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BBC Proms 2016 to include Bowie tribute and Strictly Come Dancing

Preview by Jack Foley

A TRIBUTE to late singer David Bowie and a Strictly Come Dancing theme night are to be included in this year’s BBC Proms line-up.

Britain’s annual celebration of classical music runs from July 15 to September 10, 2016.

Bowie will be honoured with a late-night Prom on July 29, featuring Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi, among others, while the Strictly Prom takes place on Thursday, July 21.

In a first for the festival, the event will temporarily abscond from its home at the Royal Albert Hall for a concert in a car park. Taking place in Peckham, south-east London, the open-air show will feature Christopher Stark and the Multi-Storey Orchestra performing works by minimalist composer Steve Reich.

There will also be a tribute to French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, who died in January aged 90. The Ensemble Intercontemporain, which he founded, will present a programme of pieces he conducted during more than 40 years of appearances at the Proms on September 2.

Further highlights include US music legend Quincy Jones presenting an overview of his career, from his solo works to collaborations with Miles Davis and Michael Jackson, the return of the popular CBeebies Prom, a celebration of Latin American music, to coincide with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the John Wilson Orchestra performing the best of Ira Gershwin, marking the 120th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

To find out more about this year’s line-up, visit the BBC Proms Website

Key Prom dates at a glance…

July
15 – First night of the Proms
16 – Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov
17 – Mozart, Haydn and Fauré
18 – Proms Chamber Music 1: Debussy, Dutilleux and Mozart
18 – Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Valery Gergiev
19 – Prom 5: Beethoven – Missa solemnis
19 – Prom 6: Gospel Prom
20 – Prom 7: Faure, Stravinsky and Poulenc
21 – Prom 8: Strictly Prom
22 – Prom 9: Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
23 – Prom 10: Ten Pieces II
23 – Prom 11: Wagner and Tippett
24 – Prom 12: Ten Pieces II
24 – Prom 13: Beethoven – Symphony No.9
25 – Proms Chamber Music 2: Guy Johnston and friends
25 – Prom 14: Rossini – The Barber of Seville
26 – Prom 15: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis
27 – Prom 16: Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet
28 – Prom 17: Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz, Beethoven and Brahms
29 – Prom 18: Mahler – Symphony No.3
29 – Prom 19: David Bowie Prom
30 – Prom 20: Berlioz – Romeo and Juliet
31 – Prom 21: Aurora Orchestra – Wolfgang Rihm, Strauss and Mozart
31 – Prom 22: Ravel, Lera Auerbach and Debussy

August
1 – Proms Chamber Music 3: An Erik Satie cabaret
1 – Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Jörg Widmann, Schumann, Sibelius and Nielsen
2 – Prom 24: Ginastera, Britten and Schubert
3 – Prom 25: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle
4 – Prom 26: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oliver Knussen
5 – Prom 27: Helen Grime, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
5 – Prom 28: National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland
6 – Proms at… The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
6 – Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
7 – Prom 30: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
7 – Prom 31: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
8 – Proms Chamber Music 4: Academy of St Martin in the Fields
8 – Prom 32: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Schoenberg, Dutilleux and Mahler
9 – Prom 33: Mark Simpson, Dutilleux and Elgar
10 – Prom 34: Dutilleux, HK Gruber and Beethoven
11 – Prom 35: Bartók, Malcolm Hayes and Dvořák
11 – Prom 36: Late Night with Jamie Cullum
12 – Prom 37: BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård
13 – Proms at… Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe
13 – Prom 38: The John Wilson Orchestra performs Gershwin
13 – Proms at… Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe
14 – Prom 39: Haydn, Charlotte Bray and Mahler
15 – Proms Chamber Music 5: Fretwork and Stile Antico
15 – Prom 40: Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès
16 – Prom 41: The Hallé – Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
16 – Prom 42: The Sixteen sing Bach and Pärt
17 – Prom 43: Martha Argerich and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
18 – Prom 44: Shakespeare on stage and screen
19 – Prom 45: Janáček: The Makropulos Case
20 – Proms at… Roundhouse, Camden
20 – Prom 46: Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Mozart’s Mass in C minor
21 – Prom 47: Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare
21 – Prom 48: Matthias Pintscher and Mendelssohn
22 – Proms Chamber Music 6: Louis Lortie
22 – Prom 49: Metropole Orkest plays Quincy Jones
23 – Prom 50: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev
24 – Prom 51: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop
24 – Prom 52: São Paulo Jazz Symphony and Symphony Orchestra
25 – Prom 53: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
26 – Prom 54: Collegium Vocale Gent and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
27 – Prom 55: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
28 – Prom 56: CBeebies Prom
28 – Prom 57: Thomas Larcher, Wagner and Richard Strauss
29 – Prom 58: CBeebies Prom
29 – Proms Chamber Music 7: Armida Quartet
29 – Prom 59: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Beethoven
30 – Prom 60: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
30 – Prom 61: Late Night with Kamasi Washington
31 – Prom 62: Bayan Northcott, Mozart and Zemlinsky

September
1 – Prom 63: Bach – Mass in B minor
2 – Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle – Boulez and Mahler
2 – Prom 65: Pierre Boulez, Béla Bartók and Elliott Carter
3 – Proms at… Bold Tendencies Multi-Story Car Park (noon)
3 – Proms at… Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park (afternoon performance)
3 – Prom 66: Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle
4 – Prom 67: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel
4 – Prom 68: Rossini – Semiramide
5 – Proms Chamber Music 8: Songs by Purcell, Mendelssohn and Quilter
5 – Prom 69: Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim – Mozart and Bruckner
6 – Prom 70: Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim – Mozart and Bruckner
7 – Prom 71: StaaStaatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann, Mozart & Bruckner
8 – Prom 72: Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann and Nikolaj Znaider
9 – Prom 73: Handel – Coronation Anthems
9 – Prom 74: Verdi – Requiem
10 – Proms In The Park, Hyde Park
10 – Prom 75: The Last Night of the Proms 2016