This year’s Proms programme has begun, tentatively, to be unveiled. At present there remains a number of concerts where the content has not yet been announced – plus several ‘Mystery Proms’ – so there will be more to come, but thus far there are a few contemporary items to start looking forward to. Below is a summary of the 17 new works currently announced; i’ll update this list as and when – one hopes – more are added. As usual, the first and last Proms concerts open with a new work; James MacMillan will be getting things up and running, while Gity Razaz has drawn the short straw, opening the last night party.
The festival runs from 30 July until 11 September; for more details, head over to the Proms website. In the below summary of premières, ** = world and * = UK.
(updated 29 July 2021)
Ella Milch-Sheriff – The Eternal Stranger * – cancelled: “Omer Meir Wellber (conductor) and Eli Danker (actor) have withdrawn from this Prom, owing to scheduling issues arising from the pandemic.”