UK (non). BBC World Service is airing some highlights from this years BBC Proms Season. Apologies for late notice, as I’ve only just spotted it it in the schedules.
Saturdays 30 July, 6, 13, 20 and 27 August at 1806 (to Middle East): 6195-sla, 12025-sng
Saturdays 30 July, 6, 13, 20 and 27 August at 1906 (to Africa):6155-sao, 6195-dha, 7265-mdc, 7445-mdc, 11810-wof, 12095-asc
Sundays 31 July, 7, 14, 21 and 28 August at 1106 (to Asia): 6195-sng, 9410-sng, 11945-sng
30/31 July: Music for Royal Occasions
In the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers present a celebration of music and royalty in all its splendour: from the music of the Tudor court to the 21st century, by way of Handel’s majestic Coronation Anthem, Elgar’s ever-popular Pomp and Circumstance March, choral music by the current Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir and a specially commissioned new work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
6/7 August: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra
The Proms welcomes the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra who come to London as part of a tour of Europe and the USA. The orchestra, led by the Canadian-born conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, is composed of Ukrainian players from a dozen orchestras in both their besieged country and elsewhere in Europe. They will be joined by two leading Ukrainian soloists for a concert that showcases the artistry and resilience of Ukrainian musicians. The concert programme reflects the current situation through 19th-century works: Russian occupation of Poland prevented Chopin from returning to his homeland and Beethoven’s Fidelio celebrates the triumph of love and freedom over injustice.
13/14 August: Gaming Prom
This year, the Proms dips its toes for the first time into the vast ocean that is video games music. Although written originally for the small screen, games music has long been a success in the concert hall too. 1990s classics from the Japanese masters of the form Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu regularly sell out large venues, Austin Wintory’s Grammy-nominated Journey has now become a fully-fledged symphonic poem as has Hildur Guðnadóttir’s and Sam Slater’s recent score for Battlefield 2042. The selection of games music for this Prom is curated by the young British conductor Robert Ames noted for his pursuit of fruitful exchanges between the classical tradition and contemporary music.
The programmes to be broadcast 20/21 and 27/28 August have not yet been announced.
Alan Roe, Teddington, UK
(via WOR io group)