, using only words allotted to her in Hamlet.

2016x56 CBeebies Prom: A Musical Journey

  • 2016-09-10T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

CBeebies favourites take a musical journey with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

2016x60 Bach, Bruckner

  • 2016-08-30T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata No 82, 'Ich habe genug' (22 mins). Anton Bruckner, Symphony No 9 in D minor (64 mins).

Christian Gerhaher bass-baritone, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Philippe Jordan conductor

Sir Simon Rattle brings his Berlin Philharmonic to the Proms for two concerts, the first falling on the day the festival commemorates the towering genius that was the late Pierre Boulez.

Here Boulez’s kaleidoscopic Éclat forms a prelude to perhaps Gustav Mahler’s most radical symphony, a work in which his musical imagination stormed new territories in its fierce harmonies and wild scoring. In the symphony’s celebrated ‘Night Music’ serenades – eerie yet strangely calming nocturnes for orchestra, one hinging on a gently strumming guitar and mandolin – Mahler appears to look to a realm far beyond his own.

2016x74 Verdi – Requiem

  • 2016-09-09T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Verdi’s shattering Requiem – which began life as a memorial to Rossini – was so forthright in its expression of grief, faith and judgement that many thought it too dramatic for performance in church.

In the penultimate Prom of 2016, Marin Alsop leads the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the fresh voices of the BBC Proms Youth Choir through all the passion, turbulence and reflection of Verdi’s sacred masterpiece.

2016x75 Last Night of the Proms - Part 1

  • 2016-09-10T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez is the star soloist in a Last Night that also showcases a hand-picked selection of young singers in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.

2016x76 Last Night of the Proms - Part 2

  • 2016-09-10T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez is the star soloist in a Last Night that also showcases a hand-picked selection of young singers in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.

Second part of the broadcast which includes the traditional ending of the Proms Season.

Proms favourites the John Wilson Orchestra and their eponymous conductor celebrate the music and lyrics of one of the greatest song-writing partnerships in American history - George and Ira Gershwin.

Expect hit after hit as singers Julian Ovenden, Louise Dearman and Matthew Ford perform crowd pleasers like Fascinatin' Rhythm, They All Laughed and many more. Classic orchestral numbers, including An American in Paris and a Rhapsody In Blue Overture, complete the line-up in a concert that features a bumper crop of the brothers' best-known tunes.

2016x101 Ravel and Rachmaninov

  • 2016-08-20T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in three popular classics - Ravel's hypnotic Bolero, the ravishing suite from Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Rachmaninov's romantic third piano concerto, with the outstanding young pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

Also in the programme is Galina Ustvolskaya's searing third symphony, Jesus Messiah, Save Us!, with text read tonight by Alexei Petrenko. Presented by Katie Derham.

2016x102 Haitink Conducts Mahler

  • 2016-07-29T22:00:00+02:00 — 180 mins

The great conductor Bernard Haitink marks the 50th anniversary year of his first appearance at the Proms with Mahler's 3rd symphony. One of the most powerful and expansive musical visions of nature ever created, this is Mahler's personal hymn to the natural world. The London Symphony Orchestra is joined by the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, the women's voices of the London Symphony Chorus and the Tiffin Boys' Choir. As Mahler himself declared, "nature in its totality rings and resounds". Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Suzy Klein.

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