The Late Night Proms are always a highlight of any Proms season, showcasing an eclectic array of music that goes beyond classical and blurs the line between different genres. This year’s series is no different, offering the chance to sample alternative music alongside the Proms’ traditional repertoire.
Many of the Late Nights are guaranteed to be very popular, but even if a Prom looks like it is sold out, don’t worry! Keep your eye on our website for returns, plus £6 Promming tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the concert. For more information visit the Day Promming section of our site.
Below are five Late Nights that are definitely worth staying up for:
The late, great David Bowie will be celebrated at the Hall on Friday 29 July as Berlin-based musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e and conductor André de Ridder present an evening of music that reinterprets the Starman’s much loved body of work.
The night will include a wide range of specially commissioned new arrangements and orchestral interpretations of David Bowie songs performed by s t a r g a z e as well as a number of guest vocalists, including Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, Jherek Bischoff, and famed classical counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky.
In addition to this, Pulitzer-Prize winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang will debut a new piece based on Always Crashing in the Same Car from Bowie’s seminal 1977 album Low.
Proms 28 to 30 comprise a youth-themed weekend, with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland all descending on the capital to perform a concert each over the three days.
Prom 28 on Friday 5 August sees the NYJOS performing Duke Ellington’s innovative jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder, based on the works of William Shakespeare, whose 400th anniversary is commemorated this year.
Jamie Cullum will reunite with The Heritage Orchestra and their conductor Jules Buckley for Prom 36 on Thursday 11 August, following on from their last collaboration at the Proms way back in 2010. This time round they will also be accompanied by the Roundhouse Choir and talent from the BBC Music Introducing scheme.
The hugely successful jazz musician aims to fully utilise the vast array of instruments at his disposal as well as the distinctive space of the Hall to create a truly unforgettable night of music. In his own words: ‘The Royal Albert Hall is one of those curious venues that can feel at once very intimate and then incredibly grand and open. I intend to exploit that unique quality in this concert.’
With this year’s Olympic Games being held in Brazil, there’s no better time to celebrate the wonderful music of Latin America. The Proms this year feature performances from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, pianists Martha Argerich and Gabriela Montero, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, cellist Sol Gabetta and compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera, who this year would have turned 100.
The Late Night Prom on Wednesday 24 August immediately follows on from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s evening Prom, kicking things up a notch as their string players and conductor Marin Alsop are joined by the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a feel-good celebration of popular Brazilian music from the last 100 years.
Californian saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been taking the world of modern jazz by storm with the release of his universally praised debut album The Epic as well as his collaborations with acclaimed artists such as Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar.
Prom 61 on Tuesday 30 August sees Washington bringing his band, backed by the strings of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a choir, to the Royal Albert Hall for a jazz concert like no other.