Rayfield Allied artists announced in BBC Proms 2024 season

25 April 2024

On the 25th April, the BBC Proms' 2024 season was announced, with Tom Fetherstonhaugh, Carolyn Sampson, Dingle Yandell, Helen Charlston, James Way and Richard Burkhard appearing at the Royal Albert Hall this summer as well as Ruby Hughes, Clare Hammond and Elizabeth Kenny performing proms across the UK. A new work by Steve Reich will also be performed this season with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Prom at the Glasshouse 6 will feature soprano Ruby Hughes for a chamber prom at the Glasshouse International Centre for Music in Newcastle. Joining forces with violin, cello and harpsichord, the afternoon programme on the 28th July will be an exploration into Elizabethan music and folklore. 

Prom 20 will be conducted by Tom Fetherstonhaugh with his Fantasia Orchestra which will make their proms debut with a concert of folk songs and dances which features brothers Briamah and Sheku Kanneh-Mason as well as Brazilian guitarist Plínio Fernandes. 

Prom 22 on the 5th August will be a relaxed prom with Tom Fetherstonhaugh who will be conducting his ensemble, the Fantasia Orchestra featuring soloists Jess Gillam and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Prom 40 will feature acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson who will join Bach Collegium Japan for a performance of Bach's St John Passion as part of their European tour with Masaaki Suzuki. This concert on the 19th August is to mark 300 years since Bach wrote this masterpiece in 1724.

Prom 52 on the 29th August will be a semi-staged version of the Glyndebourne production of Bizet's Carmen with Dingle Yandell performing the role 'Zuniga'.

Prom 53 will include the UK premiere of Steve Reich's 'Jacob’s Ladder' which will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Synergy Vocals. 'Jacob's Ladder' which had its world premiere in New York (October 2023) is inspired by Biblical texts and which music depicts the 'dream of ascending and descending a ladder between heaven and earth'. 

Proms Aberdeen on the 1st September will feature lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and Soprano Nardus Williams with a programme devised in collaboration with Mary Beard. This concert which includes discussion on the themes of women's voices in antiquity, and their echoes in later culture will be performed at Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen.

Prom 65 will feature Mezzo-Soprano Helen Charlston along with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields to perform Handel's 'Messiah' under the baton of John Butt. 

Proms Nottingham on the 8th September will be performed from the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. Clare Hammond will be performing Rachmaninov's wonderful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Prom 68 will be a Proms debut for Garsington Opera with Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' featuring tenor James Way as 'Flute' and baritone Richard Burkhard as 'Bottom'. This performance on the 10th September will be a semi-staged production of the Garsington production this summer. 

Read the full BBC Proms 2024 programme here.

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