Late summer in London isn’t really complete without the BBC Proms – and the good news is they are back this year with 52 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall over six weeks.
The hall is open to full capacity, though audiences are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and admission is dependent on a negative lateral flow test or proof of double vaccination or previous infection.
The Proms launched on Friday 30 of July and will run until 11 September with a programme that’s both globally and stylistically diverse.
The Aurora Orchestra will play Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird entirely from memory on 11 August. And on the 14th, you can catch Víkingur Ólafsson, the much talked about Icelandic pianist, playing concertos by Bach and Mozart.
There’s music to ‘Soothe the Aching Heart’ on the 16th, in an evening of opera pieces – from Handel to Puccini – sung by British soloists including sopranos Sally Matthews and Natalya Romaniw.
Nubya Garcia is a saxophonist, composer, DJ and, according to the New York Times, the ‘major voice’ of a new jazz generation. You can see her perform on 18 August.
On 22 August Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra playing wall-to-wall orchestral Stravinsky throughout the evening.
Guitarist Sean Shibe summons up the spirit of the tango on the 23rd in two concerts – lunchtime in the Cadogan Hall, and in the evening at the Royal Albert Hall.
Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, Chineke! celebrates music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, and Nigeria’s Fela Sowande in a concert on 24 August.
Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Bartók’s second violin concerto while tracing its Hungarian folk roots on 28 August, supported by a folk band and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
There’s a Family Prom on 29 August featuring the Kanneh-Mason family’s seven siblings playing Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals. There’ll also be poems by Michael Morpurgo.
And to round things off, the famous Last Prom will take place on 11 September.
Read more about the Proms in this iNews story.