The schedule has been announced for the BBC Proms 2022, with the usual diverse blend of concerts taking place over eight weeks.
The past two years have seen a scaled-down version of the Proms, but for 2022 the event returns to form with 84 concerts bringing more than 3,000 musicians to the stage between 15 July and 10 September.
Highlights include the newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra of refugee musicians performing on 31 July. The programme will feature Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Seventh Symphony and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2.
The anticipated first night will present Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, performed by the Chineke Orchestra and Mahler’s Symphony No 2, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
This year will see the first-ever video games Prom, a musical history of gaming from the 1980s onwards. And there’s an Earth Prom, celebrating the work of Sir David Attenborough and the BBC’s Natural History Unit, with Chris Packham as host.
A celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin takes place on 22 August. And in her debut solo concert, star of film and stage Cynthia Erivo will showcase some musical legends, including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Billie Holiday.
For little ones, the Cbeebies Prom returns with an underwater family adventure. There’s a late-night ‘decompression session’ of stripped-back acoustic performances on 16 July presented Sian Eleri, of the Radio 1’s Chillest Show. There’ll also be Music for Royal Occasions on 22 July to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The world-famous Prom finale, the last night, on 10 September will be led by Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska joined by superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen.
A total of 73 performances will take place in the Royal Albert Hall’s special auditorium with others happening at venues in London and the UK.
Tickets are on sale from 21 May. Find out more on the BBC website.