Eight weeks of glorious music


BBC Proms 2014

(Friday, July 18, BBC2, 8.05pm)

What’s It All About? The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, the largest classical music festival in the world, opens this week with Edward Elgar’s biblical oratorio The Kingdom, a 90-minute performance which should wow the masses.

It kicks off eight weeks of diverse and glorious music, welcoming more international ensembles than ever, including orchestras from China, Lapland, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey.

Look Out For: Over the course of the shows, the National Theatre’s War Horse Prom (commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War); Gabby Logan presenting the first BBC Sport Prom; and the 80th birthdays of Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies are marked across 10 Proms performances.

On September 13, Proms in the Park promises to be a show-stopper fronted by Terry Wogan.

That same day, there’s the all-important Proms 76, when music fans revel in this land of hope and glory and raise the roof during the last night.

Roger Wright, Director, BBC Proms, says: “This summer there will be more Proms content available online, including on mobile and tablet.”