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20080722

Presented by Louise Fryer, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, perform mass settings by two masters of the Renaissance.

Both settings are based on the melody of the chanson Malheur me bat (Misfortune has Struck Me), whose original text is lost and which is performed here to a specially commissioned version by French Poet Jacques Darras.

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (conductor)

Ockeghem: Malheur me bat

Obrecht: Missa Malheur me bat

Josquin Des Prez: Missa Malheur me bat.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's Prom concludes with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Roger Norrington in Elgar's Symphony No 1 in A flat, described at the time of its debut by Hans Richter as 'the greatest symphony of modern times'.

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)

Roger Norrington (conductor)

Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Conductor Roger Norrington brings his German orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, to the Proms for a programme that includes key works by three much-loved composers.

The concert begins with Rossini's overture to his opera William Tell, with its brooding prelude for cellos and famous galloping ending, and is followed by Haydn's early C major Cello Concerto, long-thought lost until it turned up in the 1960s.

The soloist is young French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, here making his BBC Proms debut.

Rossini: William Tell Overture

Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C.

20080722

Presented by Louise Fryer, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, perform mass settings by two masters of the Renaissance.

Both settings are based on the melody of the chanson Malheur me bat (Misfortune has Struck Me), whose original text is lost and which is performed here to a specially commissioned version by French Poet Jacques Darras.

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (conductor)

Ockeghem: Malheur me bat

Obrecht: Missa Malheur me bat

Josquin Des Prez: Missa Malheur me bat.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's Prom concludes with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Roger Norrington in Elgar's Symphony No 1 in A flat, described at the time of its debut by Hans Richter as 'the greatest symphony of modern times'.

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)

Roger Norrington (conductor)

Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Conductor Roger Norrington brings his German orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, to the Proms for a programme that includes key works by three much-loved composers.

The concert begins with Rossini's overture to his opera William Tell, with its brooding prelude for cellos and famous galloping ending, and is followed by Haydn's early C major Cello Concerto, long-thought lost until it turned up in the 1960s.

The soloist is young French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, here making his BBC Proms debut.

Rossini: William Tell Overture

Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C.

20080723

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's Prom concludes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek performing Brahms's Symphony No 2 in D.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Prom continues with Lars Vogt in Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2.

Lars Vogt (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat.

Tonight's concert is a re-creation of a programme first heard at the Royal Albert Hall in 1958, with works by two great German composers.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by its chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek, who was raised in the European traditions of performing Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Mendelssohn: Overture (Ruy Blas); Symphony No 4 in A (Italian).

20080723

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's Prom concludes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek performing Brahms's Symphony No 2 in D.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Prom continues with Lars Vogt in Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2.

Lars Vogt (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat.

Tonight's concert is a re-creation of a programme first heard at the Royal Albert Hall in 1958, with works by two great German composers.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by its chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek, who was raised in the European traditions of performing Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Mendelssohn: Overture (Ruy Blas); Symphony No 4 in A (Italian).

20080724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom concludes with Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 4, which the composer dedicated to Arnold Bax.

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 1 in F minor.

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Philharmonic with its Conductor Laureate present a programme which includes the first public performance of Arnold Bax's In memoriam Patrick Pearse, a work written in memory of one of the leaders of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916, and only recently found to have been orchestrated.

Following this work, the orchestra is joined by Yevgeny Sudbin who makes his BBC Proms debut in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1.

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

Bax: In memoriam Patrick Pearse (First public performance)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor.

20080724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom concludes with Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 4, which the composer dedicated to Arnold Bax.

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 1 in F minor.

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Philharmonic with its Conductor Laureate present a programme which includes the first public performance of Arnold Bax's In memoriam Patrick Pearse, a work written in memory of one of the leaders of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916, and only recently found to have been orchestrated.

Following this work, the orchestra is joined by Yevgeny Sudbin who makes his BBC Proms debut in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1.

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

Bax: In memoriam Patrick Pearse (First public performance)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor.

20080803

Presented by Suzy Klein, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Organist Wayne Marshall performs an all-French programme on the Albert Hall's huge Willis organ, with works ranging from two pieces by Messiaen to a one by his protege, Naji Hakim.

There is also a symphony for solo organ by Marcel Dupre and to conclude the programme, an improvisation.

Jeanne Demessieux: Te Deum

Messiaen: Verset pour la fete de la dedicace

Marcel Dupre: Organ Symphony No 2

Naji Hakim: Pange Lingua

Messiaen: Prelude

Improvisation

Wayne Marshall (organ).

20080803

Presented by Suzy Klein, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Organist Wayne Marshall performs an all-French programme on the Albert Hall's huge Willis organ, with works ranging from two pieces by Messiaen to a one by his protege, Naji Hakim.

There is also a symphony for solo organ by Marcel Dupre and to conclude the programme, an improvisation.

Jeanne Demessieux: Te Deum

Messiaen: Verset pour la fete de la dedicace

Marcel Dupre: Organ Symphony No 2

Naji Hakim: Pange Lingua

Messiaen: Prelude

Improvisation

Wayne Marshall (organ).

20080805

Presented by Brian Kay, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The King's Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary year with a wide-ranging Anglo-French programme.

From Lassus to Bridge they perform a variety of French Renaissance madrigals, Victorian part-songs and English folk songs, as well as a selection of Poulenc's Chansons francaises.

And British composer John Mccabe brings a contemporary note with his Scenes in America deserta - commissioned by and dedicated to the ensemble.

Poulenc: Chansons francaises, Op 130 (selection)

John Mccabe: Scenes in America deserta

French Renaissance madrigals:

Lassus: Dessus le marche d'Arras

Passereau: Il est bel et bon

Lassus: Toutes les nuits

Janequin: La guerre

Victorian part songs:

Rogers: Hears not my Phyllis

Hobbs: Phillis is my only joy

Trad.

arr.

SE Lovatt: The Little Green Lane

Bridge: The Goslings

English folk songs:

B Chilcott: Greensleeves

G Langford: Blow away the morning dew

P Lawson: The Turtle Dove

G Langford: Widdicombe Fair

The King's Singers.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with a performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto, featuring young German violinist Julia Fischer.

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D

Julia Fischer (violin)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Yakov Kreizberg (conductor).

Presented by Penny Gore, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Netherlands Philharmonic and young violinist Julia Fischer perform a programme in which rustic dances provide the inspiration for the main works.

The concert begins with Dvorak's Sixth Symphony, with its cross-rhythmic third movement, and is followed by the Cyrano de Bergerac overture by Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar.

Wagenaar: Overture (Cyrano de Bergerac)

Dvorak: Symphony No 6 in D

20080805

Presented by Brian Kay, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The King's Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary year with a wide-ranging Anglo-French programme.

From Lassus to Bridge they perform a variety of French Renaissance madrigals, Victorian part-songs and English folk songs, as well as a selection of Poulenc's Chansons francaises.

And British composer John Mccabe brings a contemporary note with his Scenes in America deserta - commissioned by and dedicated to the ensemble.

Poulenc: Chansons francaises, Op 130 (selection)

John Mccabe: Scenes in America deserta

French Renaissance madrigals:

Lassus: Dessus le marche d'Arras

Passereau: Il est bel et bon

Lassus: Toutes les nuits

Janequin: La guerre

Victorian part songs:

Rogers: Hears not my Phyllis

Hobbs: Phillis is my only joy

Trad.

arr.

SE Lovatt: The Little Green Lane

Bridge: The Goslings

English folk songs:

B Chilcott: Greensleeves

G Langford: Blow away the morning dew

P Lawson: The Turtle Dove

G Langford: Widdicombe Fair

The King's Singers.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with a performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto, featuring young German violinist Julia Fischer.

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D

Julia Fischer (violin)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Yakov Kreizberg (conductor).

Presented by Penny Gore, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Netherlands Philharmonic and young violinist Julia Fischer perform a programme in which rustic dances provide the inspiration for the main works.

The concert begins with Dvorak's Sixth Symphony, with its cross-rhythmic third movement, and is followed by the Cyrano de Bergerac overture by Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar.

Wagenaar: Overture (Cyrano de Bergerac)

Dvorak: Symphony No 6 in D

20080806

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The evening's Prom concludes with composer George Benjamin conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in his first orchestral work Ringed by the Flat Horizon, dedicated to his teacher, Olivier Messiaen, plus popular works by Ravel.

George Benjamin: Ringed by the Flat Horizon

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte; Bolero

BBC Symphony Orchestra

George Benjamin (conductor).

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

British composer George Benjamin conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Messiaen's four meditations on religious themes, L'Ascension, followed by a performance of Stravinsky's neo-classical Violin Concert, in which German violinist Carolin Widmann makes her Proms debut.

Messiaen: L'Ascension

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto

Carolin Widmann (violin)

20080806

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The evening's Prom concludes with composer George Benjamin conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in his first orchestral work Ringed by the Flat Horizon, dedicated to his teacher, Olivier Messiaen, plus popular works by Ravel.

George Benjamin: Ringed by the Flat Horizon

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte; Bolero

BBC Symphony Orchestra

George Benjamin (conductor).

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

British composer George Benjamin conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Messiaen's four meditations on religious themes, L'Ascension, followed by a performance of Stravinsky's neo-classical Violin Concert, in which German violinist Carolin Widmann makes her Proms debut.

Messiaen: L'Ascension

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto

Carolin Widmann (violin)

20080807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with the Ulster Orchestra under Kenneth Montgomery performing Czech music, including part of Smetana's popular Ma Vlast and Dvorak's lively Eighth Symphony.

Smetana: Vltava (Ma Vlast)

Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G.

Presented by Alex Wilson, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Ulster Orchestra and its principal conductor Kenneth Montgomery perform a programme featuring music by Irish composers Howard Ferguson and Charles Villers Stanford, with young Irish pianist Finghin Collins makes his Proms debut in the latter's Second Piano Concerto.

Finghin Collins (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

Ferguson: Overture for an Occasion

Stanford: Piano Concerto No 2.

20080807

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with the Ulster Orchestra under Kenneth Montgomery performing Czech music, including part of Smetana's popular Ma Vlast and Dvorak's lively Eighth Symphony.

Smetana: Vltava (Ma Vlast)

Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G.

Presented by Alex Wilson, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Ulster Orchestra and its principal conductor Kenneth Montgomery perform a programme featuring music by Irish composers Howard Ferguson and Charles Villers Stanford, with young Irish pianist Finghin Collins makes his Proms debut in the latter's Second Piano Concerto.

Finghin Collins (piano)

Ulster Orchestra

Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

Ferguson: Overture for an Occasion

Stanford: Piano Concerto No 2.

20080811

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Gianandrea Noseda celebrates the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth by conducting the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers and an international cast in a concert performance of his one act opera Il tabarro.

Puccini: Il tabarro (sung in Italian)

Giorgetta....Barbara Frittoli

Luigi....Miro Dvorsky

Michele....Lado Ataneli

La Frugola....Jane Henschel

Il Tinca....Barry Banks

Il Talpa....Alastair Miles

A song-vendor....Allan Clayton

Young lover....Katherine Broderick

Young lover....Edgaras Montvidas

BBC Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a performance of Rachmaninov's Symphony No 1, now recognised for the masterpiece it is despite its disastrous premiere.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Messiaen's song-cycle Harawi is the first part of a trilogy of works inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.

Harawi alludes to Peruvian love songs, even though the texts to the 12 songs are by Messiaen himself.

Gwenneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)

Simon Lepper (piano).

20080811

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Gianandrea Noseda celebrates the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth by conducting the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers and an international cast in a concert performance of his one act opera Il tabarro.

Puccini: Il tabarro (sung in Italian)

Giorgetta....Barbara Frittoli

Luigi....Miro Dvorsky

Michele....Lado Ataneli

La Frugola....Jane Henschel

Il Tinca....Barry Banks

Il Talpa....Alastair Miles

A song-vendor....Allan Clayton

Young lover....Katherine Broderick

Young lover....Edgaras Montvidas

BBC Singers

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a performance of Rachmaninov's Symphony No 1, now recognised for the masterpiece it is despite its disastrous premiere.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Messiaen's song-cycle Harawi is the first part of a trilogy of works inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.

Harawi alludes to Peruvian love songs, even though the texts to the 12 songs are by Messiaen himself.

Gwenneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)

Simon Lepper (piano).

20080812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Rob Cowan presents Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, the tale of a princess who seduces a sultan with her never-ending fund of stories.

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky's enthusiasm for things English is demonstrated with performances of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Ashley Wass (piano)

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto.

20080812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Rob Cowan presents Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, the tale of a princess who seduces a sultan with her never-ending fund of stories.

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky's enthusiasm for things English is demonstrated with performances of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Ashley Wass (piano)

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto.

20080818

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Martin Handley presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom, featuring Beethoven's idyllic and dramatic Pastoral Symphony.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (Pastoral)

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under chief conductor Ilan Volkov give the second premiere of the season by centenary composer Elliott Carter - a miniature piano concerto performed by Nicolas Hodges.

lban Gerhardt is soloist in the challenging Symphony-Concerto by Prokofiev written for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Elliott Carter: Soundings (UK premiere)

Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto

20080818

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Martin Handley presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom, featuring Beethoven's idyllic and dramatic Pastoral Symphony.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (Pastoral)

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under chief conductor Ilan Volkov give the second premiere of the season by centenary composer Elliott Carter - a miniature piano concerto performed by Nicolas Hodges.

lban Gerhardt is soloist in the challenging Symphony-Concerto by Prokofiev written for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Elliott Carter: Soundings (UK premiere)

Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto

20080819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

This electro-acoustic Prom concludes with two works by Edgar Varese, one of the great early pioneers of electronic music: his tape piece Poeme electronique and his work for orchestra and tape Deserts.

Cedric Tiberghien (piano)

Emily Beynon (flute)

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)

Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM Computer Music Designer)

Jeremie Henrot (IRCAM Sound Engineer)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Varese: Poeme electronique; Deserts

This electro-acoustic Prom continues with Jonathan Harvey's classic Mortuos plango, vivos voco, merging the sound of the great bell of Winchester Cathedral with the voice of a boy treble, while his new commision Soundings plays on the musical content of speech.

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Soundings (BBC co-commission, with IRCAM and Radio France - world premiere)

A rare opportunity to enter the electro-acoustic sound world with works by some of the biggest names in electronic music.

Jonathan Harvey's Tombeau de Messiaen is a homage to 'a great musical and spiritual presence' and Messiaen himself is represented by the Concert a quatre, a work completed after his death by his widow Yvonne Loriod.

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

Messiaen: Concert a quatre

20080819

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

This electro-acoustic Prom concludes with two works by Edgar Varese, one of the great early pioneers of electronic music: his tape piece Poeme electronique and his work for orchestra and tape Deserts.

Cedric Tiberghien (piano)

Emily Beynon (flute)

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)

Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM Computer Music Designer)

Jeremie Henrot (IRCAM Sound Engineer)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Varese: Poeme electronique; Deserts

This electro-acoustic Prom continues with Jonathan Harvey's classic Mortuos plango, vivos voco, merging the sound of the great bell of Winchester Cathedral with the voice of a boy treble, while his new commision Soundings plays on the musical content of speech.

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Soundings (BBC co-commission, with IRCAM and Radio France - world premiere)

A rare opportunity to enter the electro-acoustic sound world with works by some of the biggest names in electronic music.

Jonathan Harvey's Tombeau de Messiaen is a homage to 'a great musical and spiritual presence' and Messiaen himself is represented by the Concert a quatre, a work completed after his death by his widow Yvonne Loriod.

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

Messiaen: Concert a quatre

20080821

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

The Prom concludes with Janacek's rarely heard semi-autobiographical opera Osud (Fate), about the writing of an opera, and which tells of the composer Zivny and his lover Mila, both the object of his obsessive love and the subject of his work.

Zivny....Stefan Margita

Mila....Amanda Roocroft

Mila's Mother....Rosalind Plowright

Dr Suda/Hrazda....Ales Briscein

Lhotsky....Ales Jenis

Konecny....Owen Gilhooly

Ms Stuhla....Ailish Tynan

Ms Pacovska/Fanca/Souckova....Martina Bauerova

Doubek as a child....George Longworth

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Janacek: Osud (concert performance - sung in Czech)

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music from his Czech homeland, including Dvorak's 16 Slavonic Dances, which began life as piano duets before his publisher persuaded him to orchestrate them - to huge success.

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 46

20080821

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

The Prom concludes with Janacek's rarely heard semi-autobiographical opera Osud (Fate), about the writing of an opera, and which tells of the composer Zivny and his lover Mila, both the object of his obsessive love and the subject of his work.

Zivny....Stefan Margita

Mila....Amanda Roocroft

Mila's Mother....Rosalind Plowright

Dr Suda/Hrazda....Ales Briscein

Lhotsky....Ales Jenis

Konecny....Owen Gilhooly

Ms Stuhla....Ailish Tynan

Ms Pacovska/Fanca/Souckova....Martina Bauerova

Doubek as a child....George Longworth

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Janacek: Osud (concert performance - sung in Czech)

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music from his Czech homeland, including Dvorak's 16 Slavonic Dances, which began life as piano duets before his publisher persuaded him to orchestrate them - to huge success.

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 46

20080823

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's American-themed Prom concludes with Antonio Pappano directing the National Youth Orchestra in Aaron Copland's Third Symphony, featuring his famous Fanfare for the Common Man.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Copland: Symphony No 3

Presented by Penny Gore.

The young star players of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are conducted by the youngest man ever to be appointed musical director of the Royal Opera Antonio Pappano.

The programme has an American theme and is launched by Frenchman Edgard Varese's hymn to the New World where he went to live.

This is followed by the last numbered piano concerto - composed mainly in New York - by Rachmaninov, a more reluctant US resident, who was self-exiled from Soviet Russia.

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Varese: Ameriques

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor

20080823

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's American-themed Prom concludes with Antonio Pappano directing the National Youth Orchestra in Aaron Copland's Third Symphony, featuring his famous Fanfare for the Common Man.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Copland: Symphony No 3

Presented by Penny Gore.

The young star players of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are conducted by the youngest man ever to be appointed musical director of the Royal Opera Antonio Pappano.

The programme has an American theme and is launched by Frenchman Edgard Varese's hymn to the New World where he went to live.

This is followed by the last numbered piano concerto - composed mainly in New York - by Rachmaninov, a more reluctant US resident, who was self-exiled from Soviet Russia.

Boris Berezovsky (piano)

Varese: Ameriques

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor

20080824

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Chinese cellist Jian Wang takes centre stage for the first three of Bach;s six solo cello suites.

Works of considerable technical accomplishment as well as intellectual and spiritual nourishment, Jian Wang comments that 'Bach's music has a lot of qualities that appeal to the Chinese philosophy of life: to be humble, to wish but not desire, to love but not own.'

Jian Wang (cello)

Bach: Suites for solo cello: No 1 in G; No 2 in D minor; No 3 in C

John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's dramatic and moving Passiontide oratorio based on the Gospel according to St John.

It focuses on the emotional and political drama of the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus - betrayed by Judas, abandoned by his disciples, flogged then defended by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, but finally condemned at the behest of the angry mob.

Evangelist....Mark Padmore (tenor)

Christus....Peter Harvey (baritone)

Katharine Fuge (soprano)

Robin Blaze (countertenor)

Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

Jeremy Budd (tenor)

Matthew Brook (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Renowned Bach interpreter Simon Preston is at the Royal Albert Hall's great organ for a cross-section of repertoire by the instrument's most eminent composer.

With a mixture of the famous and the less well-known - ranging from the celebrated Toccata and Fugue to one of a set of small but intricate duets which the composer wrote towards the end of his life.

Bach the inventive contrapuntist is represented by the Canonic Variations, while Bach the pious Lutheran by two of his chorale preludes and finally Bach as a master of high-flown musical rhetoric is heard in the St Anne Prelude and Fugue.

Simon Preston (organ)

Bach:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, BWV 769

Prelude in E flat, BWV 552 No 1 (St Anne)

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682

Aus tiefer Not, BWV 687

Duetto No 2 in F, BWV 803

Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 No 2 (St Anne)

20080824

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Chinese cellist Jian Wang takes centre stage for the first three of Bach;s six solo cello suites.

Works of considerable technical accomplishment as well as intellectual and spiritual nourishment, Jian Wang comments that 'Bach's music has a lot of qualities that appeal to the Chinese philosophy of life: to be humble, to wish but not desire, to love but not own.'

Jian Wang (cello)

Bach: Suites for solo cello: No 1 in G; No 2 in D minor; No 3 in C

John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's dramatic and moving Passiontide oratorio based on the Gospel according to St John.

It focuses on the emotional and political drama of the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus - betrayed by Judas, abandoned by his disciples, flogged then defended by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, but finally condemned at the behest of the angry mob.

Evangelist....Mark Padmore (tenor)

Christus....Peter Harvey (baritone)

Katharine Fuge (soprano)

Robin Blaze (countertenor)

Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

Jeremy Budd (tenor)

Matthew Brook (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Renowned Bach interpreter Simon Preston is at the Royal Albert Hall's great organ for a cross-section of repertoire by the instrument's most eminent composer.

With a mixture of the famous and the less well-known - ranging from the celebrated Toccata and Fugue to one of a set of small but intricate duets which the composer wrote towards the end of his life.

Bach the inventive contrapuntist is represented by the Canonic Variations, while Bach the pious Lutheran by two of his chorale preludes and finally Bach as a master of high-flown musical rhetoric is heard in the St Anne Prelude and Fugue.

Simon Preston (organ)

Bach:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, BWV 769

Prelude in E flat, BWV 552 No 1 (St Anne)

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682

Aus tiefer Not, BWV 687

Duetto No 2 in F, BWV 803

Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 No 2 (St Anne)

20080825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's all-Russian programme concludes with Daniele Gatti conducting Tchaikovsky's great Fifth Symphony, which proceeds from darkness to light, culminating in a triumphal march.

Presented by Martin Handley.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns for its second Prom of the season, this time under conductor Daniele Gatti in an all-Russian programme that suits his flair for colour and emotional intensity.

Prokofiev's ballet score Romeo and Juliet tells the story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and features some of his most popular music.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniele Gatti (conductor)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

20080825

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's all-Russian programme concludes with Daniele Gatti conducting Tchaikovsky's great Fifth Symphony, which proceeds from darkness to light, culminating in a triumphal march.

Presented by Martin Handley.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns for its second Prom of the season, this time under conductor Daniele Gatti in an all-Russian programme that suits his flair for colour and emotional intensity.

Prokofiev's ballet score Romeo and Juliet tells the story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and features some of his most popular music.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniele Gatti (conductor)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

20080827

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

A Prom featuring Einojuhani Rautavaara's most popular work - a soundscape for taped birdsong and orchestra, set against John Tavener's early cantata The Whale, the work that the London Sinfonietta premiered at its first concert 40 years ago.

Th rpogramme concludes with the UK premiere of Tavener's Cantus mysticus, which uses texts by Goethe Dante and Buddhist scripture to explore the creative feminine element in the divine.

Patricia Rozario (soprano)

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta Chorus

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton (conductor)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus arcticus

John Tavener: Cantus mysticus (UK premiere); The Whale

The Prom concludes with Peter Eotvos conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, followed by two works by Ravel - the song cycle Scheherezade, featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the second suite from the ballet Daphnis et Chloe.

Akiko Suwanai (violin)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Eotvos (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Ravel: Scheherazade

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Peter Eotvos conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in works including Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune and the UK premiere of his own violin concerto Seven.

Featuring soloist Akiko Suwanai, the latter piece was written to commemorate the seven astronauts who lost their lives in the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003.

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Peter Eotvos: Seven (violin concerto) (UK premiere)

20080827

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

A Prom featuring Einojuhani Rautavaara's most popular work - a soundscape for taped birdsong and orchestra, set against John Tavener's early cantata The Whale, the work that the London Sinfonietta premiered at its first concert 40 years ago.

Th rpogramme concludes with the UK premiere of Tavener's Cantus mysticus, which uses texts by Goethe Dante and Buddhist scripture to explore the creative feminine element in the divine.

Patricia Rozario (soprano)

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta Chorus

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton (conductor)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus arcticus

John Tavener: Cantus mysticus (UK premiere); The Whale

The Prom concludes with Peter Eotvos conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, followed by two works by Ravel - the song cycle Scheherezade, featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the second suite from the ballet Daphnis et Chloe.

Akiko Suwanai (violin)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Eotvos (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Ravel: Scheherazade

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Peter Eotvos conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in works including Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune and the UK premiere of his own violin concerto Seven.

Featuring soloist Akiko Suwanai, the latter piece was written to commemorate the seven astronauts who lost their lives in the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003.

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Peter Eotvos: Seven (violin concerto) (UK premiere)

20080830

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the icy blast of Sibelius' Tchaikovsky-influenced First Symphony, also from conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste's homeland.

Sibelius: Symphony No 1

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

This Prom is a journey north and east, featuring the Oslo Philharmonic performing a work from its Finnish conductor's homeland, and a pianist from Russia playing Rachmaninov's grandest piano concerto.

Magnus Lindberg: Seht die Sonne (UK premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3

Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

20080830

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the icy blast of Sibelius' Tchaikovsky-influenced First Symphony, also from conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste's homeland.

Sibelius: Symphony No 1

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

This Prom is a journey north and east, featuring the Oslo Philharmonic performing a work from its Finnish conductor's homeland, and a pianist from Russia playing Rachmaninov's grandest piano concerto.

Magnus Lindberg: Seht die Sonne (UK premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3

Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

20080831

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

A line-up featuring over 220 voices of the massed choirs of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Crouch End Festival Chorus, an international array of soloists and Jiri Belohlavek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Verdi's Requiem, a work that the composer called one of his greatest achievements.

One of the best known choral works in the repertory, the Requiem is every bit as popular as Verdi's famous operas, and the composer himself conducted the British premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in 1875 to a tumultuous reception.

Verdi: Requiem

Violeta Urmana (soprano)

Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs a solo recital in typical high-octane style.

This popular programme features some of his favourite composers and a duet performance with the nine-year-old pianist he has dubbed 'little Mozart'.

Lang Lang (piano)

Marc Yu (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No 13 in B flat, K333

Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5; Prelude in B flat, Op 23 No 2

Chopin: Grande polonaise brilliante, Op 22

Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D940 - for piano duet

Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin; Les collines d'Anacapri (Preludes - Book 1)

Traditional Chinese: Moonlight Reflections; Spring Dance

Liszt, transc.

Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, S244

20080831

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

A line-up featuring over 220 voices of the massed choirs of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Crouch End Festival Chorus, an international array of soloists and Jiri Belohlavek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Verdi's Requiem, a work that the composer called one of his greatest achievements.

One of the best known choral works in the repertory, the Requiem is every bit as popular as Verdi's famous operas, and the composer himself conducted the British premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in 1875 to a tumultuous reception.

Verdi: Requiem

Violeta Urmana (soprano)

Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs a solo recital in typical high-octane style.

This popular programme features some of his favourite composers and a duet performance with the nine-year-old pianist he has dubbed 'little Mozart'.

Lang Lang (piano)

Marc Yu (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No 13 in B flat, K333

Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5; Prelude in B flat, Op 23 No 2

Chopin: Grande polonaise brilliante, Op 22

Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D940 - for piano duet

Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin; Les collines d'Anacapri (Preludes - Book 1)

Traditional Chinese: Moonlight Reflections; Spring Dance

Liszt, transc.

Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, S244

20080901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

The Proms Messiaen centenary celebrations continue with the composer's Cinq rechants - a work which draws its inspiration from a mixture of Sanskrit texts, traditional Indian rhythms, Renaissance polyphony and ancient tales and mythology, creating a sensual, vocally virtuosic and highly-charged synthesis of styles and language.

The opening sequence likewise weaves together music of the East and West.

Nishat Khan joins the BBC Singers in a short sequence of French Renaissance motets and chansons - exploring the season of spring and the erotic imagery associated with it - woven around improvised classical Indian ragas, echoing the mood of Messiaen.

And Nishat Khan concludes the programme with a selection of night ragas, chosen according to the mood of the occasion.

Motets and chansons by Claudin de Sermisy, Jean Richafort, Antoine Brumel and Claude Le Jeune, interspersed with Indian ragas.

Messiaen: Cinq rechants

Night ragas

Nishat Khan (sitar)

Rashid Mustafa Thirak (tabla)

Natasha Ahmad (tanpura)

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

The Prom concludes with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Colin Davis in Sibelius' much-loved Symphony No 2.

Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Colin Davis (conductor)

Presented by Louise Fryer.

A performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, featuring Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider and Colin Davis conducting the hand-picked players of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

20080901

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

The Proms Messiaen centenary celebrations continue with the composer's Cinq rechants - a work which draws its inspiration from a mixture of Sanskrit texts, traditional Indian rhythms, Renaissance polyphony and ancient tales and mythology, creating a sensual, vocally virtuosic and highly-charged synthesis of styles and language.

The opening sequence likewise weaves together music of the East and West.

Nishat Khan joins the BBC Singers in a short sequence of French Renaissance motets and chansons - exploring the season of spring and the erotic imagery associated with it - woven around improvised classical Indian ragas, echoing the mood of Messiaen.

And Nishat Khan concludes the programme with a selection of night ragas, chosen according to the mood of the occasion.

Motets and chansons by Claudin de Sermisy, Jean Richafort, Antoine Brumel and Claude Le Jeune, interspersed with Indian ragas.

Messiaen: Cinq rechants

Night ragas

Nishat Khan (sitar)

Rashid Mustafa Thirak (tabla)

Natasha Ahmad (tanpura)

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

The Prom concludes with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Colin Davis in Sibelius' much-loved Symphony No 2.

Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Colin Davis (conductor)

Presented by Louise Fryer.

A performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, featuring Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider and Colin Davis conducting the hand-picked players of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

20080902

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle perform Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony, based on the tragic story of the forbidden love between the Cornish knight Tristan and Isolde the Irish princess.

Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Tristan Murail (ondes martenot)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Presented by Martin Handley.

The celebrated Berlin Philharmonic, in the first of two Proms with principal conductor Simon Rattle, perform a programme of works based on the tragic story of the forbidden love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde.

The concert begins with Wagner's own concert version of the overture to his great opera of love and death combined with the final aria of his heroine.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod

Berlin Philharmonic

20080902

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle perform Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony, based on the tragic story of the forbidden love between the Cornish knight Tristan and Isolde the Irish princess.

Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Tristan Murail (ondes martenot)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Presented by Martin Handley.

The celebrated Berlin Philharmonic, in the first of two Proms with principal conductor Simon Rattle, perform a programme of works based on the tragic story of the forbidden love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde.

The concert begins with Wagner's own concert version of the overture to his great opera of love and death combined with the final aria of his heroine.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod

Berlin Philharmonic

20080903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle performing Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, written soon after the death of Joseph Stalin, coming after a long gap following the three war symphonies.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10

Berlin Philharmonic

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Presented by Martin Handley.

The second Prom given by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle features Brahms' Third Symphony, whose opening three chords announce the motto on the notes F-A-F - frei aber froh (free but joyful).

Brahms: Symphony No 3

20080903

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle performing Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, written soon after the death of Joseph Stalin, coming after a long gap following the three war symphonies.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10

Berlin Philharmonic

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Presented by Martin Handley.

The second Prom given by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle features Brahms' Third Symphony, whose opening three chords announce the motto on the notes F-A-F - frei aber froh (free but joyful).

Brahms: Symphony No 3

20080905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski in Stravinsky's exotic, early ballet The Firebird.

Stravinsky: The Firebird

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Presented by Tom Service.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and its chief conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, mark the centenary of Rimsky-Korsakov's death with his rarely-heard opera Kashchey the Immortal.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Immortal

Kashchey....Vyacheslav Voynarovsky

Princess....Tatiana Monogarova

Ivan Korolevich....Pavel Baransky

Kashcheyevna....Elena Manistina

Storm Knight....Mikhail Petrenko

BBC Singers

20080905

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski in Stravinsky's exotic, early ballet The Firebird.

Stravinsky: The Firebird

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Presented by Tom Service.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and its chief conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, mark the centenary of Rimsky-Korsakov's death with his rarely-heard opera Kashchey the Immortal.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Immortal

Kashchey....Vyacheslav Voynarovsky

Princess....Tatiana Monogarova

Ivan Korolevich....Pavel Baransky

Kashcheyevna....Elena Manistina

Storm Knight....Mikhail Petrenko

BBC Singers

20080906

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with Rainbow, by Thea Musgrave, who celebrates her 80th birthday this year.

The work charts a musical journey from approaching storm, through the appearance of a rainbow to a sunny chorale of thanksgiving, and is followed by Debussy's La mer.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Thea Musgrave: Rainbow

Debussy: La mer

Celebrated French conductor Stephane Deneve conducts a programme dominated by the sea.

The erotic Bacchus et Ariane Suite No 2 by the mariner-turned-composer, Albert Roussel, is followed by Rachmaninov's most popular piano concerto, which completes a Proms cycle of the composer's concertos.

Stephen Hough (piano)

Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane - Suite No 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor

20080906

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with Rainbow, by Thea Musgrave, who celebrates her 80th birthday this year.

The work charts a musical journey from approaching storm, through the appearance of a rainbow to a sunny chorale of thanksgiving, and is followed by Debussy's La mer.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stephane Deneve (conductor)

Thea Musgrave: Rainbow

Debussy: La mer

Celebrated French conductor Stephane Deneve conducts a programme dominated by the sea.

The erotic Bacchus et Ariane Suite No 2 by the mariner-turned-composer, Albert Roussel, is followed by Rachmaninov's most popular piano concerto, which completes a Proms cycle of the composer's concertos.

Stephen Hough (piano)

Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane - Suite No 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor

20080907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the third part of Messiaen's Saint Francis of Assisi, peformed by The Netherlands Opera and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prom continues with the second part of Messiaen's Saint Francis of Assisi, featuring the Netherlands Opera and The Hague Philharmonic

Presented by Tom Service.

A performance of the only opera Messiaen ever wrote - a grand exploration of the life of St Francis of Assisi.

In it, St Francis undertakes his spiritual journey, guided by an angel, embracing a leper, preaching to the birds - who sing authentic Umbrian birdsongs Messiaen collected at Assisi - receiving the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) and finally being received into Heaven.

Messiaen: Saint Francis of Assisi (concert performance; sung in French): Part 1

The Netherlands Opera:

St Francis....Rod Gilfry

Angel....Heidi Grant Murphy

Leper....Hubert Delamboye

Brother Leo....Henk Neven

Brother Masseo....Charles Workman

Brother Elias....Donald Kaasch

Brother Bernard....Armand Arapian

Brother Sylvester....Jan Willem Balijet

Brother Rufus....Andre Morsch

Chorus of The Netherlands Opera

The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher (conductor)

20080907

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the third part of Messiaen's Saint Francis of Assisi, peformed by The Netherlands Opera and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prom continues with the second part of Messiaen's Saint Francis of Assisi, featuring the Netherlands Opera and The Hague Philharmonic

Presented by Tom Service.

A performance of the only opera Messiaen ever wrote - a grand exploration of the life of St Francis of Assisi.

In it, St Francis undertakes his spiritual journey, guided by an angel, embracing a leper, preaching to the birds - who sing authentic Umbrian birdsongs Messiaen collected at Assisi - receiving the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) and finally being received into Heaven.

Messiaen: Saint Francis of Assisi (concert performance; sung in French): Part 1

The Netherlands Opera:

St Francis....Rod Gilfry

Angel....Heidi Grant Murphy

Leper....Hubert Delamboye

Brother Leo....Henk Neven

Brother Masseo....Charles Workman

Brother Elias....Donald Kaasch

Brother Bernard....Armand Arapian

Brother Sylvester....Jan Willem Balijet

Brother Rufus....Andre Morsch

Chorus of The Netherlands Opera

The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher (conductor)

20080908

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, a famed interpreter of Mahler, performing the German composer's Sixth Symphony.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No 6

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

The first of two Proms given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Bernard Haitink begins with a recent piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage, one of the orchestra's two Mead composers-in-residence.

Turnage took as his inspiration not only the city's orchestra, but also the work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg and his own memories of Haitink's recordings.

The work is dedicated to former Proms director John Drummond.

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Chicago Remains (European premiere)

20080908

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, a famed interpreter of Mahler, performing the German composer's Sixth Symphony.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No 6

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

The first of two Proms given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Bernard Haitink begins with a recent piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage, one of the orchestra's two Mead composers-in-residence.

Turnage took as his inspiration not only the city's orchestra, but also the work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg and his own memories of Haitink's recordings.

The work is dedicated to former Proms director John Drummond.

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Chicago Remains (European premiere)

20080909

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink performing the symphony Shostakovich himself suppressed, fearing the wrath of Stalin's regime.

It remained unperformed for a quarter of a century.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 4

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The second of this year's concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra sees the return of pianist Murray Perahia to the Proms after an absence of more than 20 years, performing under Bernard Haitink.

Celebrated around the world for his performances of Mozart, Perahia here performs the Piano Concerto, K491.

Murray Perahia (piano)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491

20080909

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink performing the symphony Shostakovich himself suppressed, fearing the wrath of Stalin's regime.

It remained unperformed for a quarter of a century.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 4

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The second of this year's concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra sees the return of pianist Murray Perahia to the Proms after an absence of more than 20 years, performing under Bernard Haitink.

Celebrated around the world for his performances of Mozart, Perahia here performs the Piano Concerto, K491.

Murray Perahia (piano)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491

20080911

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No 1.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Christoph Eschenbach brings his Orchestre de Paris to the Proms for a performance of a major work by young German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.

American soprano Marisol Montalvo sings Pintscher's Herodiade Fragmente, based on texts by the French symbolist poet Stephane Mallarme.

Matthias Pintscher: Herodiade-Fragmente

Marisol Montalvo (soprano)

Orchestre de Paris

Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)

20080911

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No 1.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Christoph Eschenbach brings his Orchestre de Paris to the Proms for a performance of a major work by young German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.

American soprano Marisol Montalvo sings Pintscher's Herodiade Fragmente, based on texts by the French symbolist poet Stephane Mallarme.

Matthias Pintscher: Herodiade-Fragmente

Marisol Montalvo (soprano)

Orchestre de Paris

Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)

20080912

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the epic Choral Symphony, in which they are joined by four leading soloists and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.

Emma Bell (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

Timothy Robinson (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral)

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a sequence in which the mood moves from light to dark and back again, beginning with Wagner through Penderecki's threnody for those who died in Hiroshima in 1945 to Beethoven's Elegiac Song.

Wagner: Parsifal (Prelude - Act 1)

Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Beethoven: Elegische Gesang, Op 118

20080912

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the epic Choral Symphony, in which they are joined by four leading soloists and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.

Emma Bell (soprano)

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

Timothy Robinson (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral)

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a sequence in which the mood moves from light to dark and back again, beginning with Wagner through Penderecki's threnody for those who died in Hiroshima in 1945 to Beethoven's Elegiac Song.

Wagner: Parsifal (Prelude - Act 1)

Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Beethoven: Elegische Gesang, Op 118

20080913

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Last Night concludes with Anna Meredith's nation-hopping commission, titled froms, as well as a lyrical work from anniversary composer Vaughan Williams.

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Anna Leese (soprano)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Cora Burggraaf (mezzo-soprano)

Nathan Vale (tenor)

Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Roger Norrington (conductor)

Denza, arr.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Funiculi, funicula

Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon

Trad, arr.

Chris Hazell: Folk Song Medley - The Turtle Dove (England); Loch Lomond (Scotland); Cariad cyntaf (Wales); Molly Malone (Ireland) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Anna Meredith: froms (BBC commission: world premiere)

Henry Wood: Fanfares

Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs

Arne, arr.

Sargent: Rule, Britannia!

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No 1

Parry, orch.

Elgar: Jerusalem

The National Anthem

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Roger Norrington is master of ceremonies as the traditional festivities herald the Last Night of the 114th BBC Proms season.

Star turns are provided by bass-baritone Bryn Terfel who brings operatic heroes and villains vividly to life, and French pianist Helene Grimaud who is soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

Anna Leese, Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Nathan Vale, Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Beethoven: Overture (The Creatures of Prometheus)

Wagner: Wie Todesahnung Damm'rung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (Tannhauser - Act 3)

Puccini: Tre sbirri, Una carrozza' (Tosca - Act 1)

Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra (Choral Fantasy)

Verdi: Ehi paggio!...

L'onore Ladri! (Falstaff - Act 1)

20080913

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Last Night concludes with Anna Meredith's nation-hopping commission, titled froms, as well as a lyrical work from anniversary composer Vaughan Williams.

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Anna Leese (soprano)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Cora Burggraaf (mezzo-soprano)

Nathan Vale (tenor)

Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Roger Norrington (conductor)

Denza, arr.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Funiculi, funicula

Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon

Trad, arr.

Chris Hazell: Folk Song Medley - The Turtle Dove (England); Loch Lomond (Scotland); Cariad cyntaf (Wales); Molly Malone (Ireland) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Anna Meredith: froms (BBC commission: world premiere)

Henry Wood: Fanfares

Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs

Arne, arr.

Sargent: Rule, Britannia!

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No 1

Parry, orch.

Elgar: Jerusalem

The National Anthem

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Roger Norrington is master of ceremonies as the traditional festivities herald the Last Night of the 114th BBC Proms season.

Star turns are provided by bass-baritone Bryn Terfel who brings operatic heroes and villains vividly to life, and French pianist Helene Grimaud who is soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.

Anna Leese, Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Nathan Vale, Joshua Ellicott (tenor)

Beethoven: Overture (The Creatures of Prometheus)

Wagner: Wie Todesahnung Damm'rung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (Tannhauser - Act 3)

Puccini: Tre sbirri, Una carrozza' (Tosca - Act 1)

Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra (Choral Fantasy)

Verdi: Ehi paggio!...

L'onore Ladri! (Falstaff - Act 1)

Bbc Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition *20080808

Composer Errollyn Wallen presents a round-up of this year's BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition, tracking how the winners were selected by the judges.

The programme covers the workshops involving improvisation, talks and performances, leading up to the concert recorded at the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music where the winning pieces were premiered by the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon.

Bbc Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition *20080808

Composer Errollyn Wallen presents a round-up of this year's BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition, tracking how the winners were selected by the judges.

The programme covers the workshops involving improvisation, talks and performances, leading up to the concert recorded at the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music where the winning pieces were premiered by the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon.

Part 120080820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Fresh from his broadcast cycle of the Mahler symphonies, Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's delicate and richly romantic ballet Sleeping Beauty.

A perennial favourite with children and adults alike, it tells of a beautiful princess betwitched by an evil spell and eventually awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - Act 1

Part 120080820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Fresh from his broadcast cycle of the Mahler symphonies, Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's delicate and richly romantic ballet Sleeping Beauty.

A perennial favourite with children and adults alike, it tells of a beautiful princess betwitched by an evil spell and eventually awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - Act 1

Part 2 - Last20080820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

This Prom concludes with Acts 2 and 3 of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

Part 2 - Last20080820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

This Prom concludes with Acts 2 and 3 of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

01First Night Of The Proms - 120080718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Petroc Trelawny presents the opening of the 114th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Jiri Behlolavek launch the Proms season with music by Strauss and Mozart.

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Royal College of Music Brass

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Strauss: Festliches Praludium

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K314

Strauss: Four Last Songs.

01First Night Of The Proms - 120080718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Petroc Trelawny presents the opening of the 114th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Jiri Behlolavek launch the Proms season with music by Strauss and Mozart.

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Royal College of Music Brass

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Strauss: Festliches Praludium

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K314

Strauss: Four Last Songs.

01First Night Of The Proms - 220080718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Petroc Trelawny presents the second half of the opening concert of the 114th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The concert concludes with works by Messiaen and Elliott Carter, whose centenaries are celebrated this year.

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Royal College of Music Brass

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Messiaen: La nativite du Seigneur (Dieu parmi nous)

Beethoven: Rondo in B flat for piano and orchestra

Elliott Carter: Catenaires for solo piano (UK premiere)

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy.

01First Night Of The Proms - 220080718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Petroc Trelawny presents the second half of the opening concert of the 114th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The concert concludes with works by Messiaen and Elliott Carter, whose centenaries are celebrated this year.

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Royal College of Music Brass

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Messiaen: La nativite du Seigneur (Dieu parmi nous)

Beethoven: Rondo in B flat for piano and orchestra

Elliott Carter: Catenaires for solo piano (UK premiere)

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy.

02Part 1 *20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under Paul Daniel perform The Garden of Fand, one of Bax's so-called 'Celtic twilight' works and a magical evocation of the sea surrounding Fan's island, followed by Finzi's setting of Wordsworth's poem about the loss of childhood innocence, with tenor Andrew Kennedy.

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Bax: The Garden of Fand

Finzi: Intimations of Immortality.

02Part 1 *20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under Paul Daniel perform The Garden of Fand, one of Bax's so-called 'Celtic twilight' works and a magical evocation of the sea surrounding Fan's island, followed by Finzi's setting of Wordsworth's poem about the loss of childhood innocence, with tenor Andrew Kennedy.

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Bax: The Garden of Fand

Finzi: Intimations of Immortality.

02Part 2 *20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's concert concludes with a performance by violinist Nigel Kennedy, who returns to the Proms after an absence of 21 years, joining the BBC Concert Orchestra for Elgar's Violin Concerto.

Nigel Kennedy (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Elgar: Violin Concerto.

02Part 2 *20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This evening's concert concludes with a performance by violinist Nigel Kennedy, who returns to the Proms after an absence of 21 years, joining the BBC Concert Orchestra for Elgar's Violin Concerto.

Nigel Kennedy (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Elgar: Violin Concerto.

03*20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

For the first Late Night Prom of the 2008 season, Nigel Kennedy brings his Polish-based jazz quintet NKQ to the Albert Hall.

Since moving to Poland a few years ago, Kennedy has teamed up with some of the country's finest jazz musicians.

In this performance his Quintet are joined for a guest appearance by jazz-funk-soul fusion singer Xantone Blacq.

Nigel Kennedy (violin)

Tomasz Grzegorski (saxophone)

Piotr Wylezol (piano)

Adam Kowalewski (double bass)

Pawel Dobrowolski (percussion)

Xantone Blacq (vocals).

03*20080719

Presented by Sean Rafferty, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

For the first Late Night Prom of the 2008 season, Nigel Kennedy brings his Polish-based jazz quintet NKQ to the Albert Hall.

Since moving to Poland a few years ago, Kennedy has teamed up with some of the country's finest jazz musicians.

In this performance his Quintet are joined for a guest appearance by jazz-funk-soul fusion singer Xantone Blacq.

Nigel Kennedy (violin)

Tomasz Grzegorski (saxophone)

Piotr Wylezol (piano)

Adam Kowalewski (double bass)

Pawel Dobrowolski (percussion)

Xantone Blacq (vocals).

04Folk Day - 1 *20080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Beginning an afternoon of folk-inspired classical works and folk music from Britain and abroad, featuring no fewer than five performing groups and opening with a traditional British folk song performed by Bella Hardy.

Traditional Folk songs: Seventeen Come Sunday; Green Bushes; I wonder as I wander

Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite, for military band

Grainger: Shepherd's Hey; Green Bushes

Berio: Folk Songs

Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Bella Hardy (vocals)

London Young Musicians

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

Folkestra

Kathryn Tickell (director/Northumbrian Pipes)

Muzsikas

London Sinfonietta

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

04Folk Day - 1 *20080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Beginning an afternoon of folk-inspired classical works and folk music from Britain and abroad, featuring no fewer than five performing groups and opening with a traditional British folk song performed by Bella Hardy.

Traditional Folk songs: Seventeen Come Sunday; Green Bushes; I wonder as I wander

Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite, for military band

Grainger: Shepherd's Hey; Green Bushes

Berio: Folk Songs

Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Bella Hardy (vocals)

London Young Musicians

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

Folkestra

Kathryn Tickell (director/Northumbrian Pipes)

Muzsikas

London Sinfonietta

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

04Folk Day - 2 *20080720

Continuing the Proms' afternoon of folk-inspired classical works and folk music from Britain and abroad, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The performance concludes with all the musicians on stage for the world premiere of a BBC commission from Kathryn Tickell.

Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Bella Hardy (vocals)

London Young Musicians

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

Folkestra

Kathryn Tickell (director/Northumbrian Pipes)

Muzsikas

London Sinfonietta

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Trad, arr.

Folkestra: Folk music from the British Isles

Folk music from Transylvania, the Eastern Carpathian Mountains and Moldova

Bartok: Romanian Dances - interspersed with traditional folk song settings

Kathryn Tickell: Confluence (BBC commission - world premiere).

04Folk Day - 2 *20080720

Continuing the Proms' afternoon of folk-inspired classical works and folk music from Britain and abroad, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The performance concludes with all the musicians on stage for the world premiere of a BBC commission from Kathryn Tickell.

Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Bella Hardy (vocals)

London Young Musicians

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

Folkestra

Kathryn Tickell (director/Northumbrian Pipes)

Muzsikas

London Sinfonietta

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Trad, arr.

Folkestra: Folk music from the British Isles

Folk music from Transylvania, the Eastern Carpathian Mountains and Moldova

Bartok: Romanian Dances - interspersed with traditional folk song settings

Kathryn Tickell: Confluence (BBC commission - world premiere).

05Folk Day - 320080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Proms 2008's Folk Day continues with a concert that focuses on artists who are reviving and reinterpreting the traditions of English folk music.

Including appearances from Derbyshire-born singer Bella Hardy, guitarist and vocalist Martin Simpson.

05Folk Day - 320080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Proms 2008's Folk Day continues with a concert that focuses on artists who are reviving and reinterpreting the traditions of English folk music.

Including appearances from Derbyshire-born singer Bella Hardy, guitarist and vocalist Martin Simpson.

05Folk Day - 4 *20080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Continuing a concert that focuses on artists who are reviving and reinterpreting the traditions of English folk music.

With an appearance from the award-winning boisterous 11-piece big band Bellowhead.

05Folk Day - 4 *20080720

Presented live from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Verity Sharp.

Continuing a concert that focuses on artists who are reviving and reinterpreting the traditions of English folk music.

With an appearance from the award-winning boisterous 11-piece big band Bellowhead.

06Part 1 *20080721

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Parisian musicians play French blockbusters from the last two centuries in this orchestral Prom, which also features the Royal Albert Hall's famous organ.

They contribute to the celebrations of Olivier Messiaen's centenary with two works with a religious inspiration: one for solo organ and one for a large array of wind and percussion.

Olivier Latry (organ)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Messiaen: L'ascension, for solo organ; Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.

06Part 1 *20080721

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Parisian musicians play French blockbusters from the last two centuries in this orchestral Prom, which also features the Royal Albert Hall's famous organ.

They contribute to the celebrations of Olivier Messiaen's centenary with two works with a religious inspiration: one for solo organ and one for a large array of wind and percussion.

Olivier Latry (organ)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Messiaen: L'ascension, for solo organ; Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.

06Part 2 *20080721

This evening's Prom concludes with French organist Olivier Latry and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under Myun-Whun Chung performing Saint-Saens's famous Organ Symphony.

06Part 2 *20080721

This evening's Prom concludes with French organist Olivier Latry and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under Myun-Whun Chung performing Saint-Saens's famous Organ Symphony.

11Part 120080725

Presented by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Colour, both orchestral and visual, is at the heart of this concert which incorporates the first Proms premiere of 2008, by Simon Holt, recently appointed Composer in Association with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

This is preceded by Debussy's Nocturnes, his impressionist response to paintings by Whistler, portraying sky, sea and dazzling festivities.

Cantamus Girls' Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Debussy: Nocturnes

Simon Holt: Troubled Light (BBC commission - world premiere).

11Part 120080725

Presented by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Colour, both orchestral and visual, is at the heart of this concert which incorporates the first Proms premiere of 2008, by Simon Holt, recently appointed Composer in Association with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

This is preceded by Debussy's Nocturnes, his impressionist response to paintings by Whistler, portraying sky, sea and dazzling festivities.

Cantamus Girls' Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Debussy: Nocturnes

Simon Holt: Troubled Light (BBC commission - world premiere).

11Part 220080725

Presented by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom, which focuses on the theme of colour - both orchestral and visual - concludes with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel.

Cantamus Girls' Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Mussorgsky, orch.

Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition.

11Part 220080725

Presented by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom, which focuses on the theme of colour - both orchestral and visual - concludes with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel.

Cantamus Girls' Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Mussorgsky, orch.

Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition.

12Part 1 *20080726

Presented by Petroc Trelawny, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom features bass John Tomlinson, who is joined by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform works by Mussorgsky, including scenes from his opera Boris Godunov.

John Tomlinson (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain ('Sorochintsy Fair' version, 1880); Coronation Scene; Boris's Monologue; Death Scene (Boris Godunov).

12Part 1 *20080726

Presented by Petroc Trelawny, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tonight's Prom features bass John Tomlinson, who is joined by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform works by Mussorgsky, including scenes from his opera Boris Godunov.

John Tomlinson (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain ('Sorochintsy Fair' version, 1880); Coronation Scene; Boris's Monologue; Death Scene (Boris Godunov).

12Part 2 *20080726

This evening's Prom continues with composer Thomas Ades conducting his own recent work exploring the idea of 'the ship of the world'.

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Ades: Tevot.

12Part 2 *20080726

This evening's Prom continues with composer Thomas Ades conducting his own recent work exploring the idea of 'the ship of the world'.

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Ades: Tevot.

12Part 3 *20080726

This evening's Prom concludes with Prokofiev's fiery Piano Concerto No 1 with soloist Louis Lortie, as well as one of the most popular Russian works in the orchestral repertoire.

Louis Lortie (piano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances.

12Part 3 *20080726

This evening's Prom concludes with Prokofiev's fiery Piano Concerto No 1 with soloist Louis Lortie, as well as one of the most popular Russian works in the orchestral repertoire.

Louis Lortie (piano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances.

1420080727

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Proms continues to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, one of the most inspirational, colourful and influential composers of the 20th century.

La Transfiguration is a fervent expression of his passionately held Roman Catholic faith, illuminating the moment when Christ was enveloped in light and revealed to his disciples as the Son of God.

Messiaen: La Transfiguration de notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ

Denes Varjon (piano)

Adam Walker (flute)

Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

Colin Currie (xylophone)

Adrian Spillett (marimba)

Richard Benjafield (vibraphone)

Philharmonia Voices

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

1420080727

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Proms continues to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, one of the most inspirational, colourful and influential composers of the 20th century.

La Transfiguration is a fervent expression of his passionately held Roman Catholic faith, illuminating the moment when Christ was enveloped in light and revealed to his disciples as the Son of God.

Messiaen: La Transfiguration de notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ

Denes Varjon (piano)

Adam Walker (flute)

Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

Colin Currie (xylophone)

Adrian Spillett (marimba)

Richard Benjafield (vibraphone)

Philharmonia Voices

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

15Part 1 *20080728

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This Prom features the string orchestra version of the Grosse Fuge from Beethoven's late String Quartet, Op 130, which is followed by a work to mark the centenary of the birth of Elliott Carter.

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge

Elliott Carter: Oboe Concerto.

15Part 1 *20080728

Presented by Tom Service, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This Prom features the string orchestra version of the Grosse Fuge from Beethoven's late String Quartet, Op 130, which is followed by a work to mark the centenary of the birth of Elliott Carter.

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge

Elliott Carter: Oboe Concerto.

15Part 2 * *20080728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Tom Service presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's Symphony No 5 - premiered in 1808 in Vienna.

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor.

15Part 2 * *20080728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Tom Service presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's Symphony No 5 - premiered in 1808 in Vienna.

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor.

16Part 1 *20080729

Presented by Penny Gore, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Under the baton of Mark Elder, the Halle Orchestra performs Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 8, which was dedicated the orchestra's then music director John Barbirolli who premiered the work with the orchestra in 1956.

This is followed by George Butterworth's orchestral rhapsody, which is heard alongside some of AE Housman's poems which inspired it.

Janine Jansen (violin)

Rupert Evans, Tom McKay (speakers)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 8 in D minor.

16Part 1 *20080729

Presented by Penny Gore, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Under the baton of Mark Elder, the Halle Orchestra performs Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 8, which was dedicated the orchestra's then music director John Barbirolli who premiered the work with the orchestra in 1956.

This is followed by George Butterworth's orchestral rhapsody, which is heard alongside some of AE Housman's poems which inspired it.

Janine Jansen (violin)

Rupert Evans, Tom McKay (speakers)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 8 in D minor.

16Part 2 Last *20080729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Penny Gore presents the second half of this evening's Prom, which features Janine Janson as soloist in Bruch's ever-popular concerto followed by Richard Strauss's orchestral portrait of impudent trickster Till Eulenspiegel.

Janine Jansen (violin)

Rupert Evans, Tom McKay (speakers)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.

16Part 2 Last *20080729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Penny Gore presents the second half of this evening's Prom, which features Janine Janson as soloist in Bruch's ever-popular concerto followed by Richard Strauss's orchestral portrait of impudent trickster Till Eulenspiegel.

Janine Jansen (violin)

Rupert Evans, Tom McKay (speakers)

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.

17Part 1 *20080730

World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran host a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Now in their seventh year, the awards have become a major event in the international music calendar, this year moving to the Proms for the first time.

Including:

7.00pm

Mayra Andrade

From Cape Verde - winner of the Newcomer category

7.35pm

Son de la frontera

Flamenco fusion group - winners of the Europe Award.

17Part 1 *20080730

World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran host a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Now in their seventh year, the awards have become a major event in the international music calendar, this year moving to the Proms for the first time.

Including:

7.00pm

Mayra Andrade

From Cape Verde - winner of the Newcomer category

7.35pm

Son de la frontera

Flamenco fusion group - winners of the Europe Award.

17Part 220080730

World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran the second part of a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Including:

8.25pm

Sa Dingding

An electronic fusion of traditional styles from China and Tibet - winner of the Asia-Pacific Award.

17Part 220080730

World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran the second part of a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Including:

8.25pm

Sa Dingding

An electronic fusion of traditional styles from China and Tibet - winner of the Asia-Pacific Award.

17Part 3 - Last20080730

World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran present the conclusion of a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Including:

9.20pm

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara

A blend of desert blues and contemporary guitar styles - winners of the Culture Crossing Award

9.55pm

Bassekou Kouyate

He has brought a fresh approach to the traditional Malian ngoni lute - winner of the Africa Award and Album of the Year.

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World Music Celebration

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lucy Duran present the conclusion of a gala event featuring five of the winning artists in this year's Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Including:

9.20pm

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara

A blend of desert blues and contemporary guitar styles - winners of the Culture Crossing Award

9.55pm

Bassekou Kouyate

He has brought a fresh approach to the traditional Malian ngoni lute - winner of the Africa Award and Album of the Year.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Suzy Klein presents the first act of Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppaea.

This tale of love, betrayal and murderous ambition is presented in a semi-staged version of the new production from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with soprano Danielle de Niese and mezzo Alice Coote as the treacherous lovers Poppaea and Nero.

Though based on historical characters, the battle of emotional wills at the centre of this drama has as many resonances today as it would have had for Monteverdi's 17th-century audience.

Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppaea (semi-staged; sung in Italian - Act 1)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera:

Fortune....Sonya Yoncheva

Virtue....Simona Mihai

Cupid....Amy Freston

Otho....Iestyn Davies

Nero....Alice Coote

Poppaea....Danielle De Niese

Amalta....Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Octavia....Tamara Mumford

Marie....Arnet Drusilla

Seneca....Paolo Battaglia

Mercury/Consul....Trevor Scheunemann

Lictor/Consul....Patrick Schramm

Nurse/Friend....Dominique Visse

Lady-in-Waiting....Claire Ormshaw

Page....Lucia Cirillo

Lucan/Soldier 1/Tribune/Friend....Andrew Tortise

Liberto/Soldier 2/Tribune....Peter Gijsbertsen

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Emmanuelle Haim (conductor).

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Suzy Klein presents the first act of Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppaea.

This tale of love, betrayal and murderous ambition is presented in a semi-staged version of the new production from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with soprano Danielle de Niese and mezzo Alice Coote as the treacherous lovers Poppaea and Nero.

Though based on historical characters, the battle of emotional wills at the centre of this drama has as many resonances today as it would have had for Monteverdi's 17th-century audience.

Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppaea (semi-staged; sung in Italian - Act 1)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera:

Fortune....Sonya Yoncheva

Virtue....Simona Mihai

Cupid....Amy Freston

Otho....Iestyn Davies

Nero....Alice Coote

Poppaea....Danielle De Niese

Amalta....Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Octavia....Tamara Mumford

Marie....Arnet Drusilla

Seneca....Paolo Battaglia

Mercury/Consul....Trevor Scheunemann

Lictor/Consul....Patrick Schramm

Nurse/Friend....Dominique Visse

Lady-in-Waiting....Claire Ormshaw

Page....Lucia Cirillo

Lucan/Soldier 1/Tribune/Friend....Andrew Tortise

Liberto/Soldier 2/Tribune....Peter Gijsbertsen

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Emmanuelle Haim (conductor).

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Suzy Klein.

This evening's Prom concludes with the second act of Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppaea.

Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppaea (semi-staged; sung in Italian - Act 2)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera:

Fortune....Sonya Yoncheva

Virtue....Simona Mihai

Cupid....Amy Freston

Otho....Iestyn Davies

Nero....Alice Coote

Poppaea....Danielle De Niese

Amalta....Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Octavia....Tamara Mumford

Marie....Arnet Drusilla

Seneca....Paolo Battaglia

Mercury/Consul....Trevor Scheunemann

Lictor/Consul....Patrick Schramm

Nurse/Friend....Dominique Visse

Lady-in-Waiting....Claire Ormshaw

Page....Lucia Cirillo

Lucan/Soldier 1/Tribune/Friend....Andrew Tortise

Liberto/Soldier 2/Tribune....Peter Gijsbertsen

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Emmanuelle Haim (conductor).

18Part 2 - Last *20080731

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Suzy Klein.

This evening's Prom concludes with the second act of Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppaea.

Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppaea (semi-staged; sung in Italian - Act 2)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera:

Fortune....Sonya Yoncheva

Virtue....Simona Mihai

Cupid....Amy Freston

Otho....Iestyn Davies

Nero....Alice Coote

Poppaea....Danielle De Niese

Amalta....Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Octavia....Tamara Mumford

Marie....Arnet Drusilla

Seneca....Paolo Battaglia

Mercury/Consul....Trevor Scheunemann

Lictor/Consul....Patrick Schramm

Nurse/Friend....Dominique Visse

Lady-in-Waiting....Claire Ormshaw

Page....Lucia Cirillo

Lucan/Soldier 1/Tribune/Friend....Andrew Tortise

Liberto/Soldier 2/Tribune....Peter Gijsbertsen

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Emmanuelle Haim (conductor).

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Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

In Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, the city's orchestra celebrates its relationship with young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

He teams up with two other young artists - Liverpool composer Kenneth Hesketh, who has written a new work for this Prom, and pianist Paul Lewis, who joins the orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 - a work which Liszt likened to Orpheus taming the savage beasts.

Hesketh: Graven Image (BBC/RLPO co-commission - world premiere)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G

Paul Lewis (piano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor).

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Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

In Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, the city's orchestra celebrates its relationship with young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

He teams up with two other young artists - Liverpool composer Kenneth Hesketh, who has written a new work for this Prom, and pianist Paul Lewis, who joins the orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 - a work which Liszt likened to Orpheus taming the savage beasts.

Hesketh: Graven Image (BBC/RLPO co-commission - world premiere)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G

Paul Lewis (piano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor).

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Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Concluding the evening's concert celebrating Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko in a performance of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

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Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Concluding the evening's concert celebrating Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko in a performance of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

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Introduced by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

A Prom exploring the music of the radical, controversial and influential German composer Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

The programme features two classic pieces alongside works from his recent 'Klang' (Sound) sequence, on which he was working at the time of his death in December and of which he completed 21 of the projected 24 hours.

Plus a performance of Gruppen (Groups) for three spatially separated ensembles.

Stockhausen: Gruppen; Klang, Cosmic Pulses for electronics (13th Hour - UK premiere); Harmonies for solo trumpet (Klang, 5th hour - BBC commission: world premiere)

Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Colin Currie (percussion)

Kathinka Pasveer, Igor Kavulek, Bryan Wolf (sound projection)

Sound by Design

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson, Martyn Brabbins, Pascal Rophe (conductors).

20Stockhausen Day - Part 120080802

Introduced by Sarah Walker, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

A Prom exploring the music of the radical, controversial and influential German composer Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

The programme features two classic pieces alongside works from his recent 'Klang' (Sound) sequence, on which he was working at the time of his death in December and of which he completed 21 of the projected 24 hours.

Plus a performance of Gruppen (Groups) for three spatially separated ensembles.

Stockhausen: Gruppen; Klang, Cosmic Pulses for electronics (13th Hour - UK premiere); Harmonies for solo trumpet (Klang, 5th hour - BBC commission: world premiere)

Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Colin Currie (percussion)

Kathinka Pasveer, Igor Kavulek, Bryan Wolf (sound projection)

Sound by Design

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson, Martyn Brabbins, Pascal Rophe (conductors).

20Stockhausen Day - Part 220080802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker introduces the conclusion of this Prom exploring the work of the German composer Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

The programme includes Gruppen (Groups) for three spatially separated ensembles and Kontakte for piano and percussion - referring to contact between instrumental and electronic sounds, which was written in the late 1950s.

Stockhausen: Kontakte; Gruppen (repeat performance)

Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Colin Currie (percussion)

Kathinka Pasveer, Igor Kavulek, Bryan Wolf (sound projection)

Sound by Design

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson, Martyn Brabbins, Pascal Rophe (conductors).

20Stockhausen Day - Part 220080802

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker introduces the conclusion of this Prom exploring the work of the German composer Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

The programme includes Gruppen (Groups) for three spatially separated ensembles and Kontakte for piano and percussion - referring to contact between instrumental and electronic sounds, which was written in the late 1950s.

Stockhausen: Kontakte; Gruppen (repeat performance)

Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Colin Currie (percussion)

Kathinka Pasveer, Igor Kavulek, Bryan Wolf (sound projection)

Sound by Design

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson, Martyn Brabbins, Pascal Rophe (conductors).

21Stockhausen Day - Part 320080802

Presented by Louise Fryer, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Continuing an evening celebrating the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, the ensemble Theatre of Voices and their director Paul Hiller perform Stockhausen's Stimmung for six singers and six microphones, which is one of their signature pieces.

Stockhausen: Stimmung

Ian Dearden (sound projection)

Theatre of Voices

Paul Hillier (director).

21Stockhausen Day - Part 320080802

Presented by Louise Fryer, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Continuing an evening celebrating the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, the ensemble Theatre of Voices and their director Paul Hiller perform Stockhausen's Stimmung for six singers and six microphones, which is one of their signature pieces.

Stockhausen: Stimmung

Ian Dearden (sound projection)

Theatre of Voices

Paul Hillier (director).

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Presented by Donald Macleod, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Chief Conductor-designate Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in its first Prom of the season, beginning with Beethoven's Symphony No 1 in C.

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Presented by Donald Macleod, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Chief Conductor-designate Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in its first Prom of the season, beginning with Beethoven's Symphony No 1 in C.

23Part 2 - Last *20080803

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The evening's Prom concludes with Mahler's symphony-with-voices Das Lied von der Erde, featuring South African tenor Johan Botha and former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Karen Cargill.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Johan Botha (tenor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The evening's Prom concludes with Mahler's symphony-with-voices Das Lied von der Erde, featuring South African tenor Johan Botha and former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Karen Cargill.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Johan Botha (tenor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

24Part 1 *20080804

Presented by Alex Wilson, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its young associate guest conductor Stefan Solyom celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ethel Smyth's birth with her unusually scored Concerto for Horn and Violin, dedicated to Proms founder Henry Wood.

Bach, orch.

Henry Wood: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Smyth: Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra

Richard Watkins (horn)

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

24Part 1 *20080804

Presented by Alex Wilson, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its young associate guest conductor Stefan Solyom celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ethel Smyth's birth with her unusually scored Concerto for Horn and Violin, dedicated to Proms founder Henry Wood.

Bach, orch.

Henry Wood: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Smyth: Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra

Richard Watkins (horn)

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

24Part 2 Last *20080804

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Alex Wilson presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom.

The programme includes Wood's own arrangement of Rachmaninov's Prelude in C sharp minor, the latter being a composer whose work Wood championed.

The concert then closes with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

Rachmaninov, orch.

Henry Wood: Prelude in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor

Richard Watkins (horn)

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

24Part 2 Last *20080804

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Alex Wilson presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom.

The programme includes Wood's own arrangement of Rachmaninov's Prelude in C sharp minor, the latter being a composer whose work Wood championed.

The concert then closes with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

Rachmaninov, orch.

Henry Wood: Prelude in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor

Richard Watkins (horn)

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom (conductor).

26Rachmaninov - Vespers *20080812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Rachmaninov's Vespers, his heartfelt setting of the Orthodox All-Night Vigil, is performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and its outgoing chief conductor and artistic director Paul Hillier.

Written shortly before the composer emigrated, the piece is based on chants of the Russian Orthodox Church, evoking the rich, expressive choral sound of his native land.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier (conductor)

Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

26Rachmaninov - Vespers *20080812

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Rachmaninov's Vespers, his heartfelt setting of the Orthodox All-Night Vigil, is performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and its outgoing chief conductor and artistic director Paul Hillier.

Written shortly before the composer emigrated, the piece is based on chants of the Russian Orthodox Church, evoking the rich, expressive choral sound of his native land.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier (conductor)

Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

29Part 1 *20080808

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring diverse composers.

With Chen Yi's Olympic Fire, commissioned to celebrate today's opening of the Beijing Olympics and to look forward to the London Olympics four years from now.

This is followed by a piece by Rachmaninov, performed by pianist Olga Kern, winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition.

Olga Kern (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Chen Yi: Olympic Fire (BBC commission: world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

29Part 1 *20080808

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring diverse composers.

With Chen Yi's Olympic Fire, commissioned to celebrate today's opening of the Beijing Olympics and to look forward to the London Olympics four years from now.

This is followed by a piece by Rachmaninov, performed by pianist Olga Kern, winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition.

Olga Kern (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Chen Yi: Olympic Fire (BBC commission: world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with two major pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams: a work for strings commissioned for the New York World's Fair just before the Second World War and a symphony apparently inspired by the horrors it brought.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus; Symphony No 6 in E minor.

29Part 2 - Last *20080808

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, this evening's Prom concludes with two major pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams: a work for strings commissioned for the New York World's Fair just before the Second World War and a symphony apparently inspired by the horrors it brought.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus; Symphony No 6 in E minor.

30*20080808

Presented by Geoffrey Smith, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

A late-night concert of 20th-century Americana featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Kristjan Jarvi.

To mark tonight's opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing tonight, Jarvi launches the programme with Michael Torke's Javelin, written for the 1994 games, which is followed by John Adams's evocation of Richard Nixon's visit to China in the 1970s.

Young cellist Han-Na Chang joins the orchestra for Three Mediations from Bernstein's personal and thought-provoking theatre piece Mass, while New York finally comes to town with a jazz work by Duke Ellington.

Han-Na Chang (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Kristjan Jarvi (conductor)

Michael Torke: Javelin

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Bernstein: Three Meditations (Mass)

Ellington: Harlem.

30*20080808

Presented by Geoffrey Smith, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

A late-night concert of 20th-century Americana featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Kristjan Jarvi.

To mark tonight's opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing tonight, Jarvi launches the programme with Michael Torke's Javelin, written for the 1994 games, which is followed by John Adams's evocation of Richard Nixon's visit to China in the 1970s.

Young cellist Han-Na Chang joins the orchestra for Three Mediations from Bernstein's personal and thought-provoking theatre piece Mass, while New York finally comes to town with a jazz work by Duke Ellington.

Han-Na Chang (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Kristjan Jarvi (conductor)

Michael Torke: Javelin

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Bernstein: Three Meditations (Mass)

Ellington: Harlem.

31Part 1 *20080809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker presents a jazz-infused programme with works by Gershwin, Stravinsky and Bernstein, plus new compositions by Radio 3 New Generation Artist Gwilym Simcock and Jason Yarde.

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Gwilym Simcock (piano)

Phil Donkin (bass)

Martin France (drums)

Jason Yarde (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor)

Gershwin: Strike Up the Band

Gershwin, arr.

Jason Yarde: My man's gone now (Porgy and Bess) (BBC commission; world premiere)

Jason Yarde: Rhythm and Other Fascinations (BBC commission; world premiere)

Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.

31Part 1 *20080809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker presents a jazz-infused programme with works by Gershwin, Stravinsky and Bernstein, plus new compositions by Radio 3 New Generation Artist Gwilym Simcock and Jason Yarde.

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Gwilym Simcock (piano)

Phil Donkin (bass)

Martin France (drums)

Jason Yarde (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor)

Gershwin: Strike Up the Band

Gershwin, arr.

Jason Yarde: My man's gone now (Porgy and Bess) (BBC commission; world premiere)

Jason Yarde: Rhythm and Other Fascinations (BBC commission; world premiere)

Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.

31Part 2 Last *20080809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker presents the second half of a jazz-infused programme with a work by Gershwin and a new composition by Radio 3 New Generation Artist Gwilym Simcock.

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Gwilym Simcock (piano)

Phil Donkin (bass)

Martin France (drums)

Jason Yarde (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor)

Gwilym Simcock: Progressions for piano and orchestra (BBC commission; world premiere)

Gershwin: An American in Paris.

31Part 2 Last *20080809

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sarah Walker presents the second half of a jazz-infused programme with a work by Gershwin and a new composition by Radio 3 New Generation Artist Gwilym Simcock.

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Gwilym Simcock (piano)

Phil Donkin (bass)

Martin France (drums)

Jason Yarde (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor)

Gwilym Simcock: Progressions for piano and orchestra (BBC commission; world premiere)

Gershwin: An American in Paris.

3220080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

James O'Donnell puts the organ of the Royal Albert Hall through its paces in one of the landmarks of 20th-century repertoire for the instrument, Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecote, which draws musical inspiration from birdsong and concludes with a shattering depiction of pentecostal tongues of fire engulfing the Apostles.

Alongside it, sacred French music for the same church feast from an earlier tradition: a Renaissance mass by Pierre de Manchicourt, a composer who, though little known today, ended his life as master of the royal chapel of Philip II of Spain and who no less a figure than Orlando Lassus called a 'distinguished and excellent composer of music'.

James O'Donnell (organ)

BBC Singers

Andrew Carwood (conductor)

Olivier Messiaen: Messe de la Pentecote

interspersed with

Pierre de Manchicourt: Missa Veni sancte spiritus.

3220080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

James O'Donnell puts the organ of the Royal Albert Hall through its paces in one of the landmarks of 20th-century repertoire for the instrument, Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecote, which draws musical inspiration from birdsong and concludes with a shattering depiction of pentecostal tongues of fire engulfing the Apostles.

Alongside it, sacred French music for the same church feast from an earlier tradition: a Renaissance mass by Pierre de Manchicourt, a composer who, though little known today, ended his life as master of the royal chapel of Philip II of Spain and who no less a figure than Orlando Lassus called a 'distinguished and excellent composer of music'.

James O'Donnell (organ)

BBC Singers

Andrew Carwood (conductor)

Olivier Messiaen: Messe de la Pentecote

interspersed with

Pierre de Manchicourt: Missa Veni sancte spiritus.

33Part 1 *20080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a first half inspired by the sun and nature, with Sibelius's Night Ride and Sunrise followed by two world premieres: Michael Berkeley's Slow Dawn on the rising of the sun and Stuart McRae's Gaudete a 'life narrative' based on the epilogue from a collection of Poems by Ted Hughes and sung by Susanna Andersson.

Susanna Andersson (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise

Michael Berkeley: Slow Dawn (world premiere of new version)

Stuart MacRae: Gaudete (BBC commission; world premiere).

33Part 1 *20080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a first half inspired by the sun and nature, with Sibelius's Night Ride and Sunrise followed by two world premieres: Michael Berkeley's Slow Dawn on the rising of the sun and Stuart McRae's Gaudete a 'life narrative' based on the epilogue from a collection of Poems by Ted Hughes and sung by Susanna Andersson.

Susanna Andersson (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise

Michael Berkeley: Slow Dawn (world premiere of new version)

Stuart MacRae: Gaudete (BBC commission; world premiere).

33Part 2 - Last *20080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rob Cowan presents the second half of tonight's Prom, which features a perennial favourite by Elgar.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Elgar: Enigma Variations.

33Part 2 - Last *20080810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rob Cowan presents the second half of tonight's Prom, which features a perennial favourite by Elgar.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Elgar: Enigma Variations.

37Part 1 *20080813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Charismatic young conductor Gustavo Dudamel returns to the Proms this year to direct former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Martin Frost and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in a new clarinet concerto by Anders Hillborg.

Martin Frost (clarinet)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Ravel: La valse

Anders Hillborg: Clarinet Concerto (Peacock Tales) (UK premiere).

37Part 1 *20080813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Charismatic young conductor Gustavo Dudamel returns to the Proms this year to direct former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Martin Frost and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in a new clarinet concerto by Anders Hillborg.

Martin Frost (clarinet)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Ravel: La valse

Anders Hillborg: Clarinet Concerto (Peacock Tales) (UK premiere).

37Part 2 - Last *20080813

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Fiona Talkington presents the second half of a Prom which concludes with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Hector Berlioz's ecstatic and hallucinatory Symphonie fantastique.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Fiona Talkington presents the second half of a Prom which concludes with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Hector Berlioz's ecstatic and hallucinatory Symphonie fantastique.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

38Part 1 *20080814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Proms favourites Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra return in the first of two concerts.

The orchestra, which brings young Israeli and Arab musicians together every summer to work and perform Viennese classics by Haydn, Schoenberg and Brahms.

Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe)

Mor Biron (bassoon)

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello

Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra, Op 31.

38Part 1 *20080814

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Proms favourites Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra return in the first of two concerts.

The orchestra, which brings young Israeli and Arab musicians together every summer to work and perform Viennese classics by Haydn, Schoenberg and Brahms.

Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe)

Mor Biron (bassoon)

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello

Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra, Op 31.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra continue with a programme of Viennese classics, concluding tonight's Prom with a Brahms symphony.

Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe)

Mor Biron (bassoon)

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Brahms: Symphony No 4.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra continue with a programme of Viennese classics, concluding tonight's Prom with a Brahms symphony.

Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe)

Mor Biron (bassoon)

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Brahms: Symphony No 4.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Martin Handley presents the second of tonight's concerts given by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Boulez's Memoriale, written to commemorate the death of Stravinsky, is followed by Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat, the mesmerising tale of a soldier who is tricked by the Devil.

Patrice Chereau (narrator)

Members of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Pierre Boulez: Moriale (...

explosante-fixe...

Originel)

Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Martin Handley presents the second of tonight's concerts given by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Boulez's Memoriale, written to commemorate the death of Stravinsky, is followed by Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat, the mesmerising tale of a soldier who is tricked by the Devil.

Patrice Chereau (narrator)

Members of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Pierre Boulez: Moriale (...

explosante-fixe...

Originel)

Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald McLeod.

The music of Leos Janacek is a recent departure for Pierre Boulez, who galvanises large orchestral forces with extra brass in Janacek's glorious Sinfonietta.

Plus a rare opportunity to hear the Capriccio for piano and chamber ensemble.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Janacek: Sinfonietta; Capriccio.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald McLeod.

The music of Leos Janacek is a recent departure for Pierre Boulez, who galvanises large orchestral forces with extra brass in Janacek's glorious Sinfonietta.

Plus a rare opportunity to hear the Capriccio for piano and chamber ensemble.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Janacek: Sinfonietta; Capriccio.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald McLeod.

Pierre Boulez continues the Janacek Prom, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra joined by 260 voices and organ for Janacek's Glagolitic Mass.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstr.

Paul Wingfield)

Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (soprano)

Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano)

Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Peter Fried (bass)

Simon Preston (organ)

London Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald McLeod.

Pierre Boulez continues the Janacek Prom, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra joined by 260 voices and organ for Janacek's Glagolitic Mass.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstr.

Paul Wingfield)

Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (soprano)

Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano)

Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Peter Fried (bass)

Simon Preston (organ)

London Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Charles Mackerras conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an international cast in Handel's oratorio Belshazzar.

With a libretto by Charles Jennens (who wrote the text for Saul and Messiah), the work is based on the Old Testament story of the downfall of the Babylonian king.

Handel: Belshazzar (Act 1)

Belshazzar....Paul Groves

Nitocris....Rosemary Joshua

Cyrus....Bejun Mehta

Daniel....Iestyn Davies

Gobrias....Robert Gleadow

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Charles Mackerras conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an international cast in Handel's oratorio Belshazzar.

With a libretto by Charles Jennens (who wrote the text for Saul and Messiah), the work is based on the Old Testament story of the downfall of the Babylonian king.

Handel: Belshazzar (Act 1)

Belshazzar....Paul Groves

Nitocris....Rosemary Joshua

Cyrus....Bejun Mehta

Daniel....Iestyn Davies

Gobrias....Robert Gleadow

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall London, Petroc Trelawny presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom.

Charles Mackerras conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Acts 2 and 3 of Handel's Belshazzar.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall London, Petroc Trelawny presents the conclusion of this evening's Prom.

Charles Mackerras conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Acts 2 and 3 of Handel's Belshazzar.

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

In this the centenary year of Messaien's birth, one of his staunchest British champions plays a programme of his music on the recently restored organ of the Royal Albert Hall.

Jennifer Bate (organ)

Messiaen: Apparition de l'eglise eternelle; La nativite du Seigneur

42*20080817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

In this the centenary year of Messaien's birth, one of his staunchest British champions plays a programme of his music on the recently restored organ of the Royal Albert Hall.

Jennifer Bate (organ)

Messiaen: Apparition de l'eglise eternelle; La nativite du Seigneur

43Part 1 *20080817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Prefaced by highly-charged words from the Song of Solomon, Vaughan Williams's Flos Campi features a solo viola accompanied by orchestra and wordless chorus.

Well known for his advocacy of British music, this evening's conductor - Richard Hickox - also directs Nigel Osborne's Flute Concerto in celebration of the composer's sixtieth birthday and with a Radio 3 New Generation Artist as soloist.

Sharon Bezaly (flute)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Walker (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

BBC Singers

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Mozart: Symphony No 34 in C, K338

Vaughan Williams: Flos campi

Nigel Osborne: Flute Concerto

43Part 1 *20080817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Prefaced by highly-charged words from the Song of Solomon, Vaughan Williams's Flos Campi features a solo viola accompanied by orchestra and wordless chorus.

Well known for his advocacy of British music, this evening's conductor - Richard Hickox - also directs Nigel Osborne's Flute Concerto in celebration of the composer's sixtieth birthday and with a Radio 3 New Generation Artist as soloist.

Sharon Bezaly (flute)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Walker (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

BBC Singers

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Mozart: Symphony No 34 in C, K338

Vaughan Williams: Flos campi

Nigel Osborne: Flute Concerto

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Louise Fryer introduces the conclusion of a Prom, with Richard Hickox conducting the City of London Sinfonia in Beethoven's Mass in C.

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Walker (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

BBC Singers

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Louise Fryer introduces the conclusion of a Prom, with Richard Hickox conducting the City of London Sinfonia in Beethoven's Mass in C.

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Walker (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

BBC Singers

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

In its 150th year, Cologne's Gurzenich Orchestra makes its Proms debut under Markus Stenz in a recreation of the 1904 concert in which it introduced Mahler's 5th Symphony to the world.

Schubert's songs from that programme are heard in new orchestrations, conducted by Markus Stenz.

Gurzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No 5

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

In its 150th year, Cologne's Gurzenich Orchestra makes its Proms debut under Markus Stenz in a recreation of the 1904 concert in which it introduced Mahler's 5th Symphony to the world.

Schubert's songs from that programme are heard in new orchestrations, conducted by Markus Stenz.

Gurzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No 5

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

The Prom continues with Stockhausen's Punkte, to mark what would have been his eightieth birthday.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Apollo Voices

Gurzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Stockhausen: Punkte (1952/1962/1993)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

The Prom continues with Stockhausen's Punkte, to mark what would have been his eightieth birthday.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Apollo Voices

Gurzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Stockhausen: Punkte (1952/1962/1993)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Gurzenich Orchestra performing songs by Schubert for a recreation of their famous 1904 concert.

This is followed by Beethoven's Leonore Overture.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Apollo Voices

Grzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Schubert: Standchen, D921 (orch.

David Matthews); Bei dir allein, D866 No 2 (orch.

Manfred Trojahn); Nacht und Traume, D827 (orch.

Colin Matthews); Das Lied im Grunen, D917 (orch.

Detlev Glanert) (BBC Commissions - world premiere)

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No 3

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom concludes with the Gurzenich Orchestra performing songs by Schubert for a recreation of their famous 1904 concert.

This is followed by Beethoven's Leonore Overture.

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Apollo Voices

Grzenich Orchestra

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Schubert: Standchen, D921 (orch.

David Matthews); Bei dir allein, D866 No 2 (orch.

Manfred Trojahn); Nacht und Traume, D827 (orch.

Colin Matthews); Das Lied im Grunen, D917 (orch.

Detlev Glanert) (BBC Commissions - world premiere)

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No 3

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

To mark 50 years to the day since Ralph Vaughan Williams's death, the Proms celebrates his life and music in a programme featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis.

The magical soundworld of the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis for string orchestra is followed by the narrative ballet Job.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Job - A Masque for Dancing

54Part 1 *20080826

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

To mark 50 years to the day since Ralph Vaughan Williams's death, the Proms celebrates his life and music in a programme featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis.

The magical soundworld of the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis for string orchestra is followed by the narrative ballet Job.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Job - A Masque for Dancing

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This Prom marking 50 years to the day since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams concludes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis performing Serenade to Music, with words by Shakespeare and, according to tradition, featuring 16 leading British singers.

The programme ends with Vaughan Williams's last symphony - the Ninth - which was completed when he was 85 years old.

Sarah Tynan, Elizabeth Atherton, Sophie Bevan, Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Allison Cook, Louise Poole, Julia Riley, Catherine Hopper (mezzo-soprano)

Ed Lyon, Joshua Ellicott, Peter Wedd, Nicholas Sharratt (tenor)

Mark Stone, Darren Jeffery, George von Bergen, Tim Mirfin (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; Symphony No 9

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This Prom marking 50 years to the day since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams concludes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis performing Serenade to Music, with words by Shakespeare and, according to tradition, featuring 16 leading British singers.

The programme ends with Vaughan Williams's last symphony - the Ninth - which was completed when he was 85 years old.

Sarah Tynan, Elizabeth Atherton, Sophie Bevan, Rachel Nicholls (soprano)

Allison Cook, Louise Poole, Julia Riley, Catherine Hopper (mezzo-soprano)

Ed Lyon, Joshua Ellicott, Peter Wedd, Nicholas Sharratt (tenor)

Mark Stone, Darren Jeffery, George von Bergen, Tim Mirfin (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; Symphony No 9

57Part 1 * *20080828

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

The first of two Proms given by the visiting New York Philharmonic and its music director Lorin Maazel.

They unveil a joint commission with the BBC by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, which the composers say 'celebrates the brilliance of the New York Philharmonic musicians, both singly and collectively'.

This is followed by Gershwin's jazz-inspired Piano Concerto, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Steven Stucky: Rhapsodies (BBC/NYPO co-commission: world premiere)

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

57Part 1 * *20080828

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

The first of two Proms given by the visiting New York Philharmonic and its music director Lorin Maazel.

They unveil a joint commission with the BBC by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, which the composers say 'celebrates the brilliance of the New York Philharmonic musicians, both singly and collectively'.

This is followed by Gershwin's jazz-inspired Piano Concerto, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Steven Stucky: Rhapsodies (BBC/NYPO co-commission: world premiere)

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This New-York Philharmonic Prom concludes with Stravinsky's seminal, ground-breaking ballet The Rite of Spring, an exploration of a dark Russian ritual, and which for many is as shocking today as it was at its riotous premiere nearly a century ago.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

This New-York Philharmonic Prom concludes with Stravinsky's seminal, ground-breaking ballet The Rite of Spring, an exploration of a dark Russian ritual, and which for many is as shocking today as it was at its riotous premiere nearly a century ago.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

58Part 1 *20080829

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

The second Prom concert given by the New York Philharmonic and its music director Lorin Maazel incorporates music from two great 20th century ballets.

With Ravel's fairy tale-inspired Mother Goose, which began life as an amusement at the piano and developed into an orchestral ballet score, as well as Bartok's colourfully scored ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, telling a dark tale of robbery, passion and murder.

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

58Part 1 *20080829

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Rob Cowan.

The second Prom concert given by the New York Philharmonic and its music director Lorin Maazel incorporates music from two great 20th century ballets.

With Ravel's fairy tale-inspired Mother Goose, which began life as an amusement at the piano and developed into an orchestral ballet score, as well as Bartok's colourfully scored ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, telling a dark tale of robbery, passion and murder.

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The second Prom given by the New York Philharmonic concludes with Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, based on the theme of fate.

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The second Prom given by the New York Philharmonic concludes with Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, based on the theme of fate.

New York Philharmonic

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

A Prom that begins with a nautical theme as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform music by Welsh composer Grace Williams.

A pupil of Vaughan Williams and a friend of Britten, her Sea Sketches catch the different moods of the Bristol Channel, as seen from her hometown of Barry.

This is followed by Former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Christine Rice singing Elgar's ever-popular Sea Pictures.

Grace Williams: Sea Sketches

Elgar: Sea Pictures

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

66Part 1 *20080904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

A Prom that begins with a nautical theme as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform music by Welsh composer Grace Williams.

A pupil of Vaughan Williams and a friend of Britten, her Sea Sketches catch the different moods of the Bristol Channel, as seen from her hometown of Barry.

This is followed by Former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Christine Rice singing Elgar's ever-popular Sea Pictures.

Grace Williams: Sea Sketches

Elgar: Sea Pictures

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom comcludes with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under conductor laureate Tadaaki Otaka in Tchaikovsky's final symphony.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (Pathetique)

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Prom comcludes with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under conductor laureate Tadaaki Otaka in Tchaikovsky's final symphony.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (Pathetique)

67*20080904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

A late-night opportunity to hear four leading young musicians come together to perform Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, which was written and first performed while the composer was a prisoner of war in 1940s.

Martin Frost (clarinet)

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Thomas Larcher (piano)

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

67*20080904

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

A late-night opportunity to hear four leading young musicians come together to perform Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, which was written and first performed while the composer was a prisoner of war in 1940s.

Martin Frost (clarinet)

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Thomas Larcher (piano)

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time