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About the Festival

The BBC Proms is the world's largest and best-known classical music festival, and invitations to perform at it are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The 2010 BBC Proms began on July 16, and will conclude on September 11. American Public Media is the exclusive U.S. distributor for BBC Proms content from all 76 concerts. Performances from the BBC Proms festival will be featured in Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and Pipedreams. (See the Performance Today, SymphonyCast and Pipedreams program listings for more information about BBC Proms performances included in those programs.) However, a live broadcast from the last night of the Proms festival is offered as a special to American Public Media Stations. The Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast over many public radio stations in America, live, on September 11, 2pm — 6pm EDT. Check your local station listings.

Program Highlights


August 2: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Alexander Toradze, piano

BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad)
on SymphonyCast

August 16: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

MAHLER: Symphony No. 3
on SymphonyCast

August 30: From the 2010 BBC Proms
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimi Jurowski, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

MUSSORGSKY: A Night on Bald Mountain
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 3
on SymphonyCast

September 6: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2
on SymphonyCast

September 20: From the 2010 BBC Proms
National Orchestra of France
Daniele Gatti, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring
on SymphonyCast

The audience at the Last Night of the Proms, 2003

A Primer on English Culture

Britishness is a political idea...an identity which was formed when England and Scotland...Wales doesn't count for the purposes of this argument because they've really not got a sufficiently defined sense of their own identity...I'm waiting therefore to be thumped by any Welshman that may be listening...
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