BBC UNVEILS PROMS TV COVERAGE PLANS FOR 2019
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE REFRESHED PROMS MAGAZINE SHOW ON BBC TWO AND PRESENTER ADDITIONS ON BBC FOUR INCLUDING JESS GILLAM, WHO GOES FROM STAGE TO SCREEN
· Jess Gillam, star of the 2018 Last Night of the Proms to go from stage to screen as she joins the BBC Proms television presenting line-up alongside Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service.
· Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh Mason and Kwame Ryan to make their BBC Proms presenting debuts, alongside returning presenters Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny.
· Isata Kanneh-Mason to make her TV presenting debut on the Prom in which her brother, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
· Nicola Benedetti, Fatma Said and Omer Meir Wellber confirmed as being amongst the musicians who will be brought to the fore across TV coverage, as more performers from the festival than ever before join presenters to provide their unique insight.
· Proms Encore; the relaunched magazine show presented by Katie Derham to be brought out of the studio and into a specially-constructed outdoor bandstand next to the iconic Albert Memorial, offering discussion, performances and special features throughout the Proms season.
· New features on Proms Encore to include special topical reports, including Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Notre Dame Cathedral’s organist Olivier Latry.
· Presentation areas for televised concerts will bring audiences into the heart of the electric atmosphere of the festival, from the very top of the gallery to down in the promming arena in and amongst concert goers.
· TV coverage of the BBC Proms to feature a new title sequence and a specially-commissioned theme by film and television composer Ian Arber.
BBC Music has today announced further detail of this year’s TV coverage of the BBC Proms, including additions to the presenting line-up and a new-look BBC Two magazine show, Proms Encore. Extensive coverage of the world’s largest classical music festival will be available to audiences across BBC Television and Radio this summer, with 25 concerts broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and CBeebies, as well as every note broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
PRESENTING LINE UP
Following her critically acclaimed performance on the Last Night of the Proms in 2018, the culmination of four appearances at the BBC Proms following her debut in 2017, Jess Gillam will join the core presenting line-up of the BBC Proms television coverage, alongside presenters Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service.
The 21 year-old saxophonist and broadcaster became the youngest-ever permanent presenter on BBC Radio 3 in April this year, fronting her own weekly programme This Classical Life. The first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of BBC Young Musician in 2016, Jess has since achieved spectacular success as a performer; touring both nationally and internationally, as well as performing at prestigious events including the BAFTAs and the National Portrait Gallery Annual Gala. On joining the presenting line-up for BBC Proms on TV, Jess Gillam said: “The BBC Proms is a truly incredible celebration of music and at any Prom, I am completely taken by the electric atmosphere and connection created between performer and audience. Making my festival debut in 2017 and performing at the iconic Last Night of the Proms in 2018 are both highlights of my career so far, so to be returning as a presenter is really exciting!”
This year’s televised concerts will see presenters cast an eye from a range of vantage points within London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall; from the very top of the gallery down to the promming arena, immersing television audiences in the truly special atmosphere of the festival.
Katie Derham will present concerts including the First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms, as well as the relaunched magazine show, Proms Encore.
First-time Proms presenters Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Kwame Ryan will also assume hosting duties this summer, and presenter appearances will also be made throughout the season by some returning faces, including Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny.
Complementing this year’s stellar presenting line-up, musicians will be brought to the fore and placed centre stage across the BBC Proms television coverage. Presenters will be joined by musicians or musical experts who will offer audiences an insider’s perspective into the concert repertoire. An exciting list of confirmed names include First Night of the Proms conductor Karina Canellakis, tenor Sunnyboy Dladla and violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Alongside extensive continuing television coverage of BBC Proms concerts, broadcaster Katie Derham will present Proms Encore. The relaunched eclectic magazine show will be broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC Two throughout the Proms season, featuring a mixture of discussion, performances and special features.
In keeping with this year’s BBC Proms TV offer, which aims to bring audiences the vibrant atmosphere of the world’s greatest classical music festival, Proms Encore will be taken out of the studio and instead will be broadcast from a specially-constructed outdoor bandstand, located right next to the iconic Albert Memorial, just across the road from the Royal Albert Hall and the heart of all the BBC Proms action.
Each programme will be driven by a particular theme, and will see Katie joined by experts and practioners at the top of their game to look ahead to exciting highlights from the festival. Themes will include an intergalactic exploration of music as Katie and her guests consider the influence of space in music on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a celebration of singers from Nina Simone to Maria Callas, and a tribute to Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms.
A range of contributors will also present special reports for the programme, exploring a range of different topics pertinent to the rich 125 year history of the Proms and the wider musical landscape to which the festival belongs. Highlights include Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Notre Dame Cathedral’s organist Olivier Latry, and Rachel Parris meeting some of the next generation of classical music performers.
Each edition of Proms Encore will conclude with a performance from a star performer, including one of the stars of this year’s Last Night of the Proms, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and talented siblings Sheku and Isata Kanneh Mason.
Katie Derham said: “I am hugely proud to be involved in the Proms magazine programme, Proms Encore, and now we get our very own bandstand! Exciting times. I’m looking forward to being in at the heart of the festival, and continuing to provide a thoroughly enjoyable window onto the BBC Proms.”
Proms Encore will air Saturday evenings on BBC Two from Saturday 27 July.
Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, BBC Music Television says: “We’re looking forward to sharing fantastic highlights from this year’s Proms season on TV through our concert broadcasts as well as our refreshed magazine show, Proms Encore. There’s definitely something for everyone this summer as we dive into this iconic festival and the rich musical world to which it belongs, placing musicians centre stage and bringing audiences around the country the incredible atmosphere of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.”
Guy Freeman, Managing Director, Livewire Pictures says: “With such a rich variety of world-class performers and music within this year’s Proms, our production teams, presenters and guests are poised to share their passion and expertise with viewers, not only within the televised concerts but also within the lively conversation and features of Proms Encore, in its new bandstand home.”