The BBC Proms return to BBC World Service
The BBC Proms will return to the BBC World Service this year, with six programmes showcasing some of the highlights of 2015.
The specially selected Proms will give a flavour of the atmosphere created each summer night in London’s Royal Albert Hall, airing from mid-August for six weeks this year.
Mary Hockaday, Controller, BBC World Service English said: “I’m thrilled to bring the BBC Proms back after a hiatus of five years. The World Service made the difficult decision to step away from the Proms in 2010 but we’re reintroducing coverage in an innovative way as part of our drive to deliver a richer mix of output.
“We know there’s real interest in listening to and playing classical music around the world and I want to showcase the BBC’s great music festival for this audience. These six programmes will bring a taste of the Proms experience to our global audience, with added conversation full of musical insight and topical context to reflect their interest in history and current affairs.”
Held in London each summer, the BBC Proms 2015 season runs from Friday 17 July to Saturday 12 September.
Edward Blakeman, Director, BBC Proms 2015 said: “We are all delighted that BBC World Service will once again be broadcasting a selection of BBC Proms, giving audiences across the world the chance to experience the magic of the festival. The Proms is a truly international festival and it’s wonderful that the BBC World Service will be showcasing such a broad range of programming with our line-up of world class musicians.”
Each episode will be hosted by one of BBC Radio 3’s presenters – Andrew McGregor, Samira Ahmed and Verity Sharp – who will be joined by special guests to discuss and offer fresh perspectives on the themes around each chosen work, the composers, performers and the context in which they are written and performed.
Every BBC Proms is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in surround sound and selected proms on other BBC radio and television services including the World Service.
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, commented: “Working in collaboration with World Service to get BBC Radio 3’s Proms broadcasts and expert presenters out to a wider community of classical music lovers, globally, is a wonderful thing. That is what the BBC is all about. We need to all work together to continue to develop and serve classical music audiences the world over. We’re delighted to work with World Service again for the BBC Proms, the world’s largest broadcast classical music festival.”