The 125th BBC Proms brings together treasured archival performances with live broadcasts as the season is held from 17 July to 12 September. Says the Proms:
“In challenging times, the BBC Proms aims to shine a beacon of hope with its mix of seminal moments from Proms history alongside live performances from the Royal Albert Hall. The season will bring a summer of music to celebrate a wealth of talent, genres and styles, creating a line-up which brings together legendary performers from the past through its unrivalled archive, with a diverse line-up of the biggest stars of the present and future.”
Following “Beethoven Unleashed,” the debut performance of the BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra, Radio 3 highlights three Proms across 25 years, including Edward Gardner‘s 2017 First Night with Igor Levit and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Anna Larsson‘s 2007 performance with Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Throughout the season, the Proms will spotlight memorable past performances by Daniel Barenboim, Dame Sarah Connolly, Bernard Haitink, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Evgeny Kissin, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir András Schiff, and many more. Past Askonas Holt touring projects include performances by the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Pygmalion, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Vienna Philharmonic.
The final two weeks of this year’s Proms will see artists return to the iconic stage of Royal Albert Hall, with live performances broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four from 28 August.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with pianist Mitsuko Uchida; violinists Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova join Jonathan Cohen and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and singers Sophie Bevan, Robert Murray, and Allan Clayton perform in recital. Thomas Adès writes a new piece for the London Symphony Orchestra Prom.
Other performances include the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s opening and closing of the series, a recital by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the Aurora Orchestra with sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, and more. Presentations will be hosted by Katie Derham, Tom Service, Suzy Klein, Danielle de Niese, and Josie d’Arby.
Amidst the difficulties of this season, the Proms looks with this series to fulfil their founding mission to present “the best of classical music for the widest possible audience.” Stay tuned for the full schedule of artists and programmes, to be announced nearer the time of the performances to allow for flexibility in responding to safety guidelines.