BBC Proms 2022: Premieres and performances

BBC Proms 2022: Premieres and performances

There is nothing in the world quite like the BBC Proms. 72 concerts over 57 days, bringing together the wealth of British classical talent, stellar international orchestras, unique creative projects and a host of brand new commissions - not least from Wise Music composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, Betsy Jolas and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

The Proms escapes even further from the Albert Hall this year, with concerts in Battersea, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Truro and London’s ground-breaking nightclub Printworks, which will host a mesmerizing show of Philip Glass and Handel with Anthony Roth-Constanzo. Meanwhile in the north-east of England, a specially-assembled community choir Voices from the River’s Edge will premiere a short a cappella choral piece by Judith Weir as part of their concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead.

Running from July 15 to September 10, the absolute fullest range of music is on offer including John Adams, Samuel Barber, Joseph Horovitz, Carl Nielsen, John Tavener, Bohuslav Martinů, Jean Sibelius, Florence Price and the most significant sole-orchestral work in years from Kaija Saariaho, Vista. It is truly not to be missed.

Browse through our highlights below:

BBC Commissions

  • World premiere of ARCHORA by Anna Thorvaldsdottir with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Eva Ollikainen (Prom 34, Aug 11)
  • European premiere Violin Concerto ‘Procession’ by Missy Mazzoli with violinist Jennifer Koh and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali (Prom 38, Aug 14)
  • World premiere of b Tunes for Nicolas a piano concerto by Betsy Jolas written for soloist Nicolas Hodges and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis (Prom 66, Sept 5)
  • World premiere of Your servant, Elizabeth by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, commissioned for a Prom celebrating music for royal occasions in the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The piece, which takes as its starting point William Byrd’s musical homage to Elizabeth I, will be performed by the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra (Prom 10, July 22).

Glass Handel at Printworks London (Sept 3)

A major spectacle held at the Printworks London, combining the music of Philip Glass and Handel with choreography, haute couture and live painting performed by countertenor Anthony Roth-Constanzo and members of the English National Opera Orchestra.

Includes the world premiere of a specially-commissioned piece by Philip Glass, No More, Ye Petty Spirits.

Watch the video from the New York production


Notable works


July 22, 2022
Prom 10: Music for Royal Occasions
Televised broadcast

Judith Weir I love all beauteous things
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Your servant, Elizabeth [BBC commission: world premiere]

BBC Singers; BBC Concert Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, cond.

July 23, 2022
Proms at Sage Gateshead: Folk Connections

Judith Weir Indelible, miraculous* [world premiere]
John Adams
 Shaker Loops

Voices from the River's Edge*; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Dinis Sousa, cond.

July 25, 2022
Prom 14: Kazuki Yamada conducts the CBSO

Ethel Smyth Concerto for Violin and Horn

Elena Urioste, violin; Ben Goldscheider, horn
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Kazuki Yamada, cond.

July 26, 2022
Prom 15: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

Samuel Barber Violin Concerto

Johan Dalene, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jordan de Souza, cond.

August 4, 2022
Prom 25: Shostakovich’s Last Symphony and a Concerto for Theremin

Kaija Saariaho Vista

BBC Philharmonic; John Storgårds, cond.

August 5, 2022
Prom 26: Semyon Bychkov and the Labèque Sisters

Bohuslav Martinů Concerto for Two Pianos

Katia & Marielle Labèque, pianos
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

August 11, 2022
Prom 34: Thorvaldsdottir, Elgar and Sibelius
Televised broadcast

Anna Thorvaldsdottir ARCHORA [BBC co-commission: world premiere]

BBC Philharmonic; Eva Ollikainen, cond.

August 14, 2022 (11am)
Prom 37: Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Kaija Saariaho and Beethoven

Kaija Saariaho Vers toi qui es si loin [London premiere]

Maria Włoszczowska, violin
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Dinis Sousa, cond.

August 14, 2022 (7.30pm)
Prom 38: Tchaikovsky, Missy Mazzoli and Prokofiev

Missy Mazzoli Violin Concerto, ‘Procession [BBC co-commission: European premiere]

Jennifer Koh, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali, cond.

August 15, 2022
Proms at Cardiff: Carion Wind Quintet

Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet

Carion Wind Quintet

August 20, 2022
Prom 44: Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D major

Ethel Smyth Mass in D major

Nardus Williams, soprano; Bethan Langford, mezzo-soprano; Robert Murray, tenor; Božidar Smiljanić, bass-baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo, cond.

August 24, 2022
Prom 50: The Sixteen Sings Tallis’s Spem in alium

John Tavener A Hymn to the Mother of God

The Sixteen; Harry Christophers, cond.

August 29, 2022
Proms at Birmingham (Bradshaw Hall)

Joseph Horovitz Lady Macbeth

Claire Barnett-Jones, mezzo-soprano; Simon Lepper, piano

September 3, 2022 (Performances at 3pm & 8pm)
Proms and the ENO at Printworks London – Glass Handel (Printworks London)

Philip Glass
Songs from Liquid Days – excerpt
Monsters of Grace – excerpt
The Fall of the House of Usher
1000 Airplanes on the Roof – excerpt
No More, You Petty Spirits [BBC commission: world premiere]

Anthony Roth Costanzo, counter-tenor
George Condo, live painting
Jason Singh, nature beatboxer/vocal sound designer
Justin Peck, choreographer
Raf Simons, costumes
English National Opera Orchestra
Karen Kamensek, cond.
James Bonas, stage director

September 5, 2022
Prom 66: Beethoven, Betsy Jolas and Mahler

Betsy Jolas b Tunes for Nicolas [BBC co-commission: world premiere]

Nicolas Hodges, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis, cond.

September 8, 2022
Prom 70: Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Angel Blue, soprano
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet‐Séguin, cond.

September 9, 2022
Prom 71: Philadelphia Orchestra with Lisa Batiashvili

Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in E minor

The Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet‐Séguin, cond.

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