BBC Proms at Dubai Opera ( Buy Tickets )

march, 2019

19mar(mar 19)8:00 pm22(mar 22)11:00 pmFeaturedBBC Proms at Dubai Opera ( Buy Tickets )Dubai Opera, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Event Type :Live EntertainmentEvent Type 2:Tickets Available At Dubai Desert Gate


Event Details

Now in its 124th season, the BBC Proms is a much-loved British tradition that aims to bring the best classical music to as wide an audience as possible.  Following the huge success of the inaugural BBC Dubai Proms in 2017 we are delighted this iconic Festival will return to Dubai Opera to be staged over four days from 19 to 22 March 2019.

The audiences in 2017 were overwhelmingly enthusiastic and welcoming and host BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny will once again lead us through the five concerts of the 2019 BBC Dubai Proms towards the Last Night of the Proms – Dubai style.

Alongside the main concerts of the BBC Dubai proms runs a wide-ranging programme of outreach and education activities including pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, chamber music coaching and a foyer performance with young musicians, masterclasses, a choral workshop with local Arabic school choirs and the creation of a new ensemble: the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus.  We look forward to welcoming music lovers of all ages to engage with this programme – and maybe even perform with the DOFC! As in 2017, we are enormously grateful to the British Council for their support in making the learning programme possible.


Prom 1 – First Night of the Proms

BBC Proms Dubai 2019 opens with a short, punchy world premiere – Tmesis – from the exciting British composer Bushra ElTurk, drawing on her Lebanese roots for its sound world.

The fast-rising British conductor Ben Gernon is then joined by violinist Karen Gomyo in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto.  Karen is truly a world artist – born in Japan, raised in Canada, living in Berlin, she has already performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and we are delighted to welcome her to Dubai for her BBC Symphony Orchestra debut.

The second half of this opening concert features music from one of the twentieth century’s greatest and best-loved ballets, Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.


Concert Listing:

BUSHRA EL-TURK Tmesis World Première
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto *
PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet – excerpts
Ben Gernon Conductor
Karen Gomyo Violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra



Prom 2  – BBC Singers

Conducted by their Chief Conductor, Sofi Jeannin, the BBC Singers showcase some of the most exciting Choral music of the last 100 years in a programme that ranges from Gershwin to Abba, Francis Poulenc to Laura Mvula.

At the centre of their concert is Poulenc’s Figure humaine – a truly extraordinary, magnificent choral masterpiece written at the height of the Second World War and premiered by the BBC Singers. It sits alongside works by fellow French composer Maurice Duruflé, and the Choral Dances from Benjamin Britten’s opera Gloriana.

The second half of their programme is dedicated to the lighter side of the BBC Singers’ repertoire and includes Sing to the Moon by the renowned artist Laura Mvula, herself a featured composer in the 2018 BBC Proms. The BBC Singers end their programme with choral arrangements of ABBA and the iconic satirical writing of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

We are delighted to be joined for part of this programme by choristers from local schools

Concert Listing:

BRITTEN Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’
DURUFLE Quatre Motets sur des themes gregorien
POULENC Figure Humaine
LAURA MVULA Love Like a Lion#
GERSHWIN arr. Chilcott Fascinating Rhythm #
BILLY JOEL arr. Chilcott And so it goes*
FLANDERS & SWANN ‘Choral Suite of Songs’ from ‘At the drop of a Hat’
LAURA MVULA Sing to the moon
ABBA Medley
Sofi Jeannin Conductor
BBC Singers



William Walton’s ravishingly beautiful Cello Concerto dates from the 1950s and precedes what will surely be one of the highlights of this 2019 BBC Dubai Proms – the premiere in Dubai of Beethoven’s great choral symphony (No.9)  Conducted by Richard Farnes and with a hand-picked quartet of British soloists, the BBC Singers and the newly-created Dubai Opera Festival Chorus, this concert is unmissable!

WALTON Cello Concerto*
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Nicolas Alstaedt Cello
Elizabeth Atherton Soprano
Yvonne Howard Mezzo soprano
Mark le Brocq Tenor
Roderick Williams Baritone
BBC Singers
Dubai Opera Festival Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Farnes Conductor


Prom 4 – Late Night Prom: Ksenija Sidorova Tango Trio  

Impeccable virtuosity and charisma define the accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, whose playing has verve, style and attitude. In a late night jazz-infused programme, the Ksenija Sidorova Tango Trio introduces us to the diversity of tango music both in Latin America as well as in Latvia with “Midnight in Riga” written especially by Arturs Maskats for this project. The trio brings both fire and cool to the BBC Dubai Proms 2019, and reveals the extraordinary subtleties and sounds of the accordion.

Ksenija Sidorova Accordion
Alexander Sitkovetsky Violin
Claudio Constantini Piano and bandoneon


Prom 5 – Last Night of the Proms

Hosted in inimitable style by Petroc Trelawny, the Last Night of the 2019 BBC Dubai Proms brings everyone together for the kind of musical party every great music festival should have.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, baritone Roderick Williams, Ksenija Sidorova and the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus are all presided over by conductor Richard Farnes whose Proms debut took place in 2018.

Alongside the traditional musical elements of the Last Night, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 and Rule, Britannia!, the programme includes Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, the fiery passion of tango, and of Carmen, an exquisite Shakespeare setting for 16 soloists and orchestra by Vaughan Williams, and much more.  This is one concert you won’t want to miss.


Concert Listing

STANFORD Songs of the Sea
BIZET arr. Joachim Schmeißer Carmen’s Spiel
PIAZZOLLA Libertango
ANNA CLYNE Masquerade Overture
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
ARNE arr. M Sargent Rule, Britannia!
ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major
Roderick Williams Baritone
Ksenija Sidorova Accordion
BBC Singers
Dubai Opera Festival Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Farnes Conductor


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