BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival is coming to Dubai Opera for four days in March 2017.
BBC Proms Dubai, which will feature the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, it will be only the second time the concert has travelled abroad, following the inaugural BBC Proms Australia in April 2016.
Taking place from March 21 to 24 at Dubai Opera, BBC Proms Dubai will include a programme of core classical repertoire, British music and new music, all accompanied by a full and varied schedule of learning activity in the region.
Composer Mohammed Fairouz’s music will feature in the festival alongside world premieres of works by Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh and Australian-Egyptian composer Joseph Tawadros.
BBC Proms favourites, conductor Edward Gardner and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra on stage, whilse James Burton leads the BBC Singers in two a cappella programmes of British choral music and the Joseph Tawadros Quartet lead their own Chamber Prom.
The series of six concerts will culminate in the traditional and wildly popular Last Night of the Proms, where Edward Gardner will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers performing Last Night favourites including Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia! and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.
In the spirit of the founding principle of the Proms – to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience – nearly 600 ‘Promming’ (standing) tickets will be made available each day for each concert, priced from just AED50.
“I am delighted that the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers will be performing at Dubai Opera for the inaugural BBC Proms Dubai, giving audiences in the UAE an opportunity to sample a taste of the BBC Proms experience,” said David Pickard, Director, BBC Proms.
“Through this series of concerts and learning events we hope to give the audience an idea of what the Proms are all about, making classical music accessible through quality music-making, outreach work, affordable ticket prices and broadcasts.”
Tickets will be available from Thursday 3 November from www.dubaiopera.comFor all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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