Proms are a real TV treat

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Classical music enthusiasts will be in for a treat this week as the122nd Proms begin. There will be quite a lot of coverage of this feast of classical music from the fifteenth of July to the tenth of September. All the Proms concerts will be broadcast on Radio 3.

There will also be a fair number of Concerts shown on BBC2 and BBC4 over the coming weeks which will hopefully introduce viewers to some new music and well as revisiting old favourites. The Last Night of the Proms will however be the only one to make an appearance on BBC1. The first part of The First Night of the Proms will be transmitted on BBC2on Friday night for an hour from half past seven in the evening. It will, as usual, be transmitted from the Royal Albert Hall. This programme will include Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture, which links in with this year being the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Also during the Proms there will be ten Concertos for the cello, one of which will be a world premiere. Friday’s concert will include the Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta who will be performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Sakari Oramo will be conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The programme will be introduced by Katie Derham who is the main guide throughout this year’s Proms. However viewers who want to see the second part of the Concert will have to change channels to BBC4 in order to view it. It will include Prokofiev’s Cantata with soloist Alexander Nevsky. Other highlights in this year’s season of Concerts includes: a special celebration of the music of David Bowie; a celebration of the music and musicians of Latin America; and a celebration of the music of several contemporary musicians. Ian K