The 2023 BBC Proms, “the world’s greatest classical music festival”, return with 71 concerts throughout the UK from 14 July through The Last Night of the Proms celebration, featuring cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, on 9 September. Conductors Semyon Bychkov, Vladimir Jurowski, Jaime Martín and Vasily Petrenko; pianists Kirill Gerstein and Isata Kanneh-Mason; soprano Mané Galoyan and mezze-soprano Alice Coote will perform in extraordinary concerts throughout this eight, unforgettable weeks of music.

The following concerts take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall

26 July – Prom 16: The Hallé performs Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

Mané Galoyan, soprano

Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 combine in an all-Russian programme from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

Sergey Rachmaninov: The Bells
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor

Performing with Dmytro Popov, tenor; Rodion Pogossov. Baritone; BBC Symphony Chorus; Hallé Choir; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder, conductor

1 august – Prom 22: Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Prokofiev

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Ryan Bancroft return for the second of their consecutive Proms. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is paired with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Performing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Ryan Bancroft, conductor

8 august – Prom 32: Holst’s The Planets

Jaime Martín, conductor

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Jaime Martín present Holst’s epic suite The Planets alongside works by Grace Williams and Dora Pejačević.

Dora Pejačević: Overture
Grace Williams: Violin Concerto
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Performing with Geneva Lewis, violin; BBC National Orchestra of Wales

15 August – Prom 41: Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

Vasily Petrenko, conductor

French pianist Alexandre Kantorow makes his Proms debut in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and anniversary composer Ligeti’s Lontano.

György Ligeti: Lontano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor

Performing with Alexandre Kantorow, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

31 August – Prom 60: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor and Kirill Gerstein, piano

Tonight we welcome the esteemed Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra – making its Proms debut under Chief Conductor Vladimir Jurowski in a programme of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3, Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto and Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik.

Kurt Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Thomas Adès: Piano Concerto
Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor

Performing with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

3 September – Prom 64: Berlioz’s The Trojans

Alice Coote – Cassandra

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir – plus an outstanding cast of soloists – in this concert performance of Berlioz’s grand opera The Trojans.

Programme Hector Berlioz: The Trojans

Performers include Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

4 September – Prom 65: Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony – the last the composer would ever complete.

Programme Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 version, ed. Nowak)

Performing with BBC Symphony Orchestra

9 September – Prom 71: Last Night of the Proms 2023

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and soprano Lise Davidsen join conductor Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the biggest musical party of the year.

Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River, arr. S. Parkin
Max Bruch: Kol nidrei, Op. 47
James B. Wilson: 1922, BBC commission: world premiere
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser – ‘Dich, teure Halle’
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Easter Hymn, Intermezzo
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth – ‘Vieni! t’affretta!’
Emmerich Kálmán: The Gypsy Princess – ‘Heia, heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland’
Trad.: Fantasia on British Sea Songs, arr. Wood
Thomas Arne: Rule, Britannia!, arr. Sargent
Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
Hubert Parry: Jerusalem, orch. Elgar
The National Anthem, arr. Britten
Auld Lang Syne, arr. Paul Campbell

Performing with Lise Davidsen, soprano; BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor

Programme text from the BBC Proms: Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Gerstein, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Sheku Kanneh-Mason are represented in association with Enticott Music Management. Vladimir Jurwoski and Vasily Petrenko are managed in association with Nicholas Mathias Ltd.