First Night Of The Proms 2022: air date and performers

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The Royal Albert Hall will host the eight-week classical music program beginning with a concert performance of Verdi’s Requiem

The Proms is a two-month celebration of classical music, with concerts and other events organized and broadcast by the BBC.

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The first and final nights of The Proms will be broadcast on BBC Two and music from the rest of the season will be available on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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Clive Myrie presents a live broadcast of the First Night of the Proms

What is the prom?

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The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, known as The Proms, are an annual eight-week season of orchestral concerts of classical music organized by the BBC and performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

The event began in 1895 and remains a major event in the classical music calendar, with hundreds of thousands of people attending the concerts live each year and many more watching on television.

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For the past two years, performances have been in reduced size due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year the orchestras will be back in full size.

Who is performing at The First Night of the Proms?

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The Proms begin with a 90-minute concert performance of the great classical musical work, Verdi’s Requiem.

Verdi’s Requiem was written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1873 and premiered the following year. It was written to be performed by four soloists, a choir and an orchestra.

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Written by Verdi in honor of the Italian poet and writer Alessandro Manzoni after his death, it is a musical setting of the text of a Catholic funeral mass.

News anchor Clive Myrie will moderate TV coverage of the concert. Myrie has worked for the BBC since the 1980s and last year became the presenter of Mastermind and its celebrity spin-off.

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The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Verdi’s Requiem will be performed by:

  • The BBC Symphony Orchestra – Founded by the BBC in 1930, the orchestra is renowned for its pioneering musical output.
  • BBC Symphony Chorus – The Symphony Chorus is a dedicated amateur choir for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Crouch End Festival Chorus – Based in north London, the choir performs a range of styles including traditional chorus, contemporary classical, rock and pop.
  • Sakari Oramo (Composer) Finnish composer Oramo has been Chief Composer of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2012.
  • David Junghoon Kim (tenor) Junghoon was brought in at the last minute to play the tenor role after Freddie de Tommaso tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to withdraw from the performance.
  • Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (soprano) The South African soprano is also a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021.
  • Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano) Known as a Scouse diva, Johnston is the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2021 Singer of the Year Award.
  • Kihwan Sim (bass-baritone) The Korean performer made his European debut as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro in 2010 and has won multiple awards including first prize at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition.

When is The First Night of the Proms on TV?

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The First Night of the Proms begins Friday 15 July at 7.15pm on BBC Two.

The show runs until 9pm and can be viewed on BBC iPlayer shortly after it first aired.

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When is the last night of the proms?

The Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast live on Saturday 10th September.

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