2012 Season

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Bbc Proms20120715

Louise Fryer explores the music and symbolism in Debussy's only completed opera, based on the popular late 19th century play by Maurice Maeterlinck. The subject of the opera is doomed and forbidden love set in a claustrophobic, dream-like atmosphere which perfectly suited the music of Debussy. Louise is joined by musicologist Professor Richard Langham Smith and poet and French literature specialist Professor Patrick McGuinness.

BBC PROMSAldeburgh World Orchestra20120729

Stephen Johnson and musicians from the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, specially created for the London 2012 Festival from young musicians from all over the world, give an illustrated introduction to the music in tonight's Prom.

The Aldeburgh World Orchestra gathers together some of the finest emerging talent from over 30 countries, encapsulating the Olympic ideals of excellence, youth and diversity. It is part of Aldeburgh Music's Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Established 40 years ago, the Programme has made Aldeburgh one of the world's most important centres for supporting emerging musical talent. The Aldeburgh World Orchestra illustrates the far-reaching extent of Aldeburgh Music's artist development work, which now offers year-round training and performance opportunities to emerging professional musicians from across the globe.

Planning for the AWO began three years ago, building on Aldeburgh Music's existing artist networks and reaching out beyond its traditional international links to embrace other conservatoires, festivals and youth orchestras around the world. These include the South African National Youth Orchestra, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatoire in Singapore, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Buchman-Mehta School of Music in Israel, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship scheme and many more. In addition to identifying exceptional talent through tried and tested routes, Aldeburgh Music also initiated the use of a new online audition platform, so that as many young artists as possible - regardless of location or background - could apply.

Stephen Johnson and members of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra introduce Prom 21.

BBC PROMSBbc Proms Inspire Young Composers' Concert20120816

The winning entries from the 2012 Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition.

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Concert

The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, performs the winning entries from this year's Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition.

Now in its fourteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition continues to provide a platform for budding composers across the UK, providing what most composers only dream of - the chance to have their music played by professional musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Entries of all genres and for any instrumentation are welcomed and each composition is judged on the following criteria - compositional idea, originality, creativity and appropriate technical ability. The only rules are that entries should last no longer than five minutes and be scored so that other musicians can perform them.

BBC PROMSBerlioz's The Trojans20120722

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces Berlioz's Trojans together with musicians from tonight's Prom

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces Berlioz's Trojans with the help of musicians from tonight Prom. Together they unpick Berlioz's music and how he tells the story in his opera of war, love and a man on a mission.

BBC PROMSChristine Rice20120818

Singer Christine Rice reveals her literary passions and what she is reading this summer.

Leading mezzo-soprano Christine Rice reveals her literary passions and talks about what she'll be reading this summer. Matthew Sweet presents.

Producer Luke Mulhall.

BBC PROMSClive James, Don Black20120827

Clive James, poet, essayist and lyricist and Oscar-winning Don Black, lyricist of 'Born Free' and 'Tell Me on a Sunday' discuss the great songwriters and their personal favourites. Matthew Sweet presents.

Producer Allegra McIlroy.

Broadcaster Clive James and lyricist Don Black discuss the great songwriters.

BBC PROMSDesert Island Discs20120903

Tim Rice and Kevin Jackson explore book choices in the Radio 4 series Desert Island Discs.

Mariella Frostrup is joined by Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice and writer Kevin Jackson to explore the top choices and surprising omissions in guests' book choices on Desert Island Discs.

BBC PROMSFaith And Doubt20120821

The novelist Pat Barker and the Reverend Giles Fraser explore what Russian literature from Dostoevsky to Tolstoy can teach us about faith, doubt and redemption, with readings from their personal favourites. Ian McMillan presents.

Producer Laura Thomas.

Pat Barker and Giles Fraser on what Russian literature can teach us about faith and doubt.

BBC PROMSGustav Mahler Jugendorchester20120826

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Musicians from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester join presenter Andrew McGregor to give some musical insights into tonight's Proms programme of Wagner, Berg, Richard Strauss and Ravel.

Andrew McGregor and players from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester discuss Prom 57.

BBC PROMSHelen Grime20120825

Following the World Premiere of her Night Songs in this evening's Prom, Helen Grime in conversation with Tom Service introduces performances of her chamber music given by students from the Royal College of Music.

Helen Grime: 10 Miniatures for solo piano (2009)

Helen Grime: To see the summer sky, for violin and viola (2009)

Helen Grime: Shadowplay, for soprano saxophone and piano (2011).

Composer Helen Grime joins Tom Service to introduce performances of her chamber music.

BBC PROMSKen Russell Celebration20120823

Glenda Jackson MP and the film critic Mark Kermode celebrate the work of the late Ken Russell, the director of controversial films about Delius,Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Strauss - as well as 'Women in Love', for which Glenda Jackson won an Oscar. Matthew Sweet presents.

Producer Gavin Heard.

Glenda Jackson and Mark Kermode celebrate the work of the late film director Ken Russell.

BBC PROMSMahler: Symphony No 620120902

Stephen Johnson explores Mahler's 6th Symphony with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Presented by Stephen Johnson

In preparation for this evening's Prom, Stephen Johnson explores Mahler's 6th Symphony with help from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

BBC PROMSMendelssohn20120901

Musicologist John Deathridge, introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Mendelssohn. Rana Mitter presents.

John Deathridge introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Mendelssohn.

BBC PROMSNixon In China20120905

Writer and broadcaster Rana Mitter and journalist Shuyun Sun discuss the political context of John Adams' first opera Nixon in China. Hosted by Louise Fryer.

The opera tells the story of Richard Nixon's historic three day visit to China in 1972. Three years into his presidency the announcement that the anti-communist Republican president would visit Mao Tse-tung's China to improve international relations made world headlines. The visit was closely followed by the international press and scenes of Nixon and his wife Pat were widely televised around the globe. Composer John Adams describes this clash of capitalism and communism as 'an epochal event, one whose magnitude is hard to imagine from our present perspective'.

Rana Mitter and Shuyun Sun debate the political context of John Adams's Nixon in China.

BBC PROMSOlga Neuwirth20120813

talks to Andrew McGregor about her music and introduces two of her chamber works played by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

The subject of the third Composer Portrait of the 2012 Proms is the Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, best known in the UK for her opera inspired by the David Lynch film 'Lost Highway'. Two of her chamber works are played by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music and introduced by the composer in conversation with Andrew McGregor. The pieces may be short and for small ensembles, but they both create a feeling of something much bigger - epic, even.

Olga Neuwirth:... ad auras... (in memoriam H.), for two violins and wooden drum (1999)

Marsyas II, for flute, viola, cello and piano (2005).

Olga Neuwirth introduces performances of her music in conversation with Andrew McGregor.

Poetry and music from emerging young talent.

BBC PROMSPer Norgard20120809

Ivan Hewett talks to Andrew McGregor about the music of Per Norgard.

Ivan Hewett talks to Andrew McGregor about the music of Per Norgard and introduces performances of his chamber works Dancers Around Jupiter and String Quartet No 6, played by musicians from the RNCM.

BBC PROMSProm 17: Beethoven, Boulez20120726

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op 16. Plus Boulez.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Chamber music by Beethoven complements the current Proms cycle of his complete symphonies and is matched by Pierre Boulez's revolutionary work for voice and ensemble from the 1950's depicting 'the hammer without a master' in settings of texts by the Surrealist poet Rene Char.

Beethoven: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 16

Pierre Boulez: Le marteau sans maître

Hilary Summers (alto)

Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 18: Beethoven's Symphony No 920120727

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Choral).

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

As the Olympic Games open in London, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra reach the climax of their Beethoven Cycle with the iconic Ninth Symphony - a hymn to universal brotherhood.

An impressive team of soloists joins the orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain to project the finale's epic vision of hope, reconciliation and triumph. A fitting way to mark this historic day.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Anna Samuil (soprano)

Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano)

Michael König (tenor)

René Pape (bass)

National Youth Choir of Great Britain

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Wednesday 1st August at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 24: World Routes Academy20120731

Lucy Duran introduces a Prom devoted to the vallenato music of Colombia.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Lucy Duran

A Late Night Prom devoted to the vallenato music of Colombia, and featuring the protégé and the mentor of the 2012 World Routes Academy. London-born 20-year-old accordionist and singer José Hernando Arias Noguera performs with one of Colombia's top artists, accordion virtuoso Egidio Cuadrado, with new songs as well as vallenato standards including 'La Gota Fria', 'El Cantor de Fonseca', 'La Vieja Sara' and 'Matilde Lina'. They are joined by singer Carlos Maria Zabaleta, guitarists Edgardo Ramos and Jesus Enrique Saurith, percussionists Eder Polo, Alfredo Rosado and Rony Theran, with Mayte Montero playing gaita flute and Luis Ángel Pastor on double bass. Introduced by Lucy Duran.

This is the third year of the World Routes Academy scheme, which brings together young UK-based performers of traditional roots music with top artists from the tradition to which they belong. José Hernando Arias Noguera was born and raised in West London - his parents emigrated to the UK from Colombia, but are not musicians themselves - José is largely self-taught, learning from recordings of great vallenato artists. In the World Routes Academy scheme he was able to make two trips to Colombia, involving intense mentoring sessions with Egidio Cuadrado, and also taking part in the celebrated Valledupar vallenato festival. He is aware that the vallenato tradition requires all-round musicianship: "The aim is to be a complete troubadour - to sing, to compose and to play the accordion at the same time. My dream is to make this music as well-known as salsa and to write lyrics in English for it.".

BBC PROMSProm 30 - Chilcott, Parry20120805

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The Angry Planet, Bob Chilcott's new environmental cantata for unaccompanied choirs, sets specially-written words by Charles Bennett exploring humanity's complex and often destructive relationship with the natural world, and the music brings together singers young and old, children and adults, professionals and amateurs - over 600 voices raised in song together with a signing choir for hearing impaired children. Ben Parry's Flame then takes the image of the Olympic torch as a beacon of light, life and understanding in the world.

Bob Chilcott: The Angry Planet (world premiere)

Ben Parry: Flame

Laurie Ashworth (soprano)

Children's Choirs from London Boroughs

Signing Choir from Great Baddow High School

National Youth Choir of Great Britain

The Bach Choir

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor).

David Hill conducts Bob Chilcott's new environmental cantata for unaccompanied choirs.

Matthew Rowe explores the music in tonight's Prom with live musical examples from members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Including an introduction to the two premieres in tonight's programme.

Matthew Rowe explores the music in Prom 31, with performances by the BBC SSO.

BBC PROMSProm 32 - Bernstein Mass20120806

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Bernstein devised his Mass not as a religious setting, but as 'a theatre piece for singers, players and dancers. It has courted controversy ever since it was first performed at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington in 1971. There will be over 250 young people from across Wales and beyond joining members of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales to perform it with charismatic conductor Kristjan Jarvi.

The young performers come from the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 120 young choristers from primary schools across South Wales, and the award -winning choir Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal - as well as a rock band and over 100 kazoos.

Bernstein fuses a kaleidoscopic mix of musical, political and theological colours in a work which takes us through the movements of the mass, as the presiding celebrant gradually loses control of first his congregation and then his own mind. Elements of jazz, rock, Latin and blues rub shoulders with counterpoint, avant garde and the best of Bernstein's Broadway melodies. The 1970s world was deeply disturbed by the realities of the Cold War and Vietnam, confused sexualities and blurred moral boundaries. All the frustrations and all the anger are penned up in this explosive mix, bound by Bernstein's eclectic score and period lyrics from the composer and Stephen Schwartz, plus a rhyming couplet by Paul Simon. At the height of the cacophony, the celebrant smashes the chalice, seemingly destroying any hope that his god actually exists. But from the following silence, a soft hymn emerges, singing God a secret yet a simple song. As the final prayer dies, a warm and reassuring voice from the quadraphonic tape which interlaces the score declares 'The Mass is ended: go in peace'.

Bernstein was born into the Jewish faith, but he was fascinated by the ritual of the Catholic Mass. In this work he said, he wanted to "communicate as directly and universally as I can a reaffirmation of faith". Despite his wishes - and the success of the premiere, critics slammed the "superficiality and pretentiousness" whilst Catholic clergy considered the work blasphemous. But when one such archbishop in Cincinnati spoke out against any Catholic to even see a production in 1972, he suffered a fatal stroke which in turn ensured the run was a sell-out success. Despite it's religious criticisms, the Vatican finally hosted a production in 2000 to commemorate the World Jubilee for Migrants. Increasingly this work, in which Bernstein wears his heart deeply engrained on his sleeve, is becoming a modern classic.

Bernstein: Mass

Morten Frank Larsen (bass-baritone)

Julius Foo (treble)

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pwll Coch, Caerdydd

Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Gymraeg, Llantrisant

Ysgol Gynradd Dolau, Llanharan

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg, Rhydaman

National Youth Choir of Wales

Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal

Musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Kristjan Järvi (conductor)

Thomas Kiemleb (stage director)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 17th August at 2pm.

A host of young Welsh talent joins BBC NOW for Bernstein's spectacular theatre work Mass.

BBC PROMSProm 36 - Ivor Novello20120809

Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra in a Prom celebrating the work of Ivor Novello.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Hallé Orchestra and conductor Mark Elder 'keep the home fires burning' in this Late Night Prom celebrating the work of Ivor Novello: actor, playwright, composer and raconteur. With singers Sophie Bevan and Toby Spence, and actor Simon Callow.

Novello was the most consistently successful composer of British musicals before Andrew Lloyd Webber, but is now somewhat neglected. The Hallé is joined by soprano Sophie Bevan and tenor Toby Spence to sing through the Novello songbook, and they're helped along the way by Simon Callow as master of ceremonies.

Ivor Novello:

Till The Boys Come Home (Keep the Home Fires Burning)

Glamorous Night: Overture

Glamorous Night: Fold Your Wings

Crest of the Wave: Why Isn't It You?

The Dancing Years: I Can Give You the Starlight

The Dancing Years: My Life Belongs To You

Muranian Rhapsody

The Dancing Years: My Dearest Dear

King's Rhapsody: Someday My Heart Will Awake

King's Rhapsody: The Violin Began to Play

Glamorous Night: Shine Through My Dreams

Pray for Me

Careless Rapture: Love Made the Song

'We'll gather Lilacs'

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Toby Spence (tenor)

Simon Callow (actor)

Hallé

Mark Elder (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 22nd August at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 38 - National Youth Jazz Orchestra20120810

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra performs a wide-ranging set of jazz classics.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The youthful members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Mark Armstrong perform a wide-ranging set, from Jazz classics through to a new work by Tim Garland.

Founded in the mid-1960s the NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country's best young jazz musicians with many of the current generation of top British jazz players having risen through its ranks. Known for their unique swinging big band sound they have always played a mix of classics and new works. In tonight's late-night Prom they perform compositions by Ellington and Monk through to contemporary pieces including the premiere of a new work by Tim Garland called 'Agro Alegria' described by its composer as 'almost a ballad' based on a dance rhythm from the flamenco tradition, with the word 'Agro' having the double meaning of planting and growing, but also a reference to the youthful rowdiness of the NYJO members.

Ellington: Rockin' in Rhythm

Nikki Iles: Hush

Kenny Wheeler: Sweet Time Suite - Know Where You Are

Monk (arr. Mark Armstrong) : 'Round Midnight

Richardson: Groove Merchant

Chris Whiter: The Change

Arr. T. Stone: Return Flight

Allington arr. Callu Au: Caravan

Ellington: The Queen's Suite - Sunset and the Mocking Bird

Tim Garland: Agro Alegria

Tim Garland (saxophone)

Mark Mondesir (drums)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Mark Armstrong (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 39 - Berlioz's Requiem20120811

Thierry Fischer leads vast choral and orchestral forces in Berlioz's Requiem.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Thierry Fischer's conducts his final concert as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and scales the heights of Berlioz's monumental Requiem with massive choral and orchestral forces in the vast acoustic of the Royal Albert Hall.

When Berlioz wrote his massive Requiem or "Grande mess des morts" in 1837, it took him just 3 months to write. Composing for truly overwhelming forces and first performed in the imposing church of Les Invalides in Paris, it was the dramatic possibilities of the text that excited the composer, who even reordered some of the text so as to maximize the impact. Ever the Romantic, Berlioz brings his ideals of freedom and expressive truth to his setting, alongside the deafening forces including four brass bands.

The music of Berlioz has been the focus of Thierry's six years at the helm of the orchestra. It's not just that he likes the composer, but he feels as an artist a real need to perform his music on a regular basis. Over the years they've performed the Symphonie fantastique at the Proms as well as the revolutionary Symphonie funebre et triomphale. Here at the Proms, Thierry Fischer strives to respect Berlioz's wishes in staging the work. Instead of placing the brass bands at far flung corners of the Royal Albert Hall, the force of fifty players sit around the main body of the orchestra, on stage instead of offstage, focussing the dramatic sound.

Berlioz: Requiem (Grande messe des morts)

Toby Spence (tenor)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Huddersfield Choral Society

London Symphony Chorus

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 15 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMSProm 41 - Schoenberg's Gurrelieder20120812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Schoenberg's rarely performed choral blockbuster Gurrelieder. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC SO, a stellar line-up of soloists, and a massed choir of some 300 voices.

Following Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony on the opening night of the London Olympics, the closing night sees another choral blockbuster - Schoenberg's Gurrelieder. Based on the poetry of Jens Peter Jacobsen, the cantata traces the ill-fated relationship between Danish king, Waldemar Atterdag, and his mistress Tove. The medieval love-tragedy is an early masterpiece in which Schoenberg's late-Romantic voluptuousness attains a radiant C major sunrise apotheosis.

Augmenting the forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers, Jukka-Pekka Saraste welcomes two guest choirs. Plus, an impressive international solo line-up is headed by New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill as Waldemar, the cursed king. German soprano Angela Denoke makes her Proms debut.

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Waldemar - Simon O'Neil (tenor)

Tove - Angela Denoke (soprano)

Wood Dove - Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)

Peasant - Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

Klaus the Fool - Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (tenor)

Speaker - Wolfgang Schoene

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

New London Chamber Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 24th August at 2pm.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder.

BBC PROMSProm 53 - Viadana, Bassano, Grandi, Gabrieli, Monteverdi20120822

Robert Hollingworth conducts I Fagiolini in monumental Italian music.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

1612 Italian Vespers: Robert Hollingworth conducts his ensemble I Fagiolini in Italian music from 400 years ago - in up to 28 different parts and perfect for the wide open spaces of the Royal Albert Hall.

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is a Proms favourite, but Robert Hollingworth, conductor of I Fagiolini, reckons this is something even better: 'I adore Monteverdi's Vespers, but Lodovico Viadana's collection is even more forward-looking in its exchanges between inventive, expressive solos and choir. Viadana encouraged performers to double the choirs in large spaces, so we'll be doing that in the Royal Albert Hall with singers, cornett, sackbuts, strings and dulcians' - a kind of early bassoon.

Alongside the Viadana, there is one piece by Monteverdi too - Salve Regina - and new reconstructions of two enormous works by Giovanni Gabrieli, for as many as 28 different parts.

Like the Handel Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music Prom earlier in the season, it should be a great Baroque experience in the Royal Albert Hall - and a tremendous noise.

Viadana: Salmi a quattro chori (1612) - Deus in adiutorium; Dixit Dominus

Bassano: Divisions on Palestrina Introduxit me Rex

Viadana: Salmi a quattro chori (1612) - Laetatus sum

Viadana: O dulcissima Maria

Viadana: Salmi a quattro chori (1612) - Lauda Ierusalem

Grandi: Plorabo die ac nocte

G.Gabrieli (reconstr. Keyte): Magnificat a 20/28 con il 'sicut locutus' (London premiere)

Monteverdi: Salve Regina

G.Gabrieli (reconstr. Keyte): In ecclesiis (world premiere)

I Fagiolini

Robert Hollingworth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 5th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 62 - Eric Whitacre20120829

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

American composer Eric Whitacre has written some of the most widely sung, ravishingly scored, and greatly talked-about choral music of the last few years - especially through the pieces performed by his online Virtual Choir. Tonight his own choral group joins forces with the BBC Singers for a feast of music mainly by Whitacre himself.

The Prom includes several of the composer's best-known pieces plus two new works, and also includes music by Leonard Bernstein together with three classic spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan - both of them fellow countrymen. With the rich acoustics of the Albert Hall, and the thrilling sound of the 48-voice combined choirs, this will be a choral feast of a concert.

Bernstein: Warm-Up

Eric Whitacre: Alleluia

Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine

J S Bach arr. E London: Bach Again

Eric Whitacre: Higher, Faster, Stronger (BBC commission: world Premiere)

Imogen Heap arr. Eric Whitacre: The Listening Chair (world premiere)

Hogan: Three Spirituals

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Imogen Heap (vocals)

Hila Plitmann (soprano)

ensemblebash (percussion)

Christopher Glynn (piano)

BBC Singers

Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre (conductor).

Choral music by Eric Whitacre from his own choir and the BBC Singers.

BBC PROMSProm 65 - The Spirit Of Django20120831

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Jez Nelson

Guitarist Martin Taylor joins the Britten Sinfonia and conductor Guy Barker in the London premiere of The Spirit of Django a tribute to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

This late-night Prom is a unique collaboration between two greats of the British jazz scene: multi award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor and trumpeter and arranger Guy Barker. Based on themes created by Taylor and then arranged and orchestrated by Barker the piece is inspired by legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The resulting homage is a suite lasting nearly an hour which suits the Proms well - as Barker remarks Reinhardt was an ideal subject: "Django was a fan of Debussy as well as Louis Armstrong",

Martin Taylor and Guy Barker: The Spirit of Django - orchestral suite (London premiere)

Martin Taylor (guitar)

Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

Spirit of Django

Britten Sinfonia

Guy Barker (conductor).

Jez Nelson presents a tribute to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

BBC PROMSProm 66 - Bach20120901

Organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter performs music by Bach, including his own arrangements.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The young American organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter brings his extraordinary manual and pedal dexterity to bear on the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ in the first two concerts exploring the works of the greatest composer for the instrument, J S Bach, and his own extraordinary improvisations.

Famous for his prodigious abilities and performance flair, Cameron Carpenter in these concerts plays Bach both in its original form and as viewed through the prism of other composers - including himself: the concert includes his reworking of part of a Bach solo violin partita. Alongside it are a chorale prelude arranged for piano by Busoni, and Henry Wood's and Busoni's arrangements of the famous D minor Toccata and Fugue re-imagined by Camerom Carpenter.

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540

Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006 - excerpt (arr. C. Carpenter)

Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536 (6 mins)

Chorale Prelude 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen', BWV 734 (arr. Busoni/C. Carpenter)

Carpenter: Improvisation on B-A-C-H

J. S. Bach: "Evolutionary" Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, (arr. Wood, Busoni and Carpenter)

Cameron Carpenter (organ).

BBC PROMSProm 68 - Bach20120902

Organist Cameron Carpenter performs more music by Bach, in adaptation and improvisation.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

In the second of his two Proms, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter continues to explore the music of the grandfather of composers for the instrument - J S Bach - in works performed both as Bach originally wrote them, and as reconceived by Cameron Carpenter himself.

In the former category, this afternoon's Prom includes the well-known Fantasia and Fugue in G minor; in the latter, the famous Prelude and Fugue in D major, in a version cross-fertilised with the music of Gustav Mahler. And, in between, Cameron Carpenter demonstrates his prodigious abilities in that traditional organist's art - improvisation.

J. S. Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 - Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860

Improvisation on the Bourrée from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

J. S. Bach and Mahler, arr. C. Carpenter: Syncretic Prelude and Fugue in D major

Cameron Carpenter (organ).

BBC PROMSProm 71: St Louis Symphony20121230

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Katie Derham

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut, under Music Director David Robertson. Brahms's dramatic overture opens the programme, followed by Beethoven's challenging and energetic Violin concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, a soloist who has made regular appearances at the Proms.

These two composers are at the pinnacle of Western music, and the next composer, Schoenberg, venerated both of them. He argued that his own new way of composing followed logically on from these greats. Gershwin may seem an unlikely pairing with Schoenberg, but both became firm friends when living in Hollywood, sharing an interest painting and tennis.

Brahms: Tragic Overture

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

St Louis Symphony

David Robertson (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 74 - Staff Benda Bilili, Baloji20120906

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Live for the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

A late night Prom with the Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili, who perform music from their latest Album Bouger Le Monde (Make the World Move) and are also joined by the brilliant Congolese-Belgo rapper Baloji.

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are one of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa and make music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. In this late night Prom they perform material from their latest release Bouger Le Monde, and also join forces with the Congolese-born and Belgian-educated rapper Baloji, who mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics.

Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili perform with Congolese-Belgo rapper Baloji.

BBC PROMSProms Live Interval 0820120902

The final Sunday evening live Prom interval from the Radio 3 box. There is another instalment of a regular mini-series, "Lucy Worsley's Kensington", which takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall, plus other features and discussions looking ahead to the last week of Proms concerts.

A preview of the coming week's Proms, plus the series Lucy Worsley's Kensington.

BBC PROMSProms Plus Intro: Marin Alsop And Cathy Graham20120815

Marin Alsop, the new Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and Cathy Graham of the British Council discuss the orchestra and its place in Brazilian musical life with Petroc Trelawny.

Founded in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is the leading and largest orchestra in Latin America with 115 musicians and 52 singers. The orchestra performs over 100 concerts every season at its home, the Sala São Paulo, a restored train station, inaugurated in 1999 as a 1500-seat concert hall, and tours throughout Brazil and abroad. It also runs a publishing house dedicated to the works of Brazilian composers, and a composer in residence program, the most recent incumbent of which is Magnus Lindberg. The orchestra is dedicated to musical education - their outreach programmes were attended by 87,000 children and teenagers last year alone.

Marin Alsop and Cathy Graham discuss the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and music in Brazil.

BBC PROMSProms Plus Intro: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder20120812

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Andrew McGregor and musicians of the BBCSO and the BBC Singers discuss Schoenberg's epic cantata Gurrelieder. This enormous work, a medieval love-tragedy, is an early masterpiece in which Schoenberg's late-romantic voluptuous style attains a radiant C-major apotheosis.

Andrew McGregor and musicians of the BBC SO discuss Schoenberg's epic cantata Gurrelieder.

BBC PROMSProms Poetry Competition20120907

Wendy Cope and Ian McMillan introduce the winning entries in the Proms Poetry Competition.

Poet Wendy Cope and the presenter of The Verb, Ian McMillan, introduce the winning entries in the Proms Poetry Competition. The entries in the competition have all been inspired by a piece of music in this year's Proms.

BBC PROMSRalph Vaughan Williams20120816

Composer Anthony Payne with an anthology of unexpected readings about Ralph Vaughan Williams, including letters, private papers and reviews.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Anthony Payne introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Ralph Vaughan Williams.

BBC PROMSReligion In Music20120807

James MacMillan and Andrew Carwood talk to Louise Fryer about religion in music.

Composer James MacMillan and Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, consider the relationship between religion and music, with presenter Louise Fryer.

Informal post-Prom music and poetry from emerging young artists.

BBC PROMSRob Brockway Trio, Adam O'riordan20120725

Performers include the Rob Brockway Trio and Manchester poet Adam O'Riordan.

Informal post-Prom music and poetry from emerging young artists. Tonight's performers include the Rob Brockway Trio and Manchester poet Adam O'Riordan.

BBC PROMSThe Future Of Orchestras20120831

Shirley Apthorp and Mark Pemberton discuss the future of orchestras with Andrew McGregor.

Journalist Shirley Apthorp and Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras, discuss the future of orchestras with Andrew McGregor.

BBC PROMSThe Handmaid's Tale20120806

Veteran war reporter Kate Adie and novelist Aminatta Forna discuss Margaret Atwood's groundbreaking feminist novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale', twenty five years after its publication, in which a religious revolution has overthrown the American government. Anne McElvoy presents.

Producer Laura Thomas.

Anne McElvoy introduces a discussion on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale.

BBC PROMSThe Yeomen Of The Guard20120819

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces Prom 49 - Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard.

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an exploration of tonight's Prom - The Yeomen of the Guard - with live extracts performed by members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

BBC PROMS01Aurora Orchestra Family Prom - Part 120120729

The Wallace and Gromit Prom

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Introduced by Ian McMillan

The nation's favourite plasticine characters make their Proms debut in this programme of popular classics for all the family.

With music by composers, John Adams, Debussy and Shostakovich and specially filmed Wallace and Gromit animations. Join the audience in the Royal Albert Hall as our dynamic duo prepare for the first performance of Wallace's brand-new Proms commission 'My Concerto in Ee, Lad'. After the Interval their short film about baking and murder - 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' - is performed with a live orchestral soundtrack.

Tasmin Little (violin)

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Nicholas Collon leads the Aurora Orchestra in Part 1 of a special Wallace and Gromit Prom.

BBC PROMS01Bach: B Minor Mass - Part 120120802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Nobody knows why it was written - it's one of the great mysteries of Bach's life. Why did he spend so much of his last two years reworking religious music he'd already written into an enormous setting of the Catholic Mass, in Latin? It's tempting to see the B minor Mass as a drawing-together-of-threads, the great composer's last religious will and testament, a monumental summation of his decades of work for the church... albeit usually for the Protestant Church, in German. Since the nineteenth century the Mass has become one of Bach's best-loved works - though it's almost always performed, as here, in concert halls rather than churches. But the English Concert, conductor Harry Bicket and their starry lineup of soloists are sure to bring new insights: their performance comes fresh from Leipzig, where they closed the 2012 Bachfest with the B minor Mass - in Bach's own church, the Thomaskirche.

J S Bach: Mass in B minor

Joélle Harvey (soprano)

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Ed Lyon (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

Choir of the English Concert

The English Concert

Harry Bicket conductor

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 10th August at 2pm.

Johann Sebastian Bach's last religious will and testament - his monumental Mass in B minor

BBC PROMS01Beethoven20120906

Vienna Philharmonic/Bernard Haitink and Murray Perahia in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley.

One of the great musical partnerships is celebrated tonight, as the pianist Murray Perahia joins conductor Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, undoubtedly the most personal - and radical - of the five. Bruckner's monumental last symphony also promises to be a highlight of this year's Proms. Bernard Haitink is one of the great interpreters of this profoundly spiritual music, and Bruckner himself described the Vienna Philharmonic as "the most superior" orchestra.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G

Murray Perahia (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Beethoven, Boulez20120723

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim in Beethoven: Symphony No 6, plus Boulez.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim performs two of Beethoven's most popular symphonies alongside two sparkling twentieth-century miniatures by Pierre Boulez.

Beethoven's Symphonies No 6 in F major 'Pastoral' and No. 5 in C minor both broke new ground and have exerted influence on musical greats from Brahms to Berlioz. In his 'Pastoral' Symphony Beethoven evokes the Austrian countryside. During the Second World War the Fifth's opening rhythmic figure became synonymous with 'V for victory' (Morse code's three dots and a dash), the call sign used by the BBC to occupied Europe.

Boulez's Mémoriale was written in memory of a young flautist colleague, while Messagesquisse spotlights the virtuosity of the orchestra's cellos.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale ('...explosante-fixe...'Originel)

Pierre Boulez: Messagesquisse

Guy Eshed (flute)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Friday 27th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Beethoven, Boulez20120724

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim in Beethoven: Symphony No 8, plus Boulez.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim continues its Beethoven cycle with two dramatic symphonies: the compact Eighth and the Seventh, famously dubbed 'the apotheosis of dance'. It was the last piece conducted by Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood. This ebullient symphonic music is contrasted with Pierre Boulez's beautifully serene Anthèmes 2, scored for violin and live electronics.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Pierre Boulez: Anthèmes 2

Michael Barenboim (violin)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 30th July at 2pm.

Ed Stourton explores the influence of the 'Arab Spring' on contemporary Arabic literature.

BBC correspondent Ed Stourton is joined by a panel of guests to explore the influence of the social and political uprisings of last year's 'Arab Spring' on contemporary Arabic literature.

BBC PROMS01Beethoven, Mozart20120820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

An overture and a symphony by two musical Titans - Beethoven and Nielsen - both celebrating the human capacity for hope in the face of oppression and suffering, frame a lyrical Mozart concerto and a rarely heard tone poem by Delius.

Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Michael Collins who is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. Delius's Eventyr, inspired by a collection of Norwegian folk tales published in 1841, is making only its second appearance at the Proms.

Beethoven: Egmont Overture

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Michael Collins (clarinet)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 2nd September at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vanska. Beethoven: Egmont Overture. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto.

BBC PROMS01Brahms20120831

Soloist Yefim Bronfman and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle in their second Proms appearance perform music by Brahms and Lutoslawski.

The orchestra is joined by distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman who is soloist in Brahms's mighty Second Piano Concerto, known for its technical difficulty, length and for the fact that the pianist has to share some of the limelight with the lead cellist who has a beautiful three-minute solo at the start of the slow movement. Lutoslawski's Third Symphony was completed in the early 1980s during a troubled period in the composer's native Poland, it combines experimental techniques with craftsmanship, conviction and lyricism.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Brahms, Beethoven20120904

St Louis Symphony Orchestra in Brahms: Tragic Overture and Beethoven: Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut, under Music Director David Robertson. Brahms's dramatic overture opens the programme, followed by Beethoven's challenging and energetic Violin concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, a soloist who has made regular appearances at the Proms.

These two composers are at the pinnacle of Western music, and the next composer, Schoenberg, venerated both of them. He argued that his own new way of composing followed logically on from these greats. Gershwin may seem an unlikely pairing with Schoenberg, but both became firm friends when living in Hollywood, sharing an interest painting and tennis.

Brahms: Tragic Overture

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

St Louis Symphony

David Robertson (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Britten - Peter Grimes (act 1)20120824

Martin Handley presents a concert performance of Act 1 of Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

English National Opera, conducted by Edward Gardner, performs one of the greatest of all English operas. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton sings the title role of the unpredictable fisherman, Peter Grimes, an outsider in a closed Suffolk community. Only the schoolteacher Ellen Orford and the old sea captain Balstrode treat Grimes like a normal human being. But will their friendship be enough to defend him when local hostility boils over into virtual mob rule?

English National Opera's revolutionary 2009 production of Britten's Peter Grimes revealed a side of the opera few had suspected. Not just one of the greatest of all English operas, but a masterpiece in a great European tradition - with musical echoes of Berg and German Expressionism. As the conductor, ENO's Music Director Edward Gardner, puts it: 'Grimes has a freedom, a strength and an emotionally connected, visceral quality that I don't think Britten ever quite recaptured - it's a piece that, at its best, feels unshackled and dangerous, and very un-English. That's why I rate it so highly.'

Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall you can hear precisely what he means - as ENO reunite their cast for one night only at the BBC Proms.

Britten: Peter Grimes (concert performance) - Act 1

Stuart Skelton.... Peter Grimes (tenor)

Amanda Roocroft.... Ellen Orford (soprano)

Iain Paterson.... Balstrode (bass-baritone)

Rebecca de Pont Davies.... Auntie (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Richardson.... Swallow (baritone)

Leigh Melrose.... Ned Keene (baritone)

Michael Colvin.... Bob Boles (tenor)

Felicity Palmer.... Mrs Sedley (mezzo-soprano)

Gillian Ramm.... 1st Niece (soprano)

Mairead Buicke.... 2nd Niece (soprano)

Darren Jeffery.... Hobson (bass-baritone)

Stuart Kale.... Revd Horace Adams (tenor)

Jacob Mason-White.... John (apprentice)

ENO Chorus and Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Britten, Mahler20120729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Mark Elder directs the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, a brand new ensemble of young musicians brought together from every continent, in music by Britten, Mahler and Stravinsky, plus a newly commisioned work by Charlotte Bray.

Chosen by audition, and with a strict limit of twenty musicians from each continent, the orchestra will convene for three weeks in the Suffolk fishing town forever associated with Benjamin Britten.

The programme begins with Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, both a private memorial to his parents and a reaction to the developing menace of war. That's paired with two classic orchestral scores from the early twentieth century, which, though written just a few years apart inhabit completely different realms. The luxuriant Adagio from Mahler's Tenth symphony contrasts with the scandalous barbarities of Stravinsky's Rite but both have become musical icons. And before the Stravinsky comes a new work by one of the UK's most exciting new composing talents and one who already has an impressive list of international commissions to her name.

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Adagio

Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

Aldeburgh World Orchestra: Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem. Mahler: Adagio (Symphony No 10).

BBC PROMS01Chabrier, Mozart, Elaine Agnew20120804

Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta in Chabrier, Mozart, Elaine Agnew.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Launching a weekend featuring performances by young performers, the Ulster Youth Orchestra joins the Ulster Orchestra in a concert brimming with orchestral colour. The Ulster Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, makes her Proms, debut while virtuoso flautist, Sir James Galway, makes a welcome return to the Proms.

The members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra showcase their talent in a piece sparkling with Spanish dance rhythms and folk-like tunes - Chabrier's España is a musical postcard marking the composer's visit to Spain in 1882. Sir James Galway joins the Ulster Orchestra to perform Mozarts's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314, a work which began life as an oboe concerto and was adapted for flute by the composer in Mannheim in 1798. Dark Hedges for double orchestra and solo flute is a BBC commission for the BBC Proms by Elaine Agnew. The work is inspired by an avenue of over-arching beech trees planted near Armoy in 1750, close to the composer's home in Co. Antrim.

The concert ends with music from Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird. It tells the story of a prince who, with the help of a mysterious firebird, breaks a spell cast by the evil magician, King Kashei. The 1911 suite from the ballet is lavishly orchestrated and takes full advantage of the large orchestral forces provided by the combined forces of the youth and professional orchestras playing side by side on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

Chabrier: España

Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Elaine Agnew: Dark Hedges (BBC commission, world premiere)

James Galway (flute)

Ulster Youth Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 8th August at 2pm.

With poetry from Kei Miller, and music from the Matt Robinson Quartet.

Informal post-Prom music and poetry from emerging young artists. With poetry from Kei Miller, and music from the Matt Robinson Quartet.

BBC PROMS01Delius, Saint-saens20120814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit perform a French and Russian themed programme and are joined by young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor for Saint-Saens's sparkling concerto.

Charles Dutoit is a noted interpreter of French music but begins tonight's Prom with an Englishman's impression of Paris: in his150th anniversary year, Frederick Delius' evocation of the city in which he lived for almost a decade receives its first Proms performance since 1984. For much of the 19th century Paris was also home to Camille Saint-Saens and tonight his virtuosic and popular Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor is performed by twenty-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor following his acclaimed First Night Proms debut in 2011. From Paris to St Petersburg for the second half of the evening with Tchaikovsky's penultimate, rousing Symphony No 5.

Delius: Paris (The Song of a Great City)

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 28 August at 2.00pm.

Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic in music by Delius and Saint-Saens.

BBC PROMS01Desert Island Discs - Part 120120903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein and Kirsty Young present this Prom celebrating 70 years of the popular Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. Some castaways make guest appearances explaining their choices, which will be performed by a star-studded line-up of soloists. Music includes excerpts from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto played by Peter Donohoe, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt, and Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon and the Dambusters March.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Willard White (bass-baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Keith Lockhart.

First part of a Prom celebrating 70 years of the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.

BBC PROMS01Dvorak20120815

Marin Alsop conducts the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra with music from both American hemispheres, including Dvorák's ever-popular New World Symphony and works by Villa-Lobos, Joan Tower and Ginastera.

Music from America North and South features tonight. First the masterpiece through which the Bohemian Dvorák, resident in New York, sought to establish an American musical identity, a symphony exuding nostalgia for his own native woods and fields.

Later comes Copland's iconic Fanfare and highlights from Ginastera's best-known score. Joan Tower, whose childhood was spent partly in Bolivia, celebrates 'women who take risks and are adventurous', while distinguished Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire returns to the Proms to play one of Villa-Lobos's most attractive compositions.

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World'

Nelson Freire (piano)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 30 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMS01Dvorak, Delius, Sivanesan, Falla, Rodrigo, Bizet20120827

The first part of a family Prom featuring music from around the world.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

A Family Matinee Prom in which the Northern Sinfonia take us on a journey to the far corners of our musical world.

The orchestra are joined by the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus, the Montenegrin guitar star Milos Karadaglic, the gospel vocal group Blind Boys of Alabama and Radio 3's World Routes Academy protégé, veena player Hari Sivanesan in a programme which features poplular classical works side by side with music from around the globe. Made up of families of all shapes and sizes, the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus are like none you have heard before; expect an age range of 8 to 80 on stage and more than the usual range of orchestral instruments.

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in C major, Op. 46 No. 1

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Hari Sivanesan: Hari Sivanesan: Kala - Time

Falla: El amor brujo - Ritual Fire Dance

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez - 2nd movement

Bizet: L'Arlésienne-Suite no.2: Farandole

Milos Karadaglic (guitar)

Hari Sivanesan (veena)

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Northern Sinfonia

Stephen Bell (conductor)

The BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus

Lincoln Abbotts (director).

BBC PROMS01Elgar, Hugh Wood20120726

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an Entente Cordiale of British and French music. Joanna MacGregor, widely acclaimed as one of the world's most innovative musicians, is the soloist in Hugh Wood's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto. Hugh Wood celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

Elgar's warm and sunny overture In the South opens the programme, a musical postcard from a happy holiday in Mediterranean Italy.The watery influence seeps into the French second half, which concludes with Debussy's revolutionary seascape La Mer, a sparkling of light at play on the ocean, forever associated with Hokusai's famous woodprint of the Great Wave. Around the same time, Ravel turned his attention to depicting a boat setting sail, fighting with wind and ocean's current. Originally one of his piano pieces, he later scored "Une barque sur l'ocean" with great precision for full orchestral colour. Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, was an early champion of Debussy in England, so it's fitting that Debussy's most popular piano pieces, La cathedrale engloutie, is heard in a rarely heard orchestration by Wood himself.

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

Hugh Wood: Piano Concerto

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 2nd August at 2pm.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Ryan Wigglesworth in music by Elgar and Hugh Wood.

BBC PROMS01Elgar: The Apostles - Part 120120810

Mark Elder conducts the Halle and a cast of singers in Part 1 of Elgar's The Apostles.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Mark Elder conducts the Hallé and a distinguished cast of singers in one of the English choral tradition's major works: Elgar's dramatic and Biblical oratorio The Apostles. Elgar explores the inner feelings of Judas Iscariot with dramatic intensity, and Christ's anguished cry from the cross becomes a wordless lament.

Elgar conceived the idea for The Apostles as a schoolboy, but the project came to fruition only in 1903 - after both The Dream of Gerontius and a visit to Bayreuth to hear Wagner's The Ring and Parsifal.

Elgar: The Apostles (part I)

Rebecca Evans (Soprano - The Angel Gabriel / The Blessed Virgin Mary)

Alice Coote (Mezzo-Soprano - Mary Magdalene / Narrator 2)

Paul Groves (Tenor - St John / Narrator 1)

Jacques Imbrailo (Baritone - Jesus)

Clive Bayley (Bass - Judas)

David Kempster (Baritone - St Peter)

Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester (Chorus of Apostles)

Hallé Choir

Hallé Youth Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Hallé

Mark Elder (Conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 23rd August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Glinka, Emily Howard20120821

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Glinka's much-loved and exuberant overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila heads a programme which also includes a fasinating new work by Emily Howard and a monumental, barnstorming symphony by Shostakovich.

Emily Howard's Calculus of the Nervous Sysytem has already received high acclaim at the 2011 Wien Modern Festival. Howard took her inspiration from Ada Lovelace, who was the pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, and the work's starting point was Lovelace's desire to generate a mathematical model for how the brain gives rise to thoughts, and nerves to feelings. Shostakovich's massive Seventh Symphony in C major, the 'Leningrad', was completed during the Second World War in December 1941, as German troops advanced deep into the city. The CBSO is conducted by its Music Director, Andris Nelsons.

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila - Overture

Emily Howard: Calculus of the Nervous System (UK premiere)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 3rd September at 2pm.

Andris Nelsons conducts the CBSO in music by Glinka and Emily Howard.

BBC PROMS01Goehr, Knussen20120825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Oliver Knussen celebrates his 60th birthday with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing his own 3rd Symphony, works by Alexander Goehr, Helen Grime and Debussy's The Martyrdom of St Sebastian.

Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday is marked by a revival of his imaginary ballet, and there's the world premiere of Helen Grime's Night Songs. Debussy's exquisite and refined incidental music for a mystery play appears complete for the first time at the Proms - with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and the New London Chamber Choir joining the three British soloists.

Alexander Goehr: Metamorphosis/Dance

Oliver Knussen: Symphony No.3

Claire Booth (soprano)

Polly May (mezzo-soprano)

Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

New London Chamber Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 6 September at 2pm.

BBC SO under Oliver Knussen in Goehr: Metamorphosis/Dance. Knussen: Symphony No 3.

BBC PROMS01Haydn20120907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

In their second Prom, Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic perform symphonies by Haydn and Richard Strauss - two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.

Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written while he was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was initially less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink took it up. In this highly programmatic symphony, Strauss mingles childhood memories of schoolboy mountaineering with a deeper, philosophical exploration of the meaning of humanity's place on earth.

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, 'London'.

Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Haydn's Symphony No 104 (London).

BBC PROMS01Howells20120829

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SO and soloists in Herbert Howells's Hymnus Paradisi.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two masterpieces by English composers: Herbert Howells' exquisite Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's noble First Symphony. Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SO, two choirs and soloists.

Following his triumphant conducting of Havergal Brian's 'The Gothic' Symphony last year, Martyn Brabbins brings another British magnum opus to the Proms. Herbert Howells wrote Hymnus Paradisi 'for the drawer' in the wake of the tragically early death of his son. Only years later was he persuaded to release a finished score to the public.

After this light-filled memorial from a composer closely identified with Gloucester Cathedral, we revisit the masterpiece that, in 1908 - the year of the first London Olympics - announced a Worcester man's arrival as perhaps the greatest of British symphonists.

Howells: Hymnus Paradisi

Miah Persson (soprano)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

BBC Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Ives, Barber, Zimmermann20120801

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The BBC SO perform Ives, Barber and Zimmerman's jazz-influenced trumpet concerto with Hakan Hardenberger.

And the BBC Proms Youth Choir debuts in Tippett's great oratorio A Child of Our Time. David Robertson conducts.

Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson, conducts two iconic American pieces before turning to works in which the emotive force of the African American spiritual is harnessed by composers of the old world.

In Child of our time, Tippett drew on five spirituals to reaffirm the indispensable human values of compassion and brotherhood. Star trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger returns and an impressive array of international singing talent features alongside tonight's newly formed youthful chorus.

Ives: The Unanswered Question

Barber: Adagio for strings

Zimmermann: Nobody knows de trouble I see

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Paul Groves (tenor)

Jubilant Sykes (bass-baritone)

BBC Proms Youth Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 9th August at 2pm.

David Robertson conducts the BBC SO in music by Ives, Barber and Zimmermann.

BBC PROMS01Langgaard, Gudmundsen-holmgreen, Shostakovich20120728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, contemporary Danish music and Shostakovich's 1st Cello Concerto with soloist Daniel Muller-Schott.

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra present a night of firsts. Making its UK premiere is maverick Rued Langgaard's tuba-rich 11th Symphony of 1945. There's also the UK premiere of octogenarian Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Incontri. Daniel Muller-Schott makes his Poms debut as the soloist in Shostakovich's hyper-concentrated 1st Cello Concerto. And the Prom ends with Tchaikovsky's radical and deeply emotional 6th Symphony.

Langgaard: Symphony No. 11 'Ixion' (UK Premiere)

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Incontri (UK Premiere)

Shostakovich: Cello concerto No. 1 in E flat major

Daniel Mueller-Schott (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 3rd August at 2pm.

BBC SO under Thomas Dausgaard in Langgaard, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Shostakovich.

BBC PROMS01Ligeti, Wagner, Sibelius20120830

Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in music by Ligeti, Wagner and Sibelius.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle return to the Proms for the first of two concerts with an evening of wide-ranging sonic adventure.

In the first half they present three different approaches to the experience of calm, firstly in Ligeti's slowly shifting sound-clouds, then with Wagner's sustained stillness through to Sibelius's most formidable and bleak evocation of a frozen landscape. The French second half is, in contrast, all about movement and dance. Tennis is not the only game played in Debussy's flirtatious ballet Jeux, while Ravel's suite, drawn from his famous ballet begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Ligeti: Atmosphères

Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude, Act 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Macmillan, Wagner, Bruch20120805

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Continuing the focus on the UK's musical youth, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles are joined by the young players of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and former NYOS Leader Nicola Benedetti in a sparkling programme orchestral showpieces.

A celebration of Scottish musical talent, tonight's concert includes music by two of Scotland's finest composers, including the London premiere of James MacMillan's Fanfare Upon One Note and the world premiere of Thea Musgrave's Loch Ness: a Postcard from Scotland. Alongside these works, the two groups join forces in music of drama and romanticism, emblematic of Donald Runnicles' musical personality, in Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger, Strauss's Don Juan and Respighi's grandly colourful tone-poem, Pines of Rome. Nicola Benedetti joins them for Bruch's romantically lyrical Scottish Fantasy.

James MacMillan: Fanfare Upon One Note (London premiere)

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overture

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 16th August at 2pm.

BBC SSO, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland/Donald Runnicles in MacMillan, Wagner, Bruch

BBC PROMS01Maxwell Davies, Delius20120823

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 9 and Delius: Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra in contrasting symphonies by Peter Maxwell Davies and Shostakovich and Tasmin Little performs Delius's rhapsodic Violin Concerto

The concert opens with a work to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, composed by the Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. This is the London premiere of his Symphony no.9, a one movement work for orchestra and brass sextet. Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO premiered this work in Liverpool earlier this year in June. Violinist Tasmin Little is a passionate champion of Delius's music, and she joins the Orchestra in a performance of Delius' violin concerto, to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The concert concludes with a performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony; the RLPO under conductor Vasily Petrenko are known for their high-voltage performances of this dramatic repertoire.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 9 (London premiere)

Delius: Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 4th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Mendelssohn - Overture (ruy Blas); Violin Concerto In E Minor20120901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the first of their two Proms the dynamic Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly perform four works by Mendelssohn: the well-known overture Ruy Blas based on Victor Hugo's blood-and-thunder play, and the lesser known overture about the mermaid The Fair Melusine which Mendelssohn referred to as "the most intimate thing" he produced. The Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider is the soloist in the ever-popular Violin Concerto. The Prom ends with the UK premiere of the original version of the Fifth Symphony, a work written in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation..

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Mendelssohn became their music director in 1835 and held the position until his death in 1847. Riccardo Chailly has been its conductor since 2005.

Mendelssohn: Overture 'Ruy Blas'

Violin Concerto in E minor

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture; Violin Concerto.

BBC PROMS01Messiaen20120902

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs Messiaen's Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in their second Prom perform Messiaen's dramatic 1964 memorial to the dead of two world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, Messiaen's Et Expecto is one of his most often performed orchestral works. It is on a vast canvas with a wide dynamic range, full of orchestral effects and apocalyptic gongs. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Riccardo Chially has been their conductor since 2005.

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Mozart - The Marriage Of Figaro (acts 1 And 2)20120828

Suzy Klein presents Acts 1 and 2 of Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Glyndebourne Festival Opera comes to the Proms with its new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with Vito Priante as Figaro, Lydia Teuscher as Susanna, Sally Matthews as the Countess, and Audun Iversen as the Count. When Count Almaviva takes an over-eager interest in his cunning manservant's wife-to-be, he sets off an elaborate train of events and finds himself thwarted many times. But after a day of madness and a night of confusion, everything ends more or less happily.

Since its inception, opera at Glyndebourne has been almost synonymous with Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro was the first work to be performed there, in May 1934. Servants outwit their master again in this latest production, new for 2012, which confirms a recent preference for period instruments.

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - Acts I and II

Figaro - Vito Priante (bass)

Susanna - Lydia Teuscher (soprano)

Countess - Sally Matthews (soprano)

Count - Audun Iversen (baritone)

Bartolo - Andrew Shore (bass)

Marcellina - Ann Murray (soprano)

Cherubino - Isabel Leonard (soprano)

Don Basilio - Alan Oke (tenor)

Antonio - Nicholas Folwell (bass)

Don Curzio - Colin Judson (tenor)

Barbarina - Sarah Shafer (soprano)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Robin Ticciati (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Mozart, Knussen20120730

The BBC Philharmonic in Mozart: Overture: Don Giovanni. Knussen: Symphony No 2.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The BBC Philharmonic and their Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda open tonight's Prom with Mozart's famous Don Giovanni Overture and celebrate Oliver Knussen's 60th Birthday with his second symphony. Gillian Keith is the soloist giving stratospheric voice to this setting of poems by Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath.

Mahler described his Seventh Symphony as 'light-hearted' and it is said to be the work that convinced Schoenberg of Mahler's greatness. Although one of his least performed symphonies its rich orchestration and imaginative use of unusual instruments, like guitar and mandolin, make it a compelling listen.

Mozart: Don Giovanni - Overture

Oliver Knussen: Symphony No.2

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 6th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Nixon In China - Act 120120905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John Adams conducts his stunning opera Nixon in China, with a star-studded cast, the BBC Singers and BBC SO. Alice Goodman's poetic, intensely original libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon's historic three-day visit to China in 1972. Protagonists viewed initially as transcendent iconic figures are not so much satirised as seen for what they are.

The score pounds away eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there's no mistaking the identity of the composer, who conducts tonight, nor the colour and brilliance of one of the iconic works of our time.

The Anglo-American cast includes Robert Orth as Nixon, Jessica Rivera as Mrs. Nixon, Gerald Finley as Chou En-Lai and Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao.

Adams: Nixon in China - Act I

Madame Mao - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Chairman Mao - Alan Oke (tenor)

Chou En-lai - Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

President Nixon - Robert Orth (baritone)

Pat Nixon - Jessica Rivera (soprano)

Kissinger - James Rutherford (bass)

First Secretary to Mao - Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)

Second Secretary to Mao - Louise Poole (mezzo-soprano)

Third Secretary to Mao - Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Grey (sound director)

Paul Curran (stage director)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

John Adams (conductor).

John Adams conducts Act 1 of his own opera Nixon in China.

BBC PROMS01Prokofiev - Cinderella (acts 1 And 2)20120822

Valery Gergiev conducts the LSO in Acts 1 and 2 of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra perform the complete score to Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella which contains some of the composer's most popular and melodious music.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Prokofiev's generously melodic fairy-tale ballet score in its full glory under the baton of a conductor steeped in the Russian ballet repertoire. It tells the famous fairytale of poor Cinderella who lives with her wicked stepsisters and goes to the ball after a make-over from a fairy and falls in love with the prince. Able to stay only till midnight when the spell wears off, she loses her slipper which the prince uses to find her again.

Prokofiev: Cinderella Op. 87 - Acts I and II

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Prokofiev, Olga Neuwirth20120813

Susanna Malkki leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Olga Neuwirth.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia in Prokofiev's dramatically colourful Romeo and Juliet and Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra. Viola player Lawrence Power joins them in a challenging new work by Olga Neuwirth.

Susanna Mälkki returns to the Proms with two genre-defining 20th-century favourites. Revisiting the doomed love of Verona's most romantic couple, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet brought new life to the evening-length ballet, just as Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra demonstrated the potential of a seemingly contradictory title.

Between these classics, Lawrence Power joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to tackle the fiendishly difficult solo part in Olga Neuwirth's recent work for viola and orchestra, comprising five breathtaking, seething, allusion-rich movements.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1

Olga Neuwirth: Remnants of Songs... an Amphigory

Lawrence Power (viola)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 26 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 59 - Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Willson, Rodgers, Adler And Ross20120827

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The John Wilson Orchestra and a starry cast of soloists present a tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating The Broadway Sound.

After last year's celebration of the Hollywood screen musical, John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra present a tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating the Broadway Sound. Among them such legendary tunesmiths as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Vincent Youmans, Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser. Together with a cast of leading soloists the concert includes excerpts from Show Boat, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun.

Gershwin arr. Don Rose: Funny Face - Overture

Porter arr. Don Walker: Kiss Me, Kate - Another' Openin', Another Show

Kern arr. Robert Russell Bennett: Show Boat - Make Believe / Old Man River

Rodgers arr. Don Walker: On Your Toes - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

Willson arr. Don Walker: The Music Man - Ya Got Trouble

Rodgers arr. Hans Spialek: The Boys From Syracuse - Falling In Love With Love

Rodgers arr. Robert Russell Bennett: South Pacific - Younger Than Springtime

Adler and Ross: The Pajama Game - Seven and a Half Cents

Sierra Bogess, soprano

Anna-Jane Casey, belt girl

Rodney Earl Clarke, bass

Elizabeth Llewellyn, soprano

Seth MacFarlane, baritone

Julian Ovenden, tenor

Maida Vale Singers

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson, conductor.

John Wilson Orchestra in Broadway music, by Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Willson and Rodgers.

BBC PROMS01Psm 01: Aam, Mahan Esfahani2012072120120729

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani joins the Academy of Ancient Music to perform Bach's Art of Fugue in a new instrumental arrangement by Esfahani himself. In doing so he revives the informal spirit of Bach's Leipzig coffee house concerts, in which the composer would direct his own band of musicians. Another chance to hear this concert given last weekend

J S Bach: The Art of Fugue (arr. Mahan Esfahani)

Academy of Ancient Music

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord/director).

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the Academy of Ancient Music perform Bach's Art of Fugue

BBC PROMS01Schubert, Richard Dubugnon20120808

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Schubert's Unfinished 8th Symphony and Strauss's thrilling Ein Heldenleben frame the witty Piano Concerto by Richard Dubugnon. The Labeque sisters are the soloists and Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Making a welcome return to the Proms following their three appearances in 2009, Katia and Marielle Labeque perform a dramatic piece designed to bring out their contrasting personalities. The Battlefield Concerto was specially written for them by French-Swiss composer and double bassist Richard Dubugnon - who was inspired by the painting The Battle of San Romano by the Florentine artist Paolo Uccello (1397-1475).

Semyon Bychkov also conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two great classics - the most famous of all unfinished symphonies, and the glorious autobiography (with battle scene) of a composer who lived long in difficult times - A Hero's Life.

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'

Richard Dubugnon: Battlefield Concerto (UK Premiere)

Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 20th August at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov in music by Schubert and Richard Dubugnon.

BBC PROMS01Sibelius, Delius, Grieg20120809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Philharmonic is joined by John Storgårds for his first Prom as Principal Guest Conductor in a celebration of Nordic composers with just a dash of British. Two symphonies by Sibelius frame the concert. Grieg's only complete Piano Concerto is played by Steven Osborne, and two composer anniversaries are celebrated with music by Per Nørgård and Frederick Delius.

As Per Nørgård's celebrates his 80th birthday the Proms presents his exciting and unpredictable 7th symphony, composed for the opening of Copenhagen's new concert hall. Storgårds also champions music by British composers, turning the spotlight tonight on Delius in his 150th anniversary year. His evocative setting of words by Ernest Dowson is brought to life by baritone Roderick Williams.

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6

Delius: Cynara

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Steven Osborne (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 21st August at 2pm.

A Prom featuring the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards in Sibelius, Delius and Grieg.

BBC PROMS01Simpson, Suk, Delius, Verdi, Massenet, Bruch, Puccini20120908

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the traditional Last Night of the Proms festivities with special guests violinist Nicola Benedetti and tenor Joseph Calleja.

The year's biggest musical party at the end of the world's greatest musical festival in what is a special summer for London promises to be a special event. Since taking the nation by storm as the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Scottish-born Nicola Benedetti has enhanced her reputation as one of Britain's most innovative and creative young violinists and tonight she's playing Bruch's luscious Violin Concerto, a piece often voted the nation's favourite. Also on stage is Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor who sings with the grace and elegance of the voices of a bygone era. In his last concert as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek brings with him two works by fellow Czechs - Dvorak and Suk. All this before the familiar home-grown classics bring down the curtain in time-honoured fashion.

Mark Simpson: Sparks (BBC commission, world premiere)

Suk: Toward a New Life

Delius: Songs of Farewell

Verdi: Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'e forza perderti (from Ballo in Maschera)

Massenet: Pourquoi me reveiller? (from Werther)

Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor

Puccini: E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Puccini: Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Last Night of the Proms.

Suzy and Sean talk to tonight's peformers and introduce music from Proms in the Park.

Suzy and Sean talk to some of tonight's peformers and introduce music recorded earlier this evening at Hyde Park in London as part of Proms in the Park.

BBC PROMS01Smetana, Prokofiev20120725

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's passionate 7th symphony and Vadim Gluzman makes his debut at the Proms as the soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1

George Szell's orchestration of Smetana's autobiographical and poignant first string quartet, 'From My Life' makes its first appearance at the Proms tonight, as does tonight's tonight's artist, Vadim Gluzman. He joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Prokofiev's magical first Violin Concerto. And from the fairy-tale romance of the latter to the dark passion of Dvorak's Seventh Symphony - its premiere was directed here in London by the composer himself.

Smetana, Orch. Szell: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, 'From My Life'.

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major

Vadim Gluzman (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 31st July at 2pm.

Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform music by Smetana and Prokofiev.

BBC PROMS01The Trojans - Acts 1 And 220120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 1 and 2

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Acts 1 and 2 of The Trojans by Berlioz.

BBC PROMS01The Yeomen Of The Guard - Act 120120819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Gilbert and Sullivan's richest and most emotionally engaging operetta set at the Tower of London in the 16th Century, is considered by many to be Sullivan's finest musical score.

Young Colonel Fairfax is imprisoned under the sentence of death for sorcery - in reality he's a scientist and alchemist - but a young girl, Phoebe Meryll and her father who served with Fairfax in the army plan to spring him from the Tower. Add to the story a lovelorn jailer, a young singer, a jester and the Yeomen themselves and you have the makings of a typical G&S operetta with lots of room for humour and twists of plot. The strong cast of soloists and an orchestra and conductor renowned for their G&S performances at the Proms will guarantee a memorable evening.

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard - Act I

Elsie Maynard - Lisa Milne (soprano)

Colonel Fairfax - Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Jack Point - Mark Stone (baritone)

Dame Carruthers - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Sergeant Meryll - Mark Richardson (baritone)

Wilfred Shadbolt - Toby Stafford-Allen (bass)

Phoebe Meryll - Heather Shipp (mezzo-soprano)

Lieutenant Sir Richard Cholmondeley - Leigh Melrose (bass-baritone)

Leonard Meryll - Tom Randle (tenor)

Kate - Mary Bevan (soprano)

First Yeoman - Jonathan McGovern (baritone)

Second Yeoman - Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

Martin Duncan (director)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jane Glover (conductor).

Catherine Bott presents Act 1 of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard.

BBC PROMS01Varese, Muhly20120804

Vasily Petrenko conduts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Varese and Muhly.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

One of the highlights of this year's celebration of youth at the BBC Proms is this evening's appearance by the talented National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as they scale the heights in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony, an ecstatic song of love.

The huge orchestral forces and soaring solos for the ondes martenot in Messiaen's Tristan-inspired symphony will surely fill the Royal Albert Hall with glorious sounds. Messiaen's twentieth century classic is framed by a BBC commission from one of America's rising talents and Anna Meredith's acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier this year by NYO members and commissioned for the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Varèse: Tuning Up

Nico Muhly: Gait - BBC Commission, London Premiere

Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 14th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Vaughan Williams - Symphonies Nos 5 And 620120816

The BBC SSO under Andrew Manze performs Vaughan Williams's Symphonies Nos 5 and 6.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

In this unusual programme, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with their Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze perform three differently powerful symphonies by Vaughan Williams who was one of the most important British composers of the last century. These three starkly different works chronicle our national life in the troubled times of the 1930s and 40s.

Vaughan Williams denied any prophetic statement of gathering European war clouds, but the 4th symphony, written in 1931-34, is still a work full of anger, menace and turbulence. Perhaps influenced by continental composers writing at the same time, Vaughan Williams was, perhaps unknowingly, holding up a mirror to the increasingly troubled times. In stark contrast to that world, and perhaps as a reaction to the Second World War itself, the 5th Symphony (1938-43) is warmly sunlit with mystical lyricism and is a return to the pastoral, nature visionary music that many people associate with Vaughan Williams. One of the greatest of English symphonies, it was premiered at the Proms in 1943 and the serene final cadence comes as near to perfect peace as any 20th century Symphony. The 6th symphony (1944-47) hits you between the eyes, with what is surely reflecting Britain ravaged by war - anguished and explosive. The last movement sinks to timeless, quiet desolation until we sink into oblivion.

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 31 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMS01Vaughan Williams, Holst, Gavin Higgins, Martin Ellerby, Walton20120812

National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain in Vaughan Williams, Holst and Walton.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Youth and a celebration of national ensembles are major strands at this year's Proms and they come together in this concert. Two ensembles share the bill and each introduces a brand-new work in the context of mixed programmes of British music. And a suitably patriotic touch in this Jubilee year comes in the form of Walton's Crown Imperial and Derek Bourgeois's virtuosic Blitz.

Part One: National Youth Wind Orchestra

Vaughan Williams: Flourish for Glorious John

Holst: Suite No. 2

Gavin Higgins: Der Aufstand (BBC commission - world premiere)

Martin Ellerby: Paris Sketches

Walton: Crown Imperial

National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

James Gourlay (conductor)

National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Vaughan Williams, Ireland20120731

Tadaaki Otaka leads London Brass and the BBC NOW in Vaughan Williams and Ireland.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

A vibrantly colourful all-English Prom with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka - a notable advocate of British music.

The programme opens with Vaughan Williams's Tallis Fantasia, which uses the hidden spaces of the Royal Albert Hall acoustic to full effect. The first of two oratorios marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John Ireland, organist, choirmaster and Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music. These Things Shall Be was commissioned by the BBC for the coronation of King George VI in 1937, setting a utopian text. The bass-baritone soloist is former Radio 3 new Generation Artist Jonathan Lemalu, who also takes the commanding role in Walton's dramatic retelling of the Biblical story, Belshazzar's Feast. With full orchestra and chorus augmented by two brass bands, it promises to raise the roof. Delius is another Proms anniversary for 2012, celebrated here with the Walk to the Paradise Garden from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet.

Tadaaki Otaka enjoys a long and prosperous relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, first as Principal Conductor (1987-95) and since as Laureate. In 2000 he was awarded the Elgar Medal for his services to British music.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Ireland: These Things Shall Be

Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone)

London Brass

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 7th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Wagner20120803

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Renowned for conducting Wagner and Bruckner, Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles plays the first of this season's BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Proms in repertoire close to his heart.

Wagner's intimate and private Idyll was written in 1870 to celebrate his second wife's birthday just after the birth of their son Siegfried. It is played here with the original 13 instruments but building to a larger string section. In contrast Bruckner wrote his 8th symphony to epic proportions. He is arguably the greatest Symphonist since Beethoven, and Bruckner's 8th is perhaps the most challenging and glorious of all his symphonies. The Nowak 1955 (1890) edition is played here.

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 13th August at 2pm.

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll.

BBC PROMS01Wagner, Berg20120826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A programme of four works which in different ways reach out beyond the sound-world of late Romanticism. Wagner's ultra-chromatic opera Parsifal pushes the boundaries of traditional tonality, while Berg's heartfelt Violin Concerto leaves normal tonality altogether. Richard Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier injects the Viennese Waltz with luscious harmonies to conjure up a fantasy of the past, and Ravel's ominously prescient La Valse seems to predict the dissolution of European culture after the First World War.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the great youth orchestras of the world and they make a welcome return with the Italian conductor Daniele Gatti who brings this programme fresh from a tour of the summer festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and Edinburgh. They are joined in the Berg Violin Concerto by the German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann who plays a Stradivarius once owned by the great Fritz Kreisler.

Wagner: Parsifal - Prelude (Act 3) and Good Friday Music

Berg: Violin Concerto

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Daniele Gatti (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 7th September at 2pm.

Daniele Gatti conducts the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in music by Wagner and Berg.

BBC PROMS01Wagner, Macmillan20120807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A dramatic world premiere by James Macmillan is set alongside tragically romantic music by Wagner and one of Bruckner's most expansive symphonies.

A world premiere at the Proms is always exciting and this is no exception. Hot on the heels of his "Gloria", composed for the 50th anniversary of the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, is James MacMillan's dramatic and full-blooded "Credo", performed by the BBC Philharmonic, their chief conductor Juanjo Mena and the combined Manchester Chamber Choir, Northern Sinfonia Chorus and Rushley Singers. Bruckner's Sixth Symphony was one of his favourites - bold and expansive and entirely befitting of the space of the Royal Albert Hall. The concert opens with the Prelude to Wagner's landmark tale of tragic love - Tristan und Isolde - performed here with Wagner's rarely heard concert ending.

Wagner: Prelude from Tristan and Isolde

James MacMillan: Credo (BBC, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Grafenegg Festival and De Doelen, Rotterdam co-commission: world premiere)

Manchester Chamber Choir

Northern Sinfonia Chorus

Rushley Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 19th August at 2pm.

Juanjo Mena leads the BBC Philharmonic and choral ensembles in Wagner and James MacMillan.

BBC PROMS01Weber, Mahler20120818

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Weber and Mahler.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic in one of his favourite symphonies, Tchaikovsky's Manfred. Plus Weber's Overture Der Freischütz and Mahler songs with Alice Coote.

The London Philharmonic and their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski perform three works exploring the relationship between humankind, the natural and the supernatural. They begin with the Overture to Weber's opera Der Freischütz - the story of a marksman who makes a pact with the devil to improve his aim. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote joins the orchestra for Mahler's first great song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Songs of a Wayfarer: the wayfarer is a young man disappointed in love (as Mahler himself was at the time), wandering the countryside in the attempt to find consolation or oblivion in nature. Byron's Manfred - inspiration for Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony - is in an even worse state. Tortured by guilt over the death of his beloved Astarte, he wanders in the Alps, encountering the local people (symbolic of the 'normal' human life he cannot attain) and supernatural beings - can he find ultimate redemption?

Weber: Der Freischütz - overture

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 29th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Aurora Orchestra Family Prom - Part 220120729

The Wallace and Gromit Prom

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Introduced by Ian McMillan

The nation's favourite plasticine characters make their Proms debut in this programme of popular classics for all the family.

With music by composers, John Adams, Debussy and Shostakovich and specially filmed Wallace and Gromit animations. Join the audience in the Royal Albert Hall as our dynamic duo prepare for the first performance of Wallace's brand-new Proms commission 'My Concerto in Ee, Lad'. After the Interval their short film about baking and murder - 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' - is performed with a live orchestral soundtrack.

Tasmin Little (violin)

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Ian McMillan introduces the second part of a family Prom of popular classics.

BBC PROMS02Bach: B Minor Mass - Part 220120802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Nobody knows why it was written - it's one of the great mysteries of Bach's life. Why did he spend so much of his last two years reworking religious music he'd already written into an enormous setting of the Catholic Mass, in Latin? It's tempting to see the B minor Mass as a drawing-together-of-threads, the great composer's last religious will and testament, a monumental summation of his decades of work for the church... albeit usually for the Protestant Church, in German. Since the nineteenth century the Mass has become one of Bach's best-loved works - though it's almost always performed, as here, in concert halls rather than churches. But the English Concert, conductor Harry Bicket and their starry lineup of soloists are sure to bring new insights: their performance comes fresh from Leipzig, where they closed the 2012 Bachfest with the B minor Mass - in Bach's own church, the Thomaskirche.

J S Bach: Mass in B minor (conclusion)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 10th August at 2pm.

Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental Mass in B minor, performed by the English Concert.

BBC PROMS02Bartok20120813

Susanna Malkki conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia in Prokofiev's dramatically colourful Romeo and Juliet and Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra. Viola player Lawrence Power joins them in a challenging new work by Olga Neuwirth.

Susanna Mälkki returns to the Proms with two genre-defining 20th-century favourites. Revisiting the doomed love of Verona's most romantic couple, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet brought new life to the evening-length ballet, just as Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra demonstrated the potential of a seemingly contradictory title.

Between these classics, Lawrence Power joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to tackle the fiendishly difficult solo part in Olga Neuwirth's recent work for viola and orchestra, comprising five breathtaking, seething, allusion-rich movements.

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Lawrence Power (viola)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 26 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMS02Beethoven20120723

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in Beethoven's popular Symphony No 5.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim performs two of Beethoven's most popular symphonies alongside two sparkling twentieth-century miniatures by Pierre Boulez.

Beethoven's Symphonies No 6 in F major 'Pastoral' and No. 5 in C minor both broke new ground and have exerted influence on musical greats from Brahms to Berlioz. In his 'Pastoral' Symphony Beethoven evokes the Austrian countryside. During the Second World War the Fifth's opening rhythmic figure became synonymous with 'V for victory' (Morse code's three dots and a dash), the call sign used by the BBC to occupied Europe.

Boulez's Mémoriale was written in memory of a young flautist colleague, while Messagesquisse spotlights the virtuosity of the orchestra's cellos.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Guy Eshed (flute)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Friday 27th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Beethoven20120724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim continues its Beethoven cycle with two dramatic symphonies: the compact Eighth and the Seventh, famously dubbed 'the apotheosis of dance'. It was the last piece conducted by Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood. This ebullient symphonic music is contrasted with Pierre Boulez's beautifully serene Anthèmes 2, scored for violin and live electronics.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Michael Barenboim (violin)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 30th July at 2pm.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No 7.

BBC PROMS02Blind Boys Of Alabama20120827

Louise Fryer presents the conclusion of a family matinee Prom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

A Family Matinee Prom in which the Northern Sinfonia take us on a journey to the far corners of our musical world.

The orchestra are joined by the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus, the Montenegrin guitar star Milos Karadaglic, the gospel vocal group Blind Boys of Alabama and Radio 3's World Routes Academy protégé, veena player Hari Sivanesan in a programme which features poplular classical works side by side with music from around the globe. Made up of families of all shapes and sizes, the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus are like none you have heard before; expect an age range of 8 to 80 on stage and more than the usual range of orchestral instruments.

BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus: Wish You Were Here

Blind Boys of Alabama: Praying Time (a cappella)

Blind Boys of Alabama, arr. Jason Yarde: People get ready; Take the High Road; Amazing Grace; Down By the Riverside

Milos Karadaglic (guitar)

Hari Sivanesan (veena)

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Northern Sinfonia

Stephen Bell (conductor)

The BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus

Lincoln Abbotts (director).

BBC PROMS02Bray, Stravinsky20120729

Mark Elder leads the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in music by Charlotte Bray and Stravinsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Mark Elder directs the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, a brand new ensemble of young musicians brought together from every continent, in music by Britten, Mahler and Stravinsky, plus a newly commisioned work by Charlotte Bray.

Chosen by audition, and with a strict limit of twenty musicians from each continent, the orchestra will convene for three weeks in the Suffolk fishing town forever associated with Benjamin Britten.

The programme begins with Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, both a private memorial to his parents and a reaction to the developing menace of war. That's paired with two classic orchestral scores from the early twentieth century, which, though written just a few years apart inhabit completely different realms. The luxuriant Adagio from Mahler's Tenth symphony contrasts with the scandalous barbarities of Stravinsky's Rite but both have become musical icons. And before the Stravinsky comes a new work by one of the UK's most exciting new composing talents and one who already has an impressive list of international commissions to her name.

Charlotte Bray: At the speed of stillness (BBC commission: world premiere)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Britten - Peter Grimes (act 2)20120824

Martin Handley presents a concert performance of Act 2 of Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

English National Opera, conducted by Edward Gardner, performs one of the greatest of all English operas. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton sings the title role of the unpredictable fisherman, Peter Grimes, an outsider in a closed Suffolk community. Only the schoolteacher Ellen Orford and the old sea captain Balstrode treat Grimes like a normal human being. But will their friendship be enough to defend him when local hostility boils over into virtual mob rule?

English National Opera's revolutionary 2009 production of Britten's Peter Grimes revealed a side of the opera few had suspected. Not just one of the greatest of all English operas, but a masterpiece in a great European tradition - with musical echoes of Berg and German Expressionism. As the conductor, ENO's Music Director Edward Gardner, puts it: 'Grimes has a freedom, a strength and an emotionally connected, visceral quality that I don't think Britten ever quite recaptured - it's a piece that, at its best, feels unshackled and dangerous, and very un-English. That's why I rate it so highly.'

Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall you can hear precisely what he means - as ENO reunite their cast for one night only at the BBC Proms.

Britten: Peter Grimes - Act 2

Stuart Skelton.... Peter Grimes (tenor)

Amanda Roocroft.... Ellen Orford (soprano)

Iain Paterson.... Balstrode (bass-baritone)

Rebecca de Pont Davies.... Auntie (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Richardson.... Swallow (baritone)

Leigh Melrose.... Ned Keene (baritone)

Michael Colvin.... Bob Boles (tenor)

Felicity Palmer.... Mrs Sedley (mezzo-soprano)

Gillian Ramm.... 1st Niece (soprano)

Mairead Buicke.... 2nd Niece (soprano)

Darren Jeffery.... Hobson (bass-baritone)

Stuart Kale.... Revd Horace Adams (tenor)

Jacob Mason-White.... John (apprentice)

ENO Chorus and Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Bruckner20120803

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Renowned for conducting Wagner and Bruckner, Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles plays the first of this season's BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Proms in repertoire close to his heart.

Wagner's intimate and private Idyll was written in 1870 to celebrate his second wife's birthday just after the birth of their son Siegfried. It is played here with the original 13 instruments but building to a larger string section. In contrast Bruckner wrote his 8th symphony to epic proportions. He is arguably the greatest Symphonist since Beethoven, and Bruckner's 8th is perhaps the most challenging and glorious of all his symphonies. The Nowak 1955 (1890) edition is played here.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (ed. Nowak, 1955)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 13th August at 2pm.

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No 8.

BBC PROMS02Bruckner20120807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A dramatic world premiere by James Macmillan is set alongside tragically romantic music by Wagner and one of Bruckner's most expansive symphonies.

A world premiere at the Proms is always exciting and this is no exception. Hot on the heels of his "Gloria", composed for the 50th anniversary of the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, is James MacMillan's dramatic and full-blooded "Credo", performed by the BBC Philharmonic, their chief conductor Juanjo Mena and the combined Manchester Chamber Choir, Northern Sinfonia Chorus and Rushley Singers. Bruckner's Sixth Symphony was one of his favourites - bold and expansive and entirely befitting of the space of the Royal Albert Hall. The concert opens with the Prelude to Wagner's landmark tale of tragic love - Tristan und Isolde - performed here with Wagner's rarely heard concert ending.

Bruckner: Symphony No.6

Manchester Chamber Choir

Northern Sinfonia Chorus

Rushley Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 19th August at 2pm.

Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Bruckner's Symphony No 6.

BBC PROMS02Bruckner20120906

The Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink performs Bruckner's Symphony No 9.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley.

One of the great musical partnerships is celebrated tonight, as the pianist Murray Perahia joins conductor Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, undoubtedly the most personal - and radical - of the five. Bruckner's monumental last symphony also promises to be a highlight of this year's Proms. Bernard Haitink is one of the great interpreters of this profoundly spiritual music, and Bruckner himself described the Vienna Philharmonic as "the most superior" orchestra.

8.05pm Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Murray Perahia (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Copland, Joan Tower, Villa-lobos, Ginastera20120815

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop in Copland, Joan Tower, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra with music from both American hemispheres, including Dvorák's ever-popular New World Symphony and works by Villa-Lobos, Joan Tower and Ginastera.

Music from America North and South features tonight. First the masterpiece through which the Bohemian Dvorák, resident in New York, sought to establish an American musical identity, a symphony exuding nostalgia for his own native woods and fields.

Later comes Copland's iconic Fanfare and highlights from Ginastera's best-known score. Joan Tower, whose childhood was spent partly in Bolivia, celebrates 'women who take risks and are adventurous', while distinguished Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire returns to the Proms to play one of Villa-Lobos's most attractive compositions.

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Villa-Lobos: Momoprécoce

Ginastera: Estancia - suite

Nelson Freire (piano)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 30 August at 2.00pm.

BBC PROMS02David Hill20120730

Conductor David Hill reveals his literary passions and what he is reading this summer.

Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers David Hill continues a series of events in which leading musicians from this year's Proms season reveal their literary passions and talk about what they're reading this summer.

BBC PROMS02Debussy, Ravel20120830

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle return to the Proms for the first of two concerts with an evening of wide-ranging sonic adventure.

In the first half they present three different approaches to the experience of calm, firstly in Ligeti's slowly shifting sound-clouds, then with Wagner's sustained stillness through to Sibelius's most formidable and bleak evocation of a frozen landscape. The French second half is, in contrast, all about movement and dance. Tennis is not the only game played in Debussy's flirtatious ballet Jeux, while Ravel's suite, drawn from his famous ballet begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Debussy: Jeux

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë - Suite No. 2

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle. Debussy: Jeux. Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2.

BBC PROMS02Delius, Nielsen20120820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

An overture and a symphony by two musical Titans - Beethoven and Nielsen - both celebrating the human capacity for hope in the face of oppression and suffering, frame a lyrical Mozart concerto and a rarely heard tone poem by Delius.

Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Michael Collins who is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. Delius's Eventyr, inspired by a collection of Norwegian folk tales published in 1841, is making only its second appearance at the Proms.

Delius: Eventyr (Once Upon a Time)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Michael Collins (clarinet)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 2nd September at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vanska. Delius: Eventyr. Nielsen: Symphony No 5.

BBC PROMS02Delius, Walton20120731

Tadaaki Otaka leads the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Delius and Walton.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

A vibrantly colourful all-English Prom with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka - a notable advocate of British music.

The programme opens with Vaughan Williams's Tallis Fantasia, which uses the hidden spaces of the Royal Albert Hall acoustic to full effect. The first of two oratorios marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John Ireland, organist, choirmaster and Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music. These Things Shall Be was commissioned by the BBC for the coronation of King George VI in 1937, setting a utopian text. The bass-baritone soloist is former Radio 3 new Generation Artist Jonathan Lemalu, who also takes the commanding role in Walton's dramatic retelling of the Biblical story, Belshazzar's Feast. With full orchestra and chorus augmented by two brass bands, it promises to raise the roof. Delius is another Proms anniversary for 2012, celebrated here with the Walk to the Paradise Garden from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet.

Tadaaki Otaka enjoys a long and prosperous relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, first as Principal Conductor (1987-95) and since as Laureate. In 2000 he was awarded the Elgar Medal for his services to British music.

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone)

London Brass

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 7th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Desert Island Discs - Part 220120903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein and Kirsty Young present this Prom celebrating 70 years of the popular Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. Some castaways make guest appearances explaining their choices, which will be performed by a star-studded line-up of soloists. Music includes excerpts from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto played by Peter Donohoe, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt, and Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon and the Dambusters March.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Willard White (bass-baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Keith Lockhart.

Conclusion of a Prom celebrating 70 years of the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.

BBC PROMS02Dvorak20120725

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's passionate 7th symphony and Vadim Gluzman makes his debut at the Proms as the soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1

George Szell's orchestration of Smetana's autobiographical and poignant first string quartet, 'From My Life' makes its first appearance at the Proms tonight, as does tonight's tonight's artist, Vadim Gluzman. He joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Prokofiev's magical first Violin Concerto. And from the fairy-tale romance of the latter to the dark passion of Dvorak's Seventh Symphony - its premiere was directed here in London by the composer himself.

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Vadim Gluzman (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 31st July at 2pm.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's Seventh Symphony.

BBC PROMS02Elgar20120829

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's First Symphony.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two masterpieces by English composers: Herbert Howells' exquisite Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's noble First Symphony. Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SO, two choirs and soloists.

Following his triumphant conducting of Havergal Brian's 'The Gothic' Symphony last year, Martyn Brabbins brings another British magnum opus to the Proms. Herbert Howells wrote Hymnus Paradisi 'for the drawer' in the wake of the tragically early death of his son. Only years later was he persuaded to release a finished score to the public.

After this light-filled memorial from a composer closely identified with Gloucester Cathedral, we revisit the masterpiece that, in 1908 - the year of the first London Olympics - announced a Worcester man's arrival as perhaps the greatest of British symphonists.

Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat major

Miah Persson (soprano)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

BBC Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Elgar: The Apostles - Part 220120810

Mark Elder conducts the Halle and a cast of singers in Part 2 of Elgar's The Apostles.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Mark Elder conducts the Hallé and a distinguished cast of singers in one of the English choral tradition's major works: Elgar's dramatic and Biblical oratorio The Apostles. Elgar explores the inner feelings of Judas Iscariot with dramatic intensity, and Christ's anguished cry from the cross becomes a wordless lament.

Elgar conceived the idea for The Apostles as a schoolboy, but the project came to fruition only in 1903 - after both The Dream of Gerontius and a visit to Bayreuth to hear Wagner's The Ring and Parsifal.

Elgar: The Apostles (part II)

Rebecca Evans (Soprano - The Angel Gabriel / The Blessed Virgin Mary)

Alice Coote (Mezzo-Soprano - Mary Magdalene / Narrator 2)

Paul Groves (Tenor - St John / Narrator 1)

Jacques Imbrailo (Baritone - Jesus)

Clive Bayley (Bass - Judas)

David Kempster (Baritone - St Peter)

Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester (Chorus of Apostles)

Hallé Choir

Hallé Youth Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Hallé

Mark Elder (Conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 23rd August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Helen Grime, Debussy20120825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Oliver Knussen celebrates his 60th birthday with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing his own 3rd Symphony, works by Alexander Goehr, Helen Grime and Debussy's The Martyrdom of St Sebastian.

Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday is marked by a revival of his imaginary ballet, and there's the world premiere of Helen Grime's Night Songs. Debussy's exquisite and refined incidental music for a mystery play appears complete for the first time at the Proms - with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and the New London Chamber Choir joining the three British soloists.

Helen Grime: Night Songs (BBC commission: world premiere)

Debussy: The Martyrdom of St Sebastian

Claire Booth (soprano)

Polly May (mezzo-soprano)

Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

New London Chamber Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 6 September at 2pm.

BBC SO and soloists in Helen Grime: Night Songs. Debussy: The Martyrdom of St Sebastian.

BBC PROMS02Leighton Lucas, John Pickard, Gavin Bryars, George Benjamin, Derek Bourgeois20120812

National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in Lucas, John Pickard, Bryars and G Benjamin.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Youth and a celebration of national ensembles are major strands at this year's Proms and they come together in this concert. Two ensembles share the bill and each introduces a brand-new work in the context of mixed programmes of British music. And a suitably patriotic touch in this Jubilee year comes in the form of Walton's Crown Imperial and Derek Bourgeois's virtuosic Blitz.

Part Two: National Youth Brass Band

Lucas: Chorale and Variations

John Pickard: Wildfire

Gavin Bryars: After the Underworlds (BBC Commission - world premiere)

George Benjamin: Altitude

Derek Bourgeois: Blitz

National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

James Gourlay (conductor)

National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Lutoslawski20120831

Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Lutoslawski's Third Symphony.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle in their second Proms appearance perform music by Brahms and Lutoslawski.

The orchestra is joined by distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman who is soloist in Brahms's mighty Second Piano Concerto, known for its technical difficulty, length and for the fact that the pianist has to share some of the limelight with the lead cellist who has a beautiful three-minute solo at the start of the slow movement. Lutoslawski's Third Symphony was completed in the early 1980s during a troubled period in the composer's native Poland, it combines experimental techniques with craftsmanship, conviction and lyricism.

Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Mahler20120730

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The BBC Philharmonic and their Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda open tonight's Prom with Mozart's famous Don Giovanni Overture and celebrate Oliver Knussen's 60th Birthday with his second symphony. Gillian Keith is the soloist giving stratospheric voice to this setting of poems by Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath.

Mahler described his Seventh Symphony as 'light-hearted' and it is said to be the work that convinced Schoenberg of Mahler's greatness. Although one of his least performed symphonies its rich orchestration and imaginative use of unusual instruments, like guitar and mandolin, make it a compelling listen.

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 6th August at 2pm.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Mahler's Seventh Symphony.

BBC PROMS02Mahler20120902

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in their second Prom perform Messiaen's dramatic 1964 memorial to the dead of two world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, Messiaen's Et Expecto is one of his most often performed orchestral works. It is on a vast canvas with a wide dynamic range, full of orchestral effects and apocalyptic gongs. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Riccardo Chially has been their conductor since 2005.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in Mahler's Symphony No 6 in A minor.

BBC PROMS02Mendelssohn - Overture (the Fair Melusine); Symphony No 520120901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the first of their two Proms the dynamic Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly perform four works by Mendelssohn: the well-known overture Ruy Blas based on Victor Hugo's blood-and-thunder play, and the lesser known overture about the mermaid The Fair Melusine which Mendelssohn referred to as "the most intimate thing" he produced. The Danish violinist Nicolaj Znaider is the soloist in the ever-popular Violin Concerto. The Prom ends with the UK premiere of the original version of the Fifth Symphony, a work written in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation..

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Mendelssohn became their music director in 1835 and held the position until his death in 1847. Riccardo Chailly has been its conductor since 2005.

Mendelssohn: Overture - 'The Fair Melusine'

Symphony No. 5 in D major, 'Reformation' (UK premiere of original version)

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Mendelssohn: Overture (The Fair Melusine); Symphony No 5.

BBC PROMS02Messiaen, Anna Meredith20120804

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Vasily Petrenko in Messiaen and Anna Meredith.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

One of the highlights of this year's celebration of youth at the BBC Proms is this evening's appearance by the talented National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as they scale the heights in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony, an ecstatic song of love.

The huge orchestral forces and soaring solos for the ondes martenot in Messiaen's Tristan-inspired symphony will surely fill the Royal Albert Hall with glorious sounds. Messiaen's twentieth century classic is framed by a BBC commission from one of America's rising talents and Anna Meredith's acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier this year by NYO members and commissioned for the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Anna Meredith: HandsFree

Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 14th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Mozart - The Marriage Of Figaro (acts 3 And 4)20120828

Suzy Klein presents Acts 3 and 4 of Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Glyndebourne Festival Opera comes to the Proms with its new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with Vito Priante as Figaro, Lydia Teuscher as Susanna, Sally Matthews as the Countess, and Audun Iversen as the Count. When Count Almaviva takes an over-eager interest in his cunning manservant's wife-to-be, he sets off an elaborate train of events and finds himself thwarted many times. But after a day of madness and a night of confusion, everything ends more or less happily.

Since its inception, opera at Glyndebourne has been almost synonymous with Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro was the first work to be performed there, in May 1934. Servants outwit their master again in this latest production, new for 2012, which confirms a recent preference for period instruments.

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - Acts III and IV

Figaro - Vito Priante (bass)

Susanna - Lydia Teuscher (soprano)

Countess - Sally Matthews (soprano)

Count - Audun Iversen (baritone)

Bartolo - Andrew Shore (bass)

Marcellina - Ann Murray (soprano)

Cherubino - Isabel Leonard (soprano)

Don Basilio - Alan Oke (tenor)

Antonio - Nicholas Folwell (bass)

Don Curzio - Colin Judson (tenor)

Barbarina - Sarah Shafer (soprano)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Robin Ticciati (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Nixon In China - Act 220120905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John Adams conducts his stunning opera Nixon in China, with a star-studded cast, the BBC Singers and BBC SO. Alice Goodman's poetic, intensely original libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon's historic three-day visit to China in 1972. Protagonists viewed initially as transcendent iconic figures are not so much satirised as seen for what they are.

The score pounds away eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there's no mistaking the identity of the composer, who conducts tonight, nor the colour and brilliance of one of the iconic works of our time.

The Anglo-American cast includes Robert Orth as Nixon, Jessica Rivera as Mrs. Nixon, Gerald Finley as Chou En-Lai and Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao.

Adams: Nixon in China - Act II

Madame Mao - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Chairman Mao - Alan Oke (tenor)

Chou En-lai - Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

President Nixon - Robert Orth (baritone)

Pat Nixon - Jessica Rivera (soprano)

Kissinger - James Rutherford (bass)

First Secretary to Mao - Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)

Second Secretary to Mao - Louise Poole (mezzo-soprano)

Third Secretary to Mao - Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Grey (sound director)

Paul Curran (stage director)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

John Adams (conductor).

John Adams conducts Act 2 of his own opera Nixon in China.

BBC PROMS02Norgard, Sibelius20120809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Philharmonic is joined by John Storgårds for his first Prom as Principal Guest Conductor in a celebration of Nordic composers with just a dash of British. Two symphonies by Sibelius frame the concert. Grieg's only complete Piano Concerto is played by Steven Osborne, and two composer anniversaries are celebrated with music by Per Nørgård and Frederick Delius.

As Per Nørgård's celebrates his 80th birthday the Proms presents his exciting and unpredictable 7th symphony, composed for the opening of Copenhagen's new concert hall. Storgårds also champions music by British composers, turning the spotlight tonight on Delius in his 150th anniversary year. His evocative setting of words by Ernest Dowson is brought to life by baritone Roderick Williams.

Per Nørgård: Symphony No. 7 (UK Premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Steven Osborne (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 21st August at 2pm.

BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards. Per Norgard: Symphony No 7. Sibelius: Symphony No 3

BBC PROMS02Prokofiev - Cinderella (act 3)20120822

Valery Gergiev conducts the LSO in Act 3 of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra perform the complete score to Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella which contains some of the composer's most popular and melodious music.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Prokofiev's generously melodic fairy-tale ballet score in its full glory under the baton of a conductor steeped in the Russian ballet repertoire. It tells the famous fairytale of poor Cinderella who lives with her wicked stepsisters and goes to the ball after a make-over from a fairy and falls in love with the prince. Able to stay only till midnight when the spell wears off, she loses her slipper which the prince uses to find her again.

Prokofiev: Cinderella Op. 87 - Act III

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

BBC PROMS02Prom 1120120722

The second of eight Sunday evening live Proms intervals from the Radio 3 box. This evening's guest is historian Mary Beard. There is another instalment of a regular mini-series, "Lucy Worsley's Kensington", which takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall, plus other features and discussions looking ahead to this week's concerts.

A look ahead at the coming week's concerts, plus 'Lucy Worsley's Kensington'.

BBC PROMS02Prom 59 - Loewe, Loesser, Bernstein, Gershwin, Bock, Rodgers, Styne, Herman20120827

Part two of a celebration of the 'Broadway sound'. Includes Guys and Dolls and Funny Girl.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The John Wilson Orchestra and a starry cast of soloists present a tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating The Broadway Sound.

After last year's celebration of the Hollywood screen musical, John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra present a tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating the Broadway Sound. Among them such legendary tunesmiths as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Vincent Youmans, Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser. Together with a cast of leading soloists the concert includes excerpts from Show Boat, No No Nanette, On Your Toes, Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun.

Loewe: Camelot - The Lusty Month Of May

Loesser: Guys and Dolls - Sue Me

Bernstein: On The Town - Ballet (Imaginary Coney Island)

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess - Bess, You Is My Woman Now

Bock: Fiorello - Little Tin Box

Rodgers: Allegro - Come Home

Bernstein: West Side Story - Balcony Scene

Styne: Funny Girl - Don't Rain On My Parade

Herman arr. Philip J. Lang: Mame - Mame

Maida Vale Singers

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson, conductor.

BBC PROMS02Psm 02: Music From The Court Of Louis Xiii20120728

Roger Norrington conducts conservatoire students in music by Lully, Marais and Lalande.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Roger Norrington recreates the distinctive sounds of the orchestra of the French court of Louis XIV, Les 24 Violons du Roy. With suites by the important court musicians of the day - Lully, Marais, Campra and Lalande.

For this special project, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles has painstakingly recreated these early instruments, and they are played by musicians from the Royal College of Music and the French conservatoires of Paris and Orsay, reviving these unique musical textures as they might have been heard 300 years ago.

Lully: Armide - suite

Desmarets: Circé - suite

Marais: Ariane and Bacchus - suite

Campra: Tancrède - suite

Lalande: Suite no.5 des Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roi (extracts)

Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra

Centre de Musique Baroque Versailles

Roger Norrington (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Sunday 12th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Ravel, Debussy20120726

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Ryan Wigglesworth in music by Ravel and Debussy.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an Entente Cordiale of British and French music. Joanna MacGregor, widely acclaimed as one of the world's most innovative musicians, is the soloist in Hugh Wood's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto. Hugh Wood celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

Elgar's warm and sunny overture In the South opens the programme, a musical postcard from a happy holiday in Mediterranean Italy.The watery influence seeps into the French second half, which concludes with Debussy's revolutionary seascape La Mer, a sparkling of light at play on the ocean, forever associated with Hokusai's famous woodprint of the Great Wave. Around the same time, Ravel turned his attention to depicting a boat setting sail, fighting with wind and ocean's current. Originally one of his piano pieces, he later scored "Une barque sur l'ocean" with great precision for full orchestral colour. Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, was an early champion of Debussy in England, so it's fitting that Debussy's most popular piano pieces, La cathedrale engloutie, is heard in a rarely heard orchestration by Wood himself.

Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan

Debussy, orch. Henry Wood: La cathédrale engloutie

Debussy: La mer

Joanna MacGregor (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 2nd August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Schoenberg, Gershwin20120904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut, under Music Director David Robertson. Brahms's dramatic overture opens the programme, followed by Beethoven's challenging and energetic Violin concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, a soloist who has made regular appearances at the Proms.

These two composers are at the pinnacle of Western music, and the next composer, Schoenberg, venerated both of them. He argued that his own new way of composing followed logically on from these greats. Gershwin may seem an unlikely pairing with Schoenberg, but both became firm friends when living in Hollywood, sharing an interest painting and tennis.

Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

St Louis Symphony

David Robertson (conductor).

David Robertson conducts the St Louis Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg and Gershwin.

BBC PROMS02Shostakovich20120821

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Glinka's much-loved and exuberant overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila heads a programme which also includes a fasinating new work by Emily Howard and a monumental, barnstorming symphony by Shostakovich.

Emily Howard's Calculus of the Nervous Sysytem has already received high acclaim at the 2011 Wien Modern Festival. Howard took her inspiration from Ada Lovelace, who was the pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, and the work's starting point was Lovelace's desire to generate a mathematical model for how the brain gives rise to thoughts, and nerves to feelings. Shostakovich's massive Seventh Symphony in C major, the 'Leningrad', was completed during the Second World War in December 1941, as German troops advanced deep into the city. The CBSO is conducted by its Music Director, Andris Nelsons.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 3rd September at 2pm.

CBSO under Andris Nelsons in Shostakovich's Symphony No 7 in C (Leningrad).

BBC PROMS02Shostakovich20120823

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko in Shostakovich's Symphony No 10.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra in contrasting symphonies by Peter Maxwell Davies and Shostakovich and Tasmin Little performs Delius's rhapsodic Violin Concerto

The concert opens with a work to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, composed by the Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. This is the London premiere of his Symphony no.9, a one movement work for orchestra and brass sextet. Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO premiered this work in Liverpool earlier this year in June. Violinist Tasmin Little is a passionate champion of Delius's music, and she joins the Orchestra in a performance of Delius' violin concerto, to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The concert concludes with a performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony; the RLPO under conductor Vasily Petrenko are known for their high-voltage performances of this dramatic repertoire.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor

Tasmin Little (violin)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 4th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Strauss20120808

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Schubert's Unfinished 8th Symphony and Strauss's thrilling Ein Heldenleben frame the witty Piano Concerto by Richard Dubugnon. The Labeque sisters are the soloists and Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Making a welcome return to the Proms following their three appearances in 2009, Katia and Marielle Labeque perform a dramatic piece designed to bring out their contrasting personalities. The Battlefield Concerto was specially written for them by French-Swiss composer and double bassist Richard Dubugnon - who was inspired by the painting The Battle of San Romano by the Florentine artist Paolo Uccello (1397-1475).

Semyon Bychkov also conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two great classics - the most famous of all unfinished symphonies, and the glorious autobiography (with battle scene) of a composer who lived long in difficult times - A Hero's Life.

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 20th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Strauss20120907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

In their second Prom, Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic perform symphonies by Haydn and Richard Strauss - two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.

Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written while he was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was initially less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink took it up. In this highly programmatic symphony, Strauss mingles childhood memories of schoolboy mountaineering with a deeper, philosophical exploration of the meaning of humanity's place on earth.

R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss's An Alpine Symphony.

BBC PROMS02Strauss, Musgrave, Respighi20120805

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, BBC SSO in music by Strauss, Musgrave and Respighi.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Continuing the focus on the UK's musical youth, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles are joined by the young players of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and former NYOS Leader Nicola Benedetti in a sparkling programme orchestral showpieces.

A celebration of Scottish musical talent, tonight's concert includes music by two of Scotland's finest composers, including the London premiere of James MacMillan's Fanfare Upon One Note and the world premiere of Thea Musgrave's Loch Ness: a Postcard from Scotland. Alongside these works, the two groups join forces in music of drama and romanticism, emblematic of Donald Runnicles' musical personality, in Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger, Strauss's Don Juan and Respighi's grandly colourful tone-poem, Pines of Rome. Nicola Benedetti joins them for Bruch's romantically lyrical Scottish Fantasy.

R. Strauss: Don Juan

Thea Musgrave: Loch Ness - a Postcard from Scotland (BBC commission; world premiere)

Respighi: Pines of Rome

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 16th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Strauss, Ravel20120826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A programme of four works which in different ways reach out beyond the sound-world of late Romanticism. Wagner's ultra-chromatic opera Parsifal pushes the boundaries of traditional tonality, while Berg's heartfelt Violin Concerto leaves normal tonality altogether. Richard Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier injects the Viennese Waltz with luscious harmonies to conjure up a fantasy of the past, and Ravel's ominously prescient La Valse seems to predict the dissolution of European culture after the First World War.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the great youth orchestras of the world and they make a welcome return with the Italian conductor Daniele Gatti who brings this programme fresh from a tour of the summer festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and Edinburgh. They are joined in the Berg Violin Concerto by the German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann who plays a Stradivarius once owned by the great Fritz Kreisler.

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - suite

Ravel: La valse

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Daniele Gatti (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 7th September at 2pm.

Daniele Gatti conducts the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in music by Strauss and Ravel.

BBC PROMS02Stravinsky20120804

Ulster Orchestra and Ulster Youth Orchestra in music from Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Launching a weekend featuring performances by young performers, the Ulster Youth Orchestra joins the Ulster Orchestra in a concert brimming with orchestral colour. The Ulster Orchestra's Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, makes her Proms, debut while virtuoso flautist, Sir James Galway, makes a welcome return to the Proms.

The members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra showcase their talent in a piece sparkling with Spanish dance rhythms and folk-like tunes - Chabrier's España is a musical postcard marking the composer's visit to Spain in 1882. Sir James Galway joins the Ulster Orchestra to perform Mozarts's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314, a work which began life as an oboe concerto and was adapted for flute by the composer in Mannheim in 1798. Dark Hedges for double orchestra and solo flute is a BBC commission for the BBC Proms by Elaine Agnew. The work is inspired by an avenue of over-arching beech trees planted near Armoy in 1750, close to the composer's home in Co. Antrim.

The concert ends with music from Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird. It tells the story of a prince who, with the help of a mysterious firebird, breaks a spell cast by the evil magician, King Kashei. The 1911 suite from the ballet is lavishly orchestrated and takes full advantage of the large orchestral forces provided by the combined forces of the youth and professional orchestras playing side by side on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

Stravinsky: The Firebird - suite (1911)

James Galway (flute)

Ulster Youth Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 8th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Tchaikovsky20120728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, contemporary Danish music and Shostakovich's 1st Cello Concerto with soloist Daniel Muller-Schott.

Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra present a night of firsts. Making its UK premiere is maverick Rued Langgaard's tuba-rich 11th Symphony of 1945. There's also the UK premiere of octogenarian Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Incontri. Daniel Muller-Schott makes his Poms debut as the soloist in Shostakovich's hyper-concentrated 1st Cello Concerto. And the Prom ends with Tchaikovsky's radical and deeply emotional 6th Symphony.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathetique'

Daniel Mueller-Schott (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 3rd August at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 (Pathetique).

BBC PROMS02Tchaikovsky20120814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit perform a French and Russian themed programme and are joined by young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor for Saint-Saens's sparkling concerto.

Charles Dutoit is a noted interpreter of French music but begins tonight's Prom with an Englishman's impression of Paris: in his150th anniversary year, Frederick Delius' evocation of the city in which he lived for almost a decade receives its first Proms performance since 1984. For much of the 19th century Paris was also home to Camille Saint-Saens and tonight his virtuosic and popular Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor is performed by twenty-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor following his acclaimed First Night Proms debut in 2011. From Paris to St Petersburg for the second half of the evening with Tchaikovsky's penultimate, rousing Symphony No 5.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 28 August at 2.00pm.

Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5.

BBC PROMS02Tchaikovsky20120818

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Manfred.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic in one of his favourite symphonies, Tchaikovsky's Manfred. Plus Weber's Overture Der Freischütz and Mahler songs with Alice Coote.

The London Philharmonic and their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski perform three works exploring the relationship between humankind, the natural and the supernatural. They begin with the Overture to Weber's opera Der Freischütz - the story of a marksman who makes a pact with the devil to improve his aim. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote joins the orchestra for Mahler's first great song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Songs of a Wayfarer: the wayfarer is a young man disappointed in love (as Mahler himself was at the time), wandering the countryside in the attempt to find consolation or oblivion in nature. Byron's Manfred - inspiration for Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony - is in an even worse state. Tortured by guilt over the death of his beloved Astarte, he wanders in the Alps, encountering the local people (symbolic of the 'normal' human life he cannot attain) and supernatural beings - can he find ultimate redemption?

Tchaikovsky: Manfred

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 29th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02The Trojans - Acts 3 And 420120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 3 and 4

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Acts 3 and 4 of The Trojans by Berlioz.

BBC PROMS02The Yeoman Of The Guard - Act 220120819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Gilbert and Sullivan's richest and most emotionally engaging operetta set at the Tower of London in the 16th Century, is considered by many to be Sullivan's finest musical score.

Young Colonel Fairfax is imprisoned under the sentence of death for sorcery - in reality he's a scientist and alchemist - but a young girl, Phoebe Meryll and her father who served with Fairfax in the army plan to spring him from the Tower. Add to the story a lovelorn jailer, a young singer, a jester and the Yeomen themselves and you have the makings of a typical G&S operetta with lots of room for humour and twists of plot. The strong cast of soloists and an orchestra and conductor renowned for their G&S performances at the Proms will guarantee a memorable evening.

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard - Act II

Elsie Maynard - Lisa Milne (soprano)

Colonel Fairfax - Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Jack Point - Mark Stone (baritone)

Dame Carruthers - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Sergeant Meryll - Mark Richardson (baritone)

Wilfred Shadbolt - Toby Stafford-Allen (bass)

Phoebe Meryll - Heather Shipp (mezzo-soprano)

Lieutenant Sir Richard Cholmondeley - Leigh Melrose (bass-baritone)

Leonard Meryll - Tom Randle (tenor)

Kate - Mary Bevan (soprano)

First Yeoman - Jonathan McGovern (baritone)

Second Yeoman - Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

Martin Duncan (director)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jane Glover (conductor).

Catherine Bott presents Act 2 of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard.

BBC PROMS02Tippett20120801

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The BBC SO perform Ives, Barber and Zimmerman's jazz-influenced trumpet concerto with Hakan Hardenberger.

And the BBC Proms Youth Choir debuts in Tippett's great oratorio A Child of Our Time. David Robertson conducts.

Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson, conducts two iconic American pieces before turning to works in which the emotive force of the African American spiritual is harnessed by composers of the old world.

In Child of our time, Tippett drew on five spirituals to reaffirm the indispensable human values of compassion and brotherhood. Star trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger returns and an impressive array of international singing talent features alongside tonight's newly formed youthful chorus.

Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Paul Groves (tenor)

Jubilant Sykes (bass-baritone)

BBC Proms Youth Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 9th August at 2pm.

David Robertson conducts the BBC Proms Youth Choir in Tippett's A Child of Our Time.

BBC PROMS02Vaughan Williams - Symphony No 620120816

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

In this unusual programme, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with their Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze perform three differently powerful symphonies by Vaughan Williams who was one of the most important British composers of the last century. These three starkly different works chronicle our national life in the troubled times of the 1930s and 40s.

Vaughan Williams denied any prophetic statement of gathering European war clouds, but the 4th symphony, written in 1931-34, is still a work full of anger, menace and turbulence. Perhaps influenced by continental composers writing at the same time, Vaughan Williams was, perhaps unknowingly, holding up a mirror to the increasingly troubled times. In stark contrast to that world, and perhaps as a reaction to the Second World War itself, the 5th Symphony (1938-43) is warmly sunlit with mystical lyricism and is a return to the pastoral, nature visionary music that many people associate with Vaughan Williams. One of the greatest of English symphonies, it was premiered at the Proms in 1943 and the serene final cadence comes as near to perfect peace as any 20th century Symphony. The 6th symphony (1944-47) hits you between the eyes, with what is surely reflecting Britain ravaged by war - anguished and explosive. The last movement sinks to timeless, quiet desolation until we sink into oblivion.

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 31 August at 2.00pm.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Manze in Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 6.

BBC PROMS02Williams, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Leoncavallo, Lara, Rodgers20120908

The concluding part of the traditional Last Night of the Proms festivities.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the traditional Last Night of the Proms festivities with special guests violinist Nicola Benedetti and tenor Jospeh Calleja.

The year's biggest musical party at the end of the world's greatest musical festival in what is a special summer for London promises to be a special event. Since taking the nation by storm as the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Scottish-born Nicola Benedetti has enhanced her reputation as one of Britain's most innovative and creative young violinists and tonight she's playing Bruch's luscious Violin Concerto, a piece often voted the nation's favourite. Also on stage is Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor who sings with the grace and elegance of the voices of a bygone era. In his last concert as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek brings with him two works by fellow Czechs - Dvorak and Suk. All this before the familiar home-grown classics bring down the curtain in time-honoured fashion.

John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Dvorak: Carnival Overture op. 92

Shostakovich: Romance (from The Gadfly)

Leoncavallo: Mattinata

Lara: Granada

Rodgers: You'll never walk alone (from Carousel)

Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1

Parry (orch. Elgar): Jerusalem

Britten: National Anthem

Britten: Auld Lang Syne

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

BBC PROMS03Britten - Peter Grimes (act 3)20120824

Martin Handley presents a concert performance of Act 3 of Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

English National Opera, conducted by Edward Gardner, performs one of the greatest of all English operas. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton sings the title role of the unpredictable fisherman, Peter Grimes, an outsider in a closed Suffolk community. Only the schoolteacher Ellen Orford and the old sea captain Balstrode treat Grimes like a normal human being. But will their friendship be enough to defend him when local hostility boils over into virtual mob rule?

English National Opera's revolutionary 2009 production of Britten's Peter Grimes revealed a side of the opera few had suspected. Not just one of the greatest of all English operas, but a masterpiece in a great European tradition - with musical echoes of Berg and German Expressionism. As the conductor, ENO's Music Director Edward Gardner, puts it: 'Grimes has a freedom, a strength and an emotionally connected, visceral quality that I don't think Britten ever quite recaptured - it's a piece that, at its best, feels unshackled and dangerous, and very un-English. That's why I rate it so highly.'

Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall you can hear precisely what he means - as ENO reunite their cast for one night only at the BBC Proms.

Britten: Peter Grimes - Act 3

Stuart Skelton.... Peter Grimes (tenor)

Amanda Roocroft.... Ellen Orford (soprano)

Iain Paterson.... Balstrode (bass-baritone)

Rebecca de Pont Davies.... Auntie (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Richardson.... Swallow (baritone)

Leigh Melrose.... Ned Keene (baritone)

Michael Colvin.... Bob Boles (tenor)

Felicity Palmer.... Mrs Sedley (mezzo-soprano)

Gillian Ramm.... 1st Niece (soprano)

Mairead Buicke.... 2nd Niece (soprano)

Darren Jeffery.... Hobson (bass-baritone)

Stuart Kale.... Revd Horace Adams (tenor)

Jacob Mason-White.... John (apprentice)

ENO Chorus and Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

BBC PROMS03Nixon In China - Act 320120905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John Adams conducts his stunning opera Nixon in China, with a star-studded cast, the BBC Singers and BBC SO. Alice Goodman's poetic, intensely original libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon's historic three-day visit to China in 1972. Protagonists viewed initially as transcendent iconic figures are not so much satirised as seen for what they are.

The score pounds away eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there's no mistaking the identity of the composer, who conducts tonight, nor the colour and brilliance of one of the iconic works of our time.

The Anglo-American cast includes Robert Orth as Nixon, Jessica Rivera as Mrs. Nixon, Gerald Finley as Chou En-Lai and Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao.

Adams: Nixon in China - Act III

Madame Mao - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Chairman Mao - Alan Oke (tenor)

Chou En-lai - Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

President Nixon - Robert Orth (baritone)

Pat Nixon - Jessica Rivera (soprano)

Kissinger - James Rutherford (bass)

First Secretary to Mao - Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)

Second Secretary to Mao - Louise Poole (mezzo-soprano)

Third Secretary to Mao - Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Grey (sound director)

Paul Curran (stage director)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

John Adams (conductor).

John Adams conducts Act 3 of his own opera Nixon in China.

BBC PROMS03Part 320120729

Radio 3's regular Sunday look ahead to the coming week at the Proms, live from the presenter's box, including the latest in the series of "Lucy Worsley's Kensington", in which the historian takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall. Plus features, live guests and discussions.

A preview of the coming week at the Proms, plus 'Lucy Worsley's Kensington'.

BBC PROMS03Pcm 03: L'arpeggiata2012073020120804

L'Arpeggiata performs a sequence of music inspired by the tarantula.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

The innovative period instrument ensemble L'Arpeggiata celebrate the Tarantella - a Mediterranean dance form which was born out of the myth that a venomous tarantula spider bite could only be cured by music and dancing.

Known in the Middle Ages as 'tarantismo', the dance moves immitated the symptoms of a tarantula bite, such as excitability and restlessness. L'Arpeggiata perform a sequence of Baroque, traditional and improvised music on the theme, including works by Falconieri, Kapsberger, Kircher and Soler.

Cazzati: Ciaccona

Strozzi: Eraclito amoroso

Trad: Stu' criatu

Improvisation: Tarantella Napoletana

Kapsberger: Toccata Prima

Trad: La Carpinese

Improvisation: Canario

Marcello Vitale: Tarantella a Maria di Nardo'

Improvisation: La dia Spagnola

Strozzi: Che si puo fare

Improvisation: Tarantella Italiana

Soler: Fandango

Kapsberger: L'Arpeggiata

Monteverdi: Si dolce e'l tormento

Marcello Vitale: Moresca

Falconiero: La Suave Melodia

Trad: Lu Passariellu

Kircher: Antidotum Tarantulae

L'Arpeggiata

Christina Pluhar (theorbo/director).

BBC PROMS03Psm 03 - Finnissy, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle, Elias20120811

The Britten Sinfonia plays music by Finnissy, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle and Elias.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The Britten Sinfonia is joined by Susan Bickley, Nicolas Hodges Nicholas Daniels for a programme of contemporary British music by Finnissy, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle and Elias.

Michael Finnissy's Piano Concerto No. 2 begins in the lower depths and explodes into transcendentally demanding piano writing before the other players enter. Harrison Birtwistle's Gigue Machine for solo piano, which Nicolas Hodges unveiled in Stuttgart earlier this year, also receives its first UK outing and Brian Elias's meticulously crafted Sophoclean scena, set in the original ancient Greek, gets its world premiere. Its cor anglais soloist, closely identified with the Britten Sinfonia as oboist and conductor, is a recent recipient of The Queen's Medal for Music.

Michael Finnissy: Piano Concerto No. 2 (UK premiere)

Brian Ferneyhough: Prometheus

Harrison Birtwistle: Gigue Machine (UK premiere)

Brian Elias: Electra Mourns (World premiere)

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Nicholas Daniels (cor anglais)

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Britten Sinfonia

Clark Rundell (conductor).

BBC PROMS03Sunset Song20120803

Poet Jackie Kay and novelist Ali Smith discuss one of the great Scottish classic novels, 'Sunset Song', by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, set in a Scottish farming community and the first part of his Scots Quair trilogy.

Jackie Kay and Ali Smith discuss one of the great Scottish classic novels, Sunset Song.

BBC PROMS03The Trojans - Act 520120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

8.45pm

Berlioz: The Trojans - Act 5

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

Antonio Pappano conducts Act 5 of The Trojans by Berlioz.

BBC PROMS04Edward Gardner20120808

The Music Director of the ENO Edward Gardner, who will be conducting a concert performance of Peter Grimes in this year's Proms season, reveals his literary passions and talks about what he'll be reading this summer. Rana Mitter presents.

Producer Zahid Warley.

English National Opera music director Edward Gardner reveals his literary passions.

BBC PROMS04Part 420120805

The fourth of eight Sunday evening live Proms intervals from the Radio 3 box, including another instalment of a regular mini-series, Lucy Worsley's Kensington, which takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall, plus other features and discussions looking ahead to this week's concerts.

Live Proms intervals from the Radio 3 box, including Lucy Worsley's Kensington.

BBC PROMS04Pcm 04: Pike, Altstaedt, Levit2012080620120811

Jennifer Pike, Nicolas Altstaedt and Igor Levit in chamber music by Debussy and Ravel.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Three leading soloists join forces to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Debussy.

French composer Claude Debussy was one of the most forward-looking of early 20th century composers so his return to Classical form in these late Sonatas is one last party-trick from a composer who constantly rebelled and surprised. Ravel's Piano Trio was written in 1914 just as the First World War broke out. Finishing it at break-neck speed so he could enlist, he said he composed it 'with the sureness and lucidity of a madman'. The result is an elegant and virtuosic masterpiece that seems tinged with nostalgia. The performers are three leading young soloists, all of whom are, or have been, BBC New Generation Artists.

Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano

Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano

Ravel: Piano Trio

Jennifer Pike (violin)

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Igor Levit (piano).

BBC PROMS04Psm 04 - Goehr, Knussen, Bainbridge20120818

Live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Nicholas Collon conducts the BCMG and London Sinfonietta Voices in music by Goehr and Knussen, and a colourful new piece by Simon Bainbridge: The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Linked Ophelia pieces by Oliver Knussen, 60 this year, follow Alexander Goehr's reflection on Bach's compositional procedures, which Knussen himself premiered, wearing his conductor's hat.

Also born in 1952, Simon Bainbridge has developed a darker, less mercurial kind of idiom. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's extraordinary triptych, his eagerly awaited new work is a labyrinthine journey featuring mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor as well as a narrator.

Alexander Goehr:... a musical offering (J. S. B. 1985)...

Oliver Knussen: Ophelia Dances

Oliver Knussen: Ophelia's Last Dance

Simon Bainbridge: The Garden of Earthly Delights (BBC commission: world premiere)

Huw Watkins (piano)

Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano)

Andrew Watts (counter-tenor)

Samuel West (narrator)

London Sinfonietta Voices

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Nicholas Collon (Conductor).

BCMG and London Sinfonietta Voices/Nicholas Collon in Goehr, Knussen and Bainbridge.

BBC PROMS05Part 520120812

The fifth of eight Sunday evening live Proms intervals from the Radio 3 box, with guest Alison Balsom and another instalment of a regular mini-series, Lucy Worsley's Kensington, which takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall, plus other features and discussions looking ahead to this week's concerts.

A look ahead at the coming week's concerts, plus Lucy Worsley's Kensington.

BBC PROMS05Pcm 05: Benedetti, Grynyuk, Elschenbroich2012081320120818

Violinist Nicola Benedetti and friends perform music by Bach, Korngold and Brahms.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Popular young artist, Nicola Benedetti, is joined by two friends for a programme which ranges from solo violin to piano trio.

The programme begins with Benedetti alone on stage performing the famous Chaconne from Bach's Solo Violin Partita in D minor, one of the peaks of the violin repertoire not only technically but dramatically too. Benedetti is then joined by pianist Grynyuk in two arrangements from Korngold's opera 'Die tote Stadt' including the bittersweet melodies of Marietta's Song. Finally they are joined by cellist Elschenbroich for Brahms tightly argued final Piano Trio.

J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Chaconne

Korngold: Die tote Stadt - Marietta's Song; Pierrot's Dance Song

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 18th August at 2pm

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello).

BBC PROMS06The Yeomen Of The Guard20120819

A Sunday live Prom interval from the Radio 3 box, with guest actor and director Fiona Shaw and another installment of a regular mini-series, Lucy Worsley's Kensington, which takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall. Plus other features and discussions looking ahead to this week's Proms concerts.

A preview of the coming week's concerts, plus Lucy Worsley's Kensington.

BBC PROMS07Part 720120826

Previewing the coming week's Proms, plus the series Lucy Worsley's Kensington.

Another Sunday evening live Prom interval from the Radio 3 box, including guest prommer John Sessions. There is also a regular mini-series, "Lucy Worsley's Kensington", in which the historian takes a characteristically quirky look at things of interest within a stone's throw of the Royal Albert Hall. Plus other features and discussions looking ahead to this week's concerts.

BBC PROMS07Pcm 07 - Christine Schafer, Nash Ensemble2012082720120901

Soprano Christine Schafer joins the Nash Ensemble in music by Debussy and Schoenberg.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

A recital given by the Nash Ensemble performing one of this season's featured composers, Debussy, with one of his last works, the lyrical and Autumnal Sonata for flute, viola and harp. That's contrasted by Schoenberg's extraordinary Expressionist melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, in which a murderous Pierrot's story is told by 'sprechgesang'. This half-speech half-sung style is something of a trademark for soprano Christine Schäfer, who joins the Nash Ensemble.

Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

Christine Schäfer (Sprechstimme)

Nash Ensemble

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

BBC PROMS08Pcm 08 - Pierre-laurent Aimard2012090320120908

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs music by Debussy including Preludes: Book 2.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs music by compatriot Claude Debussy in the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

A meticulous interpreter and a brilliant technician, Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a familiar face at the Proms and in this final Proms Chamber Music of the season, he turns his attention to the revolutionary piano works of Debussy. At the core of the programme is Debussy's Second Book of Preludes - short evocations, improvisatory in character and free in form - they are in Aimard's words "wonderful labyrinths in sound", and there is possibly no better guide through the labyrinth than Aimard.

Debussy: Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Élégie

Masques

Préludes - Book 2.