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BBC Proms

Season 2019 2019
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  • 2019-07-19T23:00:00+03:00 on BBC Four
  • 180 mins
  • 3 days, 18 hours, 0 mins (30 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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30 episodes

2019x01 First Night of the Proms

  • Season Premiere

    2019-07-19T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Katie Derham presents live from London's Royal Albert Hall, as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces, conducted by Karina Canellakis, begin the season with a brand-new commission by Zosha Di Castri marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon, the first manned mission to land on its surface. Dvorák's fairy-tale tone-poem The Golden Spinning Wheel is also performed.

2019x02 Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2019-07-21T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Soloist Joshua Bell performs Dvořák’s lively, folk-infused Violin Concerto, paired with another 19th-century Czech classic, Smetana’s symphonic suite Má vlast – a colourful celebration of a nation’s landscape, history and identity.

2019x03 CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon

  • 2019-09-14T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Take a musical trip to the Moon with favourite CBeebies characters and presenters. A brand-new work by Hans Zimmer – film music’s living legend – is the centrepiece of a Prom celebrating this weekend’s 50th anniversary of the manned Moon landing.

2019x07 Schumann, Schoenberg & Mozart

  • 2019-07-26T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Schumann’s mould-breaking Fourth Symphony, moving from darkness to blazing light, is paired with Schoenberg’s revolutionary Five Orchestral Pieces. South-Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major.

2019x10 Public Service Broadcasting

  • 2019-07-26T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Cult London band Public Service Broadcasting marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing with a brand-new orchestral arrangement of its 2015 studio album The Race for Space. The group is joined by The Multi-Story Orchestra.

2019x12 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

  • 2019-07-28T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Explosive energy and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of every performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, made up of the UK’s most talented musicians aged from 13 to 18. The ensemble’s annual visit to the Proms is always a festival highlight.
This year Mark Wigglesworth conducts NYOGB in a suite from Prokofiev’s passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet and they are joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s warmly lyrical Violin Concerto.
The concert opens with Lera Auerbach’s bracing symphonic poem Icarus, inspired by the myth of the heroic but ill-fated son of Daedalus who flew too close to the sun.

2019x13 Prom 17: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 2

  • 2019-07-31T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

This second concert by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra pairs Sibelius’s tempestuous First Symphony with the deeply felt emotions of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, closing with Strauss’s waltz-filled Der Rosenkavalier suite.

2019x16 Late Night - Angélique Kidjo

  • 2019-08-02T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Described as ‘the undisputed queen of African music’, three-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo makes her Proms debut with her nine-piece band in late-night tribute to the celebrated salsa songstress Celia Cruz.

2019x17 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - 2

  • 2019-08-30T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

This second concert by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra pairs Sibelius’s tempestuous First Symphony with the deeply felt emotions of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, closing with Strauss’s waltz-filled Der Rosenkavalier suite.

2019x18 Mahler & Britten

  • 2019-08-02T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Mahler’s orchestral song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde is a powerful exploration of loss, while Britten’s Piano Concerto overflows with youthful energy. Edward Gardner conducts the BBC SO with soloists Stuart Skelton, Claudia Mahnke and Leif Ove Andsnes.

2019x19 Prom 32: An Alpine Symphony

  • 2019-08-11T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The sumptuous beauty of Berlioz’s song-cycle Les nuits d’été is set against the craggy drama of Strauss’s monumental An Alpine Symphony. The National Youth Orchestra of the USA is joined by Sir Antonio Pappano and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

2019x22 Rachmaninov, Shostakovich & Outi Tarkiainen

  • 2019-08-04T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

A ghostly ferryman transports departed souls in Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, while Shostakovich’s bitterly passionate Symphony No. 11 emerges from the violence of Russia’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre. Music by Outi Tarkiainen offers hope and new life.

2019x26 Mozart's Requiem

  • 2019-08-11T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Turbulent shifts of mood run through both Brahms’s Tragic Overture and the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde. Mozart’s Requiem – the composer’s final work, left unfinished at his early death – completes the programme.

2019x27 The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music

  • 2019-08-09T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The London Contemporary orchestra’s Late Night Prom puts a futuristic spin on the best sci-fi music for film and television. Among the soundtracks featured are those for Alien: Covenant, Gravity, Moon and Interstellar.

2019x28 Prom 35: Enigma Variations

  • 2019-08-13T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations provides both model and inspiration for a new set of variations by 14 living composers premiered here to mark conductor Martyn Brabbins’s 60th birthday. The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music.

2019x30 The Warner Brothers Story

  • 2019-08-09T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Join Katie Derham for what has become one of the highlights in any Prom season. John Wilson’s virtuoso orchestra celebrates the music of one of the world's most famous film studios, Warner Brothers. The lush sounds of composers such as Max Steiner and Erich Korngold are among the many pieces played showcasing why this historic studio holds a special place in the hearts of lovers of film music

2019x32 An Alpine Symphony

  • 2019-08-16T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The sumptuous beauty of Berlioz’s song-cycle Les nuits d’été is set against the craggy drama of Strauss’s monumental An Alpine Symphony. The National Youth Orchestra of the USA is joined by Sir Antonio Pappano and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

2019x33 Prom 46: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

  • 2019-08-22T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the CBSO for Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto. The orchestra marks the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg – the composer Shostakovich hailed as his successor – with a rare performance of his folk-inspired Third Symphony.

2019x35 Enigma Variations

  • 2019-09-08T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.
Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.

2019x40 Queen Victoria's Playlist

  • 2019-08-18T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The Proms celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a glimpse into the monarch’s musical life.
The programme features music by her favourite composer, Mendelssohn, including his lively ‘Scottish’ Symphony and First Piano Concerto, which will be performed by Stephen Hough on Victoria’s own piano, loaned by HM The Queen from the Royal Collection.
The concert also includes a suite from Arthur Sullivan’s ballet Victoria and Merrie England, composed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as songs by Prince Albert.

2019x44 Belshazzar’s Feast

  • 2019-08-23T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of sonic spectacle, bringing one of the great English oratorios together with an American orchestral classic.
Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist.
More than 10 percussionists are needed to bring Varese’s Amériques – a celebration of the modern city in sound – to life, while Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book inspired Les bandar-log transports listeners to the primeval forest, where all the noise comes from the monkeys.

2019x45 Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone

  • 2019-08-30T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Singer, songwriter, arranger and political activist – Nina Simone is a giant of jazz history. She’s celebrated here in all her guises in a concert led by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, featuring titles including ‘Feeling Good’, ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ and ‘I Put a Spell on You’.

2019x46 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

  • 2019-08-25T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The CBSO and Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla celebrate the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg the man Shostakovich hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding composers’ of his day – with a rare performance of his Symphony No. 3, a work that combines folk melodies and dances with confessional urgency.
That intensity is shared by Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto, performed here by 2016 BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
The concert opens with Dorothy Howell’s radiant tone-poem Lamia (first performed, like Elgar’s concerto, 100 years ago) and also includes The Way to Castle Yonder, a suite from the much-missed Oliver Knussen’s opera Higglety Pigglety Pop!

2019x54 Duke Ellington's Sacred Music

  • 2019-09-06T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts.
Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.
Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle.

2019x56 Henry Wood Tribute

  • 2019-09-01T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

A 150th-anniversary tribute to Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, featuring works he premiered and arranged, and reflecting his wide musical tastes, from Wagner to John Ireland, Ravel to Percy Grainger.

2019x57 Mozart, Rachmaninov & Qigang Chen

  • 2019-09-06T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu make their first appearance at the Proms.
They are joined by Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with its quasioperatic humour and wistful slow movement.
The programme also includes Chinese composer Qigang Chen’s evocative tone-poem The Five Elements and Rachmaninov’s triptych of Symphonic Dances: a passionate Allegro, an uneasy waltz and, finally, a ferocious dance of death.

2019x70 Jonny Greenwood

  • 2019-09-13T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Jonny Greenwood’s talents range from being lead guitarist of Radiohead to writing award-winning film scores. Here he curates a Late Night Prom culminating in the world premiere of his Horror vacui, which explores characteristics of electronically created music and transfers them into the acoustic arena.
The programme includes Biber’s almost Bachian Passacaglia for solo violin and Minimalist master Steve Reich’s radiantly throbbing Pulse.

2019x72 Symphonie fantastique

  • 2019-09-13T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the gallows and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a cinematic fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra perform this grandiose work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz’s own words about his music.

2019x75 Last Night of the Proms Part 1

  • 2019-09-14T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Charismatic American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebrations that bring the world’s greatest classical music festival to a spectacular close.

2019x76 Last Night of the Proms Part 2

  • 2019-09-14T23:00:00+03:00 — 180 mins

Charismatic American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebrations that bring the world’s greatest classical music festival to a spectacular close.

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