BBC Proms to celebrate Ibiza, Sherlock and outer space
By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
23 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
(L-R) Dame Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Katie Derham, Nicholas Collon and pupils from Luton Music Service
This year’s BBC Proms will feature concerts inspired by the Ibiza dance scene, Sherlock Holmes and the Hubble space telescope.
The two-month music festival, starting on 17 July, will also see Sir David Attenborough narrating a prom to the music of his Life Story TV series.
There will be 92 concerts in total, mainly at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Marin Alsop will return to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, after her 2013 debut.
Edward Blakeman, this year’s Proms director, said there would be a “big focus” on piano works with more than 25 solo pianists featuring across the season.
The complete Beethoven piano concertos will be performed by Leif Ove Andsnes, while Prokofiev’s five piano concertos will played at a single prom. Six of Mozart’s late piano concertos also feature.
For the first time at the Proms, a series of Sunday matinees are being introduced aimed at families.
They include concerts celebrating the first year of Ten Pieces, the BBC’s classical music initiative for primary schools. Hosted by Barney Harwood and Dick and Dom, they will be broadcast later in the year on CBBC.
Marin Alsop returns to the podium after her Last Night of the Proms debut in 2013
Source:: BBC Entertainment