BBC Proms, the world’s greatest classical music festival, has just announced its 2016 programme of events, which includes music by David Bowie, a Strictly Come Dancing theme night and live music in Peckham’s multi-story car park
Running from 15 July to 10 September, the event showcases the finest music-making with concerts, talks, workshops, family events and more, ending with the famous Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
We’re particularly excited by the Saturday afternoon concerts, which will now take place at a range of venues across London, from Rossini in the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, on 6 August, an open-air show featuring Christopher Stark and the Multi-Storey Orchestra in Peckham’s multi-storey car park on 3 September, and the first performance of a commission from David Sawer at the Roundhouse in Camden on 20 August.
The late David Bowie will be honoured with a late-night Prom on 29 July. Featuring Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi and more, it has been billed as a ‘celebration and reinterpretation’ of the star’s music ‘from right across the spectrum’. The Bowie Prom will be overseen by Berlin-based collective Stargaze. The Strictly Prom on 21 July will be hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Katie Derham, who reached the final in the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing. Dedicated to all things ballroom, tango and waltz, the beautiful soundtrack will be conducted by Gavin Sutherland.
Watch the promotional video to find out more:
Lead image: (L-R) conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, presenter Katie Derham and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich celebrate the launch of the 2016 BBC Proms © BBC / Jonathan Ford