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BBC PROMSAn Introduction To Der Rosenkavalier20140722

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by Strauss experts Hugo Shirley and David Nice for an introduction to the Der Rosenkavalier.

BBC PROMSAn Introduction To Janacek's Glagolitic Mass20140724

Andrew McGregor talks to Professor Jan Smaczny, expert on Czech music, who gives an insight into Janácek's epic Glagolitic Mass and its influences.

BBC PROMSAncients Amphibious20140823

Strip down to your swimmers, lubricate yourself with grease, pop on a rubber hat - and you too can join Ye Amphibious Ancients - the oldest open swimming club in Scotland - formed in 1884.

The Phibbies, as they are also known, practise in the dramatic harbour of Broughty Ferry, Dundee's posher neighbour; splashing and diving through the sea weedy water in the shadow of the castle. The members regularly plunge into the broad waters of the Tay - not least for the New Year's Day Dook - racing, training, squealing and shouting. It's a fresh air frolic for the hardy, and those beloved of the open water swimming without the chlorine and formaldehyde of the indoor pool.

With official names such as Chief Ancients, Scribes, and a Purse Bearer, the club relishes its history. Netta Spence, still Honorary Chief of the Phibbies, recalls how in 1950, at the age of 17, she and some school friends fancied doing the 'Tay Swim', not attempted since before the war. She reckons her time was about 37 minutes, not bad for someone chatting to her boat man the whole way across. "I am a bit of a chatterer".

The Tay Swim involves crossing the tidal waters right across the width of the river from Broughty Ferry to Tayport, accompanied by a fisherman in a cobble as a safety vessel. Back then, Netta says proudly, they used engine grease rather than vaseline. You also had to avoid not only seals, jellyfish, and sailing boats, but the steam ferry too. Today the ship yards are closed down and the ferry long gone, but breast stroke swimmer Heather Miller never tires of the riverside views.

Scott Goodfellow, who grew up close to the pier where the swimmers head out, and used to peer through the windows of the old boat house as a child, wondering what on earth an Ancient could be, finally plucks up courage to join the members on a practise swim out in the harbour. Not for the fainthearted!

Presenter: Scott Goodfellow

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

BBC PROMSBach's St John Passion20140726

Ian Skelly is joined by the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser and tenor James Gilchrist, one of the most distinguished Evangelists of our times, to discuss the theology and music of Bach's St John Passion.

BBC PROMSBach's St Matthew Passion20140906

'It's not theatre. It's a prayer' is how director Peter Sellars describes his work on Bach's St Matthew Passion. He joins Ian Skelly to give insight into his highly acclaimed semi-staged production.

BBC PROMSBeethoven's Eroica Symphony20140809

Christopher Cook and guests discuss Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony and the influence of the French Revolution on its composition. Recorded earlier in the Royal College of Music in front of a live audience.

BBC PROMSBeware Of Pity, By Stefan Zweig20140722

An extract from Stefan Zweig's novel set in the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. An innocent social blunder at a glamorous soiree has lasting repercussions for an idealistic young cavalry officer.

Reader: John Heffernan

Translator: Anthea Bell

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Wes Anderson, an aficionado of the Austrian writer's work, cites Beware of Pity as one of the prime influences behind his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

BBC PROMSBrahms And German Music20140826

Laura Tunbridge and Nicholas Baragwanath examine Brahms's place in the great tradition of German composers and discuss how he learnt his trade. Introduced by Ian Skelly and recorded earlier during the day at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSCapers, By Edith Pearlman20140909

Edith Pearlman's playful story about an elderly couple, a long time married, who start breaking the rules and rediscover the thrills of their youth.

Read by Sian Thomas

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins

Edith Pearlman is a prize-winning American short story writer. This mischievous tale about challenging convention and not playing by the rules is going out during the Americana Prom featuring the Jazz music of Dave Brubeck.

BBC PROMSCleveland Orchestra20140907

Tom Service talks to tonight's soloist, Joshua Smith, about the life and work of the Cleveland Orchestra.

BBC PROMSCraig Raine20140805

Borrowing and reshaping existing phrases is a feature of both music and literature. The poet Craig Raine discusses the way expressions change their meaning and why writers adopt a magpie approach to language.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

BBC PROMSDavid Horne20140725

Composer David Horne in discussion with Andrew McGregor in the first of this year's Proms Composer Portraits, recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music. Music includes Caprice, Phantoms and Bagatelles, performed by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.

BBC PROMSDylan Thomas Centenary20140811

The current National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and the painter Peter Blake celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.

Gillian Clarke remembers hearing Under Milk Wood being broadcast on radio when she was a teenager and recognising those voices and she's gone on to read and reflect on his work. She's joined on stage by painter Peter Blake who completed a 28 year project to illustrate Under Milk Wood this year when he showed his portraits of the characters at the National Museum of Wales.

The presenter is Shahidha Bari. The reader is Trystan Gravelle.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

The presenter is Shahidha Bari.

BBC PROMSGavin Maxwell20140815

Nature writers Miriam Darlington and Horatio Clare join Rana Mitter to discuss the Scottish author and naturalist Gavin Maxwell in his centenary year, including readings from Ring of Bright Water described as 'one of the greatest wildlife books of all time'.

The reader is Scott Handy.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Miriam Darlington is the author of Otter Country

Horatio Clare's books include A Single Swallow, Running for the Hills and Sicily Through Writers' Eyes

Producer: Harry Parker.

BBC PROMSGlobal Orchestras: Czech Republic20140824

Continuing the Proms seasons' focus on global orchestras, Petroc Trelawny presents an exploration of the cultural situation in Czech Republic. Recorded at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSGlobal Orchestras: Hungary20140825

Continuing our focus on global orchestras, we explore the cultural situation in Hungary. Petroc Trelawny presents at an event recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

Now in its sixteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' competition offers composers aged 12 to 18 the opportunity to hear their works played by professionals at the prize-winners' concert, as well as receiving a much sought-after BBC commission. We'll hear the six winning entries, judged by a panel including composers Judith Weir and Anna Meredith, along with extracts from the highly commended pieces.

JUNIOR CATEGORY (12 - 16 YEARS OLD):

Harry Castle - La Trahison des Images

Rob Durnin - Study in Anarchy

Matthew Jackson - Mirror Mirror

SENIOR CATEGORY (17 - 18 YEARS OLD):

Nathaniel Coxon - Two Cells

Anna Disley-Simpson - Underneath

Harry Johnstone - Dis-Pulsed.

BBC PROMSGlobal Orchestras: South Korea20140827

The 2014 Proms season features more global orchestras than ever before. With tonight's Prom showcasing the Seoul Philharmonic, we continuing our focus on visiting orchestras from around the world with a look at the cultural situation in South Korea. Petroc Trelawny presents.

Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music, London.

From the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall a mix of poetry from Dominic Hale and Jazz with the Ashley Henry Trio, recorded live. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSHelen Mort And Kieran Leonard20140903

From the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall a mix of poetry from Helen Mort and music with singer-songwriter Kieran Leonard and his band, recorded live. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSIcelandic Culture20140822

As the Iceland Symphony Orchestra appear at the Proms, Radio 3's New Generation Thinker and expert in Nordic sagas Eleanor Rosamond Barraclough joins novelist Joanna Kavenna to discuss Icelandic culture.

Their conversation will range from trolls and the myth of Thule to Nordic Noir, from the 19th century British visitors who included William Morris and Anthony Trollope to modern poets Glyn Maxwell and Simon Armitage.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough teaches at Durham University and will be presenting a documentary for BBC Radio 3 about The Supernatural North

Joanna Kavenna's books include Come to the Edge and The Ice Museum: In Search of The Lost Land of Thule

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

BBC PROMSIstanbul20140729

As we continue our focus on global orchestras, Petroc Trelawny is joined by guests composer Michael Ellison, violist Rusen Gunes and journalist Serhan Bali to consider Turkish culture and Western classical music's place within it. Recorded at the Royal College of Music earlier in the day.

BBC PROMSMahler's Fifth Symphony20140730

Christopher Cook and Julian Johnson discuss Mahler's Fifth Symphony, with particular focus on the heartrending Adagietto and the composer's relationship with his wife Alma, for whom it was written.

BBC PROMSMartin Amis20140829

Novelist and essayist Martin Amis discusses 'The Zone of Interest', his 14th novel, in which he revisits the Holocaust for the first time since his controversial book, 'Time's Arrow'. He'll be talking to Philip Dodd about his use of language in writing about the death camps, a writer's relationship with his characters, why he wanted to explore how what one of his characters describes as 'a sleepy country of poets and dreamers, the most highly educated nation the earth has ever seen' yielded to 'such wild, such fantastic disgrace' and why novelists of his generation seem to be drawn to write about the Second World War.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Novelist and essayist Martin Amis discusses 'The Zone of Interest', his 14th novel, in which he revisits the Holocaust for the first time since his controversial book, 'Time's Arrow'.

BBC PROMSMaya Youssef And Emily Berry20140806

A selection of music by Maya Youssef and poetry from Emily Berry recorded live at the weekend in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall.

BBC PROMSMelbourne's Cultural Heritage20140819

Melbourne prides itself on being the 'cultural and sporting capital of Australia'. It's a UNESCO City of Literature. As the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform at tonight's Prom concert the publisher Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press, reveals Melbourne's cultural heritage past and present.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

BBC PROMSMichael Morpurgo20140803

Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, Michael Morpurgo reads extracts from poems, personal letters and short stories from some of the UK's leading figures, with music from singer Ben Murray.

BBC PROMSMisha Mullov-abbado Quintet, Ben Norris20140820

A mix of jazz and verse with the Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet and poet Ben Norris in this post-Prom informal concert, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room. Kevin LeGendre presents.

BBC PROMSMozart's Requiem20140803

Martin Handley talks to Roderick Swanston about Mozart's final years and the composition of the Requiem.

BBC PROMSNeville And Andrew Marriner20140810

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner in conversation with his son Andrew, principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra, about the role music has played in their family life, and what they have in common as musicians.

BBC PROMSOf One Mind - A Murmuration Of Starlings20140721

Have you ever seen one of those wonderful twisters in the sky consisting entirely of starlings - flocking and dancing in their hundreds of thousands?

Known as a murmuration, the dancing twisting patterns must be one of the most magical sights, and sounds, in the natural world, and can be seen in city and countryside right across the UK.

Ham Wall, in the Avalon Marshes, close to Glastonbury Tor, in Somerset, is home to one of the most spectacular murmurations, and at dawn and dusk over 500,000 starlings take to the skies in great clouds, unpredictable in their numbers and behaviour, but worth seeking out for natural drama.

So why do the murmurations happen, and how do the birds avoid crashing into each other whilst flying? The latest theory is known as scale free correlation - how birds like starlings appear to share one mind.

David Bramwell, musician and keen amateur bird watcher takes his chance to share the sharp eyes and ears of ornithologist, Tony Whitehead of the RSPB, and musician and artist, Kathy Hinde, on a mission to film and record the starlings mysterious patterns and dramatic sounds, using both in concerts and exhibitions.

When you have heard a murmuration on such a scale you may wonder why they are not called a 'jet engine'.... such is the volume of half a million birds taking off at dawn.

SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AND LINKS

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

BBC PROMSPhilip Larkin And The Whitsun Weddings20140905

'Our almost-instinct almost true:

What will survive of us is love.'

Poets Andrew Motion and Kate Clanchy discuss the writing of Philip Larkin and his collection, 'Whitsun Weddings', which was first published 50 years ago in 1964.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSPoems From The First World War20140804

On the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War Dame Shirley Williams and Colonel Tim Collins introduce an anthology of poetry from the war. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, before this evening's Prom, and featuring actors Roslyn Hill and Monty d'Inverno.

Colonel Tim Collins OBE served in the British army for more than two decades, including tours in Northern Ireland, Germany, and Cyprus, before a speech he made to his troops on the eve of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 made him famous. He told them that they went into Iraq "to liberate not to conquer" and warned that "the Mark of Cain" would be on anyone who killed without good reason. The speech won him acclaim around the world, has featured in several films devoted to the Iraq war, and is said to hang in the Oval Office.

Baroness Shirley Williams has been an active figure in British political life for five decades, first becoming an MP for Labour in 1964. She went on to hold several key ministerial positions before - as one of the famous Gang of Four - founding the SDP in 1981. She is also the daughter of Vera Brittain, feminist, pacifist campaigner and author of Testament of Youth, in which she recounts her service as a VAD nurse in World War One. The conflict took the lives of Brittain's fiancé, her brother, and two close friends.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

BBC PROMSProm 1: First Night Of The Proms2014071820140720

Petroc Trelawny presents the First Night of the 2014 Proms, featuring Elgar's The Kindom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

The First Night of the 2014 BBC Proms. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a large chorus and distinguished soloists in Elgar's biblical oratorio The Kingdom.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Elgar: The Kingdom

Blessed Virgin - Erin Wall (soprano)

Mary Magdalene - Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

St John - Andrew Staples (tenor)

St Peter - Christopher Purves (baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

The largest classical music festival in the world, the BBC Proms also boasts one of the mightiest venues. The Royal Albert Hall is a monument to the same Victorian pomp and splendour that swells through Edward Elgar's music. What better way to open this season than with the composer's biblical oratorio The Kingdom - the beautiful 'slow movement' of a musical triptych that started with The Apostles, but that would remain unfinished at Elgar's death.

Celebrated Elgarian and Proms favourite Sir Andrew Davis, a Conductor Laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, returns in his 70th-birthday year, joined by a distinguished cast of soloists.

BBC PROMSProm 13: Cbeebies Prom20140727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Stephen Bell join Cbeebies favourites with an audience of pre-school children and their parents for the first ever CBeebies Prom. Come on a tour through the orchestra and a journey around London to collect sounds for a grand finale.

11.00am

Peter Willmott: Overture on Cbeebies themes (first performance)

Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs: Hornpipe

Rozsa: Parade of the Charioteers

Paul Honey: Old Jack's Boat

Holst: St Paul's Suite: Dargason

Prokofiev: Cinderella: Midnight

Barrie Bignold: Around Sound (first performance, BBC Commision)

BBC Philharmonic

Stephen Bell (conductor)

Katy Ashworth

Andy Day

Chris Jarvis

Cat Sandion

Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks)

Gem from Swashbuckle (Gemma Hunt)

Robert the Robot from Justin's House (Steven Kynman)

And

Bernard Cribbins from Old Jack's Boat with Salty the Dog.

BBC PROMSProm 17: Rameau - Grands Motets20140729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Remembered today as the composer of some of the most glorious operas of the entire Baroque period, it's easy to forget that two thirds of Jean-Philippe Rameau's musical career was spent as a composer not for the stage but for the church. In this late-night Prom, William Christie - the American conductor who has made the music of 18th-century France his life's work - directs three of Rameau's large-scale sacred motets. These rarely-heard pieces, accompanied by orchestra, are infused with all the characteristics of the French baroque repertoire - elegance, wit, sophistication and charm.

Rameau: Deus noster refugium

Rameau: Quam dilecta tabernacula

Rameau: In convertendo Dominus

Rachel Redmond (soprano)

Katherine Watson (soprano)

Reinoud Van Mechelen (high tenor)

Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Marc Mauillon (baritone)

Cyril Costanzo (bass)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (conductor)

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

BBC PROMSProm 22: War Horse Prom20140803

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor David Charles Abell, Gareth Malone and the Military Wives explore the music and stories of WW1, inspired by the National Theatre's production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Adrian Sutton: Only Remembered

Bridge: Summer

Holst: Home they brought her warrior dead

Elgar: Two Partsongs, Op 26 - The Snow

Holst: Ave Maria

Adrian Sutton: War Horse Suite

Trad. Turkish: Chanakkale Ichinde

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - movements, 1 and 4

Klenau: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod. 3 songs

Henry Wood arr. French/Sutton: New War Hymn

Adrian Sutton: Peace Anthem (BBC commission; world premiere)

Eser Ebcin (Turkish folk singer)

Duncan Rock (baritone)

Cambiata Choir North West

Proms Military Wives Choir

Gareth Malone (conductor)

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Charles Abell (conductor)

Melly Still (director)

The Proms continues to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of First World War, collaborating for the first time with the National Theatre for a concert inspired by Michael Morpurgo's award-winning play War Horse. Lifesize War Horse puppets join the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor David Charles Abell, Gareth Malone and the Military Wives on stage for a performance that explores the music and stories of the Great War.

BBC PROMSProm 24: Vaughan Williams And Mahler20140804

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO in Mahler's 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

Mahler's Ninth Symphony represents the composer's ultimate achievement in orchestral music. At around 80 minutes in length the Symphony is epic, seeming to encompass the very span of life and death itself. Described by Leonard Bernstein as 'terrifying, and paralyzing', tonight Donald Runnicles - chief conductor of the BBC SSO and music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - brings his affinity with musical drama to this mighty testament.

And to precede the vast symphony the strings of the orchestra evoke the haunting nostalgia of Vaughan Williams' reflection on the past: his Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis.

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

BBC PROMSProm 25: The Tallis Scholars Sing Tavener20140804

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

An avowedly spiritual composer who caught the public admiration in this secular age, John Tavener's was a compositional voice unlike any other and the increasingly wide-ranging spirituality of his music - which, in his later years, embraced Islam and Hinduism as well Christianity - is reflected in this concert. Long-time collaborators the Tallis Scholars perform two works composed for them - 'Ikon of Light', completed in the 1980s, and 'Requiem Fragments' which is one of the final works Tavener completed before his death last year.

Tavener: Ikon of Light

Tavener: Requiem Fragments (BBC commission; world premiere)

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Heath Quartet

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 3: Bbc Sport Prom20140720

The BBC Sport Prom, live from the Royal Albert Hall: Gabby Logan introduces music with a sporting theme.

Gabby Logan (presenter)

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Rebecca Miller (conductor)

In a busy summer of sport that includes the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon, comes the first ever BBC Sport Prom. Gabby Logan hosts a concert combining classical favourites recalling great sporting events with memorable TV themes. Sporting celebrities select their favourite classical items and we relive unforgettable sporting moments.

Music includes Orff's O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, and Josef Strauss's Sport Polka, alongside favourite TV themes, including Match of the Day and Wimbledon.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 23rd July at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 30: Battle Of The Bands20140808

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny

Battle of the Bands live at the BBC Proms, with leading jazz singer Clare Teal and present-day band leaders James Pearson and Grant Windsor fighting it out in a roof-raising battle

Gregory Porter (singer)

Clare Teal (singer / presenter)

Count Pearson Proms Band

James Pearson (leader / conductor)

Duke Windsor Proms Band

Grant Windsor (leader / conductor)

Leading jazz singer Clare Teal presents a Late Night Prom with a difference as we are transported back to the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s with two of the greatest bands of the day, led at the time by Count Basie and Duke Ellington. With selections including Jumpin' at the Woodside and It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), and culminating in a bespoke 'Battle Royal', the roof will surely be raised as these giants of jazz do battle for the approval of the audience.

Christopher Cook looks at the misunderstood and unknown side of two contrasting French composers, Saint-Saëns and Franck, with French music expert Roy Howat.

BBC PROMSProm 32: Beethoven, Bruch And Walton20140817

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner, recorded last Sunday at the BBC Proms, play music by Walton, and Joshua Bell appears as soloist and director in Bruch's violin concerto

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Walton Arr. C. Palmer: Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario

Joshua Bell (violin and director)

John Hurt (narrator)

Trinity Boys Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner (conductor)

In his First Symphony Beethoven retained the 18th-century grace and wit of Haydn and Mozart, adding his own forward-looking innovations.

Bruch's First Violin Concerto is pure, swooning 19th- century Romanticism, while Walton's Henry V recalls a golden age of 20th-century film music. Sir Neville Marriner, 90 this year, returns to conduct the arrangement of Henry V he himself premiered in 1988. Joshua Bell, the Music Director of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, appears as director in the Beethoven and directs from the violin in the Bruch.

First broadcast 10th August 2014.

BBC PROMSProm 37: Steve Reich20140813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Two iconic works by Minimalism's founding father: Steve Reich

Steve Reich: It's Gonna Rain

Steve Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)

Endymion (formerly Endymion Ensemble)

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

Heaven and hell come together in a late night Prom which includes Steve Reich's extraordinary musical vision The Desert Music' which tells of the end of the world as imagined in the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age. Texts by William Carlos Williams are set for amplified voices, strings, synthesisers and a huge array of percussion; since its composition in 1983 it has become one of Reich's most iconic works. Paired with it, 'It's Gonna Rain' - an early experimental tape piece layering the recorded sound of a charismatic street preacher.

BBC PROMSProm 38: Sibelius, Bridge And Peter Maxwell Davies20140824

BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds, recorded earlier this month at the BBC Proms, perform works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sibelius and Bridge.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Sibelius: Finlandia

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 5

Bridge: Oration

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Finnish conductor John Storgårds champions stirring works of his nation's musical hero. Sibelius's musical language is one of the starting points for much of Peter Maxwell Davies's symphonic music and its echoes can be heard in his Fifth Symphony, performed tonight in celebration of his forthcoming eightieth birthday. BBC New Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich joins the BBC Philharmonic for "Oration", Frank Bridge's meditation on war, ending with a visionary epilogue.

First broadcast 14th August 2014.

BBC PROMSProm 41: Aurora Orchestra20140816

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon live at the BBC Proms in music by Dobrinka Tabakova, the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld, and Mozart's Symphony no 40

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Dobrinka Tabakova: Spinning a Yarn

Benedict Mason: Meld (BBC commission: world premiere)

Alexandra Wood (violin) (Proms debut artist)

Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy)

Chantage

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Admired by Schumann for its 'Grecian light and grace', Mozart's evergreen Symphony No. 40 combines rhythmic verve and dance-like elegance, streaked with stormy drama. For a performance in Vienna, the composer added parts for two clarinets - an instrument at the time still largely absent from the orchestra. Bulgarian-born Dobrinka Tabakova goes one further in her recent Spinning a Yarn, in which the rustic hurdy-gurdy takes a solo role alongside the violin.

Benedict Mason experiments with much more besides in his BBC commission, Meld - at once an enigma and a spectacle, that confounds what we think of as an orchestra, of a concert, and even of music itself. Prepare to be surprised ?!

BBC PROMSProm 44: Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique20140831

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis in music by Strauss, Elgar and Berlioz

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis recorded earlier this month at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Suzy Klein at the Royal Albert Hall, London

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under its Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Passion and despair, love and death, all feature in a programme that roams from the dark fantasy of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique to the soaring ecstasy of Strauss's Don Juan, while Elgar's Cello Concerto adds more delicate shades of melancholy and yearning.

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Truls Mørk (cello)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This season's showcase of global orchestras continues with the Proms debut of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. Together they explore the musical extremes of passion, despair, love and death. Perhaps the most powerful artistic expression of unrequited love, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a dark, vivid fantasy inspired by the woman who would eventually become his wife.

Strauss too had just married when he composed the soaring love theme of Don Juan. Elgar's last major work, the Cello Concerto, traces more questioning shades of emotion. There's a beautiful melancholy and tentative yearning to this work, coloured by the First World War: an elegy by any other name.

First broadcast 19th August 2014.

BBC PROMSProm 45: Late Night With Laura Mvula20140819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Laura Mvula live at the BBC Proms with the premiere of James Buckley's new orchestral remix of Mvula's album

Music to include:

Laura Mvula: Father, Father

Laura Mvula: Flying Without You

Laura Mvula: Make Me Lovely

Laura Mvula: She

Laura Mvula (singer)

ElectricVocals (choir)

Metropole Orchestra

Jules Buckley (conductor)

Brit Award- and Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Laura Mvula made her Proms debut last year in the hugely successful Urban Classic Prom. Now the classically trained artist returns for a Late Night Prom that showcases her talents in a new light. This Prom includes the public premiere of Jules Buckley's new orchestral remix of Mvula's album Sing to the Moon, in which the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra makes its Proms debut.

BBC PROMSProm 47: Britten - War Requiem20140821

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

A Proms performance of Britten's great musical protest at 'the pity of War'.

Britten: War Requiem

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Toby Spence (tenor)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

BBC Proms Youth Choir

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, a Proms performance of the greatest musical piece of anti-war polemic ever composed. Britten's magisterial oratorio was first heard in 1962, performed in a Coventry Cathedral newly-opened after its medieval predecessor had been destroyed by the bombs of WW2. Subtly interleaving the Latin text of the Requiem Mass with the war poems of Wilfred Owen, the 'War Requiem' stands as both one of Britten's most passionate and heartfelt works and a devastating portrayal of what Owen called 'the pity of War'.

Prom 47 repeat Tuesday 2nd September 1400-1630.

BBC PROMSProm 54: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis20140826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner live at the BBC Proms in a performance of Beethoven's great Missa solemnis.

Presented by Martin Handley

Beethoven: Missa solemnis

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Spyres (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner live at the BBC Proms. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Monteverdi Choir returns to the Proms with its founder-conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner for one of the greatest of all choral works - Beethoven's mighty setting of the Mass. It's a work the choir has performed throughout its history, and has made two acclaimed recordings of. The unique atmosphere of a Late Night Prom is the perfect setting for this tumultuous spiritual journey, in which we are invited to acknowledge doubt and search for redemption.

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

BBC PROMSProm 57: Mahler - Symphony No 2 (resurrection)20140829

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding live at the BBC Proms, in a performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'

Kate Royal (soprano)

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)

Swedish Radio Choir

Philharmonia Chorus

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

In a symphony that took over six years to complete, Mahler wrestles with the essential questions of all humanity. Birth, death and the fragile stages in between are the subject of this grand musical exploration that culminates in a glowing, transcendent choral finale.

At the head of tonight's huge musical forces is Daniel Harding. Following his two Proms performances last year, he appears for the first time as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is joined by soloists Christianne Stotijn and Kate Royal, who also sang the role of the Marschallin in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier earlier in this Proms festival.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 10th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 58: Strauss - Salome20140830

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

In Richard Strauss's 150th-anniversary year the Proms presents a double bill of his two great tragedies. On consecutive nights his heroines Salome and Elektra meet their bloody ends in the Royal Albert Hall. Tonight, Donald Runnicles brings his Deutsche Oper Berlin forces to the Proms for Salome. Star soprano Nina Stemme leads the cast as the troubled princess.

Richard Strauss: Salome

Herod: Burkhard Ulrich (Tenor)

Herodias: Doris Soffel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Salome: Nina Stemme (Soprano)

Jokanaan: Samuel Youn (Baritone)

Narraboth: Thomas Blondelle (Tenor)

Herodias Page: Ronnita Miller (Alto)

1st Jew: Paul Kaufmann (Tenor)

3rd Jew: Jörg Schörner (Tenor)

4th Jew: Clemens Bieber (Tenor)

5th Jew: Andrew Harris (Bass)

1st Nazarene: Noel Bouley (Bass-Baritone)

2nd Nazarene: Carlton Ford (Baritone)

1st Soldier: Marko Mimica (Bass-Baritone)

2nd Soldier: Tobias Kehrer (Bass)

Cappadocian: Seth Carico (Bass)

2nd Jew/A Slave: Gideon Poppe (Tenor)

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Donald Runnicles (Conductor)

After seeing Oscar Wilde's play Salomé, Richard Strauss was overcome with the feeling that it "cried out for music."

Wilde wrote his drama on "the sinfulness of innocence" in French and Strauss used a German translation by Hedwig Lachmann as his libretto. First performed in Dresden in December 1905, Salome gave Richard Strauss his first international opera success.

The story is one that takes passion to its extreme and beyond. Salome is the sultry princess of ancient Judea. Her stepfather, Herod, has promised Salome half of his kingdom in exchange for a sensual dance. In return, she asks that he gives her the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter...

In the title role, for which Strauss famously wished for a 16-year-old princess with the voice of an Isolde, is one of the world's leading dramatic sopranos, Nina Stemme.

BBC PROMSProm 59: Strauss - Elektra20140831

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra in Strauss's opera Elektra.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Richard Strauss's Elektra. Semyon Bychkov conducts a starry international cast, the BBC SO and BBC Singers in this powerful retelling of the Greek revenge myth.

Presented by Andrew McGregor.

Richard Strauss: Elektra

Elektra: Christine Goerke (Soprano)

Orestes: Johan Reuter (Baritone)

Chrysothemis: Gun-Brit Barkmin (Soprano)

Clytemnestra: Dame Felicity Palmer (Mezzo-Soprano)

Aegisthus: Robert Kuenzli (Tenor)

Orestes' Tutor: Jongmin Park (Bass)

Young Servant: Ivan Tursic (Tenor)

Overseer: Miranda Keys (Soprano)

1st Maid: Katarina Bradic (Mezzo-Soprano)

2nd Maid: Zoryana Kushpler (Mezzo-Soprano)

3rd Maid: Hanna Hipp (Mezzo-Soprano)

4th Maid: Marie-Eve Munger (Soprano)

5th Maid: Iris Kupke (Soprano)

Confidante: BBC Singers Stepout 1 (Soprano)

Trainbearer: BBC Singers Stepout 2 (Soprano)

Old Servant: BBC Singers Stepout 3 (Bass)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (Conductor)

With a libretto by Hofmannsthal which focusses on Elektra's psychological state, Strauss's brutal and ferociously compelling interpretation of the ancient Greek orginal, premiered in 1909, is highly modernist and expressionist. It's brought to life by Semyon Bychkov, a long-time champion of his music. The cast is led by American soprano Christine Goerke, who recently dazzled in the title-role at the Royal Opera House, with Danish baritone Johan Reuter as her beloved brother Orestes.

In Greek mythology, Electra was the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. She and her brother Orestes plotted revenge against their mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.

BBC PROMSProm 65: Late Night With Paloma Faith20140905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Paloma Faith with the Guy Barker Orchestra and Urban Voices Collective live at the BBC Proms.

Paloma Faith, Orch. Guy Barker: Picking up the pieces

Paloma Faith, Orch. Guy Barker: Can't rely on you

Paloma Faith, Orch. Guy Barker: Only love can hurt like this

Paloma Faith, Orch. Guy Barker: Upside down

Paloma Faith

Urban Voices Collective

Guy Barker Orchestra

Guy Barker (Conductor)

Brit Award-nominated Paloma Faith brings her sleek vocals and retro style to a Late Night Prom. The British singer-songwriter is joined by a 42-piece Jazz Orchestra and the Urban Voices Collective. This is cabaret, Royal Albert Hall-style.

BBC PROMSProm 70: Peter Maxwell Davies Birthday Concert20140908

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

To celebrate his 80th birthday, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra play music by Sir Peter Maxell Davies live at the BBC Proms.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Concert Overture 'Ebb of Winter' (London premiere)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 4

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Ben Gernon (conductor)

On Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 80th birthday the Proms pays tribute to this leading figure in contemporary British music with a late-night programme of works selected by the composer.

The concert overture Ebb of Winter, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, captures the rugged, rough-hewn beauty of Davies's Orkney home. We see a different side of island life in the joyous ebullience of the much-loved An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise. The fourth Strathclyde Concerto, for clarinet and orchestra, completes the concert - a thrilling tour de force, demanding equal virtuosity from soloist and ensemble.

BBC PROMSProm 73: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra20140911

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra live at the BBC Proms: Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler's Third Symphony.

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)

Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Choir (womens voices)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Childrens Choir

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Alan Gilbert (conductor)

'The world will never have heard the likes of my symphony!' A bold claim by any composer, but one more than justified by Mahler's Third Symphony.

This epic, unorthodox work unfolds over six movements, painting a musical portrait 'of nature's very essence. Pagan gods and Christian saints, flower meadows and silent forests, instruments and voices all come together in a work that moves beyond the confines of programme music.

American conductor Alan Gilbert returns to conduct this masterpiece in the first of two Proms with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

BBC PROMSProm 74: Late Night With Rufus Wainwright20140911

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Rufus Wainright live at the BBC Proms - the Canadian-American singer-songwriter performs his own brand of 'baroque pop'.

Songs to include:

Poses

Going to a Town

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

Over the Rainbow

Dinner at Eight

Me and Liza

Rufus Wainwright

Britten Sinfonia

Johannes Debus (conductor)

He has already taken over the Royal Opera House and staged his first opera; now charismatic singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright comes to the Proms. Joined by the instrumentalists of the Britten Sinfonia, the Canadian-American Grammy nominee performs a spectacular set, filling the Royal Albert Hall with his own brand of 'baroque pop' that references everything from opera to ragtime, Lieder to jazz. 'As a pop performer who loves opera and classical music, I've always heavily leant on my sensibilities from that world', he says. 'And at the end of the day, what makes my career interesting and viable is that I've never drawn too many borders between forms of music - I just make sure it's good.'.

BBC PROMSProm 75: Beethoven - Symphony No 920140912

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Alan Gilbert live at the BBC Proms: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Friedrich Cerha: Paraphrase on the Opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125, 'Choral'

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)

Steve Davislim (tenor)

Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass)

Members of the Leipzig Opera Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir

Leipzig Gewandhaus Childrens Choir

London Symphony Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Alan Gilbert (conductor)

A highlight of every season in recent Proms history, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 this year returns to its once-traditional slot on the penultimate night - a symphonic finale before the musical party that is the Last Night.

Giving their second performance 'this summer, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert are joined by an international cast of soloists for this audacious musical testament of faith and unity across all nations and creeds. When Mahler later said that a symphony should 'embrace the whole universe', it's hard to imagine he wasn't thinking of Beethoven's mighty 'Choral' Symphony.

BBC PROMSProm 76: Last Night Of The Proms20140913

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

The Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sakari Oramo, star violinist Janine Jansen and baritone Roderick Williams.

Sakari Oramo directs his first Last Night, joined by star Dutch violinist Janine Jansen.

We pay tribute to the late John Tavener with his touching Song for Athene, and mark the 50th anniversary of the film Mary Poppins with a singalong medley.

Arnold's Peterloo overture receives its first performance in a new choral version with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, while our Richard Strauss anniversary celebrations conclude with the Proms premiere of the composer's massive cantata Taillefer.

The nautical flavour of Ansell's Plymouth Hoe (and its brief quotation of Rule, Britannia!) forms an upbeat to the traditional Last Night favourites, led by baritone Roderick Williams.

Gavin Higgins: Velocity (BBC commission: world premiere)

Arnold: Overture 'Peterloo' (new choral version with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice: world premiere)

Walton: Facade - Popular Song

Chausson: Poème

Tavener: Song for Athene

R Strauss: Taillefer, Op. 52

8.40pm Interval

9.05pm

Khachaturian: Gayane - Sabre Dance

Ravel: Tzigane

Kern arr. Roderick Williams: Show Boat - 'Ol' Man River'

Trad. arr. Roderick Williams: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman: Mary Poppins - medley

Ansell: Plymouth Hoe

Arne arr. Sargent: Rule, Britannia!

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')

Parry orch. Elgar: Jerusalem

arr. Britten: The National Anthem

Janine Jansen (violin)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

John Daszak (tenor)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 8: Pet Shop Boys20140723

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Better known as the electro-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make their Proms debut here as composers. The world premiere of their large-scale work A Man from the Future, inspired by code-breaker Alan Turing, sits alongside new orchestral arrangements of favourite Pet Shop Boys songs with legendary vocalist Chrissie Hynde.

Neil Tennant / Chris Lowe: Overture to 'Performance'

Neil Tennant / Chris Lowe: Pet Shop Boys songs

Neil Tennant / Chris Lowe: A Man from the Future (orch. S. Helbig) (world premiere)

Juliet Stevenson (narrator)

Chrissie Hynde (vocalist)

Pet Shop Boys

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Dominic Wheeler (conductor)

The legendary Pet Shop Boys make their Proms debut in this Late Night Prom, joining the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra for the world premiere of A Man from the Future, a new piece for electronics, orchestra, choir and narrator.

The piece is inspired by the life and work of Alan Turing, who helped break the German Enigma code during the Second World War and formulated the concept of the digital computer, but was prosecuted in 1952 for his homosexuality, receiving a posthumous pardon last year. It comes as a timely homage, 60 years after Turing's death.

The concert also includes new orchestral arrangements by renowned film composer Angelo Badalamenti of five Pet Shop Boys songs chosen by Tennant and Lowe, in which they are joined by Chrissie Hynde, as well as the exuberant overture to their 1991 tour, Performance, heard live in concert for the first time.

BBC PROMSProms Poetry Competition20140912

The poet Daljit Nagra and Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan introduce the winning entries in this year's Proms Poetry Competition - and welcome some of the winners on stage to read them.

In association with the Poetry Society.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSProms Preview20140717

On the eve of the 2014 Proms Petroc Trelawny previews the season live from the Royal Albert Hall - two months of many of the world's greatest artists, composers, orchestras and ensembles including four Last Night celebrations around the UK.

BBC PROMSRachael Allen, Jasdeep Singh Degun20140723

From the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall a mix of poetry from Rachael Allen and Indian music with Jasdeep Singh Degun and friends, recorded live. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSRachel Piercy And Elliott Galvin Trio20140730

From the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, poetry from Rachel Piercy and music with the Elliott Galvin Trio recorded live. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSRachmaninov's The Bells20140818

An exploration of Rachmaninov's symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Bells, with Tom Service and David Huckvale. Recorded live at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSRavel Revealed20140820

Roger Nichols and Sara Mohr-Pietsch visit Ravel's home, Le Belvedere, in Monfort L'Amaury just outside Paris - and discover a house which bears testament to many of the composer's obsessions. They see furniture and interiors designed by Ravel himself, which hint at his fascination with Greek mythology and the Orient, and Roger plays the much-loved Erard piano in the composing room where Ravel wrote his opera L'enfant et les sortileges.

First broadcast in March 2014.

BBC PROMSRespighi's Roman Triptych20140901

Ian Skelly and Benjamin Earle in conversation about Respighi's three orchestral showpieces - the symphonic poems Roman Festivals, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

BBC PROMSResponses To War: Owen Sheers And Pat Barker20140720

The Booker prize winning novelist Pat Barker, author of the Regeneration Trilogy on the subject of the First World War, and the poet Owen Sheers discuss writers', musicians' and painters' responses to war.

BBC PROMSRobert Frost20140908

In 1914 the American poet Robert Frost published his collection 'North of Boston'. It was hailed as 'one of the most revolutionary books of modern times' by the English poet Edward Thomas. Matthew Hollis, who has written about the friendship between the two writers, is joined by Frost's biographer Jay Parini to discuss the poet.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSSacred And Secular Traditions In French Music20140727

A discussion of the sacred and secular traditions in French music during the time of Ravel and

Duruflé, with Martin Handley and Richard Langham Smith, recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSSaint-sans And Franck20140808

Christopher Cook looks at the misunderstood and unknown side of two contrasting French composers, Saint-Saëns and Franck, with French music expert Roy Howat.

BBC PROMSSally Beamish20140801

Sally Beamish discusses her music with Andrew McGregor and introduces performances of her chamber works.

BBC PROMSSaving Grace, By Graham Swift20140828

Saving Grace appears in Graham Swift's new and critically acclaimed short story collection, England and Other Stories. In this story Dr Shah recalls his Indian father's past and reflects on the inevitability of loss and the nature of luck. Sam Dastor reads.

Following on from seven novels, Graham Swift's new collection sees a beautifully executed return to the short form. Saving Grace is one of the twenty-five distinct stories in which Swift evokes vivid ideas of what makes a nation.

BBC PROMSSibelius's Love Of Nature20140812

Martin Handley chats to Daniel Grimley and Simon Shaw-Miller about how Sibelius's how love of nature and landscape permeates his compositions.

BBC PROMSSir Peter Maxwell Davies20140814

To mark his 80th birthday, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies introduces performances of his chamber works, in conversation with Andrew McGregor.

BBC PROMSSir Roger Norrington20140903

Marking Sir Roger Norrington's 80th-birthday year, Tom Service speaks with the eminent conductor about his life and career.

BBC PROMSStrauss And The Voice20140731

Graham Johnson explores Strauss's relationship with the human voice in discussion with Sara Mohr-Pietsch, recorded earlier this evening at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSStrauss's Elektra20140831

Hugo Shirley presents an introduction to Strauss's opera Elektra.

Hugo Shirley completes his survey of this season's Richard Strauss operas with an introduction to 'Elektra'. With Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Strauss biographer Tim Ashley. Recorded this afternoon at the Royal College of Music in London.

BBC PROMSStrauss's Salome20140830

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by opera journalist Hugo Shirley for an introduction to Strauss's Salome.

Recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSStreet Nelms And Keith Jarrett20140813

A selection of music from Street Nelms and poetry by Keith Jarrett recorded live at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, introduced by Kevin LeGendre.

BBC PROMSTavener And Literature20140723

John Tavener was one of the most popular composers of the last thirty years. His Song for Athene for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales made him a household name but he was already a celebrity in musical circles with work such as The Protecting Veil. The reflective, mystical nature of his compositions drew heavily on literature and its this aspect of his inspiration that's examined in this evening's Proms Plus. Before an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert Matthew Sweet and his guests, the award-winning poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and musician, priest and broadcaster Richard Coles will be exploring Tavener's relationship to George Herbert , John Donne and William Blake.

BBC PROMSThe Ballroom Of Romance, By William Trevor20140825

Niamh Cusack reads one of William Trevor's greatest short stories, set in an isolated dance hall in Ireland.

Each Saturday night, 36-year-old Bridie leaves her ailing father, and cycles to the Ballroom of Romance, a wayside dance-hall where the local men and women meet to dance, talk and perhaps find love. For twenty years Bridie has cycled the seven miles there and back again; now, no longer a girl, she knows her chances of romance are fading but still there is Dano Ryan.

Reader: Niamh Cusack

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: William Trevor - born in 1928, William Trevor is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary writers of short stories in the English language. He has won the Whitbread Prize three times and has been nominated five times for the Booker Prize, most recently for his novel Love and Summer. Last year he was awarded the inaugral Charleston/Chichester Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction.

BBC PROMSThe British Symphony20140806

Martin Handley and Bruce Wood delve into the history of the British Symphony and its revival with the premiere of Elgar's First Symphony in 1908.

BBC PROMSThe Cultural Scene In Singapore20140902

The 2014 Proms season welcomes more visiting orchestras from abroad than ever before. Continuing our focus on orchestras from around the world, Petroc Trelawny looks at the cultural scene in Singapore with travel writer and broadcaster Simon Calder, Chief Executive of Singapore's National Arts Council Kathy Lai, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra violinist Chan Hoong-Yan.

Recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music, London.

BBC PROMSThe Most Powerful Woman In Art20140907

The art world has often been dominated by one family, or one individual with remarkable spending power and taste.

In the 19th century it was the Italian strongman Giovanni Battista Belzoni, in the 20th century American John Paul Getty, and in the 21st century Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa Al-Thani of Qatar.

Anthony Sattin talks to Dr Abdellah Karroum (Director of the Mathaf Musuem in Qatar), Godfrey Barker (auctions expert), Rose Issa (Arab art expert) and Lina Lazaar of Sotheby's Qatar about the impulse behind the greatest period of museum building in the Middle East - taking place right now in Doha.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

BBC PROMSThe Saxophone And Adolphe Sax20140904

Andrew McGregor talks with tonight's soloist Timothy McAllister about the saxophone and its creator, Adolphe Sax, born 200 years ago. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe Stranger, By Katherine Mansfield20140801

Katherine Mansfield's modernist classic tells the story of a man on a harbourside, awaiting his wife's return from Europe. It is part of Prom 20, with its emphasis on war, and the pain of separation and reconnection.

Reader: Indira Varma

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

BBC PROMSThe Taming Of The Shrew20140802

Rana Mitter talks to the actors Janet Suzman and Alexandra Gilbreath about Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Both women have played the part of Kate -- both in acclaimed RSC productions and both made it their own. They'll be discussing the play's sexual politics and what Shakespeare has to say to audiences today.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

BBC PROMSThe True Primitive20140910

Elizabeth Taylor's short story. As summer approaches, Lily finds it increasingly difficult to compete for her lover's attention. Her rival? His father, who, obsessed with his own lack of cultural upbringing, is determined his sons will not suffer the same fate.

Reader: Emma Fielding

Producer: Hannah Robins.

In celebration of his 80th birthday, Sir Harrison Birtwistle introduces performances of some of his chamber works, in conversation with Andrew McGregor.

BBC PROMSTony Harrison20140807

50 years on from the publication of Tony Harrison's first collection of poetry, Earthworks, the poet and playwright discusses his adaptations of classical Greek drama, including The Oresteia, Lysistrata and Hecuba. He talks to Matthew Sweet about his passionate commitment to the classics, his exploration of issues of class, race and power and whether poetry can ever change the world.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Producer: Philippa Ritchie.

BBC PROMSValia Calda And George The Poet20140911

A selection of music from Valia Calda and poetry from George the Poet recorded live in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSVaughan Williams's Job: A Masque For Dancing20140813

Tom Service talks to Ceri Owen and Jonathan Downing about Vaughan Williams's Blake-inspired Job: A Masque for Dancing.

BBC PROMSViennese Culture During The Lives Of Schubert And Mahler20140816

Christopher Cook and Harry Eyres explore Viennese culture during the lives of Schubert and Mahler. Recorded live at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSWhat Is Chinese Culture Today?20140719

The novelist Xiaolu Guo discusses with Rana Mitter the culture of China today from the work of Ai Weiwei to the writing of Mai Jia as the country seeks a path between the past and the challenges of modernity.

BBC PROMSWilfred Owen20140821

Wilfred Owen is considered by many to be one of the greatest voices of the First World War. The poets Fred d'Aguiar and Michael Longley discuss the work of the poet whose poetry inspired Britten's War Requiem.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Fred D'Aguiar's poems include Boy Soldier in his collection The Rose of Toulouse and his most recent novel is called Children of Paradise

Michael Longley is a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. His books include Cenotaph of Snow: Sixty Poems About War and his most recent is The Stairwell

Producer: Zahid Warley.

BBC PROMSWwi's 'lost Generation'20140817

'You are all a lost generation', said Gertrude Stein of those marked by their experiences in the First World War. The award-winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, the author of novels inspired by war including The Siege, Zennor in Darkness and The Lie, and the writer Simon Heffer discuss the myths and realities behind the idea of the Lost Generation of World War 1.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music before tonight's Prom concert.

Helen Dunmore's most recent novel The Lie is inspired by World War 1.

Simon Heffer's books include his most recent High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain

Producer: Zahid Warley.

BBC PROMS01Prom 10 (part 1): Elgar, Walton, Moeran And David Horne20140725

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Walton, Moeran, David Horne and Elgar.

Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

Moeran: Violin Concerto

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

David Horne: Daedalus in Flight (London premiere)

Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

A concert of 20th-century English music begins and ends with works exploring musical friendships - Walton's Hindemith Variations pay homage to a beloved colleague; Elgar's Enigma Variations paint evocative portraits of friends and family. Tasmin Little joins the BBC Philharmonic for Moeran's lyrical concerto which meshes the composer's English heritage with his love of the Irish landscape. British music is brought right up to date with the shifting soundscapes of David Horne's Daedalus in Flight.

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 27th July at 16h00.

BBC PROMS01Prom 12 (part 1): Bach - St John Passion20140726

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Few classical works have the urgency and dramatic immediacy of Bach's St John Passion. Here it is vividly realised by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist. The finest Evangelist of his generation, Gilchrist sings the role at the Proms for the first time, under conductor Sir Roger Norrington, 80 this year.

JS Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)

Part 1

8.40pm Interval

9.00pm

Part 2

Evangelist - James Gilchrist (tenor)

Christus - Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Clint van der Linde (countertenor) - Proms debut artist

Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

Zürcher Sing-Akademie

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

In the first of two Proms appearances, leading Bach interpreter Sir Roger Norrington - celebrating his 80th birthday this year - directs his Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the St John Passion (bookended later this season by Peter Sellars's staging of the St Matthew Passion, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle) - a work noted for its dramatic sweep and emotional immediacy in the recounting of events leading to the crucifixion of Christ. It is realised here by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist, a distinguished Evangelist of his generation.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 28th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 14 (part 1): Durufle, Ravel And Simon Holt20140727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thierry Fischer live at the BBC Proms with music by Ravel, Duruflé's Requiem and a new flute concerto from Simon Holt for Emmanuel Pahud.

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Simon Holt: Morpheus Wakes (BBC commision: world premiere)

Ravel: La valse

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Duruflé: Requiem

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

Gerald Finley (baritone)

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

National Youth Choir of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Ravel's La Valse turns the Viennese waltz into a darkly tinged rhapsody, while his Valses nobles et sentimentales reflects the iconic dance in softer tones. Duruflé's Requiem is the musical cousin of Fauré's more familiar Requiem and anchors its warm 20th-century harmonies even more strongly in arching plainchant melody. Flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud joins the orchestra for the world premiere of Simon Holt's flute concert Morpheus Wakes - written for Pahud himself, who represents the god of dreaming 'as if slowly waking from a deep, troubled sleep'.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 29th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 15 (part 1): Mozart, Ravel And Jonathan Dove20140728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons live at the BBC Proms. Jonathan Dove explores Gaia Theory, Ingrid Fliter in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 and Ravel revels in Daphnis and Chloe, joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Jonathan Dove: Gaia Theory (BBC commission: world premiere)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë (complete version)

Ingrid Fliter (piano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Josep Pons (conductor)

Turbulent mythical love and poised Classical elegance come together in a concert that shifts from Jonathan Dove's large-scale orchestral work Gaia Theory to the intimacy of the Viennese salon in Mozart's ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 23, performed by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Ingrid Fliter.

Commissioned by Serge Diaghilev, Ravel's ballet Daphnis and Chloe is rich in all the colours and rhythms of turn-of-the-century Paris - an orchestral masterpiece that announced its composer as a force with which to be reckoned,

Inspired by the work of James Lovelock and continuing Dove's concern to address environmental issues in his music, Gaia Theory takes as its starting point Lovelock's idea that the Earth behaves as a self-regulating organism, and his description of all the inter-related processes maintaining the earth in the optimum conditions for life as a kind of dance. Dove says, "I was struck by James Lovelock's observation that, since life on earth began, the sun has got perhaps 30% hotter, and yet the earth has not. For hundreds of millions of years, the impact of the sun's heat has been moderated by cloud cover, the atmosphere, the albido of the polar ice-sheets and so on, all affected by the behaviour of microscopic organisms as well as by animal and ultimately by human activity, not to mention the respiration of plants and trees and innumerable processes all, as Lovelock describes, "locked in a sort of dance in which everything changes together.""

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

BBC PROMS01Prom 16 (part 1): Oriental Promise20140729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Tonight's visitors from Istanbul make their Proms debut, bringing the intoxicating East as filtered through Western ears. Sneak into Mozart's harem and witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba (in views by Handel and Respighi). Balakirev and Holst offer folk colourings from further afield

Balakirev, orch. Lyapunov: Islamey - oriental fantasy

Holst: Beni Mora

Gabriel Prokofiev: Violin Concerto (BBC commission: world premiere)

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail - overture

Handel, arr. Beecham: Solomon - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba

Daniel Hope (violin)

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Sascha Goetzel (conductor)

An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Wednesday 30th July at 2pm

Violinist Daniel Hope joins the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its Proms debut with a classical celebration of the Orient. Sneak into Mozart's harem, witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba in portraits by both Handel and Respighi, and enjoy the insistent rhythms and swaying hips of Balakirev's oriental fantasy Islamey. The concert also features a new violin concerto from Gabriel Prokofiev, commemorating the First World War centenary.

BBC PROMS01Prom 18 (part 1): Mahler, Ravel And Harrison Birtwistle20140730

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Ravel and Mahler.

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Mahler: Symphony No 5

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

The intense, contrasting moods of Mahler's Fifth Symphony make this one of the great orchestral showpieces, a journey from darkness to light. Before the interval, the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Alexandre Tharaud making his Proms debut in Ravel's virtuosic Left Hand Piano Concerto. The programme opens with the first of several works at this year's Proms celebrating Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, his atmospheric Night's Black Bird.

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 19 (part 1): Strauss And Elgar20140731

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two rarely heard masterpieces continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Richard Strauss: the mighty Festival Prelude and the Deutsche Motette (practically a concerto for choir). We move to more familiar musical territory with Strauss's Four Last Songs, whose late-Romantic nostalgia is shared by Elgar's Second Symphony

R Strauss: Festival Prelude

R Strauss: Deutsche Motette

R Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.35pm Interval

8.55pm

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)

Suzanne Shakespeare (soprano)

Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano)

Adrian Dwyer (tenor)

Brindley Sherratt (bass)

BBC Singers

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm

Two rarely heard works continue our 150th-anniversary celebration of Richard Strauss. Scored for organ and an orchestra calling for no fewer than 10 trumpets (six offstage), the Festival Prelude packs symphonic weight into its brief duration.

It is matched for impact by the Deutsche Motette - a concerto for choir by any other name: its vocal lines trace the same expansive arcs and arabesques as the composer's exquisite, autumnal Four Last Songs. Maintaining the mood of late-Romantic nostalgia, Elgar's Second Symphony delights in flexible chromaticism, its shifting moods coloured in delicate shades.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 4th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 2 (part 1): Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Liszt20140719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

East meets West as the China Philharmonic Orchestra launches the season's series of global orchestras making their debuts at the 2014 Proms.

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

Qigang Chen: Joie éternelle (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)

Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Haochen Zhang (piano)

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Long Yu (conductor)

The China Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Proms debut, launching this season's global orchestras strand. East meets West in a colourful programme featuring Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4, Liszt's First Piano Concerto and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Britain's own queen of the trumpet, Alison Balsom, joins them in Shanghai-born Qigang Chen's new trumpet concerto, a work co-commissioned by the KT Wong Foundation, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC, alongside Dutch and German partners.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 21st July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 20 (part 1): Walton, Gurney And Sally Beamish20140801

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins live at the BBC Proms. Music by Ivor Gurney commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, plus Sally Beamish and Walton.

Gurney: War Elegy

Sally Beamish: The Singing

8.20pm Interval (see separate billing)

8.40pm

Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

James Crabb (accordion)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra explores responses to conflict across the generations. Gassed while fighting in the trenches in 1917, Gurney never fully recovered. His War Elegy (1920) is a characteristically personal lament - heavy with bittersweet sadness and regret. While not explicitly programmatic, the slow movement of Walton's First Symphony is among the 20th century's most poignant orchestral cries of grief - an echo in the 1930s, perhaps, of horrors past, and a foreshadow of horrors yet to come.

Sally Beamish's accordion concerto 'The Singing' will replace the earlier billed Violin Concerto, which has been cancelled due to performer illness. Originally premiered in 2006 by tonight's soloist, James Crabb, the piece commemorates the Highland Clearances. Meditating on the displacement of Scottish Highland communities in the 19th century to far shoreside allotments, and the emigration of yet others to the New World, Beamish uses Gaelic psalm and working songs, bagpipe pibrochs and birdsong to give voice to the story.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 5th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 21 (part 1): The John Wilson Orchestra - Kiss Me, Kate20140802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra and a cast of leading singers, live at the BBC Proms

Cole Porter: Kiss Me Kate

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Ben Davis

Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Minola - Alexandra Silber

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Tony Yazbeck

Lois Lane / Bianca - Louise Dearman

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

The appearances of John Wilson and his orchestra have become one of the annual highlights of the Proms. Following the enormous success of the staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate in its original 1948 arrangements. He is joined by a cast of leading singers in this irreverent reworking of The Taming of the Shrew - a play within a play.

BBC PROMS01Prom 23 (part 1): John Mcleod, Beethoven, Mozart - Requiem20140803

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO and NYCoS in Mozart's Requiem, with Carolyn Sampson, Christine Rice, Jeremy Ovenden and Neal Davies.

John McLeod: The Sun Dances

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

8.50pm Interval (see separate billing)

9.10pm

Mozart, compl. Robert D Levin: Requiem in D minor, K626

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Christine Rice (mezzo soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass)

National Youth Choir of Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the second of today's Proms the dark majesty of Mozart's Requiem is explored by the youthful voices of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a quartet of exceptional vocal soloists. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Donald Runnicles begin their concert with a London Premiere, The Sun Dances by Scottish composer John McLeod, and continue with Beethoven's essay in abstract drama, his Fourth Symphony.

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

BBC PROMS01Prom 26 (part 1): Shostakovich And Berio20140805

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

European Union Youth Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko live at the BBC Proms play Berio's witty Sinfonia, contrasted after the interval with with Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony

Berio: Sinfonia

8.00pm Interval

8.20pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

London Voices

European Union Youth Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

A contemporary classic opens this concert from the European Union Youth Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko. Berio's Sinfonia is a witty, whistle-stop tour through centuries of Western culture - a high-water mark of 1960s experimentalism, with musical references extending from Bach and Brahms to Boulez and The Beatles. The orchestra and eight amplified soloists muse their way through an intricate and joyous web of quotations that frustrate interpretation even as they invite it.

Shostakovich's embattled Fourth Symphony asks the same questions as Berio, trying to reconcile the same conflicts and contradictions and finding only Babel and madness in one of the composer's most confrontational works.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 11th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 27 (part 1): Wagner, Elgar And Mathias20140806

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mark Wigglesworth live at the BBC Proms with Elgar's richly orchestrated First Symphony and the London premiere of the violin concerto by Welsh composer William Mathias

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot - overture

Mathias: Violin Concerto

7.50pm Interval

8.10pm

Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat major, Op. 55

Matthew Trusler (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

Mark Wigglesworth was Music Director with BBC NOW from 1996 to 2000. Now he returns to conduct the orchestra in the exuberantly rhythmic overture to Wagner's early comedy Das Liebesverbot, and Elgar's First Symphony, a work that's steeped in the Germanic tradition of Wagner, Brahms and Beethoven. Yet it still embodies the essence of England, and according to Mark Wigglesworth, it's full of nostalgia but never sentimental, which makes for a fine line to tread.

Exciting young British violinist Matthew Trusler continues this Proms season selection of rarely heard violin concertos with William Mathias's neglected work from 1991.

When Mathias died at the age of only 57, Wales lost a key figure who had immersed himself in all aspects of the country's music-making. He was already seriously ill when he wrote the Violin Concerto, yet rather than any sense of declining skills it possesses a remarkable drive, cut through with elegiac writing that perhaps shows Mathias was only too aware that this could be his own swansong. Matthew Trusler gave the first performance since 1991 with BBC NOW just a year ago to great acclaim, and now this virtuosic celebration of song and dance receives its London premiere.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 12th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 28 (part 1): Beethoven And Stravinsky20140807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Stravinsky's Oedipus rex and an electric violin concerto by Brett Dean. Great soloists, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers, and conductor Sakari Oramo live at the BBC Proms.

Beethoven: Egmont - overture, Op. 84

Brett Dean: Electric Preludes

8.10pm Interval

8.30pm

Stravinsky: Oedipus rex

Francesco d'Orazio (electric violin)

Oedipus - Allan Clayton (tenor)

Jocasta - Hilary Summers (mezzo soprano)

Creon - Juha Uusitalo (bass-baritone)

Tiresias - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Messenger - Duncan Rock (bass-baritone)

Shepherd - Samuel Boden (tenor)

Rory Kinnear (speaker)

BBC Singers (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sakari Oramo conducts one of the great 20th-century dramatic showpieces - Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus rex. Driving with powerful inevitability to its climax, this monumental work matches Sophocles's tragedy in its visceral horror.

Brett Dean is the BBC Symphony Orchestra's new Artist in Association. His Electric Preludes for electric violin and string orchestra were commissioned for Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and were inspired by visual stimuli, including art by native Aboriginal artists and the internet.

The Prom opens with Beethoven's powerful Egmont Overture.

BBC PROMS01Prom 29 (part 1): Chopin, Franck, Saint-saens And Casella20140808

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The BBC Philharmonic and their Conductor Laureate, Gianandrea Noseda perform works by Casella, Chopin, Franck and Saint-Saëns. The orchestra is joined by a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Casella: Elegia eroica

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Franck: Symphonic Variations

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ', Op.78

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

David Goode (organ)

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Casella's powerful "Heroic Elegy", dedicated to the "unknown soldier", opens the concert and continues this year's Proms series of works written in the shadow of the First World War. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the orchestra for Chopin's lyrical but virtuosic First Piano Concerto and, after the interval, returns as soloist in Franck's Symphonic Variations. Saint-Saëns's thrilling journey from darkness to blazing light, the "Organ" Symphony, closes the programme.

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

BBC PROMS01Prom 31 (part 1): Elgar, Beethoven, Berlioz And Helen Grime20140809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Alice Coote joins the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder live at the BBC Proms in music inspired by the sea by Berlioz, Elgar, Beethoven, and the London premiere of a work by Helen Grime.

Berlioz: Overture 'Le corsaire'

Elgar: Sea Pictures

8.05pm Interval

8.30pm

Helen Grime: Near Midnight (London premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)

Hallé (Orchestra)

Sir Mark Elder (Conductor)

The sea lies the centre of tonight's concert from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. The sunshine glitters on the waves of Berlioz's swashbuckling overture Le corsaire, written while the composer was holidaying in Nice.

A celebrated Elgar champion, Elder is joined by British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for Sea Pictures: Elgar's only orchestral song-cycle, which ebbs and flows evocatively as it explores the fascination and fear inspired by the sea. While Helen Grime's Near Midnight explores a nocturnal theme, Beethoven created a storm of human drama in his 'Eroica' Symphony - a stirring musical meditation on heroism and valour.

Prom 31 Repeat, Friday 15th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 32 (part 1): Beethoven, Bruch And Walton20140810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner live at the BBC Proms play Beethoven's first Symphony, and joined by Joshua Bell in Bruch's violin concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

5.00pm Interval

5.20pm

Walton Arr. C. Palmer: Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario

Joshua Bell (violin and director)

John Hurt (narrator)

Trinity Boys Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner (conductor)

In his First Symphony Beethoven retained the 18th-century grace and wit of Haydn and Mozart, adding his own forward-looking innovations.

Bruch's First Violin Concerto is pure, swooning 19th- century Romanticism, while Walton's Henry V recalls a golden age of 20th-century film music. Sir Neville Marriner, 90 this year, returns to conduct the arrangement of Henry V he himself premiered in 1988. He is joined by Joshua Bell, the Music Director of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who appears as both director and soloist.

Prom 32 repeat Sunday 17th August 1600-1815.

BBC PROMS01Prom 33 (part 1): National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20140810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Edward Gardner live at the BBC Proms in music by Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no 1, with Louis Schwizgebel

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major

8.50pm Interval

9.10pm

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Sonance Severance 2000

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Edward Gardner (conductor)

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain makes its annual visit to the Proms with a fiery and virtuosic programme of 20th-century orchestral showpieces, conducted by Proms regular Edward Gardner.

A Russian first half sees BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel take the lead in Prokofiev's youthful First Piano Concerto. Written while the composer was still a student, it brims with the same audacious energy that pulses through Stravinsky's great ballet Petrushka. Lutoslawski's vivacious Concerto for Orchestra closes the evening with still more primary-coloured, folkloric brilliance and drama.

Prom 33 repeat Monday 18th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 34 (part 1): R. Strauss, Mozart And Nielsen20140811

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms with music by Richard Strauss, including his Burleske with pianist Francesco Piemontesi, and Nielsen's Fifth Symphony.

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op 24

Richard Strauss: Burleske

8.25pm Interval

8.50pm

Mozart: Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

In the first of his two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs Nielsen's Fifth Symphony, shaped by the conflicts and oppositions of the First World War and touching on a bleak nostalgia that is also at the core of Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration - a musical dramatisation of the roaming thoughts of a dying artist. Profundity is balanced by virtuosity in the 'complicated nonsense' of Strauss's youthful Burleske and Mozart's sunny Rondo in A major, both featuring former New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi.

Prom 34 repeat Tuesday 19th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 35 (part 1): Sibelius, Walton And Peter Maxwell Davies20140812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms with music by Sibelius, Peter Maxwell Davies and James Ehnes plays the Walton Violin Concerto.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Caroline Mathilde - suite from Act 2

Walton: Violin Concerto

8.00pm Interval

8.20pm

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

Mary Bevan (soprano)

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) (Proms debut artist and New Generation Artist)

James Ehnes (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

Commissioned by Jascha Heifetz, Walton's concerto extended the possibilities of what could be achieved on the violin, while at the same time maintaining a striking intimacy and emotional directness. Thomas Søndergård and BBC NOW open with a suite from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ballet Caroline Mathilde, in which the English princess is sent to an unhappy marriage in Denmark. Caroline Mathilde was written for The Danish Royal Ballet and premiered in 1991 in Copenhagen, with tonight's conductor playing percussion at the back of the orchestra in the pit. Sibelius had a painting of a flight of swans hung on the wall of his study, and these birds inspired the two great orchestral canvases in this concert - in the majestic 'swan theme' appears at the culmination of his Fifth symphony, and in a more serene and mystical way in the Swan of Tuonela.

Prom 35 repeat Thursday 21st August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 36 (part 1): Vaughan Williams And Alwyn20140813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo live at the BBC Proms. Music by Vaughan Williams, including The Lark Ascending with soloist Janine Jansen, and William Alwyn.

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps - overture

Alwyn: Symphony No. 1

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

7.45pm Interval

8.05pm

Vaughan Williams: Job: A Masque for Dancing

Janine Jansen (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Following his thrilling performance of A Sea Symphony at last year's First Night of the Proms, Sakari Oramo - a longtime champion of English music - returns with more Vaughan Williams. Ahead of her Last Night appearance, violinist Janine Jansen joins Oramo for that quintessentially English work The Lark Ascending, its dreamy pastoralism balanced by the jaunty charm and vigour of The Wasps overture. Job continues this season's thread of great 20th-century ballet scores, while William Alwyn's rarely heard First Symphony adds to the evening's nostalgia with the endless melody of its slow movement.

Prom 36 repeat Friday 22nd August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 38 (part 1): Sibelius, Bridge And Peter Maxwell Davies20140814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sibelius and Bridge.

Sibelius: Finlandia

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 5

Bridge: Oration

8.50pm Interval

9.10pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Finnish conductor John Storgårds champions stirring works of his nation's musical hero. Sibelius's musical language is one of the starting points for much of Peter Maxwell Davies's symphonic music and its echoes can be heard in his Fifth Symphony, performed tonight in celebration of his forthcoming eightieth birthday. BBC New Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich joins the BBC Philharmonic for "Oration", Frank Bridge's meditation on war, ending with a visionary epilogue.

Prom 38 repeat Sunday 24th August 1600-1815.

BBC PROMS01Prom 39 (part 1): Strauss, Rameau, Mozart And Bernard Rands20140815

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Markus Stenz conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic mix of music climaxing with Strauss's heroic tone poem Ein Heldenleben

Rameau: Les Indes galantes - suite

Bernard Rands: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (UK premiere)

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Jonathan Biss (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Markus Stenz is a conductor with a far-reaching and wide-ranging musical appetite. Tonight's Prom embodies his searching musical personality as he conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic mix of music ranging from the early 18th century to the present day.

The first half juxtaposes music from a master of the French baroque, Rameau's Les Indes galantes, with a colourful work by the Anglo-American composer Bernard Rands. His Piano Concerto is heard for the first time in the UK, played by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Jonathan Biss.

While the second half begins with the elegant classicism of Mozart's first numbered symphony. And - as the BBC Proms continues to mark the 150th anniversary of Strauss's birth - reaches a suitably heroic climax, with that composer's vibrant tone poem Ein Heldenleben.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 26th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 4 (part 1): World Orchestra For Peace, Valery Gergiev20140720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

In its only UK concert this year, classical supergroup the World Orchestra for Peace returns to the Proms with its conductor Valery Gergiev.

Roxanna Panufnik: Three Paths to Peace (European premiere)

R Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten - symphonic fantasia

8.05pm Interval

8.25pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

World Orchestra for Peace

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

This celebrated orchestra marks Strauss's 150th anniversary with the colourful, fairy-tale soundscapes of his operatic masterpiece Die Frau ohne Schatten. Fantasy gives way to reality in the prescient tragedy of Mahler's Sixth Symphony, the glorious agony of its final movement foreshadowing the composer's own personal heartbreaks.

Roxanna Panufnik's Three Paths to Peace, commissioned by tonight's orchestra, meshes Christian, Jewish and Islamic musical traditions to tell the story of Abraham and Isaac.

BBC PROMS01Prom 40 (part 1): Bernard Haitink And The London Symphony Orchestra20140816

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra live at the BBC Proms in symphonies by Schubert and Mahler

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

7.00pm Interval

7.20pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

The London Symphony Orchestra returns to the Proms, joined by noted Mahlerian Bernard Haitink, for the composer's Fourth Symphony. Opening with one of Mahler's most charming melodies, lit by sleigh-bells, it closes with a song offering a child's-eye view of heaven, delivered here by soprano Camilla Tilling.

Famously described as a 'pearl of great price', Schubert's Fifth Symphony presents Classical perfection on a miniature scale. This compact symphony glows with melody and is as light on its feet as anything the composer ever wrote.

Prom 40 repeat Wednesday 27th August 1400-1530.

BBC PROMS01Prom 42 (part 1): Lest We Forget20140817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Andrew Manze conducts the BBC SSO in music from WW1 including Vaughan Williams 'Pastoral' Third Symphony

Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912)

Kelly: Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke

Butterworth: Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony

Allan Clayton (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor)

The BBC Proms continues to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with a concert of musical imaginations shattered by the Great War.

Rudi Stephan was born in 1887, and by 1912 his Music for Orchestra seemed to promise a great deal in its mysterious and expressionistic textures. In 1915 he was killed by a shot from a Russian soldier.

Frederick Kelly was a talented musician and Olympic rower. His heartfelt Elegy for Strings is a tribute to poet Rupert Brooke with whom he served at Gallipoli. Kelly was killed in the last days of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. George Butterworth, who is best remembered for his settings of E. A. Housman's poems A Shropshire Lad, died from a shot in the head during that same battle. His nostalgic songs are performed this evening by Roderick Williams.

And the Pastoral Fields of Vaughan Williams' Third Symphony are not the rolling hills of England, but those of France, where the composer served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The rhapsodic symphony, with the wordless voice of tenor Allan Clayton, is performed by Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and follows their dazzling performance of Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 at the BBC Proms in 2012.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 43 (part 1): Rachmaninov, Stravinsky And Tchaikovsky20140818

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs, live at the BBC Proms, in an all-Russian programme including Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

The concert opens with Stravinsky's fizzing Scherzo fantastique, and includes his neo-classical Violin Concerto - Baiba Skride is the soloist. The BBC Symphony Chorus and Crouch End Chorus and soloists join for Rachmaninov's choral symphony The Bells, chiming the journey from birth to death. And the concert ends with Tchaikovsky celebrating the defeat of Napoleon in spectacular style!

Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique

Rachmaninov: The Bells Op. 35

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Tchaikovsky: Overture '1812' Op. 49

Baiba Skride (violin)

Luba Orgonášová (soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Mikhail Petrenko (baritone)

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Prom 43 repeat Friday 29th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 44 (part 1): Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique20140819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under its Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Passion and despair, love and death, all feature in a programme that roams from the dark fantasy of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique to the soaring ecstasy of Strauss's Don Juan, while Elgar's Cello Concerto adds more delicate shades of melancholy and yearning.

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Truls Mørk (cello)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This season's showcase of global orchestras continues with the Proms debut of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. Together they explore the musical extremes of passion, despair, love and death. Perhaps the most powerful artistic expression of unrequited love, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a dark, vivid fantasy inspired by the woman who would eventually become his wife.

Strauss too had just married when he composed the soaring love theme of Don Juan. Elgar's last major work, the Cello Concerto, traces more questioning shades of emotion. There's a beautiful melancholy and tentative yearning to this work, coloured by the First World War: an elegy by any other name.

Prom 44 repeat Sunday 31st August 1600-1755.

BBC PROMS01Prom 46 (part 1): Daniel Barenboim And The West-eastern Divan Orchestra20140820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim live at the BBC Proms with music by Mozart, Ravel and two Middle-East composers: Israeli Ayal Adler and Syrian-born Kareem Roustom.

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - overture

Kareem Roustom: Ramal (UK premiere)

Ayal Adler: Resonating Sounds (UK premiere)

8.10pm

Interval

8.30pm

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Boléro

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim return to the BBC Proms in this live performance introduced by Andrew McGregor. They bring some Spanish-infused repertoire starting with music by Mozart, the overture to his opera The Marriage of Figaro, set in Seville. It's followed by the UK premiere of two compositions by Middle-Eastern composers: Israeli Ayal Adler and Syrian-born Kareem Roustom. And then it's time again for some more Iberian flavours with Ravel's music: his Rapsodie espagnole, then Alborada del gracioso, followed by an orchestral version of his Pavane pour une infante défunte, finishing with the mesmerising rhythms of his Bolero.

Prom 46 repeat Monday 1st September 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 48 (part 1): Classical Tectonics20140822

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra make their BBC Proms debut with conductor Ilan Volkov performing music by Tómasson, Schumann, Leifs and Beethoven.

Haukur Tómasson: Magma (UK premiere)

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54

8.30pm

Interval

8.50pm

Leifs: Geysir

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Jonathan Biss (piano)

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra make their BBC Proms debut led by Music Director, the Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov. Together they bring works from two major Icelandic composers, both inspired by the power and drama of their native country's geology. There's a slow-growing, primal force to Leifs's Geysir that balances the shifting tectonics of Tómasson's Magma. Virtuoso American pianist Jonathan Biss makes his second appearance this season with Schumann's Piano Concerto, and the concert closes with another central piece in the Classical repertoire: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Tom Service presents live.

Prom 48 repeat Thursday 4th September 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS01Prom 49 (part 1): Russian Fairy Tales20140823

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo live at the BBC Proms. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, atmospheric Szymanowski songs and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Princes, princesses, sailors, a sultan, Tom Thumb and the Sleeping Beauty form some of the cast of this concert based around story-telling. The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by soprano Anu Komsi for Szymanowski's Songs of a Fairytale Princess, and Jukka Tiensuu's Voice Verser, a virtuosic challenge for its singer. In Ravel's Mother Goose and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade it's the orchestra that turns storyteller.

Ravel: Mother Goose - Suite

Jukka Tiensuu: Voice verser (UK premiere)

20.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Szymanowski: Songs of a Fairytale Princess (with three additional songs orchestrated by Sakari Oramo - UK premiere)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Anu Komsi (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

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

BBC PROMS01Prom 5 (part 1): Beethoven, Dvorak And Strauss20140721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, under conductor David Zinman live at the BBC Proms with music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Strauss in a vivid journey across Central Europe.

R Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks)

Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

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

Julia Fischer (violin)

Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich

David Zinman (conductor)

From the pastoral landscapes of Beethoven?s Symphony No. 6 to the vibrant folk scenes of Strauss's tone-poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Dvorák's Violin Concerto with soloist Julia Fischer, tonight's Prom takes a vivid journey across Central Europe. Celebrated Straussian David Zinman appears in his final concert as Chief Conductor of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, stepping down after almost 20 years.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 22nd July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 50 (part 1): Dvorak, Beethoven And Janacek20140824

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek live at the BBC Proms with music by Janacek, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Janacek: From the House of the Dead - overture

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

The evening opens with the authentic Czech soundscape of Janácek, in the overture from his final opera From the House of the Dead. Recent recordings of the Elgar and Dvorák cello concertos have propelled young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein into a fully fledged musical star. She makes her second visit to the Proms with the Dvorák - one of the great Romantic concertos. The composer sets his soloist against an unusually prominent orchestra, here the forces of the Czech Philharmonic, returning under Chief Conductor Jirí Belohlávek. After the interval Belohlávek directs Beethoven's 'apotheosis of the dance' - Wagner's expression referring to the rhythmic verve of the Seventh Symphony.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 8th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 51 (part 1): Free Prom - Dvorak, Grieg, Bax And Bill Whelan20140825

This year's Free Prom is a Bank Holiday matinee bursting with dance rhythms and colour - the perfect chance to experience the Proms for the first time.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Ulster Orchestra and Jac Van Steen live at the BBC Proms

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

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

4.00pm Interval

4.20pm

Bax: Roscatha

Bill Whelan: Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite (UK premiere)

Zhang Zuo (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Jac Van Steen (conductor)

A trio of Dvorák's colourful, folk-inspired Slavonic Dances opens the concert and Grieg's Piano Concerto, with its lively dance-themed finale and Norwegian folk echoes, continues the mood; the soloist is BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Zhang Zuo, making her Proms debut.

The concert ends in the Ulster Orchestra's Irish musical heartland with Bax's tone-poem Roscatha and Bill Whelan's new Riverdance suite - adapted from his music for the ever-popular stage show.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 9th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 52 (part 1): Ivan Fischer And The Budapest Festival Orchestra20140825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer live at the BBC Proms

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 14 in D minor (orch. I. Fischer)

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A major (orch. I. Fischer

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major (orch. I. Fischer)

Mozart: March in D major, K335/1

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

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Josef Strauss: Sphären-Klänge - waltz

Johann II Strauss: Vergnügungszug - polka

Dvorák: Legend in B flat minor, Op. 59 No. 10

Johann II Strauss: By the Beautiful Blue Danube - waltz

Johann II Strauss: Bandits' Galop

Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 11th September at 2pm

The Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Proms with a programme of orchestral showpieces. Sparkling Strauss dances are matched by a selection of Brahms's colourful Hungarian Dances, and Kodály's sweeping Dances of Galánta are balanced by the crisp Classical textures of Mozart's March in D major. At the centre is Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony, with its mood-swings and elusive harmonies.

BBC PROMS01Prom 53 (part 1): Brahms Night20140826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer conductor live at the BBC Proms

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major

7.40pm Interval

8.pm

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 12th September at 2pm

The second of two concerts by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra launches the Proms series of Brahms's symphonies. While the intimate, autumnal Third was inspired by a visit to the Rhine in 1883, the noble stature of the Fourth was dismissed by the composer as 'a few entr'actes and polkas which I happened to have lying about', despite it containing one of the most richly lyrical slow movements Brahms ever wrote.

BBC PROMS01Prom 55 (part 1): Tchaikovsky, Debussy And Unsuk Chin20140827

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung live at the BBC Proms play music by Unsuk Chin alongside two Western symphonic masterpieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky

Presented by Penny Gore

Debussy: La mer

Unsuk Chin: Šu

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Wu Wei (sheng)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Myung-Whun Chung makes his first Proms appearance this summer as Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its own Proms debut as one of our series of global orchestras.

They bring with them the sounds of South Korea in a concerto for sheng (traditional reed mouth organ) and orchestra written by their compatriot Unsuk Chin - a sonic game between soloist and orchestra.

Chin's evocative textures are framed by the sensuous richness of Debussy's La mer, capturing the sea in all its moods, and Tchaikovsky's final symphony, with its elusive but turbulent narrative.

BBC PROMS01Prom 56 (part 1): Holst - The Planets20140828

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski live at the BBC Proms in music by Schoenberg, Scriabin and Holst's the Planets

Holst: The Planets

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces

Scriabin: Prometheus - The Poem of Fire

Alexander Toradze (piano)

London Philharmonic Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

20th-century music takes three contrasting paths here in masterpieces by Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin.

Tuneful good humour and vivid characterisation see the century at its most approachable in Holst's well-loved The Planets. Scriabin's Prometheus is more eccentric - scored for piano, 'colour organ' and orchestra. This performance of it includes the optional part for choir and responds to the composer's imaginative ideas on colour.

Premiered at the Proms in 1912, Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces take tonality to the limit, anticipating the composer's later development of serialism.

BBC PROMS01Prom 6 (part 1): Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier20140722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne's new Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal.

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (semi-staged - sung in German) Act 1

7.40pm Interval

8.00pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 2

9.10pm Interval

9.30pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

Marschallin - Kate Royal (soprano)

Octavian - Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

Baron Ochs - Franz Hawlata (bass)

Sophie - Louise Alder (soprano)

Herr von Faninal - Michael Kraus (baritone)

Marianne - Miranda Keys (soprano)

Valzacchi - Christopher Gillett (tenor)

Annina - Helene Schneiderman (contralto)

Notary - Gwynne Howell (bass)

Italian Singer - Andrej Dunaev (tenor)

Innkeeper - Robert Wörle (tenor)

Police Inspector - Scott Conner (bass)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Glyndebourne marks its own 80th anniversary and Strauss's 150th with the composer's richly melodic Der Rosenkavalier - the first of a trilogy of Strauss operas at this year's Proms. Vienna has rarely sounded more beguiling, more gilded with nostalgia, than in this tragicomedy that combines romance with riotous farce.

BBC PROMS01Prom 60 (part 1): Roman Holiday20140901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit live at the BBC Proms with a celebration of Italy and especially the city of Rome. Music by Berlioz, Walton and Respighi.

Berlioz: Overture 'Le carnaval romain'

Walton: Sinfonia concertante (original version)

8:05pm Interval

8:25pm

Respighi: Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

Danny Driver (piano),

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Charles Dutoit (conductor).

Italian sunshine floods the Royal Albert Hall Tonight's Prom - with a Swiss conductor, a British orchestra, and music by an Italian, an Englishman and (first) a Frenchman. Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini - featuring the riotous Roman Carnival from which he took the Overture we'll hear tonight - was inspired by Berlioz's experiences during eighteen months in Italy after winning the French Prix de Rome in 1830. Ottorino Respighi settled in Rome for most of his adult life, and celebrated his adopted city in a triptych of increasingly flamboyant orchestral showpieces - depicting not just fountains, pines and festivals, but the children of Rome at play, the mysterious catacombs and the ancient Roman legions on the march. Charles Dutoit offers a rare chance to hear all three works in sequence. William Walton - one of the featured composers in the 2014 BBC Proms - dedicated the three movements of his original Sinfonia concertante to the three Sitwell siblings, Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell, who took him under their wing and (crucially) introduced him to Italy. "I've never forgotten it," Walton said of the experience of emerging from a tunnel under the Alps into the Italian sunlight: "a new world".

BBC PROMS01Prom 61 (part 1): Rachmaninov, Glinka And Zhou Long20140902

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Haefliger live at the BBC Proms, opening witho Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila overture, and closes with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila - overture

Zhou Long: Postures (European premiere)

8:12pm Interval

8:32pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony no. 2 in E minor

Piano: Andreas Haefliger

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Lan Shui (Conductor)

Continuing the World Orchestras strand this year, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under Music Director Lan Shui, bringing with it the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese composer Zhou Long's Piano Concerto - a fusion of Western forms and Eastern memories.

The concert opens with the overture to Glinka's fairy-tale opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, which weaves three melodies together with intricate skill. We end with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, in which the composer overcame his early artistic doubts to produce an expansive work with a brilliant, vivacious scherzo and one of his very loveliest slow movements.

BBC PROMS01Prom 62 (part 1): Beethoven, Berlioz And Dvorak20140903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington live at the BBC Proms with music by Beethoven, Berlioz and Dvorak.

Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F major

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet - Romeo Alone

8:12pm Interval

8:32pm

Dvovak: Symphony no. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington (Conductor)

Following his St John Passion earlier in the season, Roger Norrington returns tonight as Honorary Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Much-loved symphonies by Beethoven and Dvorak bookend a programme of big musical emotions that has at its core the wistful romance 'of the Romeo Alone section of Berlioz's sprawling choral symphony.

Beethoven's 'little symphony in F' brings joy and wit to the mix, belying the composer's troubled personal life with its sunny good humour. By contrast, biography is woven tightly into the melodies and rhythms of Dvorak's final symphony - the elegiac testimony to his love of his Bohemian homeland and his new-found fascination for the stories and traditions 'of America.

BBC PROMS01Prom 63 (part 1): Mahler And John Adams20140904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Marin Alsop returns to the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Music by John Adams - the UK premiere of his Saxophone Concerto - and Mahler, his colourful First Symphony.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

John Adams: Saxophone Concerto (UK Premiere)

8:16pm Interval

8:36pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Timothy McAllister (Alto Saxophone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (Conductor)

Marin Alsop makes a welcome return following her triumph at last year's Last Night, to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's First Symphony. Originally designated a 'symphonic poem', the work retains all the programmatic colour this suggests. A young hero travels through life, marvelling at nature and growing to maturity, but encountering the sorrows and conflicts of Fate at every turn.

Mahler's long-limbed lyricism meets its match in the muscular drive of John Adams's Saxophone Concerto, written for virtuoso soloist Timothy McAllister, and his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which pulses with anarchic life.

BBC PROMS01Prom 64 (part 1): Simon Rattle And The Berlin Philharmonic20140905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle dance through a programme of Russian music live at the BBC Proms - Stravinsky's Firebird ballet and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

7:10pm Interval

7:30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Berlin Philharmonic

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

In the first of their two BBC Proms this year, Sir Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic don their dancing shoes and whisk us off to Russia. Via America, in the case of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances: composed on Long Island for the Philadelphia Orchestra, they blend the balletic traditions of the exile Rachmaninov's Russian homeland with jazz influences from his adopted home, the United States. After the interval, there's authentic Russian ballet and fairytale in Stravinsky's breakthrough work about the magical Firebird.

BBC PROMS01Prom 66 (part 1): Bach - St Matthew Passion20140906

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

The Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle live at the BBC Proms in an innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion, with soloists including Mark Padmore and Christian Gerhaher.

J. S. BACH: St Matthew Passion - Part 1 (staging by Peter Sellars; sung in German)

8.15pm

Interval

8.35pm

J. S. BACH: St Matthew Passion - Part 2

Evangelist - Mark Padmore (tenor)

Christus - Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)

Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)

Eric Owens (bass-baritone)

Choristers from Wells and Winchester Cathedrals

Berlin Radio Choir

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

In the second of their two Proms this season, Sir Simon Rattle conducts his Berlin Philharmonic in Peter Sellars's innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion. While the dramatic St John Passion (heard earlier this season) focusses on the action, the St Matthew is altogether more contemplative - confronting suffering and torture as well as salvation and redemption in some of Bach's most moving music.

A starry line-up of soloists is led by Mark Padmore's Evangelist and German baritone Christian Gerhaher singing the words of Christ.

BBC PROMS01Prom 67 (part 1): Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky And Behzad Ranjbaran20140907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Han-Na Chang live at the BBC Proms with music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Behzad Banjbaran.

Behzad Banjbaran: Seemorgh - The Sunrise (European premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

4.25pm

Interval

4.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Han-Na Chang (conductor)

Cellist and conductor Han-Na Chang makes her Proms conducting debut as Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra - one of this year's global orchestras, also making its debut. Their concert culminates in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, haunted by its recurring 'Fate' theme.

Vivid with contrasts and surging climaxes, the symphony is matched for drama by Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, a Proms favourite whose slow movement burns with restrained passion. Behzad Ranjbaran's Seemorgh is inspired by the mythical Persian bird of its title.

BBC PROMS01Prom 68 (part 1): Cleveland Orchestra20140907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst live at the BBC Proms with music by Brahms and the UK premiere of a work by Jörg Widmann featuring flautist Joshua Smith.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Jörg Widmann: Flûte en suite (UK premiere)

8.15pm

Interval

8.35pm

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Joshua Smith (flute)

Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of America's great ensembles. After an absence of almost a decade it returns to the Proms under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst for the first of two concerts.

If Brahms's stormy and intricately structured First Symphony sees the composer at his most serious and structurally ambitious, his Academic Festival Overture is a rare example of his levity - an elegantly constructed musical thank-you-letter to Breslau University, taking its themes from boisterous student songs.

At the centre of the programme is a concerto commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for its principal flautist Joshua Smith. Rejecting anything too grandiose, young German composer Jörg Widmann has opted for a suite of dance movements - playful, referential and imaginatively disorienting.

BBC PROMS01Prom 69 (part 1): Cleveland Orchestra20140908

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Franz Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra live at the BBC Proms with music by Brahms and a UK premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann.

Brahms: Tragic Overture

Jörg Widmann: Teufel Amor (UK premiere)

7.50pm Interval

8.10pm

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

The Cleveland Orchestra begins its second concert at the BBC Proms featuring music by Brahms and Jörg Widmann with Brahms's Tragic Overture, a work which lives up to its name with turbulent intensity. This year's cycle of Brahms symphonies is brought to a conclusion with a performance of the sunny Second. The composer was in unusually high spirits while composing it, joking with his publisher, 'I have never written anything so sad'. The result, in fact, sets aside Brahms's habitual seriousness and dramatic tensions in an open-hearted score of great warmth and appeal. In between these two works is young German Jörg Widmann's Teufel Amor - a musical account of the contradictions, tensions and resolutions of love, inspired by Schiller's lost poem.

BBC PROMS01Prom 7 (part 1): Shostakovich, Bartok And Tavener20140723

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek live at the BBC Proms. Shostakovich's great 10th Symphony, Isabelle Faust in Bartok's 2nd Violin Concerto , and a John Tavener premiere.

Tavener: Gnosis (BBC commission; world premiere)

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Cox (alto flute)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

Isabelle Faust's association with Bartók extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer's violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Ji?í B?lohlávek for Bartók's Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it's a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms.

By the early 1950s and Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin's Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener ? some of the last works from England's great musical mystic. Gnosis - written for mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly with solo alto flute,strings and percussion.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 24th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 71 (part 1): Americana20140909

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Ian Skelly

BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart live at the BBC Proms present a concert of American music by Copland, alongside Chris Brubeck's jazz infused triple concerto.

Copland: Rodeo - Four Dance Episodes; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring

8.25pm

Interval

8:45pm

Dave Brubeck, arr Chris Brubeck: Blue Rondo a la Turk (UK Premiere)

Chris Brubeck: Travels in Time for Three (UK Premiere)

Time for Three

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor)

The BBC Concert Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart present a concert of American music which combines folk song evocative of the Appalachian mountains filtered and distilled through the pen of Aaron Copland, alongside Chris Brubeck's jazz infused triple concerto, written for virtuoso string trio Time for Three.

BBC PROMS01Prom 72 (part 1): English Music20140910

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton live at the BBC Proms in 20th century English music.: Vaughan Williams, Birtwistle and Walton's Viola Concerto with Lise Berthaud.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Exody

8.10pm Interval

8:35pm

Walton: Viola Concerto

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Lise Berthaud (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

The idyll of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' is soon abandoned in the composer's dark and questioning Symphony No. 4 and Birtwistle's Exody, an overwhelming musical labyrinth of sound.

This year's composer focus on William Walton continues with his much-loved Viola Concerto - a work that had its premiere at the Proms, conducted by the composer and featuring composer and violist Paul Hindemith as soloist. Powerful, often dark music that looks far beyond the pastoral stereotypes. Tonight it is performed by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Lise Berthaud.

BBC PROMS01Prom 9 (part 1): Brahms And Janacek20140724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev live at the BBC Proms, in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass contrasted with Brahms's First Piano Concerto played by Barry Douglas.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Janácek: Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstr. P. Wingfield)

Mlada Khudoley (soprano)

Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano)

Mikhail Vekua (tenor)

Yuri Vorobiev (bass)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

Barry Douglas (piano)

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

One of choral music's greatest works, Janácek's Glagolitic Mass is a passionate, secular oratorio celebrating nationhood and peace. By contrast, conflict is to the fore in Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, a work that distils the drama of the composer's relationship with Schumann and his wife Clara. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Barry Douglas.

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 25th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Proms Chamber Music 1: Les Arts Florissants2014072120140727

Les Arts Florissants under Paolo Zanzu perform music by Rameau at Cadogan Hall, London.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Leading period-instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants launches the Proms Chamber Music series with the first of its two Proms appearances marking 250 years since the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau. France's leading Baroque composer, whom some have called the 'French Bach', proved more progressive than Lully, more virtuosic than Couperin. This lunchtime Les Arts Florissants appears on an intimate scale, performing Rameau's only chamber music - the lively and virtuosic Pièces de clavecin en concerts. With movements named after people, places and moods, each is a miniature character study, an evocative musical portrait.

Rameau: Premier concert : La Coulicam, La Livri - Rondeau gracieux, Le Vézinet

Rameau: Deuxième concert : La Laborde, La Boucon, L'Agaçante, Premier Menuet et Deuxième Menuet

Rameau: Troisième concert : La Lapoplinière, La Timide, Premier Tambourin et Deuxième Tambourin en Rondeau

Rameau: Quatrième concert : La Pantomime, L'Indiscrète, La Rameau

Rameau: Cinquième concert : La Forqueray, La Cupis, La Marais

Les Arts Florissants

Paolo Zanzu (harpsichord/director).

BBC PROMS01Psm 01: Armonia Atenea - Greek Myths20140802

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Greek ensemble Armonia Atenea and George Petrou, live at the BBC Proms with music from Baroque operas with appropriately classical storylines.

Handel: Alessandro - overture

Handel: Arianna in Creta - 'Se nel bosco'

Hasse: Artemisia - sinfonia

Paisiello: Olimpiade - 'E mi lasci così?'...'Ne' giorni tuoi felici'

Lully: Phaeton - suite

Vivaldi: Giustino - 'Vedrò con mio diletto'

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Dance of the Furies

Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide - 'Ma fille, Jupiter'

Paisiello: Olimpiade - 'Sciogli, oh Dio! le sue catene'

Myrsini Margariti (soprano)

Irini Karaianni (mezzo soprano)

Armonia Atenea

George Petrou (conductor)

The first Greek orchestra ever to appear at the Proms, Armonia Atenea is joined by its Artistic Director George Petrou to present a programme with an appropriately classical flavour. Greek myths form the thread through a Baroque labyrinth of arias and overtures from French, German and Italian operas, including Gluck's Orphée, Handel's Arianna in Creta and Lully's Phaeton. Furies rage, sons defy their fathers and heroines bewail their fate in what promises to be a concert of high drama.

This concert will be repeated on Wednesday 13th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 10 (part 2): Elgar, Walton, Moeran, David Horne20140725

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Walton, Moeran, David Horne and Elgar.

Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

Moeran: Violin Concerto

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

David Horne: Daedalus in Flight (London premiere)

Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

A concert of 20th-century English music begins and ends with works exploring musical friendships - Walton's Hindemith Variations pay homage to a beloved colleague; Elgar's Enigma Variations paint evocative portraits of friends and family. Tasmin Little joins the BBC Philharmonic for Moeran's lyrical concerto which meshes the composer's English heritage with his love of the Irish landscape. British music is brought right up to date with the shifting soundscapes of David Horne's Daedalus in Flight.

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 27th July at 16h00.

BBC PROMS02Prom 12 (part 2): Bach - St John Passion20140726

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Few classical works have the urgency and dramatic immediacy of Bach's St John Passion. Here it is vividly realised by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist. The finest Evangelist of his generation, Gilchrist sings the role at the Proms for the first time, under conductor Sir Roger Norrington, 80 this year.

JS Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)

Part 1

8.40pm Interval

9.00pm

Part 2

Evangelist - James Gilchrist (tenor)

Christus - Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Clint van der Linde (countertenor) - Proms debut artist

Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

Zürcher Sing-Akademie

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

In the first of two Proms appearances, leading Bach interpreter Sir Roger Norrington - celebrating his 80th birthday this year - directs his Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the St John Passion (bookended later this season by Peter Sellars's staging of the St Matthew Passion, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle) - a work noted for its dramatic sweep and emotional immediacy in the recounting of events leading to the crucifixion of Christ. It is realised here by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist, a distinguished Evangelist of his generation.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 28th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 14 (part 2): Durufle, Ravel And Simon Holt20140727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thierry Fischer live at the BBC Proms with music by Ravel, Duruflé's Requiem and a new flute concerto from Simon Holt for Emmanuel Pahud.

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Simon Holt: Morpheus Wakes (BBC commision: world premiere)

Ravel: La valse

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Duruflé: Requiem

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

Gerald Finley (baritone)

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

National Youth Choir of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Ravel's La Valse turns the Viennese waltz into a darkly tinged rhapsody, while his Valses nobles et sentimentales reflects the iconic dance in softer tones. Duruflé's Requiem is the musical cousin of Fauré's more familiar Requiem and anchors its warm 20th-century harmonies even more strongly in arching plainchant melody. Flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud joins the orchestra for the world premiere of Simon Holt's flute concert Morpheus Wakes - written for Pahud himself, who represents the god of dreaming 'as if slowly waking from a deep, troubled sleep'.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 29th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 15 (part 2): Mozart, Ravel And Jonathan Dove20140728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons live at the BBC Proms. Jonathan Dove explores Gaia Theory, Ingrid Fliter in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 and Ravel revels in Daphnis and Chloe, joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Jonathan Dove: Gaia Theory (BBC commission: world premiere)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë (complete version)

Ingrid Fliter (piano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Josep Pons (conductor)

Turbulent mythical love and poised Classical elegance come together in a concert that shifts from Jonathan Dove's large-scale orchestral work Gaia Theory to the intimacy of the Viennese salon in Mozart's ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 23, performed by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Ingrid Fliter.

Commissioned by Serge Diaghilev, Ravel's ballet Daphnis and Chloe is rich in all the colours and rhythms of turn-of-the-century Paris - an orchestral masterpiece that announced its composer as a force with which to be reckoned,

Inspired by the work of James Lovelock and continuing Dove's concern to address environmental issues in his music, Gaia Theory takes as its starting point Lovelock's idea that the Earth behaves as a self-regulating organism, and his description of all the inter-related processes maintaining the earth in the optimum conditions for life as a kind of dance. Dove says, "I was struck by James Lovelock's observation that, since life on earth began, the sun has got perhaps 30% hotter, and yet the earth has not. For hundreds of millions of years, the impact of the sun's heat has been moderated by cloud cover, the atmosphere, the albido of the polar ice-sheets and so on, all affected by the behaviour of microscopic organisms as well as by animal and ultimately by human activity, not to mention the respiration of plants and trees and innumerable processes all, as Lovelock describes, "locked in a sort of dance in which everything changes together.""

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

BBC PROMS02Prom 16 (part 2): Oriental Promise20140729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Tonight's visitors from Istanbul make their Proms debut, bringing the intoxicating East as filtered through Western ears. Sneak into Mozart's harem and witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba (in views by Handel and Respighi). Balakirev and Holst offer folk colourings from further afield

Balakirev, orch. Lyapunov: Islamey - oriental fantasy

Holst: Beni Mora

Gabriel Prokofiev: Violin Concerto (BBC commission: world premiere)

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail - overture

Handel, arr. Beecham: Solomon - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba

Daniel Hope (violin)

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Sascha Goetzel (conductor)

An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Wednesday 30th July at 2pm

Violinist Daniel Hope joins the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its Proms debut with a classical celebration of the Orient. Sneak into Mozart's harem, witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba in portraits by both Handel and Respighi, and enjoy the insistent rhythms and swaying hips of Balakirev's oriental fantasy Islamey. The concert also features a new violin concerto from Gabriel Prokofiev, commemorating the First World War centenary.

BBC PROMS02Prom 18 (part 2): Mahler, Ravel And Harrison Birtwistle20140730

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Ravel and Mahler.

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Mahler: Symphony No 5

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

The intense, contrasting moods of Mahler's Fifth Symphony make this one of the great orchestral showpieces, a journey from darkness to light. Before the interval, the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Alexandre Tharaud making his Proms debut in Ravel's virtuosic Left Hand Piano Concerto. The programme opens with the first of several works at this year's Proms celebrating Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, his atmospheric Night's Black Bird.

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 19 (part 2): Strauss And Elgar20140731

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two rarely heard masterpieces continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Richard Strauss: the mighty Festival Prelude and the Deutsche Motette (practically a concerto for choir). We move to more familiar musical territory with Strauss's Four Last Songs, whose late-Romantic nostalgia is shared by Elgar's Second Symphony

R Strauss: Festival Prelude

R Strauss: Deutsche Motette

R Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.35pm Interval

8.55pm

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)

Suzanne Shakespeare (soprano)

Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano)

Adrian Dwyer (tenor)

Brindley Sherratt (bass)

BBC Singers

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm

Two rarely heard works continue our 150th-anniversary celebration of Richard Strauss. Scored for organ and an orchestra calling for no fewer than 10 trumpets (six offstage), the Festival Prelude packs symphonic weight into its brief duration.

It is matched for impact by the Deutsche Motette - a concerto for choir by any other name: its vocal lines trace the same expansive arcs and arabesques as the composer's exquisite, autumnal Four Last Songs. Maintaining the mood of late-Romantic nostalgia, Elgar's Second Symphony delights in flexible chromaticism, its shifting moods coloured in delicate shades.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 4th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 2 (part 2): Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Liszt20140719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

East meets West as the China Philharmonic Orchestra launches the season's series of global orchestras making their debuts at the 2014 Proms.

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

Qigang Chen: Joie éternelle (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)

Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Haochen Zhang (piano)

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Long Yu (conductor)

The China Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Proms debut, launching this season's global orchestras strand. East meets West in a colourful programme featuring Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4, Liszt's First Piano Concerto and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Britain's own queen of the trumpet, Alison Balsom, joins them in Shanghai-born Qigang Chen's new trumpet concerto, a work co-commissioned by the KT Wong Foundation, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC, alongside Dutch and German partners.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 21st July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 20 (part 2): Walton, Gurney And Sally Beamish20140801

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins live at the BBC Proms. Music by Ivor Gurney commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, plus Sally Beamish and Walton.

Gurney: War Elegy

Sally Beamish: The Singing

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

James Crabb (accordion)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra explores responses to conflict across the generations. Gassed while fighting in the trenches in 1917, Gurney never fully recovered. His War Elegy (1920) is a characteristically personal lament - heavy with bittersweet sadness and regret. While not explicitly programmatic, the slow movement of Walton's First Symphony is among the 20th century's most poignant orchestral cries of grief - an echo in the 1930s, perhaps, of horrors past, and a foreshadow of horrors yet to come.

Sally Beamish's accordion concerto 'The Singing' will replace the earlier billed Violin Concerto, which has been cancelled due to performer illness. Originally premiered in 2006 by tonight's soloist, James Crabb, the piece commemorates the Highland Clearances. Meditating on the displacement of Scottish Highland communities in the 19th century to far shoreside allotments, and the emigration of yet others to the New World, Beamish uses Gaelic psalm and working songs, bagpipe pibrochs and birdsong to give voice to the story.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 5th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 21 (part 2): The John Wilson Orchestra - Kiss Me, Kate20140802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra and a cast of leading singers, live at the BBC Proms

Cole Porter: Kiss Me Kate

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Ben Davis

Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Minola - Alexandra Silber

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Tony Yazbeck

Lois Lane / Bianca - Louise Dearman

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

The appearances of John Wilson and his orchestra have become one of the annual highlights of the Proms. Following the enormous success of the staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate in its original 1948 arrangements. He is joined by a cast of leading singers in this irreverent reworking of The Taming of the Shrew - a play within a play.

BBC PROMS02Prom 23 (part 2): John Mcleod, Beethoven, Mozart - Requiem20140803

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO and NYCoS in Mozart's Requiem, with Carolyn Sampson, Christine Rice, Jeremy Ovenden and Neal Davies.

John McLeod: The Sun Dances

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

8.50pm Interval (see separate billing)

9.10pm

Mozart, compl. Robert D Levin: Requiem in D minor, K626

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Christine Rice (mezzo soprano)

Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass)

National Youth Choir of Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the second of today's Proms the dark majesty of Mozart's Requiem is explored by the youthful voices of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a quartet of exceptional vocal soloists. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Donald Runnicles begin their concert with a London Premiere, The Sun Dances by Scottish composer John McLeod, and continue with Beethoven's essay in abstract drama, his Fourth Symphony.

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

BBC PROMS02Prom 26 (part 2): Shostakovich And Berio20140805

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

European Union Youth Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko live at the BBC Proms play Berio's witty Sinfonia, contrasted after the interval with with Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony

Berio: Sinfonia

8.00pm Interval

8.20pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

London Voices

European Union Youth Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

A contemporary classic opens this concert from the European Union Youth Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko. Berio's Sinfonia is a witty, whistle-stop tour through centuries of Western culture - a high-water mark of 1960s experimentalism, with musical references extending from Bach and Brahms to Boulez and The Beatles. The orchestra and eight amplified soloists muse their way through an intricate and joyous web of quotations that frustrate interpretation even as they invite it.

Shostakovich's embattled Fourth Symphony asks the same questions as Berio, trying to reconcile the same conflicts and contradictions and finding only Babel and madness in one of the composer's most confrontational works.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 11th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 27 (part 2: Wagner, Elgar And Mathias20140806

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mark Wigglesworth live at the BBC Proms with Elgar's richly orchestrated First Symphony and the London premiere of the violin concerto by Welsh composer William Mathias

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot - overture

Mathias: Violin Concerto

7.50pm Interval

8.10pm

Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat major, Op. 55

Matthew Trusler (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

Mark Wigglesworth was Music Director with BBC NOW from 1996 to 2000. Now he returns to conduct the orchestra in the exuberently rhythmic overture to Wagner's early comedy Das Liebesverbot, and Elgar's First Symphony, a work that's steeped in the Germanic tradition of Wagner, Brahms and Beethoven. Yet it still embodies the essence of England, and according to Mark Wigglesworth, it's full of nostalgia but never sentimental, which makes for a fine line to tread.

Exciting young British violinist Matthew Trusler continues this Proms season selection of rarely heard violin concertos with William Mathias's neglected work from 1991.

When Mathias died at the age of only 57, Wales lost a key figure who had immersed himself in all aspects of the country's music-making. He was already seriously ill when he wrote the Violin Concerto, yet rather than any sense of declining skills it possesses a remarkable drive, cut through with elegiac writing that perhaps shows Mathias was only too aware that this could be his own swansong. Matthew Trusler gave the first performance since 1991 with BBC NOW just a year ago to great acclaim, and now this virtuosic celebration of song and dance receives its London premiere.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 12th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 28 (part 2): Beethoven And Stravinsky20140807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Stravinsky's Oedipus rex and an electric violin concerto by Brett Dean. Great soloists, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers, and conductor Sakari Oramo live at the BBC Proms.

Beethoven: Egmont - overture, Op. 84

Brett Dean: Electric Preludes

8.10pm Interval

8.30pm

Stravinsky: Oedipus rex

Francesco d'Orazio (electric violin)

Oedipus - Allan Clayton (tenor)

Jocasta - Hilary Summers (mezzo soprano)

Creon - Juha Uusitalo (bass-baritone)

Tiresias - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Messenger - Duncan Rock (bass-baritone)

Shepherd - Samuel Boden (tenor)

Rory Kinnear (speaker)

BBC Singers (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sakari Oramo conducts one of the great 20th-century dramatic showpieces - Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus rex. Driving with powerful inevitability to its climax, this monumental work matches Sophocles's tragedy in its visceral horror.

Brett Dean is the BBC Symphony Orchestra's new Artist in Association. His Electric Preludes for electric violin and string orchestra were commissioned for Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and were inspired by visual stimuli, including art by native Aboriginal artists and the internet.

The Prom opens with Beethoven's powerful Egmont Overture.

BBC PROMS02Prom 29 (part 2): Chopin, Franck, Saint-saens And Casella20140808

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The BBC Philharmonic and their Conductor Laureate, Gianandrea Noseda perform works by Casella, Chopin, Franck and Saint-Saëns. The orchestra is joined by a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Casella: Elegia eroica

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Franck: Symphonic Variations

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ', Op.78

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

David Goode (organ)

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Casella's powerful "Heroic Elegy", dedicated to the "unknown soldier", opens the concert and continues this year's Proms series of works written in the shadow of the First World War. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the orchestra for Chopin's lyrical but virtuosic First Piano Concerto and, after the interval, returns as soloist in Franck's Symphonic Variations. Saint-Saëns's thrilling journey from darkness to blazing light, the "Organ" Symphony, closes the programme.

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

BBC PROMS02Prom 31 (part 2): Elgar, Beethoven, Berlioz And Helen Grime20140809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Alice Coote joins the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder live at the BBC Proms in music inspired by the sea by Berlioz, Elgar, Beethoven, and the London premiere of a work by Helen Grime.

Berlioz: Overture 'Le corsaire'

Elgar: Sea Pictures

8.05pm Interval

8.30pm

Helen Grime: Near Midnight (London premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)

Hallé (Orchestra)

Sir Mark Elder (Conductor)

The sea lies the centre of tonight's concert from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. The sunshine glitters on the waves of Berlioz's swashbuckling overture Le corsaire, written while the composer was holidaying in Nice.

A celebrated Elgar champion, Elder is joined by British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for Sea Pictures: Elgar's only orchestral song-cycle, which ebbs and flows evocatively as it explores the fascination and fear inspired by the sea. While Helen Grime's Near Midnight explores a nocturnal theme, Beethoven created a storm of human drama in his 'Eroica' Symphony - a stirring musical meditation on heroism and valour.

Prom 31 Repeat, Friday 15th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 32 (part 2): Beethoven, Bruch And Walton20140810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner live at the BBC Proms play Beethoven's first Symphony, and joined by Joshua Bell in Bruch's violin concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

5.00pm Interval

5.20pm

Walton Arr. C. Palmer: Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario

Joshua Bell (violin and director)

John Hurt (narrator)

Trinity Boys Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner (conductor)

In his First Symphony Beethoven retained the 18th-century grace and wit of Haydn and Mozart, adding his own forward-looking innovations.

Bruch's First Violin Concerto is pure, swooning 19th- century Romanticism, while Walton's Henry V recalls a golden age of 20th-century film music. Sir Neville Marriner, 90 this year, returns to conduct the arrangement of Henry V he himself premiered in 1988. He is joined by Joshua Bell, the Music Director of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who appears as both director and soloist.

Prom 32 repeat Sunday 17th August 1600-1815.

BBC PROMS02Prom 33 (part 2): National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20140810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Edward Gardner live at the BBC Proms in music by Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no 1, with Louis Schwizgebel

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major

8.50pm Interval

9.10pm

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Sonance Severance 2000

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Edward Gardner (conductor)

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain makes its annual visit to the Proms with a fiery and virtuosic programme of 20th-century orchestral showpieces, conducted by Proms regular Edward Gardner.

A Russian first half sees BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel take the lead in Prokofiev's youthful First Piano Concerto. Written while the composer was still a student, it brims with the same audacious energy that pulses through Stravinsky's great ballet Petrushka. Lutoslawski's vivacious Concerto for Orchestra closes the evening with still more primary-coloured, folkloric brilliance and drama.

Prom 33 repeat Monday 18th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 34 (part 2): Strauss, Mozart And Nielsen20140811

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms with music by Richard Strauss, including his Burleske with pianist Francesco Piemontesi, and Nielsen's Fifth Symphony.

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op 24

Richard Strauss: Burleske

8.25pm Interval

8.50pm

Mozart: Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

In the first of his two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs Nielsen's Fifth Symphony, shaped by the conflicts and oppositions of the First World War and touching on a bleak nostalgia that is also at the core of Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration - a musical dramatisation of the roaming thoughts of a dying artist. Profundity is balanced by virtuosity in the 'complicated nonsense' of Strauss's youthful Burleske and Mozart's sunny Rondo in A major, both featuring former New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi.

Prom 34 repeat Tuesday 19th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 35 (part 2): Sibelius, Walton And Peter Maxwell Davies20140812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms with music by Sibelius, Peter Maxwell Davies and James Ehnes plays the Walton Violin Concerto.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Caroline Mathilde - suite from Act 2

Walton: Violin Concerto

8.00pm Interval

8.20pm

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

Mary Bevan (soprano)

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) (Proms debut artist and New Generation Artist)

James Ehnes (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

Commissioned by Jascha Heifetz, Walton's concerto extended the possibilities of what could be achieved on the violin, while at the same time maintaining a striking intimacy and emotional directness. Thomas Søndergård and BBC NOW open with a suite from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ballet Caroline Mathilde, in which the English princess is sent to an unhappy marriage in Denmark. Caroline Mathilde was written for The Danish Royal Ballet and premiered in 1991 in Copenhagen, with tonight's conductor playing percussion at the back of the orchestra in the pit. Sibelius had a painting of a flight of swans hung on the wall of his study, and these birds inspired the two great orchestral canvases in this concert - in the majestic 'swan theme' appears at the culmination of his Fifth symphony, and in a more serene and mystical way in the Swan of Tuonela.

Prom 35 repeat Thursday 21st August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 36 (part 2): Vaughan Williams And Alwyn20140813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo live at the BBC Proms. Music by Vaughan Williams, including The Lark Ascending with soloist Janine Jansen, and William Alwyn.

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps - overture

Alwyn: Symphony No. 1

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

7.45pm Interval

8.05pm

Vaughan Williams: Job: A Masque for Dancing

Janine Jansen (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Following his thrilling performance of A Sea Symphony at last year's First Night of the Proms, Sakari Oramo - a longtime champion of English music - returns with more Vaughan Williams. Ahead of her Last Night appearance, violinist Janine Jansen joins Oramo for that quintessentially English work The Lark Ascending, its dreamy pastoralism balanced by the jaunty charm and vigour of The Wasps overture. Job continues this season's thread of great 20th-century ballet scores, while William Alwyn's rarely heard First Symphony adds to the evening's nostalgia with the endless melody of its slow movement.

Prom 36 repeat Friday 22nd August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 38 (part 2): Sibelius, Bridge And Peter Maxwell Davies20140814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds live at the BBC Proms, perform works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sibelius and Bridge.

Sibelius: Finlandia

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 5

Bridge: Oration

8.50pm Interval

9.10pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Finnish conductor John Storgårds champions stirring works of his nation's musical hero. Sibelius's musical language is one of the starting points for much of Peter Maxwell Davies's symphonic music and its echoes can be heard in his Fifth Symphony, performed tonight in celebration of his forthcoming eightieth birthday. BBC New Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich joins the BBC Philharmonic for "Oration", Frank Bridge's meditation on war, ending with a visionary epilogue.

Prom 38 repeat Sunday 24th August 1600-1815.

BBC PROMS02Prom 39 (part 2): Strauss, Rameau, Mozart And Bernard Rands20140815

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Markus Stenz conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic mix of music climaxing with Strauss's heroic tone poem Ein Heldenleben

Rameau: Les Indes galantes - suite

Bernard Rands: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (UK premiere)

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Jonathan Biss (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Markus Stenz is a conductor with a far-reaching and wide-ranging musical appetite. Tonight's Prom embodies his searching musical personality as he conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic mix of music ranging from the early 18th century to the present day.

The first half juxtaposes music from a master of the French baroque, Rameau's Les Indes galantes, with a colourful work by the Anglo-American composer Bernard Rands. His Piano Concerto is heard for the first time in the UK, played by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Jonathan Biss.

While the second half begins with the elegant classicism of Mozart's first numbered symphony. And - as the BBC Proms continues to mark the 150th anniversary of Strauss's birth - reaches a suitably heroic climax, with that composer's vibrant tone poem Ein Heldenleben.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 26th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 4 (part 2): World Orchestra For Peace, Valery Gergiev20140720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

In its only UK concert this year, classical supergroup the World Orchestra for Peace returns to the Proms with its conductor Valery Gergiev.

Roxanna Panufnik: Three Paths to Peace (European premiere)

R Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten - symphonic fantasia

8.05pm Interval

8.25pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

World Orchestra for Peace

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

This celebrated orchestra marks Strauss's 150th anniversary with the colourful, fairy-tale soundscapes of his operatic masterpiece Die Frau ohne Schatten. Fantasy gives way to reality in the prescient tragedy of Mahler's Sixth Symphony, the glorious agony of its final movement foreshadowing the composer's own personal heartbreaks.

Roxanna Panufnik's Three Paths to Peace, commissioned by tonight's orchestra, meshes Christian, Jewish and Islamic musical traditions to tell the story of Abraham and Isaac.

BBC PROMS02Prom 40 (part 2): Bernard Haitink And The London Symphony Orchestra20140816

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra live at the BBC Proms in symphonies by Schubert and Mahler

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

7.00pm Interval

7.20pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

The London Symphony Orchestra returns to the Proms, joined by noted Mahlerian Bernard Haitink, for the composer's Fourth Symphony. Opening with one of Mahler's most charming melodies, lit by sleigh-bells, it closes with a song offering a child's-eye view of heaven, delivered here by soprano Camilla Tilling.

Famously described as a 'pearl of great price', Schubert's Fifth Symphony presents Classical perfection on a miniature scale. This compact symphony glows with melody and is as light on its feet as anything the composer ever wrote.

Prom 40 repeat Wednesday 27th August 1400-1530.

BBC PROMS02Prom 42 (part 2): Lest We Forget20140817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Andrew Manze conducts the BBC SSO in music from WW1 including Vaughan Williams 'Pastoral' Third Symphony

Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912)

Kelly: Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke

Butterworth: Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony

Allan Clayton (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor)

The BBC Proms continues to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with a concert of musical imaginations shattered by the Great War.

Rudi Stephan was born in 1887, and by 1912 his Music for Orchestra seemed to promise a great deal in its mysterious and expressionistic textures. In 1915 he was killed by a shot from a Russian soldier.

Frederick Kelly was a talented musician and Olympic rower. His heartfelt Elegy for Strings is a tribute to poet Rupert Brooke with whom he served at Gallipoli. Kelly was killed in the last days of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. George Butterworth, who is best remembered for his settings of E. A. Housman's poems A Shropshire Lad, died from a shot in the head during that same battle. His nostalgic songs are performed this evening by Roderick Williams.

And the Pastoral Fields of Vaughan Williams' Third Symphony are not the rolling hills of England, but those of France, where the composer served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The rhapsodic symphony, with the wordless voice of tenor Allan Clayton, is performed by Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and follows their dazzling performance of Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 at the BBC Proms in 2012.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 43 (part 2): Rachmaninov, Stravinsky And Tchaikovsky20140818

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs, live at the BBC Proms, in an all-Russian programme including Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

The concert opens with Stravinsky's fizzing Scherzo fantastique, and includes his neo-classical Violin Concerto - Baiba Skride is the soloist. The BBC Symphony Chorus and Crouch End Chorus and soloists join for Rachmaninov's choral symphony The Bells, chiming the journey from birth to death. And the concert ends with Tchaikovsky celebrating the defeat of Napoleon in spectacular style!

Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique

Rachmaninov: The Bells Op. 35

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Tchaikovsky: Overture '1812' Op. 49

Baiba Skride (violin)

Luba Orgonášová (soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Mikhail Petrenko (baritone)

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Prom 43 repeat Friday 29th August 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 44 (part 2): Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique20140819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under its Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Passion and despair, love and death, all feature in a programme that roams from the dark fantasy of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique to the soaring ecstasy of Strauss's Don Juan, while Elgar's Cello Concerto adds more delicate shades of melancholy and yearning.

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Truls Mørk (cello)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This season's showcase of global orchestras continues with the Proms debut of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. Together they explore the musical extremes of passion, despair, love and death. Perhaps the most powerful artistic expression of unrequited love, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a dark, vivid fantasy inspired by the woman who would eventually become his wife.

Strauss too had just married when he composed the soaring love theme of Don Juan. Elgar's last major work, the Cello Concerto, traces more questioning shades of emotion. There's a beautiful melancholy and tentative yearning to this work, coloured by the First World War: an elegy by any other name.

Prom 44 repeat Sunday 31st August 1600-1755.

BBC PROMS02Prom 46 (part 2): Daniel Barenboim And The West-eastern Divan Orchestra20140820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim live at the BBC Proms with music by Mozart, Ravel and two Middle-East composers: Israeli Ayal Adler and Syrian-born Kareem Roustom.

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - overture

Kareem Roustom: Ramal (UK premiere)

Ayal Adler: Resonating Sounds (UK premiere)

8.10pm

Interval

8.30pm

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Boléro

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim return to the BBC Proms in this live performance introduced by Andrew McGregor. They bring some Spanish-infused repertoire starting with music by Mozart, the overture to his opera The Marriage of Figaro, set in Seville. It's followed by the UK premiere of two compositions by Middle-Eastern composers: Israeli Ayal Adler and Syrian-born Kareem Roustom. And then it's time again for some more Iberian flavours with Ravel's music: his Rapsodie espagnole, then Alborada del gracioso, followed by an orchestral version of his Pavane pour une infante défunte, finishing with the mesmerising rhythms of his Bolero.

Prom 46 repeat Monday 1st September 1400-1630.

BBC PROMS02Prom 48 (part 2): Classical Tectonics20140822

BBC PROMS02Prom 49 (part 2): Russian Fairy Tales20140823

BBC PROMS02Prom 5 (part 2): Beethoven, Dvorak And Strauss20140721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, under conductor David Zinman live at the BBC Proms with music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Strauss in a vivid journey across Central Europe.

R Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks)

Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

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

Julia Fischer (violin)

Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich

David Zinman (conductor)

From the pastoral landscapes of Beethoven?s Symphony No. 6 to the vibrant folk scenes of Strauss's tone-poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Dvorák's Violin Concerto with soloist Julia Fischer, tonight's Prom takes a vivid journey across Central Europe. Celebrated Straussian David Zinman appears in his final concert as Chief Conductor of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, stepping down after almost 20 years.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 22nd July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 50 (part 2): Dvorak, Beethoven And Janacek20140824

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek live at the BBC Proms with music by Janacek, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Janacek: From the House of the Dead - overture

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

The evening opens with the authentic Czech soundscape of Janácek, in the overture from his final opera From the House of the Dead. Recent recordings of the Elgar and Dvorák cello concertos have propelled young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein into a fully fledged musical star. She makes her second visit to the Proms with the Dvorák - one of the great Romantic concertos. The composer sets his soloist against an unusually prominent orchestra, here the forces of the Czech Philharmonic, returning under Chief Conductor Jirí Belohlávek. After the interval Belohlávek directs Beethoven's 'apotheosis of the dance' - Wagner's expression referring to the rhythmic verve of the Seventh Symphony.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 8th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 51 (part 2): Free Prom - Dvorak, Grieg, Bax And Bill Whelan20140825

This year's Free Prom is a Bank Holiday matinee bursting with dance rhythms and colour - the perfect chance to experience the Proms for the first time.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Ulster Orchestra and Jac Van Steen live at the BBC Proms

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

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

4.00pm Interval

4.20pm

Bax: Roscatha

Bill Whelan: Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite (UK premiere)

Zhang Zuo (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Jac Van Steen (conductor)

A trio of Dvorák's colourful, folk-inspired Slavonic Dances opens the concert and Grieg's Piano Concerto, with its lively dance-themed finale and Norwegian folk echoes, continues the mood; the soloist is BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Zhang Zuo, making her Proms debut.

The concert ends in the Ulster Orchestra's Irish musical heartland with Bax's tone-poem Roscatha and Bill Whelan's new Riverdance suite - adapted from his music for the ever-popular stage show.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 9th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 52 (part 2): Ivan Fischer And The Budapest Festival Orchestra20140825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer live at the BBC Proms

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 14 in D minor (orch. I. Fischer)

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A major (orch. I. Fischer

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major (orch. I. Fischer)

Mozart: March in D major, K335/1

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

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Josef Strauss: Sphären-Klänge - waltz

Johann II Strauss: Vergnügungszug - polka

Dvorák: Legend in B flat minor, Op. 59 No. 10

Johann II Strauss: By the Beautiful Blue Danube - waltz

Johann II Strauss: Bandits' Galop

Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 11th September at 2pm

The Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Proms with a programme of orchestral showpieces. Sparkling Strauss dances are matched by a selection of Brahms's colourful Hungarian Dances, and Kodály's sweeping Dances of Galánta are balanced by the crisp Classical textures of Mozart's March in D major. At the centre is Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony, with its mood-swings and elusive harmonies.

BBC PROMS02Prom 53 (part 2): Brahms Night20140826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer conductor live at the BBC Proms

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major

7.40pm Interval

8.pm

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 12th September at 2pm

The second of two concerts by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra launches the Proms series of Brahms's symphonies. While the intimate, autumnal Third was inspired by a visit to the Rhine in 1883, the noble stature of the Fourth was dismissed by the composer as 'a few entr'actes and polkas which I happened to have lying about', despite it containing one of the most richly lyrical slow movements Brahms ever wrote.

BBC PROMS02Prom 55 (part 2): Tchaikovsky, Debussy And Unsuk Chin20140827

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung live at the BBC Proms play music by Unsuk Chin alongside two Western symphonic masterpieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky

Presented by Penny Gore

Debussy: La mer

Unsuk Chin: Šu

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Wu Wei (sheng)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Myung-Whun Chung makes his first Proms appearance this summer as Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its own Proms debut as one of our series of global orchestras.

They bring with them the sounds of South Korea in a concerto for sheng (traditional reed mouth organ) and orchestra written by their compatriot Unsuk Chin - a sonic game between soloist and orchestra.

Chin's evocative textures are framed by the sensuous richness of Debussy's La mer, capturing the sea in all its moods, and Tchaikovsky's final symphony, with its elusive but turbulent narrative.

BBC PROMS02Prom 56 (part 2): Holst - The Planets20140828

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski live at the BBC Proms in music by Schoenberg, Scriabin and Holst's the Planets

Holst: The Planets

8.20pm Interval

8.40pm

Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces

Scriabin: Prometheus - The Poem of Fire

Alexander Toradze (piano)

London Philharmonic Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

20th-century music takes three contrasting paths here in masterpieces by Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin.

Tuneful good humour and vivid characterisation see the century at its most approachable in Holst's well-loved The Planets. Scriabin's Prometheus is more eccentric - scored for piano, 'colour organ' and orchestra. This performance of it includes the optional part for choir and responds to the composer's imaginative ideas on colour.

Premiered at the Proms in 1912, Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces take tonality to the limit, anticipating the composer's later development of serialism.

BBC PROMS02Prom 6 (part 2): Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier20140722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne's new Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal.

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (semi-staged - sung in German) Act 1

7.40pm Interval

8.00pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 2

9.10pm Interval

9.30pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

Marschallin - Kate Royal (soprano)

Octavian - Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

Baron Ochs - Franz Hawlata (bass)

Sophie - Louise Alder (soprano)

Herr von Faninal - Michael Kraus (baritone)

Marianne - Miranda Keys (soprano)

Valzacchi - Christopher Gillett (tenor)

Annina - Helene Schneiderman (contralto)

Notary - Gwynne Howell (bass)

Italian Singer - Andrej Dunaev (tenor)

Innkeeper - Robert Wörle (tenor)

Police Inspector - Scott Conner (bass)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Glyndebourne marks its own 80th anniversary and Strauss's 150th with the composer's richly melodic Der Rosenkavalier - the first of a trilogy of Strauss operas at this year's Proms. Vienna has rarely sounded more beguiling, more gilded with nostalgia, than in this tragicomedy that combines romance with riotous farce.

BBC PROMS02Prom 60 (part 2): Roman Holiday20140901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit live at the BBC Proms with a celebration of Italy and especially the city of Rome. Music by Berlioz, Walton and Respighi.

Berlioz: Overture 'Le carnaval romain'

Walton: Sinfonia concertante (original version)

8:05pm Interval

8:25pm

Respighi: Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

Danny Driver (piano),

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Charles Dutoit (conductor).

Italian sunshine floods the Royal Albert Hall Tonight's Prom - with a Swiss conductor, a British orchestra, and music by an Italian, an Englishman and (first) a Frenchman. Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini - featuring the riotous Roman Carnival from which he took the Overture we'll hear tonight - was inspired by Berlioz's experiences during eighteen months in Italy after winning the French Prix de Rome in 1830. Ottorino Respighi settled in Rome for most of his adult life, and celebrated his adopted city in a triptych of increasingly flamboyant orchestral showpieces - depicting not just fountains, pines and festivals, but the children of Rome at play, the mysterious catacombs and the ancient Roman legions on the march. Charles Dutoit offers a rare chance to hear all three works in sequence. William Walton - one of the featured composers in the 2014 BBC Proms - dedicated the three movements of his original Sinfonia concertante to the three Sitwell siblings, Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell, who took him under their wing and (crucially) introduced him to Italy. "I've never forgotten it," Walton said of the experience of emerging from a tunnel under the Alps into the Italian sunlight: "a new world".

BBC PROMS02Prom 61 (part 2): Rachmaninov, Glinka And Zhou Long20140902

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Haefliger live at the BBC Proms, opening witho Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila overture, and closes with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila - overture

Zhou Long: Postures (European premiere)

8:12pm Interval

8:32pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony no. 2 in E minor

Piano: Andreas Haefliger

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Lan Shui (Conductor)

Continuing the World Orchestras strand this year, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under Music Director Lan Shui, bringing with it the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese composer Zhou Long's Piano Concerto - a fusion of Western forms and Eastern memories.

The concert opens with the overture to Glinka's fairy-tale opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, which weaves three melodies together with intricate skill. We end with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, in which the composer overcame his early artistic doubts to produce an expansive work with a brilliant, vivacious scherzo and one of his very loveliest slow movements.

BBC PROMS02Prom 62 (part 2): Beethoven, Berlioz And Dvorak20140903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington live at the BBC Proms with music by Beethoven, Berlioz and Dvorak.

Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F major

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet - Romeo Alone

8:12pm Interval

8:32pm

Dvovak: Symphony no. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington (Conductor)

Following his St John Passion earlier in the season, Roger Norrington returns tonight as Honorary Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Much-loved symphonies by Beethoven and Dvorak bookend a programme of big musical emotions that has at its core the wistful romance 'of the Romeo Alone section of Berlioz's sprawling choral symphony.

Beethoven's 'little symphony in F' brings joy and wit to the mix, belying the composer's troubled personal life with its sunny good humour. By contrast, biography is woven tightly into the melodies and rhythms of Dvorak's final symphony - the elegiac testimony to his love of his Bohemian homeland and his new-found fascination for the stories and traditions 'of America.

BBC PROMS02Prom 63 (part 2): Mahler And John Adams20140904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Marin Alsop returns to the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Music by John Adams - the UK premiere of his Saxophone Concerto - and Mahler, his colourful First Symphony.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

John Adams: Saxophone Concerto (UK Premiere)

8:16pm Interval

8:36pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Timothy McAllister (Alto Saxophone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (Conductor)

Marin Alsop makes a welcome return following her triumph at last year's Last Night, to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's First Symphony. Originally designated a 'symphonic poem', the work retains all the programmatic colour this suggests. A young hero travels through life, marvelling at nature and growing to maturity, but encountering the sorrows and conflicts of Fate at every turn.

Mahler's long-limbed lyricism meets its match in the muscular drive of John Adams's Saxophone Concerto, written for virtuoso soloist Timothy McAllister, and his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which pulses with anarchic life.

BBC PROMS02Prom 64 (part 2): Simon Rattle And The Berlin Philharmonic20140905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle dance through a programme of Russian music live at the BBC Proms - Stravinsky's Firebird ballet and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

7:10pm Interval

7:30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Berlin Philharmonic

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

In the first of their two BBC Proms this year, Sir Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic don their dancing shoes and whisk us off to Russia. Via America, in the case of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances: composed on Long Island for the Philadelphia Orchestra, they blend the balletic traditions of the exile Rachmaninov's Russian homeland with jazz influences from his adopted home, the United States. After the interval, there's authentic Russian ballet and fairytale in Stravinsky's breakthrough work about the magical Firebird.

BBC PROMS02Prom 66 (part 2): Bach - St Matthew Passion20140906

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

The Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle live at the BBC Proms in an innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion, with soloists including Mark Padmore and Christian Gerhaher.

J. S. BACH: St Matthew Passion - Part 1 (staging by Peter Sellars; sung in German)

8.15pm

Interval

8.35pm

J. S. BACH: St Matthew Passion - Part 2

Evangelist - Mark Padmore (tenor)

Christus - Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)

Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)

Eric Owens (bass-baritone)

Choristers from Wells and Winchester Cathedrals

Berlin Radio Choir

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

In the second of their two Proms this season, Sir Simon Rattle conducts his Berlin Philharmonic in Peter Sellars's innovative staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion. While the dramatic St John Passion (heard earlier this season) focusses on the action, the St Matthew is altogether more contemplative - confronting suffering and torture as well as salvation and redemption in some of Bach's most moving music.

A starry line-up of soloists is led by Mark Padmore's Evangelist and German baritone Christian Gerhaher singing the words of Christ.

BBC PROMS02Prom 67 (part 2): Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky And Behzad Ranjbaran20140907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Han-Na Chang live at the BBC Proms with music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Behzad Banjbaran.

Behzad Banjbaran: Seemorgh - The Sunrise (European premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

4.25pm

Interval

4.45pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Han-Na Chang (conductor)

Cellist and conductor Han-Na Chang makes her Proms conducting debut as Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra - one of this year's global orchestras, also making its debut. Their concert culminates in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, haunted by its recurring 'Fate' theme.

Vivid with contrasts and surging climaxes, the symphony is matched for drama by Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, a Proms favourite whose slow movement burns with restrained passion. Behzad Ranjbaran's Seemorgh is inspired by the mythical Persian bird of its title.

BBC PROMS02Prom 68 (part 2): Cleveland Orchestra20140907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst live at the BBC Proms with music by Brahms and the UK premiere of a work by Jörg Widmann featuring flautist Joshua Smith.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Jörg Widmann: Flûte en suite (UK premiere)

8.15pm

Interval

8.35pm

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Joshua Smith (flute)

Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of America's great ensembles. After an absence of almost a decade it returns to the Proms under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst for the first of two concerts.

If Brahms's stormy and intricately structured First Symphony sees the composer at his most serious and structurally ambitious, his Academic Festival Overture is a rare example of his levity - an elegantly constructed musical thank-you-letter to Breslau University, taking its themes from boisterous student songs.

At the centre of the programme is a concerto commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for its principal flautist Joshua Smith. Rejecting anything too grandiose, young German composer Jörg Widmann has opted for a suite of dance movements - playful, referential and imaginatively disorienting.

BBC PROMS02Prom 69 (part 2): Cleveland Orchestra20140908
BBC PROMS02Prom 7 (part 2): Shostakovich, Bartok And Tavener20140723

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek live at the BBC Proms. Shostakovich's great 10th Symphony, Isabelle Faust in Bartok's 2nd Violin Concerto , and a John Tavener premiere.

Tavener: Gnosis (BBC commission; world premiere)

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

7.30pm Interval

7.50pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Cox (alto flute)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

Isabelle Faust's association with Bartók extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer's violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Ji?í B?lohlávek for Bartók's Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it's a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms.

By the early 1950s and Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin's Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener ? some of the last works from England's great musical mystic. Gnosis - written for mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly with solo alto flute,strings and percussion.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 24th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 71 (part 2): Americana20140909
BBC PROMS02Prom 72 (part 2): English Music20140910
BBC PROMS02Prom 9 (part 2): Brahms And Janacek20140724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev live at the BBC Proms, in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass contrasted with Brahms's First Piano Concerto played by Barry Douglas.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

8.25pm Interval

8.45pm

Janácek: Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstr. P. Wingfield)

Mlada Khudoley (soprano)

Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano)

Mikhail Vekua (tenor)

Yuri Vorobiev (bass)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

Barry Douglas (piano)

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

One of choral music's greatest works, Janácek's Glagolitic Mass is a passionate, secular oratorio celebrating nationhood and peace. By contrast, conflict is to the fore in Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, a work that distils the drama of the composer's relationship with Schumann and his wife Clara. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Barry Douglas.

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 25th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Proms Chamber Music 2: Cpe Bach2014072820140803

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by hand-picked musical friends to explore the contrasts and contradictions of CPE Bach, who celebrates his 300th anniversary this year. The composer's Sonata in C minor in particular offers an extraordinary musical portrait of the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs.

CPE Bach: Trio Sonata in A major, Wq 146

CPE Bach: Violin Sonata in C minor, Wq 78

CPE Bach: Keyboard Sonata in E minor ('Kenner und Liebhaber' Collection No. 5), Wq 59/1

CPE Bach: Trio Sonata in C minor, 'Sanguineus and Melancholicus', for two violins and bass, Wq 161/1

Rachel Podger (violin)

Katy Bircher (flute)

Bojan Cicic (violin)

Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach. Second son of JS Bach and godson of Georg Philipp Telemann, he was also the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs, propelling music from the Baroque style of his father's time into the Classical era. When Mozart wrote, 'Bach is the father, we the children', he was referring not to Johann Sebastian but Carl Philipp Emmanuel.

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by musical friends in a programme to explore the weird and wonderful musical world of this fascinating musician. At its core is the extraordinary and unprecedented C minor Trio Sonata - an instrumental dialogue between a 'sanguine' man and a 'melancholic', in which each tries to persuade the other to change his mood.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London, violinist Rachel Podger and friends play music by CPE Bach

BBC PROMS02Psm 02: Lapland Chamber Orchestra20140809

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton Hill

John Storgårds and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra live at the BBC Proms with music including Harrison Birtwistle's concerto Endless Parade with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

CPE Bach: Symphony in B minor, 'Hamburg'

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Endless Parade

Honegger: Pastorale d'été

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Sinfonia

Sibelius: Rakastava

Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)

Lapland Chamber Orchestra

John Storgårds (Conductor)

John Storgårds directs his Lapland Chamber Orchestra - the most northerly professional orchestra in the EU - making its Proms debut.

Contemporary music forms a key role in the ensemble's work, and here the group celebrates the 80th birthdays of two major British composers - Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger is the soloist in Birtwistle's concerto Endless Parade, whose dark, maze-like landscape is matched by the languorous vistas of Honegger.

The anniversary celebrations of CPE Bach continue with the spiky, brooding textures of his Symphony in B minor.

Prom Saturday Matinee 2 repeat, Wednesday 20th August 1400-1530.

BBC PROMS03Pcm 03: Strauss And Mozart20140804

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds pair Strauss's youthful work with Mozart's Serenade in C minor.

Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K388

R Strauss: Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments

London Winds

Michael Collins (clarinet / director)

Richard Strauss was just 20 when he composed his Suite - and steeped in the conservative musical traditions of his horn-player father, who revered Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven above all. It's a legacy present here in the young Strauss's music, but developed and transformed into something altogether more rich and strange.

Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds set Strauss and his favourite composer, Mozart, side by side, presenting their very different takes on the 18th-century 'Harmonie' ensemble of wind instruments, and revealing the early seeds of Strauss's signature lyricism that would eventually flower in Der Rosenkavalier.

BBC PROMS03Prom 6 (part 3): Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier20140722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne's new Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal.

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (semi-staged - sung in German) Act 1

7.40pm Interval

8.00pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 2

9.10pm Interval

9.30pm

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

Marschallin - Kate Royal (soprano)

Octavian - Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

Baron Ochs - Franz Hawlata (bass)

Sophie - Louise Alder (soprano)

Herr von Faninal - Michael Kraus (baritone)

Marianne - Miranda Keys (soprano)

Valzacchi - Christopher Gillett (tenor)

Annina - Helene Schneiderman (contralto)

Notary - Gwynne Howell (bass)

Italian Singer - Andrej Dunaev (tenor)

Innkeeper - Robert Wörle (tenor)

Police Inspector - Scott Conner (bass)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Glyndebourne marks its own 80th anniversary and Strauss's 150th with the composer's richly melodic Der Rosenkavalier - the first of a trilogy of Strauss operas at this year's Proms. Vienna has rarely sounded more beguiling, more gilded with nostalgia, than in this tragicomedy that combines romance with riotous farce.

BBC PROMS03Psm 03 - A Portrait Of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies20140830

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

The London Sinfonietta with Tim Gill and Rebecca Bottone live at the BBC Proms, in celebration of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' 80th birthday

Peter Maxwell Davies: Linguae ignis

Peter Maxwell Davies: Revelation and Fall

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Mirror of Whitening Light

Cello: Tim Gill

Soprano: Rebecca Bottone

London Sinfonietta

Sian Edwards (conductor)

Celebrating his 80th birthday this year and the subject of one of this season's Proms Plus Composer Portraits, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the greats of contemporary British music.

This programme chosen by the composer himself explores his wide-ranging sound-worlds, from the sleek and glittering chamber textures of A Mirror of Whitening Light (completed in 1977, shortly after his move to Orkney) to the confrontational music drama of Revelation and Fall.

London Sinfonietta principal cellist Tim Gill is the soloist in the writhing plainchant melodies of Linguae ignis, and Sian Edwards returns to conduct, following her Proms Saturday Matinee appearance last year.

BBC PROMS04Pcm 04 - Prokofiev And Schubert2014081120140817

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo with pianist Itamar Golan live at the BBC Proms perform two works by Prokofiev and the Fantasie for violin and piano by Schubert

Prokofiev: Five Melodies

Prokofiev: Sonata in C major for two violins

Schubert: Fantasie in C major, D934

Janine Jansen (violin)

Sakari Oramo (violin)

Itamar Golan (piano)

Prior to her appearances at the Royal Albert Hall later this week and at the Last Night of the Proms, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen performs as a chamber musician alongside pianist Itamar Golan and violinist-turned-conductor Sakari Oramo. Although a familiar face on the podium, Oramo is only now making his Proms debut as a violinist.

Two richly coloured works by Prokofiev contrast with the Fantasie for violin and piano in which Schubert leans towards the sublime, less than a year before his death.

Proms Chamber 4 repeat Sunday 17th August 1302-1400.

BBC PROMS04Psm 04 - A Portrait Of Harrison Birtwistle20140906

Live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

In celebration of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Oliver Knussen perform some of his early works, live at the BBC Proms

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Verses for Ensembles

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Dinah and Nick's Love Song

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Meridian

Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)

Exaudi

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 80th birthday this year. The Proms marks the occasion with a concert from one of the UK's leading new music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

The group's relationship with Birtwistle's music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer's classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle's music.

BBC PROMS05Pcm 05 - Debussy And Strauss2014081820140824

From Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Debussy: Proses lyriques

Strauss: Ach Lieb Ich muss nun scheiden, Op 21 No 3

Strauss: Traum durch die DÃmmerung, Op 29 No 1

Strauss: Das Rosenband, Op 36 No 1

Strauss: Geduld, Op 10 No 5

Strauss: Waldseligkeit, Op 39 No 1

Strauss: Wer lieben will,muss leiden, Op 49 No 7

Strauss: Ach was Kummer,Qual und Schmerzen, Op 49 No 8

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

Malcolm Martineau (piano).

BBC PROMS05Pcm 05 - Strauss And Wolf20140818

From the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

This recital by Alice Coote and Julius Drake explores the Lieder of Strauss and Wolf. Strauss's Eight Poems from 'Letzte Blätter', dedicated to his wife, are some of the very earliest and loveliest of his 200 or so songs. For Wolf, inspiration came more from literature, with poems by Mörike and Goethe inspiring him to contrasting extremes of emotion.

R. Strauss: Eight Poems from 'Letzte Blätter'

Wolf: Mörike- and Goethe-Lieder - selection

R. Strauss: Four Songs, Op. 27 Nos. 1, 3 and 4

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Julius Drake (piano)

Having joined Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé earlier this season for Elgar's Sea Pictures, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote returns for a recital with pianist Julius Drake. Her programme of German songs includes Strauss's Eight Poems from 'Letzte Blätter' - some of the very earliest and loveliest of the 200 or so songs he composed over his lifetime. Dedicated to his wife Pauline and a gift to her on their wedding day, the Op. 27 Lieder are also among Strauss's most heartfelt.

For Wolf, inspiration came more from literature: poems by the gentle pastoralist Mörike and the philosopher of emotion Goethe inspired him to some of his most expressive musical extremes.

BBC PROMS06Pcm 06: Schubert, Mahler And Strauss2014082520140831

Louis Schwizgebel, Royal String Quartet and friends in Mozart, Mahler and Strauss.

Recorded at the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Louis Schwizgebel and the Royal String Quartet at the BBC Proms

Mozart: Piano Sonata in D major, K311

Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (version for septet) (arr. R. Leopold)

Louis Schwizgebel (piano)

Katarzyna Budnik-Galazka (viola)

Marcin Zdunik (cello)

Tomasz Januchta (double bass)

Royal String Quartet

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel made his concerto debut at the Proms earlier this season and now returns for a programme of chamber music.

He is joined by the Royal String Quartet for a concert that concludes with Richard Strauss's extraordinary Metamorphosen - heard here in the string septet form in which Strauss originally drafted it, before he expanded it for an ensemble of 23 solo strings.

Alongside it is a rarely heard curiosity - Mahler's contemplative Piano Quartet movement, the tantalising torso of a work never completed.

BBC PROMS07Pcm 07 - Benjamin Grosvenor2014090120140907

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) plays music by Chopin, Mompou, Weir and Gounod at Cadogan Hall.

Benjamin Grosvenor at the BBC Proms in music by Chopin, Judith Weir and Ravel

From the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Chopin: Ballade no. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Mompou: Paisajes

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Judith Weir: Day Break Shadows Flee (BBC Commission. World Premiere)

Gounod arr. Liszt: Waltz from 'Faust'

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

He may only just have turned 22, but pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is already a Proms regular. The precocious British pianist returns for his first Proms Chamber Music concert, performing a mixed programme with a dance theme pulsing through it.

He explores the waltz from the contrasting perspectives of Ravel and Liszt, exchanging bladed impressionism for dizzying virtuosity, while Mompou's Paisajes transports us to Barcelona, offering an evocative vision of a city from which the composer had been distanced for many years.

The contrast of nocturnal scurrying and warm radiance suggested the title for Judith Weir's new commission, written specially for Grosvenor.

BBC PROMS08Pcm 08: Walton - Facade2014090820140914

Nash Ensemble under John Wilson. Shostakovich arr L Atovmyan: 4 Waltzes. Walton: Facade.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Nash Ensemble live at the BBC Proms in waltzes by Shostakovich, and Walton's witty Facade, conducted by John Wilson.

Shostakovich (arr. L. Atovmyan): Four Waltzes

Walton: Façade

Felicity Palmer (reciter)

Ian Bostridge (reciter)

Nash Ensemble

John Wilson (conductor)

This year's focus on William Walton wouldn't be complete without his witty, genre-bending 'entertainment' Façade. Walton's first big success, the work sets poems by his friend and patron Edith Sitwell to create a sequence of colourful, whimsical and piquant numbers for chamber ensemble and reciters.

The whimsical side of Shostakovich is also represented, in his Four Waltzes. Arranged from the composer's earlier film scores, they range from the good-humoured 'Spring Waltz', the faux naïf 'Waltz-Scherzo' and the charmingly kitsch 'Barrel Organ Waltz'.