BBC Proms with Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra featuring refugee musicians

The BBC Proms will feature the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra as part of the eight-week classical music concert season.

he orchestra, led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, includes musicians who are now refugees and Ukrainian members of European orchestras.

The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine grants male orchestra members of military age special exemption from combat operations.


The outside of the Royal Albert Hall was lit up for the final night of the Proms in 2020 (Mark Allan/PA)

After an opening performance in Warsaw, Poland, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s first stop will be in London for the Proms, which will be broadcast on the BBC.

This year, Proms returns for its full eight-week season on July 15, with 84 concerts featuring more than 3,000 musicians, according to the BBC.

International orchestras return, including the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Kirill Petrenko, the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Australian World Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.

It will also feature an extensive repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, from Verdi’s Requiem to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the Chineke! Orchestra and voices conducted by Kevin John Edusei.

Mastermind presenter and BBC News correspondent Clive Myrie will host the First Night Of The Proms on BBC Two, while Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and Scottish DJ Edith Bowman also join the presenter cast.

TV naturalist Chris Packham will present the Earth Prom debut, examining the work of the BBC’s Natural History department, which broadcast the earliest adventures of Sir David Attenborough.

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Wildlife expert Chris Packham presents Earth Prom (Jonathan Brady/PA)

There will also be an immersive experience of music, dance, theater and audio soundscapes called The Prom At Printworks, hosted at the South London industrial venue, featuring work by Philip Glass and Handel.

For the first time there will be a Gaming Prom, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Robert Ames, which deals with the sounds of video games.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the BBC Concert Orchestra will present a prom celebrating the relationship between music and monarchy, from Handel’s Water Music to a new commission from British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Celebrating the BBC’s 100th birthday, this year’s festival will see more than 60 artists make their debuts to celebrate 100 years of British broadcasting and celebrate a new generation of music.

The Last Night Of The Proms is directed by Dalia Stasevska, starring Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, and a world premiere by James B. Wilson.


David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms, said he was looking forward to “eight glorious weeks of making music” (BBC/PA)

David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms, said: “It is a momentous year for the world’s largest classical music festival.

“I am delighted that a great orchestral and choral repertoire will once again be heard in the Royal Albert Hall and that we can celebrate the return of international orchestras.

“In the BBC’s centenary year, we are proud that the Proms have been part of the organization for 95 of these 100 years and play a key role in the company’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.

“After two adjusted seasons, we look forward to welcoming audiences back this summer for eight glorious weeks of music-making.”

Each concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available on BBC Sounds and 22 Proms are broadcast on BBC Television and BBC iPlayer including the First Night and Last Night Of The Proms.

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