BBC Proms

How low can the BBC go?

22 February 2020 9:00 am

Last weekend’s papers claimed that the government desires a ‘massively pruned back’ BBC. Former Conservative cabinet minister Damian Green and…

Power of two: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play a duet at this year’s Lucerne Festival

Chailly’s Mendelssohn alone was worth going to Lucerne for

26 August 2017 9:00 am

This year’s Lucerne Festival is given its identity by having as its theme ‘Identity’. Since the word doesn’t mean anything,…

Could the new head of the Berlin Phil be a game-changer?

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Two summers ago, the BBC were offered a Proms visit by the Bavarian State Orchestra with its music director, Kirill…

Time to ditch authenticity for early music Proms

12 August 2017 9:00 am

They say the first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem. So I’m staging an intervention and…

The BBC Proms broadcast a piece of gloriously subversive new music – without realising it

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem, performed at the Proms on Sunday, isn’t about Brexit. The composer had to make this…

Haydn would surely have approved of Simon Rattle’s repackaging of the symphonies

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!’ wrote Elgar, quoting Shelley, at the top of his Second Symphony. He should…

How Scott Walker created music out of a dead pig

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Band apart: conductor John Wilson, whose orchestra boasts some of the best wind and brass players on the planet

The joy of the John Wilson Orchestra

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Richard Bratby meets the conductor John Wilson, who thinks we should take Gershwin as seriously as we do Beethoven

Hillary should have paid attention to Britain’s referendum

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a very patriotic weekend, ablaze with Union flags. In London there was the Last Night of the Proms…

In search of Mozart’s Tempest

16 July 2016 9:00 am

This must rank as the most heartbreaking example of premature chicken-counting in musical history. ‘Gotter has made a marvellous free…

The Heckler: those behind the Proms this year have the imagination of a dead fish

30 April 2016 9:00 am

BBC Proms 2016 is about as exciting as my sock drawer. But it’s unclear who exactly is to blame. The…

Neville Marriner: still going strong at the age of 90

How conductors keep getting better at 90

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Matthew Stadlen talks to three conductors about growing old very gracefully

Did the Proms' Billy Budd turn a mystery into a mess?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The many opera performances at the Proms this year have all been so successful, especially the Wagner series, that I…

‘It was like 26-dimensional chess’: Roger Wright on managing the Proms

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Kate Chisholm talks to the director of the BBC Proms about the challenges of coming up with 75 nightly programmes