Exciting news for classical music fans… the programme for the 2014 season of the BBC Proms has been announced, with an eclectic line-up that will bring the best classical music to the widest possible audience.
This year’s festival, which will run from 18th July to 13th September, features debut performances from musicians including the Pet Shop Boys, Paloma Faith and Rufus Wainwright, a War Horse Prom that will include the life-sized puppets from the National Theatre’s stage production and a Mary Poppins sing-along to mark the 50th anniversary of the Disney film.
In the spirit of the Proms’ enduring mission to make the best classical music available to everyone, there will be more Proms content available to listen to online for longer than ever before across desktop, mobile and tablet. The Proms site, re-launched by mN in 2011 and refreshed by us for each season since, is the place to go to explore the 2014 calendar of events, book tickets and catch-up on the broadcast performances.
For the first time, the Proms have teamed up with the BBC’s pre-school channel, CBeebies, for two matinee concerts encouraging learning through music with the help of Mr Bloom, Robert the Robot and other well-loved CBeebies characters.
The first BBC Sport Prom, hosted by Gabby Logan, will take place against the backdrop of the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, featuring classical music associated with sport. The mN team are already preparing our own rendition of Vindaloo.
This is mN’s fourth season working with the Radio 3 team on the BBC Proms and we can’t wait for the festival to begin with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the First Night of the Proms on 18th July. We’re also particularly excited to hear the Pet Shop Boys’ performance of A Man from the Future – a new piece inspired by the life and work of wartime codebreaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing.
Check out the full details of the 2014 season at bbc.co.uk/proms