With the whole-hearted support of the wonderful medium of broadcasting, I feel that I am at last on the threshold of realising my lifelong ambition of truly democratising the message of music, and making its beneficent effect universal.— Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, speaking in 1927
This summer the world’s largest classical music festival returns in its full glory to the Royal Albert Hall for an unforgettable eight-week season.
- The 2022 BBC Proms will showcase large-scale repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, from Verdi’s Requiem on the First Night of the Proms to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the Chineke! Orchestra and Voices under Kevin John Edusei.
- This summer’s programme features exciting family events and the return of Relaxed performances as we continue to realise founder-conductor Henry Wood’s original vision: to make the best of classical music available to all.
- This season will see the return of international orchestras to the Proms, including Berliner Philharmoniker led by Kirill Petrenko, the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Australian World Orchestra led by Zubin Mehta.
- The Proms welcomes the newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.
- As always, the season culminates in the celebratory Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and BBC Singers. This year’s festival finale is led by Dalia Stasevska, who is joined by star soloists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Lise Davidsen, with a world premiere by fast-rising British composer James B. Wilson.
- The 2022 Proms marks the centenary year of the BBC, celebrating a historic partnership between music and broadcasting that has brought the world’s largest classical music festival into people’s homes across the UK.
- For the first time, a Prom will be hosted at South London’s magnificent industrial events space, Printworks. In a co-production with The English National Opera, trailblazing American counter-tenor Anthony Roth Constanzo will present an operatic spectacle contrasting Handel with Philip Glass, and weaving in dance, live painting, music videos and audio soundscapes.
- The Proms continues its commitment to accessible ticket prices with seats from £8.50, half-price tickets for under-18s and Promming day tickets at £6 (all plus booking fees). Over 96,000 tickets will be available for £20 and under.
- Every concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available on BBC Sounds, and 22 Proms are broadcast on BBC television and available on BBC iPlayer, including the First Night and Last Night of the Proms.
Across The UK
Bringing the joy of classical music to as wide an audience as possible is an integral part of the Proms’ mission. For the first time ever the Proms is taking its successful chamber music series, established in 1996, across the UK, visiting all four nations. A diverse range of world-class soloists and ensembles will perform repertoire ranging from Haydn in Glasgow to Xenakis in Belfast.
The Proms is also delighted to announce a new partnership with international music centre Sage Gateshead, which will host a main evening Prom conducted by Dinis Sousa with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and a large-scale choir of young singers from across the North-East (23 July). They will also be joined by members of the folk ensemble Spell Songs, who return to the Proms following their appearance at the Lost Words Prom in 2019.
Monday 18 July
The Waterfront Studio, Belfast
Saturday 23 July
7.30pm-9.30pm // Sage Gateshead
Voices of the River’s Edge
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Dinis Sousa conductor
Monday 25 July
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Alim Beisembayev piano
Monday 1 August
St George’s Bristol
Alina Ibragimova violin
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Monday 8 August
Battersea Arts Centre, London
Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
Monday 15 August
Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Carion Wind Quintet
Monday 22 August
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam
Monday 29 August
Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
Claire Barnett-Jones mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper piano
Monday 5 September
Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
The festival is also proud to celebrate the wealth of world-class orchestras from across the UK. This summer we are delighted to welcome orchestras from Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gateshead, Glasgow, Manchester and Salford, as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.