BBC Proms

UKTV – Saturdays from 8 September, 8.30pm

Join UKTV for a season of BBC Proms, London’s greatest classical music festival, every Saturday at 8.30pm. Featured Proms include Comedy Prom 2011, Film Night 2011, MGM Musicals and Last Night 2011.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 3 August, 8.30pm

One of the most popular classical music concerts in the world! Watched and listened to by an audience of millions around the globe. The 2009 Last Night brings you Alison Balsom in a concerto by Haydn and Sarah Connolly in a famous lament by Purcell. Oliver Knussen’s Flourish is complemented by new fanfares that feature in a link up with Last Night festivities around the country. This year the programme also marks 50 years since the deaths of Albert Ketelbey and Gerard Hoffnung. Presiding over the mass of musical forces on stage and not the mention the enthusiastic audience is the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s David Robertson.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 20 July, 8.30pm

It’s the last night of one of the most popular classical music concerts in the world, watched and listened to by an audience of many millions around the globe. Sir Roger Norrington makes his first Last Night appearance, leading an all-star dazzling final concert for the 2008 BBC Proms. As usual, the line-up is an eclectic mix of new pieces and the old classics. The line-up includes the world premieres of the BBC commissions from Chris Hazzell and Anna Meredith. Featuring Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), H�l�ne Grimaud (piano), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 13 July, 8.30pm

The 2007 Last Night of the Proms features the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Jiri Belohlavek for the first time with Anna Netrebko (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) and Joshua Bell (violin). With final echoes of Shakespeare in works by Dvorak and Thomas Ades, and a rare revival for the anniversary of Elgar, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by a Russian soprano and an American violinist whose star qualities bring a fitting climax to this season, marking 80 years of the BBC’s running of the Proms.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 6 July, 8.30pm

The 2007 Last Night of the Proms features the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – conducted by Jiri Belohlavek for the first time with Anna Netrebko (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) and Joshua Bell (violin). With final echoes of Shakespeare in works by Dvorak and Thomas Ades, and a rare revival for the anniversary of Elgar, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by a Russian soprano and an American violinist whose star qualities bring a fitting climax to this season, marking 80 years of the BBC’s running of the Proms. Featuring Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell, and The BBC Symphony Orchestra.

ARTS CHANNEL – Fridays from 22 June, 8.30pm

Set sail for a night of musical adventure. Since 1895, the Proms have captivated music lovers everywhere. This year’s Last Night celebrates an enchanting nautical theme showcasing the works of Walton (Overture – Portsmouth Point), Lambert (The Rio Grande) and Korngold (The Seahawk Suite), among others. The scene is set for a seaborne evening commemorating the centenary of Henry Wood’s Sea-Songs with their original bugle calls restored. Vocalists include counter-tenor Andreas Scholl and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. Follow conductor Paul Daniel on this musical odyssey. Featuring Andreas Scholl, John Williams, Paul Lewis, Karen Cargill, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers Director Helen Mansfield Conductor Paul Daniel.

ARTS CHANNEL – Fridays from 8 June, 8.30pm

An inspirational musical odyssey the celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms range from the anniversaries of Dvorak (Overture Carnival) and Peter Maxwell Davies (Ojai Festival Overture) to echoes of 2004’s eastern theme in Puccini’s Humming Chorus (Madame Butterfly) and Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘I’ve got a little list’ (The Mikado).

ARTS CHANNEL – Wednesday 6 June, 8.30pm

Exceptional talent performs the best of Brahms. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. Their ambition was to continue working together at the highest possible professional level, and of that original group, 18 remain in the current core membership of 50. In 2011, they celebrate their 30th anniversary. This prom sees the orchestra perform two works by Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major and Symphony No. 4 in E minor.