Friday 1 May 2015
BBC Proms Launch 2015
The 2015 BBC Proms season has been announced and we are delighted that Royal College of Music pianist and current BBC Young Musician, Martin James Bartlett, will be making his Proms debut. Martin will appear in Prom 32 alongside acclaimed American choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This year’s Proms season will also feature the world premiere of Dithyrambs by RCM composer Bertram Wee. The work will be performed by Dame Evelyn Glennie as part of the Proms Chamber Music series at Cadogan Hall. Music by other RCM composers also features heavily, with works by Britten, Holst and Vaughan Williams on offer once again, as well as more recent compositions by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Luke Bedford.
RCM alumni will once again feature prominently throughout the Proms season, which this year will include performances by conductors John Wilson and Harry Bicket and singers Jennifer Johnston, Kitty Whately, Sophie Bevan and Ben Johnson. Violinist and RCM alumna Alina Ibragimova will appear four times during the season, performing Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin across two consecutive Late Night Proms, Bach and Vivaldi concertos with early music group Apollo’s Fire, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
With the world’s biggest classical music festival taking place directly opposite the RCM at the Royal Albert Hall, we are thrilled to be continuing our close association with the Proms. As always, we are delighted to be welcoming audiences to the RCM for BBC Proms pre-concert events, and Katie Derham and a host of Proms stars for the weekly magazine programme, recorded in the RCM’s Parry Rooms. Our Summer Music programme, run by RCM Sparks, will also run alongside BBC Proms, offering workshops and courses for families and young people.