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Alexandra Dariescu performs Nadia Boulanger © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Total Immersion: A deep dive into the work of Nadia and Lili Boulanger

By , 06 April 2019
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Mary Bevan © BBC | Mark Allan
London

A disappointing Mass in B minor from the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2019
***11
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Étienne Dupuis, Karen Cargill and Edward Gardner © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Sublime care and craft: Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ

By , 17 December 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion contrast in BBC SO programme

By , 15 November 2018
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Richard Farnes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 33: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust – Richard Farnes conducts Brahms and Musgrave

By , 07 August 2018
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Morris Robinson, Quinn Kelsey and Thomas Søndergård © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 11: A Mahlerian leaving party

By , 22 July 2018
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

By , 14 July 2018
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Five Telegrams from Kensington Gardens © Mark Pullinger
London

Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

By , 13 July 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Aurally spectacular Vaughan Williams and Birtwistle at the Barbican

By , 13 October 2017
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 45: Hair-raising Mahler 2 in the end from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 August 2017
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
London

Prom 18: Pirates, sirens and Sinbad's ship with the BBCSO and James Gaffigan

By , 28 July 2017
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Igor Levit and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 1: Fuel to the Proms fire on the First Night

By , 14 July 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis © Dario Acosta
London

A Bliss revival at the Barbican from Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO

By , 12 May 2017
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
London

After an imperfect start, Dvořák’s Requiem catches fire at the Barbican

By , 13 April 2017
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Marin Alsop and the BBCSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Alsop and the BBCSO totally immersed in Glass

By , 28 January 2017
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François-Xavier Roth and the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

A Berlioz Requiem of scale and sensitivity

By , 13 November 2016
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Semyon Bychkov © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

Beloved Friend: Bychkov's Tchaikovsky series closes with a provocative Pathétique

By , 28 October 2016
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Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

By , 10 September 2016
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Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 46: Wise men bearing gifts: Ilan Volkov and the BBCSSO

By , 20 August 2016
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Ray Chen © Julian Hargreaves
London

Prom 15: Max Bruch and Vaughan Willams end on a high

By , 26 July 2016
****1
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Sol Gabetta © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 1: A haunting, poignant Proms opener from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

By , 15 July 2016
****1
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
London

BBC Symphony Orchestra introduces Partita by ‘voice of our generation’ Joseph Phibbs

By , 21 May 2016
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David Soar and Sir Andrew Davis © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Magical revelations: Andrew Davis and BBC Symphony forces cast a spell in Berlioz

By , 22 January 2016
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Jonas Kaufmann and Marin Alsop © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 76: Alsop and Kaufmann lead the Last Night revelries

By , 12 September 2015
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Alison Balsom © BBC| Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: BBC Concert Orchestra dazzles in a profane Prom

By , 06 September 2015
****1
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Eric Whitacre © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre leads forces through Earth and Space

By , 09 August 2015
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
London

Prom 7: BBCSO on top notch form as Hugh Wood's Epithalamion receives its world première

By , 22 July 2015
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Sakari Oramo conducting the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 1: Spectacular Walton makes for a confident start to the 2015 season

By , 17 July 2015
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London

Berlioz and Bliss and the BBCSO in fruitful partnership at the Barbican

By , 15 May 2015
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London

Thomas Larcher première crowns BBCSO programme

By , 01 November 2014
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London

Prom 76: A fitting close for the 2014 Proms season

By , 13 September 2014
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London

Bees and Bells at the Proms

By , 18 August 2014
***11
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London

Electric Stravinsky outshines Brett Dean at the Proms

By , 07 August 2014
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London

Pastoral mysticism as Gaia Theory takes centre stage at the Proms

By , 28 July 2014
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London

A traditional start to a traditional Proms season

By , 18 July 2014
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London

The sacred and the extremely profane: Fauré's Requiem paired with Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias

By , 24 May 2014
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London

A wonderful Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Symphony Orhcestra and Sir Andrew Davis

By , 06 April 2014
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London

Prom 75: DiDonato and Alsop dazzle at the Last Night

By , 07 September 2013
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London

Prom 45: Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage

By , 16 August 2013
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London

Prom 32: Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Holst and Lutosławski

By , 07 August 2013
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London

Prom 19: Semyon Bychkov's Tristan with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 27 July 2013
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London

Prom 9: BBC NOW and Thomas Søndergård play Stenhammar, Szymanowski and Strauss

By , 18 July 2013
***11
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London

Prom 1: Eclectic brilliance with Stephen Hough, Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony

By , 12 July 2013
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London

John Wilson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Vaughan Williams and York Bowen

By , 03 May 2013
****1
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London

Alexander Nevsky with live music at the Barbican

By , 09 February 2013
***11
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London

Prom 76: A very special Last Night

By , 08 September 2012
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London

Prom 61: A festival of British music with Brabbins and the BBC Symphony

By , 29 August 2012
****1
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London

Prom 41: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

By , 12 August 2012
***11
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London

Prom 23: A varied menu of early 20th-century English music

By , 31 July 2012
***11
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London

Prom 1: An English theme makes for a rousing start

By , 13 July 2012
****1
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