PROM 1: FIRST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

The First Night of the 123rd BBC Proms season opened with a dance and a shout on Friday 14 July 2017!

Beginning with a world premiere of Tom Coult’s St John’s Dance performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner and closed with John Adams’s masterpiece Harmonium, in celebration of his 70th birthday, performed with the BBC Proms Youth Choir and BBC Symphony Chorus. In the middle, award-winning pianist Igor Levit performed Beethoven’s ground-breaking Third Piano Concerto in spectacular style.

PROM 8: CELEBRATING JOHN WILLIAMS

rom 8 - Celebrating John Williams (c) Andy Paradise

On 21 July 2017, the BBC Proms celebrated scores by one of the greatest film composers – John Williams, in a memorable evening of music, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

PROM 9: BEETHOVENFIDELIO

The first of three politically charged stage works in the 2017 BBC Proms season, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio is a passionate musical protest against political oppression, first performed in the wake of the French Revolution and this year performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orfeón Donostiarra, conducted by Juanjo Mena.

Prom 9 (c) Chris Christodoulou
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by the Orfeón Donostiarra, conducted by Juanjo Mena

PROM 13: MALCOLM SARGENT’S 500TH PROM

Chief-conductor of the Proms Malcolm Sargent epitomised the classical music festival from 1947 until 1967. He took part in an astonishing 514 concerts, and shaped the BBC Proms as we know them today. To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, Sir Andrew Davis recreates Sargent’s 500th Prom from 1966, highlighting his work as a champion of English music.

Find out more about Proms pioneer Sir Malcolm Sargent

PROM 15: THE SONGS OF SCOTT WALKER (1967 – 70)

Prom 15: Scott Walker Prom (c) Andy Paradise

For the first Late Night Prom on the 2017 BBC Proms festival, Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra presented a special tribute to Scott Walker, performing tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time. Vocals were provided by four contemporary musical greats, Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Richard Hawley and Susanne Sundfør.

Watch highlights from this unforgettable night:

PROM 28: NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

In their annual visit to the BBC Proms, UK’s finest young musical talent, directed by composer and conductor Thomas Adès, performed a bold programme of works that pushed the orchestra to its technical and sonic limits.

PROM 34 & 35: JOHN WILSON CONDUCTS OKLAHOMA!

(c) Mark Allan
The John Wilson Orchestra perform Rodgers and Hommerstein’s musical Oklahoma!

John Wilson and his ever popular orchestra returned in 2017, bringing their signature energy and swagger to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, performed at not one but two unforgettable Proms concerts!

Energy, joy, and overwhelming affection
A complete-and-unabridged rendering that reinstated not only the overture, but also an extended ballet dream-sequence and lashings of orchestral offcuts.
★★★★★
The Independent

PROM 37: RACHMANINOVPIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

In an all-Rachmaninov Prom, prize-winning pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk made his Proms debut in the composer’s famously demanding Third Piano Concerto (continuing this season’s cycle of the composer’s complete piano concertos).

PROM 41: PHILIP GLASS AND RAVI SHANKAR

In the mid-1960s rising star of Western classical music Philip Glass met the ‘Godfather’ of the Indian classical tradition, Ravi Shakar. 25 years later, they wrote a studio album celebration the coming together of their musical traditions, that combined Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music.

In this exclusive late night concert, Passages was presented here in its first complete live performance, performed by the Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek with Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

it was the beneficent spirit of Ravi Shankar, as revealed in the movements incorporating the Indian musicians, that dominated the occasion. His vein of sweetly innocent melodicism, enlivened by little games of call-and-response, gave a vernal glow to everything.
★★★★★
The Telegraph

PROM 46: SCHOENBERGGURRELIEDER

Sir Simon Rattle conducted the massed forces of the CBSO Chorus, the London Symphony Chorus, Orfeó Català and the London Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg’s monsterpiece.

The supersize scale did not disappoint as Simon Rattle lead the LSO and a superb lineup of soloists in Schoenberg’s answer to Tristan and Isolde
★★★★★
The Guardian

Prom 46: Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder (c) Chris Christodoulou

PROM 53: BENEATH THE UNDERDOG: CHARLES MINGUS REVISITED

Leo Pellegrino (c) Mark Allen

Jules Buckley returned to the BBC Proms with his Metropole Orkest to celebrate the life and music of this legendary composer, bandleader and bass-player, featuring plenty of Mingus favourites performed by a starry line-up of artists. Relive some of the best moments:

PROM 55: CLASSICAL MUSIC OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN

The Proms marked the 70th anniversary of partition and independence on the Indian subcontinent with a concert curated by Darbar Trust producers of Darbar Festival representing the classical music of India and Pakistan.

The concert celebrated the Hindustani music of North India and South India’s Carnatic music, as well as the Sufi music of Pakistan.

PROM 57: SWING NO END

From stomps and shuffles to boogie-woogie and blues, from bebop to Latin, two roaring big bands battled against each other in a BBC Proms celebration of swing music from the 1930s and 1940s. Expertly led by Guy Barker and Winston Rollins, were joined by Clare Teal on a journey through the music of big band greats. Watch this spectacular night in 4 minutes of highlights:

PROM 62: CHINEKE!

As part of the BBC Proms 2017, the Royal Albert Hall hosted Chineke! for their debut Proms concert! Formed less than two years ago, Chineke! is the UK’s first orchestra made up of majority BME musicians, and each item in their late night concert focused in one way or another on black musicians.

Chineke (c) Mark Allan
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs with Chineke! under Kevin John Edusei

PROM 65: STAX RECORDS: 50 YEARS OF SOUL

(c) Andy Paradise
(c) Andy Paradise

As part of the BBC Proms 2017, Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra hosted a late night tribute to Stax Records, the pioneering recording company based in Memphis, Tennessee, that effectively defined Southern Soul music in the Sixties.

The concert featured some of the label’s greatest surviving artists, including Booker T. Jones and Sam Moore, as well as Sir Tom Jones, a longtime fan and interpreter of the Stax songbook. Watch the highlights: