The BBC Proms returns this summer

The BBC Proms returns this summer

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Wednesday, 27th April 2022
Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

The BBC Proms is back to full strength, with an eight-week programme set for summer 2022.

The BBC Proms will feature 84 concerts over 57 days with 3,000 musicians involved and will look back at 100 years of British broadcasting to mark the BBC’s centenary year. 

A large-scale orchestral repertoire will be welcomed to the Royal Albert Hall, with soloists including Lise Davidsen, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicola Benedetti, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuja Wang and Jamie Barton. 

They will be joined by acclaimed orchestras and ensembles from across the world, with European broadcasting orchestras from Austria, Finland and Germany, who will partner with BBC Orchestras and Choirs. 

The Proms will include the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri Lynn Wilson, which includes recently refugeed Ukrainian musicians, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and some of the top musicians in Ukraine. 

For those unable to watch the concerts in person, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast every Prom live and there will be the Proms broadcast on Radio 1 Relax, Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music. 

Twenty-two of the concerts will be broadcast on TV and BBC iPlayer, with the First Night of the Proms hosted by Clive Myrie and the Last Night of the Proms hosted by Katie Derham. 

The rest of the TV presenters include Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Sian Eleri, Jess Gillam, Georgia Mann, Chris Packham and Petroc Trelawny.

There will be Proms debuts from Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning singer Cynthia Erivo and Indian sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan.

In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the BBC Concert Orchestra will construct a Prom showcasing the special relationship between music and monarchy.

To mark the BBC centenary, there will be a world premiere of This New Noise, a multimedia commission from cult band Public Service Broadcasting which includes rare material from the BBC Archives. 

The Proms will traverse across new genres and venues, with standout proms including a genre defying Prom with the English National Opera in Printworks London, a Gaming Prom, which will explore the sounds of video games, and a Prom dedicated to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The final session of the series is Last Night of the Proms will be led by Dalia Stasevska, including soloists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Lise Davidsen with a world premiere by British composer James B. Wilson.

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The BBC Proms is back to full strength, with an eight-week programme set for summer 2022.