BBC Proms 2015 line-up announced!

We are delighted that so many of our artists will be appearing in this year’s BBC Proms festival which starts on 17 July.

There will be a big focus on piano works at this year’s festival with more than 25 solo pianists featuring across the season including Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andràs Schiff and Maria João Pires. 

For the first time at the Proms, a series of Sunday matinees is being introduced aimed at families. They include concerts celebrating the first year of Ten Pieces, the BBC’s classical music initiative for primary schools, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Music Director Thomas Søndergård. 

Violinist Alina Ibragimova is a featured artist in this year’s festival and performs Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin over two Late Night Proms, joins Apollo’s Fire for a Proms Saturday Matinee and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Other star names include Daniel Barenboim, who returns with his West-Eastern Divan orchestra and violinist Guy Braunstein, while Sir Simon Rattle conducts a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius featuring soloists Magdalena Kožená and Toby Spence alongside the BBC Proms Youth Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Other leading conductors include Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edward Gardner, Harry Bicket and Robin Ticciati, and among the starry soloists include Christopher Maltman, Christine Rice, Lucy Crowe, Sophie Bevan, Rebecca Evans, Iestyn Davies and Yo-Yo Ma.

Our touring department is responsible for bringing to the Albert Hall some of the world’s great orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic.

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms, 17 July 2015

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Lars Vogt  piano

Christopher Maltman  bass-baritone

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo  conductor


Proms 2 & 3: Ten Pieces Proms, 18 & 19 July 2015

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård  conductor


Prom 4: Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, 19 July 2015

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral’

Lucy Crowe  soprano

Kostas Smoriginas  bass-baritone

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  & Chorus

Andris Nelsons  conductor


Prom 6: Poulenc, Stravinsky, Haydn & Mozart, 21 July 2015

Poulenc Organ Concerto

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Haydn Te Deum No. 2 in C major, Hob. XXIIIc:2

Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major ‘Jupiter’, K551

James O’Donnell  organ

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård  conductor


Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, 25 July 2015 (Cadogan Hall)

Pierre Boulez Notations 2, 12 & 10; La treizième (arr. J. Schöllhorn) (UK premiere)

Shiori Usui Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l.(BBC commission: world premiere)

Betsy Jolas Wanderlied (UK premiere)

Joanna Lee Hammer of Solitude (BBC commission: world premiere)

Pierre Boulez Dérive 2

Franck Ollu  conductor


Prom 17: Hallé – Debussy, Vaughan Williams & Elgar, 30 July 2015

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Vaughan Williams Sancta civitas

Elgar Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Robin Tritschler  tenor

Iain Paterson  baritone


Mark Elder  conductor


Prom 19: Alina Ibragimova plays Bach, 31 July 2015


Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001

Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin, BWV 1002

Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003

Alina Ibragimova  violin


Prom 20: Schubert, Luke Bedford & Bruckner, 1 August 2015

Bruckner Mass No. 3 in F minor

Luba Orgonášová  soprano

Jennifer Johnston  mezzo-soprano

Robert Dean Smith  tenor

Derek Welton  bass-baritone

Orfeón Pamplonés

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena  conductor


Prom 21: Alina Ibragimova plays Bach, 1 Aug 2015


Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005

Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006

Alina Ibragimova  violin


Prom 26: British Composers, 5 August 2015

Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

Vaughan Williams Concerto accademico

Williams Fairest of Stars

Elgar Overture ‘Froissart’, Op 19

Walton Symphony No. 2

Ailish Tynan  soprano

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka  conductor


Prom 39: Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio, 14 August 2015

Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio (semi-staged; sung and spoken in German)

Edgaras Montvidas  Belmonte

Sally Matthews  Konstanze

Mari Eriksmoen  Blonde

Brenden Patrick Gunnell  Pedrillo

Tobias Kehrer  Osmin, Proms debut artist

Franck Saurel  Pasha Selim

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Robin Ticciati  conductor


Proms Saturday Matinee 3: Alina Ibragimova and Apollo’s Fire, 15 August 2015 (Cadogan Hall)

C. P. E. Bach Symphony in B minor, Wq 182/5 ‘Hamburg’

Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D major, RV 234 ‘L’inquietudine’

Telemann Burlesque de Quixotte

Bach Concerto for Violin in E major, BWV 1042

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Alina Ibragimova  violin

Apollo’s Fire

Jeannette Sorrell  harpsichord/director


Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes – A Musical Mind, 16 August 2015

Mark Gatiss  actor

Christine Rice  mezzo-soprano

Jack Liebeck  violin

Matthew Sweet  presenter

Stile Antico

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth  conductor


Prom 44: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, 18 August 2015

Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op 9

Beethoven Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano (Triple Concerto)

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Guy Braunstein  violin

Kian Soltani  cello

West–Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim  conductor, piano/conductor


Prom 48: Late-night Bach, 21 August 2015

Bach Mass in G minor, BWV 235

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

Magnificat in D major, BWV 243

Sophie Bevan  soprano

Rebecca Evans  soprano

Iestyn Davies  counter-tenor

Nicky Spence  tenor

Roderick Williams  baritone

BBC Singers

Academy of Ancient Music

David Hill  conductor


Prom 49: Mahler – Symphony No. 6, 22 August 2015

Brett Dean Dramatis personae

Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger  trumpet

Boston Symphony Orchestra  

Andris Nelsons  conductor


Prom 50: Bach – Goldberg Variations, 22 August 2015

Bach ‘Goldberg’ Variations

András Schiff  piano


Prom 51: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, 23 August 2015

Haydn Symphony No. 90 in C major

Barber Essay No. 2

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E minor

Boston Symphony Orchestra  

Andris Nelsons  conductor


Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen & Janáček, 25 August 2015

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem

Raymond Yiu Symphony (BBC commission: world premiere)

Nielsen Flute Concerto

Janáček Sinfonietta

Andrew Watts  counter-tenor

Emily Beynon  flute

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner  conductor


Prom 56: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton, 27 August 2015

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor

Alina Ibragimova  violin

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton  conductor


Prom 57: Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink, 28 August 2015

Schubert Overture in C major ‘In the Italian Style’, D 591

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C major ‘Great’, D 944

Maria João Pires  piano

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink  conductor


Proms Extra, 30 August 2015 (17:45, Royal College of Music)

An insight into the work of the San Francisco Symphony, with guests including the orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning, Nicholas Winter.


Prom 60: Mahler – Symphony No. 1, 30 August 2015

Schoenberg Theme and Variations, Op. 43b

Cowell Piano Concerto

Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major

Jeremy Denk  piano

San Francisco Symphony  

Michael Tilson Thomas  conductor


Prom 61: San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, 31 August 2015

Ives Symphony: New England Holidays

Decoration Day

Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’

Yuja Wang  piano

San Francisco Symphony  

Michael Tilson Thomas  conductor


Prom 62: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs Brahms, 1 September 2015

Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Alto Rhapsody


Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Jamie Barton  mezzo-soprano

Benjamin Appl  baritone

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Marin Alsop  conductor


Prom 64: Nielsen, B Tommy Andersson & Mahler, 3 September 2015

A suite from Nielsen’s incidental music for ‘Aladdin’

Mahler Symphony No. 4

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård conductor


Prom 65: Alice Coote sings Handel

Alice Coote  mezzo-soprano

The English Concert

Harry Bicket  conductor


Prom 68: Bach – Six Cello Suites, 5 September 2015


Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007

Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008

Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009

Suite No. 4 in E flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010

Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello, BWV 1011

Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012

Yo-Yo Ma  cello


Prom 69: Orff – Carmina burana, 6 September 2015

Orff Carmina Burana

Olena Tokar  soprano

Thomas Walker  tenor

Benjamin Appl  baritone

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart  conductor


Prom 72: Nielsen & Ives, 9 September 2015


Springtime on Funen

Violin Concerto

Webster In the Sweet By and By

Zeuner Ye Christian Heralds

Marsh Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Mason Nearer, My God, to Thee

Ives Symphony No. 4

Malin Christensson  soprano

Ben Johnson  tenor

Neal Davies  bass-baritone 

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton  conductor


Prom 73: Vienna Philharmonic, 10 September 2015

Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major

Schmidt Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  

Semyon Bychkov  conductor


Prom 75: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, 11 September 2015

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38

Magdalena Kožená  mezzo-soprano

Toby Spence  tenor

Roderick Williams  baritone

BBC Proms Youth Choir

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  

Sir Simon Rattle  conductor


Please visit the BBC Proms website for the full line-up.

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