BBC Proms 2023 highlights include Weir and Grime premieres

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The BBC Proms return this summer with eight weeks of live music featuring contemporary classics as well as standout World and European premieres from the Wise Music catalogues.

On August 24 the World Premiere of Begin Afresh by Judith Weir, a BBC commission for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, celebrates new beginnings, inspired by Philip Larkin’s great poem ‘The Trees’.

The European Premiere of Meditations on Joy by Helen Grime performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth on July 23. This piece, a BBC co-commission, was premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in February this year. Grime says this piece is “a person exploration of joy in its many different forms. The act of composing, although often a huge challenge, can occasionally elicit the most intense feeling of joy, and that is something that I wanted to pervade the whole piece. This is contrasted by much darker music, the one often coming out of the other quite unexpectedly”.

Two late night Proms from Rufus Wainwright on September 6 and 7 with the BBC Concert Orchestra present in brand new symphonic arrangements, his critically acclaimed albums Want One and Want Two.


BBC Proms 2023 dates

14 July – Prom 1
Jean Sibelius Snöfrid
Proms 2023 Prom 1: First Night of the Proms - BBC Proms - BBC

17 July – Prom 5
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Ballade in A minor
Proms 2023 Prom 5: Bruch’s First Violin Concerto - BBC Proms - BBC

20 July – Prom 8
Manuel De Falla La vida Breve – Interlude and Spanish Dance
Proms 2023 Prom 8: Impressions of Spain - BBC Proms - BBC

22 July – Proms at Sage Gateshead
Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Proms 2023 Proms at Sage Gateshead: Missy Mazzoli, Mozart and Brahms - BBC Proms - BBC

23 July – Prom 12
Helen Grime Meditations on Joy (European Premiere, BBC Co-commission)
Proms 2023 Prom 12: Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony - BBC Proms - BBC

25 July – Prom 15
Philip Glass Mad Rush
Proms 2023 Prom 15: Late Night: Moon and Stars - BBC Proms - BBC

30 July – Proms at Aberystwyth
Judith Weir Madrigal
Proms 2023 Proms at Aberystwyth - BBC Proms - BBC

31 July – Prom 21
John Adams Harmonium
Proms 2023 Prom 21: Adams, Copland and Skye - BBC Proms - BBC

09 August – Prom 34
Ola Gjeilo Still (choral version)
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’
Proms 2023 Prom 34: Mindful Mix Prom - BBC Proms - BBC

18 August – Prom 44
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird
Proms 2023 Prom 44: Stravinsky’s The Firebird - BBC Proms - BBC

24 August – Prom 51
Judith Weir Begin Afresh (World Premiere, BBC Commission)
Proms 2023 Prom 51: Weir, Schumann and Elgar with the BBC Symphony Orchestra - BBC Proms - BBC

05 September – Prom 66
Rufus Wainwright Want Symphonic: Want One
Proms 2023 Prom 66: Rufus Wainwright – Want Symphonic: Want One - BBC Proms - BBC

06 September – Prom 67
Rufus Wainwright Want Symphonic: Want Two
Proms 2023 Prom 67: Rufus Wainwright – Want Symphonic: Want Two - BBC Proms - BBC

08 September – Proms at Great Yarmouth
Igor Stravinsky Circus Polka
Proms 2023 Proms at Great Yarmouth - BBC Proms - BBC