128th edition of The BBC Proms to kick off later today

15 July 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The eight-week summer festival is back to its pre-pandemic scale of audiences for the first time

The famous First Night of The BBC Proms will take place tonight at London's Royal Albert Hall, in what will be the festival's 128th year.

Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem takes centre stage, and will be conducted by Sakari Oramo. The Finnish conductor has assembled two choruses, a multinational team of solo singers (including 2021 Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winner Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha) and the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The first solo piano Prom of the season will take place on Monday 25 July. 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition winner Alim Beisembayev takes the spotlight with a selection of Scarlatti, Liszt and Chopin in his repertoire.

Other pianists set to feature at this year's Proms include Anna Fedorova with the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra (31 July), Cédric Tiberghien with violinist Alina Ibragimova (1 Aug), Leif Ove Andsnes with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (7 Aug), Yuja Wang with the Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä (12 Aug), and Benjamin Grosvenor with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop (13 Aug).

All of The BBC Proms will be available to stream for free on BBC iPlayer.

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