BBC Proms 2017
Royal Albert Hall 14th July to 9th September
The biggest classical music festival in the world is back with a season built around anniversaries—Ella Fitzgerald, the Reformation, the Russian Revolution—as well as visits from top-flight artists. The season sprints out of the gate to the motoric rhythms of John Adams, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, and two of Europe’s great orchestras: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin launch a cycle of Elgar symphonies, while Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe perform Mozart and Schumann. Other highlights include the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s A European Requiem, and a programme of water-themed works performed in Hull. Don’t miss the Aurora Orchestra’s annual performance from memory—this year, Beethoven’s Eroica.
Tenebrae: Path of Miracles
St Bartholomew-the-Great, London, 7th July, touring until 28th October
Nigel Short’s award-winning chamber choir celebrates its 15th anniversary with an ambitious national tour. British composer Joby Talbot’s Camino de Santiago-inspired cantata Path of Miracles has become a cult classic, loved for its contemplative beauty, and mystical charge. This musical patchwork is a rich, generous work whose gentle spirituality speaks powerfully in our secular age.
Cheltenham Music Festival
Venues across Cheltenham 1st to 16th July
The Cheltenham Festival packs serious star-power. The Halle, CBSO and Chineke! (the UK’s first BAME orchestra) go head-to-head in music by Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, with recitals by Bryn Terfel and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Lucy Parham joins up with actor Henry Goodman for an evening exploring the life and music of Rachmaninov.