The BBC Proms are arguably classical music’s biggest event of the year! The eight-week-long series totalling 75 concerts will this year take place between the 19th of July and the 14th of September, and there’s a lot to look forward to! With so much going on, finding the perfect event in the Proms season can be tough. Which is why we’re sharing our top picks of the BBC Proms 2019!
1. Prom #4 – The Planets
The opening weekend of the Proms 2019 pays a tribute to all things extra-terrestrial, marking 50 years since the first moon landing! One performance will see a rendition of Gustave Holst’s The Planets, probably still one of the more well-loved sonic imaginings of space exploration.
2. Prom #27 – The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music
Carrying on with the theme of space, the 27th Prom will bring together some fantastic music from the best of science fiction. It’ll feature work from composers such as Hans Zimmer and Mica Levi, and music from films like Aliens: Covenant and Gravity. All of which should make for a spectacularly out-of-this-world experience!
3. Prom #29 and 30 – The Warner Brothers Story
Coming back down to Earth is this lively Prom full of the vibrant technicolour of the Golden Age of Hollywood! With music from productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire and My Fair Lady, it could provide all the ingredients for a trip down memory lane.
4. Prom #59 – Benvenuto Cellini
This performance of the rarely seen opera Benvenuto Cellini marks the culmination of conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s five-year Berlioz series. With a vast story and difficult score based around the life and loves of the Renaissance sculptor Cellini, it’s sure to bring a touch of drama to the Proms season!
5. Prom #3 and 5 – CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon
Looking to give the kids a taste of the BBC Proms? This event, hosted by well-known CBeebies presenters such as Chris Jarvis and YolanDa Brown, has been conceived as a way to stir the imagination! Accompanied by classical scores, youngsters can follow the Apollo 11 mission to the moon – where they’ll meet kids (as well as big kids) favourites, the Clangers!
6. Prom #66 – In the Name of the Earth
Luther Adams’ immersive and participatory performance In the Name of the Earth, should provide something quite different to the line-up this year! Using eight choirs, totalling over 600 singers placed around the auditorium, the audience will be right in the middle of the ethereal sounding score.
7. Prom #40 – Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee
For those interested in British history, this event, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, could be perfect! Work by Mendelssohn, her favourite composer, will be performed using her own piano, which has been loaned from the Royal Collection by our current queen!
8. Prom #10 – Public Service Broadcasting
Returning to the theme of the Apollo 11 mission is this late night Prom from Public Service Broadcasting, performing their album The Race for Space with The Multi-Story Orchestra. Exploring the US/Soviet space race of the 1960s, their blend of acoustic, electronic and archive audio samples should make this an evening to remember!
9. Prom #75 – Last Night of the Proms
Of course, we couldn’t exclude the Last Night of the Proms from our list! This year’s event sees a huge variety of different performances, from Bizet to Laura Mvula, and Elgar to Over the Rainbow, there’s sure to be something to suit all tastes!
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