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This year’s festival presents eight weeks of world-class music making from some of the finest orchestras from across the UK and around the world. BBC audiences can look forward to 90 Proms, demonstrating an extraordinary breadth of classical and orchestral music.

  • This season features some of the world’s best international orchestras and their conductors. Highlights include the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko, the Czech Philharmonic under Jakub Hrůša, the Orchestre de Paris under Klaus Mäkelä, and, in their 25th-anniversary year, the West–Eastern Divan under Daniel Barenboim.
  • For the first time, a weekend-long Proms festival launches at the newly opened Bristol Beacon, including a BBC Proms debut from the Paraorchestra. The mini festival is the start of a long-term partnership between the BBC Proms, Bristol Beacon and Open Up Music, which will focus on inclusive access to classical music.
  • The BBC Proms returns to Gateshead for a weekend-long residency at the Glasshouse International Centre for Music and a brand new Proms residency launches in venues in Nottingham. Aberdeen, Belfast and Newport host chamber concerts as the BBC continues its commitment to bringing classical music to audiences across the UK.
  • This summer’s programme includes an exciting array of family events and concerts for children, with a new Doctor Who Prom and a new CBeebies Prom. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Plínio Fernandes and the Fantasia Orchestra perform a programme of folk songs, dances, prayers and incantations, which will be repeated in a Relaxed performance the following day.
  • Florence Welch, of indie-rock band Florence + The Machine, makes her BBC Proms debut, and only UK appearance this year, to perform her lauded BRIT Award-winning 2009 album Lungs, alongside Jules Buckley and his orchestra.
  • The BBC Proms celebrates choral music and singing, with over 25 choirs appearing throughout the season. A special three-concert Choral Day reflects a wide range of choral styles, and choral highlights across the summer include performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and Bach’s St John Passion. In the year that the BBC Singers celebrate their centenary, they will perform in seven Proms including the First Night and the Last Night.
  • Building on the BBC Proms’ exploration of alternative musical genres, and after the success of the 2023 Northern Soul Prom, this year’s opening weekend will feature the first ever Disco Prom, celebrating disco music of the late 1970s during the era of New York’s Studio 54.
  • The Proms marks the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner’s birth with seven of his works. Other anniversaries include Arnold Schoenberg, Ferruccio Busoni, Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Holst, Giacomo Puccini, Charles Villiers Stanford, Bedřich Smetana and Henry Mancini.
  • Star soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, who performs with Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax, Jamie Barton, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Yunchan Lim, Anthony McGill and Víkingur Ólafsson.
  • Continuing the Proms’ tradition of collaborating with non-classical artists, Sam Smith and Jordan Rakei make their BBC Proms debuts, and will perform their own music in new orchestral arrangements.
  • Three Proms pay tribute to the work and legacies of iconic musicians: folk-rock artist Nick Drake, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan and film composer Henry Mancini, each of whom have significant anniversaries this year and whose Proms will feature exciting soloists.
  • Aurora Orchestra returns to the Proms with Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony, in its 200th-anniversary year, performed entirely from memory. Aurora Orchestra will dissect and analyse Beethoven’s final symphony; a vibrant celebration of joy and hope, composed amid hearing loss, illness and personal tragedy.
  • The festival features several significant American works. John Wilson and his orchestra will host a concert of American classics including works by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Charles Ives. Avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton makes his BBC Proms debut, joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme that explores the past 100 years of American jazz.
  • The 2024 season introduces a number of pieces to the Proms by French women from the past 300 years: Mel Bonis, Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, Louise Farrenc, Augusta Holmès, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Germaine Tailleferre.
  • The BBC continues its commitment to championing new music. This year, 24 premieres and BBC commissions / co-commissions will be performed. Composers Anna Clyne, Steve Reich, Carlos Simon and Eric Whitacre each have a world premiere, and Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. 2 and Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite will be performed in the UK for the first time.
  • Elim Chan conducts the First Night of the Proms, featuring soloists Isata Kanneh-Mason and Sophie Bevan, and a world premiere of Ben Nobuto’s Hallelujah Sim. The Last Night of the Proms will be conducted by Sakari Oramo, featuring pianist Sir Stephen Hough and soprano Angel Blue, who makes her BBC Proms debut.
  • The Proms continues its commitment to accessible ticket prices, with Promming day standing tickets remaining at £8 (inclusive of booking fees), seats starting at £10 and half-price tickets available for under-18s (plus booking fees).
  • Every Prom at the Royal Albert Hall and around the UK will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, with selected Proms also broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 1. BBC Television and BBC iPlayer will broadcast 24 programmes, including the First Night and Last Night of the Proms, across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four or CBeebies, and all will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 12 months.

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International Orchestras and ensembles

The 2024 Proms season brings together an exceptional line-up of 10 visiting international orchestras. Sir Simon Rattle, in his first season as Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducts two concerts: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, the UK premiere of Aquifer by Thomas Adès, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.

The Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko’s two Proms include Schumann’s Piano Concerto, performed by Víkingur Ólafsson, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5. Presenting two Proms in the Year of Czech Music are the Czech Philharmonic, with Jakub Hrůša, performing all-Czech programmes with works by Dvořák, Kaprálová Janáček and Suk.

The Orchestre de Paris and Klaus Mäkelä, recently named the Music Director of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, perform Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. And, in their 25

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-anniversry year, West–Eastern Divan and co-founder Daniel Barenboim bring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Brahms’s Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, to the Proms.

  • Il Pomo d’Oro, led by Jakub Józef Orliński (23 July)
  • Les Arts Florissants, conducted by Paul Agnew (6 August)
  • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim (11 August & broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer)  
  • Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki (19 August)
  • Ensemble Resonanz conducted by Riccardo Minasi (20 August)
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Lahav Shani, who performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (23 August)
  • Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jakub Hrůša (27 & 28 August), featuring Prague Philharmonic Choir (28 August)
  • Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Kirill Petrenko (31 August & 1 September)
  • Orchestre de Paris conducted by Klaus Mäkelä (3 September)
  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (5 & 6 September)

Ensembles visiting from around the world include the vision string quartet (4 August, Newport), Quatuor Van Kuijk (11 August, Belfast), Tinariwen (Late Night, 28 August) and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers (7 September).

Major soloists and conductors

Major soloists include:

  • Isata Kanneh-Mason piano (14 July)
  • Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano (23 July)
  • Yunchan Lim piano (29 July)
  • Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello (4 August)
  • Benjamin Grosvenor piano (5 August)
  • Seong-Jin Cho piano (9 August)
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter violin (11 August)
  • Jess Gillam saxophone (12 August)
  • Sol Gabetta cello (18 August)
  • Paul Lewis piano (22 August)
  • Jamie Barton mezzo-soprano (24 August)
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie percussion (25 August, Bristol)
  • Yo-Yo Ma cello, Leonidas Kavakos violin and Emanuel Ax piano (31 August)
  • Víkingur Ólafsson piano (31 August)
  • Nardus Williams soprano (1 September, Aberdeen & 7 September)
  • Golda Schultz soprano (4 September)
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin (9 September)
  • Lucy Crowe soprano (10 September)
  • Iestyn Davies countertenor  (10 September)
  • Sir András Schiff piano (12 September)
  • Angel Blue soprano (14 September)
  • Sir Stephen Hough piano (14 September)

Internationally renowned conductors include: 

  • Elim Chan (19 July)
  • Sir Mark Elder (21 July & broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer)
  • Ryan Bancroft (22 & 23 July)
  • Sakari Oramo (3, 9, 25 August & 14 September)
  • Vasily Petrenko (1 August)
  • John Wilson (4 August)
  • Anja Bihlmaier (8 & 29 August)
  • Daniel Barenboim (11 August)
  • Gemma New (16 August)
  • Sir Antonio Pappano (17 August)
  • Lahav Shani (23 August)
  • Dalia Stasevska (24 August)
  • Kirill Petrenko (31 August & 1 September)
  • Klaus Mäkelä (3 September)
  • Sir Simon Rattle (5 & 6 September)
  • Anna-Maria Helsing (8 September, Nottingham)
  • Tarmo Peltokoski (9 September)

Opera and large-scale choral

  • Verdi’s Requiem – Marking its 150 th-year anniversary, Ryan Bancroft, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus, as well as soloists Latonia Moore, Karen Cargill, SeokJong Baek, Solomon Howard, and Crouch End Festival Chorus, perform one of music’s most vivid masterpieces (23 July & BBC Four and BBC iPlayer).
  • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream –This year, three musical versions of Shakespeare’s classic comedy will be performed. Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is conducted by Paul Agnew and performed by Les Arts Florissants and a troupe of soloists and dancers. This is the critically acclaimed production by choreographer and director Mourad Merzouki who merges hip-hop dance with Purcell’s score, and has been previously performed in New York, Paris and in venues around the world (6 August). Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by Garsington Opera, who make their Proms debut, with their semi-staged production under Douglas Boyd and featuring Iestyn Davies as Oberon and Lucy Crowe as Tytania (10 September). In addition, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamincidental music is conducted by Gemma New and performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and NYCOS Chamber Choir, and it will be interspersed with readings from the play for dramatic context (16 August & broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer).
  • Britten’s War Requiem – Sir Antonio Pappano and his London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by soloists Natalya Romaniw, Allan Clayton and Will Liverman to perform Britten’s monumental War Requiem (17 August & broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer).
  • Bach’s St John Passion – Conductor Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan make a welcome return to the Proms to perform Bach’s sacred masterpiece in its 300th-anniversary year. Specialist soloists include Benjamin Bruns, Christian Immler and Carolyn Sampson (19 August).
  • Bizet’s Carmen – Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its annual visit to the Proms with its 2024 production of Carmen. Anja Bihlmaier conducts Glyndebourne’s fine cast and chorus, along with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (29 August).
  • Fauré’s Requiem – Fauré’s deeply moving contemplation of loss and consolation is conducted by Stéphane Denève and features soloists Golda Schultz, Laurence Kilsby and Thomas Mole, alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus (4 September).
  • Eric Whitacre world premiere – The BBC Singers perform Eric Whitacre’s new piece Eternity in an Hour, a setting of William Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence. Whitacre conducts and is also joined by 12 Ensemble and pianist Christopher Glynn (4 September, Late Night).
  • Choral Day Concert 1 features The Sixteen, under Harry Christophers, performing some of the most serene and spiritual choral works written in England during the Victorian period. Concert 2 will be an uplifting matinee, with Jason Max Ferdinand and his Singers making their Proms debut in a programme that mixes classical, jazz and gospel music. Concert 3 sees Handel’s Messiah performed by Fourth Choir, Jason Max Ferdinand Singers, LYC Chamber Choir, Bath Minerva Choir, Philharmonia Chorus, Voices of the River’s Edge and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by John Butt and with soloists Nardus Williams, Helen Charlston, Benjamin Hulett and Ashley Riches (7 September).

Premieres and BBC commissions

The BBC is the UK’s biggest commissioner of new music, and this year the festival will feature 24 premieres and BBC commissions / co-commissions.

World premieres

  • Ben Nobuto Hallelujah Sim., BBC commission (19 July and broadcast on TV)
  • Melissa Dunphy Totality, BBC co-commission (21 July)
  • Sarah Class new work (27 July)
  • Edmund Finnis The Bridal Morn (28 July, Gateshead)
  • Anna Clyne The Gorgeous Nothings, BBC commission (30 July)
  • Sarah Gibson beyond the beyond, BBC commission (8 August)
  • Dani Howard new work, BBC co-commission (10 August)
  • Oliver Vibrans new work, BBC co-commission (24 August)
  • Lara Poe Laulut maaseudulta (‘Songs from the Countryside’) (25 August)
  • Asteryth Sloane new work (25 August, Bristol)
  • Eric Whitacre Eternity in an Hour, BBC co-commission (4 September)
  • Elizabeth Kelly Lace Machine Music (8 September, Nottingham)
  • Carlos Simon new work, BBC co-commission (14 September)

European premieres

  • Mary Lou Williams Zodiac Suite (15 August)
  • Jacob Collier World O World (7 September)

UK premieres

  • Wynton Marsalis Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! (4 August)
  • Hans Abrahamsen Horn Concerto (7 August)
  • Francisco Coll Cello Concerto (18 August)
  • Julius Eastman Symphony No. 2, ‘The Faithful Friend: The Lover Friend’s Love for the Beloved’ (24 August)
  • Steve Reich Jacob’s Ladder, BBC co-commission (30 August)
  • Thomas Adès Aquifer (5 September)

Additionally, three recent BBC-commissioned works will be performed: Cassandra Miller’s I cannot love without trembling, a viola concerto (31 July), a work by Roderick Williams in Bristol and Sir Karl Jenkins’s Stravaganza (12 August).

Composer Focuses & Anniversaries

Anton Bruckner

The Proms marks 200 years since the birth of Anton Bruckner by presenting seven of his works, with two of the most celebrated German orchestras bringing Bruckner to the Proms. Psalm 150 will be performed on the First Night of the Proms by soprano Sophie Bevan (19 July), BBC Singers offer three of Bruckner’s most radiant motets, Os justi, Locus iste and Christus factus est which will be followed by Symphony No. 1, under Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic (1 September). Sir Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra perform Symphony No. 4 (5 September).

Arnold Schoenberg

2024 marks the 150th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg’s birth. Under Ryan Bancroft the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs Pelleas and Melisande, a take on the play by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck (22 July). The sumptuous Verklärte Nacht is performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (25 July), and additionally, soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto which is conducted by Tarmo Peltokoski (9 September).

Gabriel Fauré

This year marks 100 years since the death of French composer Gabriel Fauré. An all-French programme is performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Stéphane Denève, which will include Fauré’s Requiem and the suite from Pelleas and Melisande (4 September). His beautiful song-cycle will be featured in another all-French programme in Belfast (11 August), and the Last Night of the Proms will feature the ever-popular Pavane (14 September). 

Gustav Holst

Marking 150 years since the birth of English composer Gustav Holst, this season will see four of his works performed: The Evening Watch (21 July), The Cloud Messenger (3 August), Hammersmith (13 August) and Proms audience favourite, The Planets (25 August).

Charles Villiers Stanford

100 years after the death of Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, this year’s Proms will feature a selection of the Songs of Faith as well as The Fairy Lough (13 August); and the Three Motets along with a selection from the Eight Partsongs (Choral Day – 1, 7 September). 

Bedřich Smetana

This year marks 200 years since the birth of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. In the Year of Czech music, Má vlast, the majestic sequence of tone-poems about his country’s landscape and history, will be performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko (31 August).

Ferruccio Busoni

Marking a century since the composer’s death, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor tackles Busoni’s gargantuan and hugely demanding Piano Concerto under Edward Gardner (5 August) and the Comedy Overture performed by the Ulster Orchestra (18 August). 

Additionally, this year marks the anniversaries of several renowned works: the 150th -year anniversary of Verdi’s Requiem (23 July), the 300th-anniversary Bach’s St John Passion (19 August), the 200th -anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (21 August) and the centenary of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with the Sinfonia of London, conducted by John Wilson (4 August).

Debut artists

Debut soloists include:

  • Latonia Moore soprano (23 July)
  • SoekJong Baek tenor (23 July)
  • Soloman Howard bass (23 July)
  • Jakub Józef Orliński countertenor (23 July)
  • Lizz Wright vocalist (28 July)
  • Marisha Wallace vocalist (28 July)
  • Lucy-Anne Daniels vocalist (28 July)
  • Yunchan Lim piano (29 July)
  • Sam Smith vocalist (2 August)
  • Tobias Feldmann violin (8 August)
  • Anthony Braxton saxophone (15 August)
  • Aaron Diehl Trio: Aaron Diehl piano, David Wong bass and Quincy Davis drums (15 August)
  • Anthony McGill clarinet (16 August)
  • Anastasia Kobekina cello (27 August)
  • Mao Fujita piano (28 August)
  • Rihab Chaieb mezzo-soprano (29 August)
  • Janai Brugger soprano (29 August)
  • Stewart Goodyear piano (8 September)
  • Florence Welch vocalist (11 September)
  • Angel Blue soprano (14 September)

Debut conductors include: 

  • Ellie Slorach (28 July, Glasshouse)
  • Chloe Rooke (9 August)
  • Nil Venditti (12 August)
  • Tianyi Lu (18 August)
  • Riccardo Minasi (20 August)
  • Lahav Shani (23 August)
  • Andrew Grams (8 September)
  • Tarmo Peltokoski (9 September)

Debut orchestras and choirs:

  • CBeebies East London Schools’ Choir (27 July)
  • Fantasia Orchestra (4 August)
  • Ensemble Resonanz (20 August)
  • Paraorchestra (24 August, Bristol)
  • Sibelius Academy (25 August)
  • Bath Minerva Choir (7 September)
  • Fourth Choir (7 September)
  • Jason Max Ferdinand Singers (7 September)
  • LYC Chamber Choir (7 September)
  • Garsington Opera (10 September)

Something different

  • Everybody Dance! The Sound of Disco – Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and the BBC Concert Orchestra bring their exuberant live orchestral sound for a special Prom that explores the pivotal disco movement of the late 1970s and the glorious music it produced (20 July and broadcast on BBC Radio Two and BBC Two and iPlayer).
  • Nick Drake: An Orchestral Celebration – Marking 50 years since the tragically early death of Nick Drake, Jules Buckley, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists perform a tribute Prom dedicated to one of the greatest poets of the folk-rock movement (24 July and recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2).
  • Jordan Rakei – Grammy Award-nominated multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and songwriter Jordan Rakei collaborates with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Robert Ames to present tracks from his new album The Loop, as well as titles from his back catalogue (27 July, Glasshouse International Centre for Music).
  • Sarah Vaughan: If You Could See Me Now – The BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Guy Barker are joined by guest vocalists Lizz Wright, Marisha Wallace, Lucy-Anne Daniels and CHERISE for a celebration of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, whose works include Broken Hearted Melody, and who had one of the most iconic voices of the 20th century (28 July & broadcast live on BBC Four).
  • Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour – For their only UK appearance of 2024, singer-songwriter Sam Smith joins the BBC Concert Orchestra for a retrospective look at their seminal debut solo album In the Lonely Hour, featuring hits such as Stay with Me and I’m Not the Only One, 10 years on from its original release (2 August & filmed for future broadcast on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer).  
  • Reel Change: Soundtracks at the Cutting Edge – Robert Ames and the London Contemporary Orchestra dive into the world of contemporary film soundtracks, including the music from recent films including All Quiet on the Western Front and Tár (14 August).
  • Ultra Lounge: Henry Mancini and Beyond – 2024 marks a century since the Hollywood composer’s birth. Edwin Outwater and the BBC Concert Orchestra celebrate Mancini, who is recognised as one of the greatest composers in the history of film music. With his works including the theme tunes to The Pink Panther and Peter Gunn, his style reflects elements of jazz, light classical and more, and he also helped to inspire the genres of lounge music and space-age pop (2 September & filmed for BBC Four).
  • Florence Welch: Symphony of Lungs – Making her BBC Proms debut, indie sensation Florence Welch joins Jules Buckley and his Orchestra for a celebration of her BRIT Award-winning debut album Lungs, which was released 15 years ago this year (11 September & recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer).

Late Night Proms

  • Beyond – Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński joins regular collaborators Il Pomo d’Oro for a programme of early Baroque music (23 July).
  • Songs of Wars I Have Seen – The London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform Heiner Goebbels’s Songs of Wars I Have Seen, 17 years after its premiere (9 August).
  • Tinariwen – This collective of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara region of northern Mali bring their pioneering and distinctive sound to the Proms; ‘desert-blues’ that combine traditional Tuareg and African music with elements of Western rock and jazz (28 August).
  • Eric Whitacre – Whitacre himself conducts his world premiere Eternity in an Hour with the BBC Singers and 12 Ensemble and with live electronics (4 September).
  • Sir András Schiff – Following on from celebrated Prom performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier, Sir András Schiff returns to the Royal Albert Hall to perform Bach’s The Art of Fugue (12 September).

Proms at venues across the UK

The BBC continues its commitment to bringing live music to audiences across the UK. The Proms will visit all four nations of the UK with three residences and three chamber concerts, capturing the spirit of the Proms outside of the Royal Albert Hall.

There will also be BBC Young Composer Workshops at Gateshead, Bristol and Nottingham. These workshops will be open to young composers aged 12 to 18, from beginners to experienced composers, and offer a chance to meet and learn from leading composers and to take part in a range of musical activities.

Proms at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead

After a successful Proms residency at Sage Gateshead last year, the BBC Proms brings the Proms back to the North-East.

Friday 26 July

  • Opening Concert – Conductor Dinis Sousa and Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia start the weekend-long residency with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with violinist Alena Baeva.
  • Night Tracks – Radio 3’s Night Tracks, designed for late-night, immersive listening of ‘classical to contemporary and everything in between’ is adapted as a live stage version and presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Hannah Peel.

Saturday 27 July

  • BBC Music Introducing: Live at the Proms – A celebration of musicians who launched their careers under the groundbreaking BBC Music Introducing scheme, with a particular focus on the North. This concert has been curated and developed in collaboration with The Glasshouse and BBC Open Music, a BBC training programme that helps creatives and musicians across the UK develop skills in radio production, live event production, presenting, sound recording and engineering, and digital production.
  • Jordan Rakei – Grammy Award-nominated multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and songwriter Jordan Rakei makes his Proms debut in collaboration with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Robert Ames.
  • BBC Young Composer Workshop 

Sunday 28 July

  • Violinist Daniel Pioro, soprano Ruby Hughes, harpsichordist David Gordon and cellist Clare O’Connell come together for an afternoon concert of Elizabethan music and folklore.
  • Fantasy, Myths & Legends – First performed at the BBC Proms in 2023, this orchestral performance of fantasy and adventure soundtracks from film, television and gaming include works from Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter and Star Wars films. The concert will be conducted by Ellie Slorach and is with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and local community singing group Voices of the River’s Edge.

Proms at Bristol Beacon

Celebrating the opening of the new concert hall in November 2023, the Proms starts a new partnership with the Bristol Beacon.

Saturday 24 August

  • The Virtuous Circle – The pioneering Paraorchestra perform the world premiere of this immersive, choreographed version of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 interspersed with new music from Ivor Novello Award-winner Oliver Vibrans (24 August).

Sunday 25 August

  • BBC Singers at 100 – The BBC Singers perform an array of significant repertoire they premiered over their 100-year history, including Song for Athene by John Tavener, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and Britten’s A Shepherd’s Carol, a setting of W. H. Auden, first heard in a 1944 BBC radio programme of new poetry and written specially for Christmas Eve (25 August).
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Bristol Beacon’s Orchestra in Residence, the BSO, along with Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits, bring a concert that includes Jennifer Higdon’s flamboyant Percussion Concerto, performed by Evelyn Glennie, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Knell by Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh (25 August).

Monday 26 August

  • CBeebies: Ocean Adventure – This musical ocean adventure, which had its premiere at the BBC Proms 2022 and has had an 18-month UK tour, is performed in Bristol. Join CBeebies friends JoJo & Gran Gran and the Southbank Sinfonia under Kwamé Ryan for this concert for all the family.
  • BBC Young Composer Workshop 

Proms Nottingham

This summer, the BBC Proms has a residency in Nottingham, further to the BBC Concert Orchestra’s continuing partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

Saturday 7 September

  • BBC Young Composer – The six winners of the recent BBC Young Composer competition, all aged between 12 and 18, have their compositions played by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Jess Gillam presents, and Hugh Brunt conducts (Albert Hall).
  • BBC Young Composer Workshop (Nottingham Trent University Music Centre). 

Sunday 8 September

  • BBC Concert Orchestra – Chief Conductor Anna-Maria Helsing conducts the BBC CO in a programme of music that celebrates local hero Robin Hood, imagined in film scores by both Erich Korngold and Doreen Carwithen. Nottingham native Clare Hammond takes on Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as a new work by composer Elizabeth Kelly (Royal Concert Hall).

Proms at venues across the UK

  • Newport, The Riverfront – The Newport Proms hosts the vision string quartet, an ensemble from Berlin that is half quartet, half band. The programme includes Bloch’s Prelude and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 13, before the ensemble collaborates with Mahan Mirarab, a guitarist who combines the sounds of the Middle East with jazz (4 August).
  • Belfast, Ulster Hall –The concert features the song-cycle Les heures by Augusta Holmès, one of the many 19th-century French women composers now being rediscovered, Debussy’s String Quartet and Fauré’s La bonne chanson. Quatuor Van Kuijk is joined by baritone James Atkinson and pianist Michael Pandya (11 August).
  • Aberdeen, Cowdray Hall – Soprano Nardus Williams and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny perform a sequence of songs and arias for voice and lute, and classicist and historian Dame Mary Beard discusses themes of women’s voices in antiquity and in later culture (1 September).

The BBC’s own ensembles perform in a total of 38 Proms, alongside over 20 orchestras and over 25 choirs from all over the UK, showing the Proms’ commitment to championing British musicians.

The list of visiting orchestras and choirs from across the UK includes Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Aurora Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Fantasia Orchestra, Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Hallé and Hallé Choir, Jules Buckley Orchestra, The King’s Singers, London Contemporary Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus, LYC Chamber Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Paraorchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Sinfonia of London, The Sixteen, Ulster Orchestra, VOCES8 and 12 Ensemble. 

The festival also welcomes various orchestras and choirs for children and young people, as well as amateur singers, including Bath Minerva Choir, CBeebies East London Schools’ Choir, Fourth Choir, Hallé Children’s Choir, Hallé Youth Choir, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, National Youth Choir, NYCOS, Rodolfus Choir, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, Royal College of Music, Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Voices of the River’s Edge.

Relaxed, family and learning

  • Mixed Programme: Fantasia Orchestra and Sheku Kanneh-Mason – Brothers Sheku and Braimah Kanneh-Mason and the Brazilian guitarist Plínio Fernandes join the dynamic Fantasia Orchestra, who make their Proms debut under founder Tom Fetherstonhaugh, for a concert of classical music, folk songs and more, which will be repeated the following morning as a Relaxed Prom (4 August & filmed for broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. Relaxed Prom on 5 August).
  • CBeebies: Wildlife Jamboree! – CBeebies presenters lead Duggee’s Wildlife Jamboree Choir which features Dodge T. Dog, the BBC Singers, CBeebies East London Schools’ Choir and the Southbank Sinfonia alongside conductor Kwamé Ryan (two performances on 27 July & broadcast on CBeebies in September).
  • BBC Music Introducing: Live at the Proms – A celebration of musicians who launched their careers under the groundbreaking BBC Music Introducing scheme – with a particular focus on the North. The Prom is curated and developed in collaboration with BBC Open Music and The Glasshouse (27 July, Glasshouse International Centre for Music).
  • National Youth Orchestra – Britain’s most talented young players perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 as well as a Dani Howard’s world premiere piece (10 August & filmed for broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer).
  • Aurora Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Ninth by Heart – Marking the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth symphony, Aurora Orchestra will perform the work from memory, alongside the BBC Singers and National Youth Choir of Great Britain. The performance will be preceded by an orchestral theatre introduction that explores the background and musical content of the work, which is a vibrant celebration of joy and hope composed in the midst of Beethoven’s hearing loss, illness and personal tragedy. It will be presented by conductor Nicholas Collon and feature actor Rhiannon May and actor/BSL interpreter Thomas Simper, and there will be British Sign Language throughout (21 August & on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer).
  • Doctor Who Prom – The BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform music by Murray Gold and others alongside sequences from the Doctor Who series on big screens, with spectacular lighting and special guests (26 August, two performances & filmed for broadcast on BBC One Wales, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in autumn/winter).
  • BBC Young Composer – The BBC Concert Orchestra perform compositions by the most recent winners of the BBC Young Composer competition, whose works were inspired by Luke Jerram’s artwork Gaia, a seven-metre-tall replica of the Earth (7 September, Nottingham).
  • Previous Proms CBeebies Prom: Ocean Adventure and Fantasy, Myths & Legends will be performed at the Bristol Beacon and The Glasshouse respectively.
  • This year there are Relaxed Performances for CBeebies: Wildlife Jamboree (27 July) and Sheku and Friends Relaxed Prom (5 August). BBC Proms Relaxed Performances are designed to suit individuals or groups who feel more comfortable attending concerts in an informal environment.
  • BBC Young Composer Workshops – Workshops will be held for young composers aged 12 to 18, from beginners to experienced composers, offering a chance to meet and learn from leading composers and to take part in a range of musical activities (Gateshead, Bristol and Nottingham).

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