The highly-anticipated line-up for this year’s edition of the BBC Proms 2017 was announced last week. With an innovative mixture of old and new and an expansion to incorporate new locations including the Tate Modern and a former multi-storey car park in Peckham, it’s already got the music world talking. Tickets can be booked for many events from Saturday 13th May, so put the date in your diary now.
Read our guide to discover the top five Proms we’re looking forward to:
1. Prom 15 – The ‘Godlike Genius’ of Scott Walker
22:15 on Tuesday 25 Jul 2017 – Royal Albert Hall
Scott Walker has travelled an unusual career path. Having originally found fame with pop group The Walker Brothers in the 1960s, he is well-known today for being a contemporary avant-garde classical musician. This Prom pays tribute to his talent, presenting tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time. The show will also see a number of special guests take to the stage, including Jarvis Cocker and John Grant.
2. Prom 27 – Ella and Dizzy: A Centenary Tribute
19:30 on Friday 4 Aug 2017 – Royal Albert Hall
This year marks the centenary of the births of both Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, two jazz legends who were highly influential for the genre and the culture which grew around it. The wonderful jazz singer Dianne Reeves is joined by virtuoso trumpeter James Morrison for a double tribute to these great figures. Conducted by John Mauceri, of Broadway and Hollywood fame, expect Afro-Latin beats contrasted with numbers from the Great American Songbook.
3. Prom 37 – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3
18:00 on Sunday 13 Aug 2017 – Royal Albert Hall
A more traditional option: Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Rachmaninov’s demanding Third piano Concerto. All Rachmaninov’s piano concertos will be performed over the course of the Proms, but this is a particular highlight. The concert also features the composer’s Second Symphony performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, all complemented with elements of Russian Orthodox chant by the Latvian Radio Choir. These chants provide an insight into the Russian sound-world that inspired Rachmaninov’s orchestral works.
4. Prom 41 – Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar
22:15 on Tuesday 15 Aug 2017 – Royal Albert Hall
East meets West. In the mid-1960s, minimalist composer Philip Glass collaborated with Ravi Shankar, the ‘Godfather’ of the Indian classical tradition. The result was a stunning studio album that combined the sounds of these two masters. For the first time, the whole album will be performed live, with Shankar’s daughter Anoushka Shankar playing the sitar alongside western instruments from the Britten Sinfonia.
5. Prom 52: Beyond the Score: Dvořák’s New World Symphony
19:30 on Wednesday 23 Aug 2017 – Royal Albert Hall
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 is a haunting work with a fascinating history. This Beyond the Score performance combines actors, projections and live musical examples to explore the story behind this orchestral classic. This immersive experience is followed by a complete performance of the symphony by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, making this an unforgettable and dramatic musical evening.
This is just a sample of the many brilliant things on offer at this year’s BBC Proms. Click here to see the full calendar of events.