Marcio da Silva

A new, fully professional, orchestra? In Hastings? The idea might seem insane in this time of austerity but that would be to ignore the enthusiasm and expertise which Marcio da Silva has brought to Hastings over the last few years. Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra will be the first professional orchestra resident in Hastings for over half a century and his belief in the viability of the project was very evident when we met up just before Christmas.

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‘It’s the next step for the choir’, he said. ‘Over the last few years, since I was invited to become Music Director for Hastings Philharmonic Choir, we have been working hard to improve the quality of the choir and the professionalism of the music-making. Now I feel we are right to expand upon this. I felt drawn to Hastings as it has so many people involved in the arts, and particularly in music – there are so many choirs! – and yet there is no regular music programme here – nothing is co-ordinated. So that is what we are planning to do. Our first full season will have ten concerts ranging from chamber music to full orchestral and choral evenings.  I’m pleased that we have been offered a residency at St Mary in the Castle which will give us a permanent base and we can look to ensuring the right conditions are regularly available so that we don’t have to move staging every-time we hold an event.’

Hastings Philharmonic was launched last November with a concert in the White Rock Theatre. The venue – as the White Rock Pavilion – had been the home of Hastings Municipal Orchestra before the second World War, and so it seemed fitting to launch the new venture where the original had been so successful. Marcio da Silva is certainly not averse to taking risks and the opening concert for the first full season included a new work by Philip O’Meara and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony. The evening easily demonstrated the quality of the musicians he has gathered to form the basis of the ensemble. Many come from outside of Hastings but Marcio is keen to involve professional players who live closer to the town. In particular the number of strings will need to increase as large romantic works are contemplated.

‘I don’t want to chase musicians. I’d be happy to have players who live close to us but I want to ensure they are of the same professional standard as the rest of the players. We need to ensure we are providing high quality playing all the time. We need to ensure people know that they will get the best when they attend any of our published events. Happily those involved so far have a real sense of the adventure we are undertaking and are really committed. As part of our publicity we did a flash-mob performance of part of the Beethoven, and are looking for similar ways to promote ourselves in Hastings. Some events will be streamed to attract a wider audience, and there will be a new inter-active web-site to keep supporters in regular touch with him and plans as they evolve.

Alongside the choir and orchestra, Marcio runs Opera Academies which have been the basis of many of his staged performances. Here he works with young professional singers and brings them to a wider international audience.


Born in Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing and graduated from the Conservatoire de Toulouse, and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, followed by a master’s degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music. He has conducted the Pforzheimkammerorchester in Germany, Orchestra Sinfonica della Magna Grecia in Italy, Horizon Ensemble Bydgoszcz in Poland, Württembergische Philharmonie, Südwestdeutschephilharmonie Konstanz, and Stuttgartkammerorchester in Germany, Nord Tchechische Philarmonie in the Czech Republic,Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, Eski?ehir Metropolitan Orchestra and Çukurova Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra during a Masterclass with Sir Colin Davis. He was one of the three finalists at the Princess Astrid Conducting Competition in Norway with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Grange Choral Society, and Ensemble OrQuesta. As Music Director of Woodhouse Opera since 2012 Marcio has conducted and directed over 20 productions of operas ranging from less often performed works like Lully’s Armide to very popular works like Carmen, Magic Flute and La Boheme. His oratorio repertoire is large having conducted most of the main stream romantic and baroque oratorios. He is also a composer, with works including choral a capella pieces, art songs and a Te Deum for soloists, chorus and orchestra. He also sings extensively in chamber music and opera.


As his training and professional work indicates, he is a truly international musician who could easily work full-time anywhere in the world, but has chosen to focus on the South-East of England, intending to make Hastings a hub for a new and exciting approach to musical life.

‘Our first season, which started last November,  is very wide ranging. We opened with the Beethoven, but also with the new choral piece by Philip as I wanted to ensure we are supporting new music and new music-making.

As a total change, and following the traditional Christmas Concert, we have a Bossa Nova evening at The Tabernacle on 13 January. Then two weeks later we have an evening of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi at St Clements. So much variety within such a short time! In March we have a chamber recital, followed in April by Mozart’s Requiem in St Mary in the Castle. The really big challenge of the season comes in May when will perform Brahms’ Second Symphony, followed by a fully staged Don Giovanni at the start of June. But that’s not the end – there is a French chamber music recital and the Durufle Requiem in July before we break for the summer. Just a short break before the 2017-18 season begins – and we’ve big plans for that already, building on this first season.’

We finished our coffee and I left Marcio before he headed off for another rehearsal. If professionalism and enthusiasm are any indicators, Hastings is in for a renaissance and the ghosts of the Municipal Orchestra will be smiling.






BPO New Year’s Eve Gala Concert –


The festive season is upon us and thoughts inevitably turn to the rapidly approaching New Year – so what better way to see out the old and celebrate the new than in the company of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at Brighton Dome with a traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala.

Guest conductor Stephen Bell says: “What better way to end 2016 than with some suitably uplifting and joyous Viennese music? I am delighted to be joined by star soprano Rebecca Bottone – she and I have performed this repertoire many times – and she brings a clarity and delightful lightness of touch to these glorious melodies.”

There will be plenty of foot-tapping marches, polkas and waltzes by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. Stephen is particularly looking forward to “rarely heard gems like the vocal version of Sphärenklänge and the wonderful sound world Franz Lehár creates in his overture to The Land of Smiles.”

Soprano Rebecca Bottone has promised us lots of “sparkly top notes” on New Year’s Eve. She is a rising star in the opera world who has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras‚ and has appeared in TV documentaries The Genius of Beethoven and David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy as well as in Stephen Poliakoff’s acclaimed film Capturing Mary. Her ability to bring to life roles across the widest repertoire has met with considerable acclaim, and her baroque — and particularly Handelian — performances have received especial praise.

The Brighton Phil’s annual pilgrimage around the salons of 19th century Vienna, now in its 20th year, has become a well-established part of the festive season in the city and is generously supported by the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust. You can view the full concert programme at:

Tickets are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office starting from £12, with a 50% discount for students/Under 18s and £1 child tickets when accompanied by a full-price adult ticket holder. Call in to book over the counter, telephone (01273) 709709 or book online at:

Ticket-holders can park for just £6 (between 1-6pm) at NCP Church Street Car Park.

The Brighton Phil are offering a limited number of discounted season tickets for their four concerts at Brighton Dome in the New Year – see for details.

Jonathan Miller’s iconic ‘Mafia’ production of Rigoletto returns to ENO

Opens Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm at London Coliseum (13 performances)

Jonathan Miller’s highly acclaimed and enduringly popular production of Rigoletto returns to the London Coliseum for its 13th revival. First seen in 1982, this celebrated retelling of Verdi’s timeless story of jealousy, love and betrayal is played out against the backdrop of New York’s Little Italy in the 1950’s.


Based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse (The King has fun), Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s best-loved operatic masterpieces. Verdi’s score contains some of the most famous and memorable melodies in all opera with ‘La donna è mobile’ (‘Women Abandon Us’) being particularly well known. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera’s original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke with catastrophic consequences.

Over the last four decades Jonathan Miller’s much-loved productions have been at the heart of ENO’s work with over 1044 performances of his productions to date. The original creative team for Rigoletto comprises designers Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe, lighting designer Robert Bryan and choreographer Tommy Shaw. Richard Armstrong returns to ENO to conduct, following his performances of Madam Butterfly for the Company in May 2016.

Leading the cast in the title role is baritone Nicholas Pallesen. He last sung for the Company in David Alden’s production of The Queen of Spadesin 2015 where he was seen as a ‘dashing presence, both vocally and physically as Prince Yeletsky’ (   He also performed the role of Fieramosca in Terry Gilliam’s five star production of Benvenuto Cellini in 2014.

American tenor Joshua Guerrero makes his UK and ENO debut as the Duke of Mantua. A member of LA Opera’s Young Artist programme and an Operalia prize winner, he has performed numerous roles at LA Opera and with the LA Philharmonic as well as at Ravinia Festival, Chicago andTeatro de la Maestranza, Seville.

Sydney Mancasola makes her ENO debut as Gilda. A current member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, she has also performed with Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Theatre of St Louis and Palm Beach Opera.

British mezzo soprano Madeleine Shaw returns to the role of Maddalena after acclaimed performances in 2009. A former ENO young singer, she last performed with ENO as Magdalene in Richard Jones’s Olivier Award-winning production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. She has recently performed as Wellgunde and Rossweisse in Opera North’s Ring Cycle.

Former ENO Harewood Artist Barnaby Rea makes his role debut as Sparafucile. He last appeared with the Company as Don Basilio in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Barber of Seville in 2015 and recently joined the solo ensemble at Oper Frankfurt. Other roles for ENO include Colline in La bohème, Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers and Lodovico in Otello.

Current ENO Harewood Artists Matthew Durkan and Andri Björn Róbertsson are Marullo and Ceprano respectively.  Completing the cast are Nicholas Folwell as Monterone and Anthony Flaum as Borsa.

Rigoletto opens on Thursday 2 February 2017 at 7.30pm for 9 performances – 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 28 February at 7.30pm and 4, 25 February at 6.30pm

500 tickets for £20 or less are available for each performance. Tickets start from £12.

Pre-performance talk:  Wednesday 15 February 2017  5.15-6pm, £5/£2.50 concs.

Opera Undressed performances of Rigoletto will take place on 8 and 15 February.

See for more information.

Aldeburgh Festival 2017: 9 – 25 June

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival takes place from 9 – 25 June 2017. One of the strands of programming will be a celebration of Snape Maltings and its 50th anniversary of the Concert Hall which opened in 1967.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The 2017 festival opens on Friday 9 June with a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed and designed by Netia Jones. In 1967 seven years after its premiere, Britten chose his new opera to open the Snape Maltings Concert Hall which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth the cast features internationally renowned singers including Iestyn Davies (Oberon), Sophie Bevan (Tytania), Clive Bayley (Theseus), Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Andrew Shore (Quince). Netia Jones returns to Aldeburgh to bring to life this captivating tale of lovers, rustics and fairies with four performances on 9, 11, 12 and 14 June.

Featured Composers

Olga Neuwirth and Jörg Widmann are two of the featured composers in the 2017 festival. Despite being born only five years apart in 1968 in Austria and 1973 in Germany respectively, they have chosen contrasting compositional directions. Neuwirth’s output remains influenced by the composer Luigi Nono’s radical politics and includes film and stage work, as well as much music which requires electro-acoustic treatment. Widmann has chosen to work more regularly with standard classical ensembles and instruments, although they both share an extraordinary imagination which produces music of great colour and playfulness. Highlights at the festival include Olga Neuwirth’s Maudite soit la guerre – A Film Music War Requiem. One of the first anti-war films in history, Maudite soit la Guerre, was made in 1914 shortly before the First World War. In 2013 Neuwirth wrote a score to the silent movie which will receive its UK premiere by the London Sinfonietta under the baton of Gerry Cornelius on 10 June. Widmann’s Viola Concerto also receives its UK premiere by the work’s dedicatee Antoine Tamestit with the CBSO and its new Music Director Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla. Tamestit describes the work as, ‘a unique audience experience’ including inventive playing techniques such as the imitation of a sitar, percussive use of the viola’s body and the soloists having a theatrical role.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla

The CBSO’s newly appointed Music Director Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla makes her Aldeburgh debut with two concerts. On 17 June, Gražinyt?-Tyla and the CBSO raise an anniversary toast to Snape Maltings with the overture Britten wrote for the concert hall’s opening night – The Building of the House. This is set alongside two Beethoven masterpieces: his Leonore Overture and Symphony No. 5 and the UK premiere of Widmann’s Viola Concerto. On 18 June Gražinyt?-Tyla and the CBSO perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

Snape Maltings – its past, present and future

There are ambitious plans for further development of the site over the next 5-10 years, including redeveloping further derelict maltings buildings in order to expand the creative campus and the organisation’s artist development, learning and inclusion programmes, which run throughout the year. The masterplan for the site development will be unveiled in June 2017 as the Concert Hall’s 50th anniversary is celebrated. The unifying of the site has begun and will now be known by the single name Snape Maltings with a new logo and brand inspired by reedbeds that extend from the site far into the Alde Estuary. The existing Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings websites have been replaced by a new, unified Snape Maltings website ( which showcases all aspects of the site – its music and arts offering alongside its natural environment and shops.

Full programme to be announced on Wednesday 11 January

Priority booking will open from 11 January

General booking will open on 14 February


English National Opera – 2017 Highlights


02 Feb – 28 Feb 2017

A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Jonathan Miller’s much-loved ‘Mafia’ production makes a welcome return to the ENO stage, relocating the action to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s.

Verdi’s thrilling score will be conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong and features some of opera’s most immediately recognisable music, including ‘Women abandon us’ (‘La donna è mobile’). Leading the cast is Nicholas Pallesen in the title role, alongside lyric tenor Joshua Guerrero as The Duke and Sydney Mancasola as Rigoletto’s love-stricken daughter Gilda.

Rigoletto opens on Thursday 2 February 2017 at 7.30pm for 9 performances. Tickets are available at 7845 9300

The Pirates of Penzance 
09 Feb – 25 Mar 2017

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is the perfect night out. The sparkling score is chock-full of memorable melodies, including the famous tongue-twisting Major-General’s Song and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

For the first revival of filmmaker Mike Leigh’s smash-hit production, ENO favourite Andrew Shore returns to sing the role of the Major General alongside John Tomlinson as the Sergeant of Police. ENO Harewood Artists David Webb and Soraya Mafi sing the roles of the young lovers, Frederic and Mabel, and Gareth Jones conducts.

The Pirates of Penzance opens on Thursday 9 February 2017 at 7.30pm for 16 performances. Tickets are available at 7845 9300

The Winter’s Tale 
27 Feb – 14 Mar 2017

A world premiere from ENO’s composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth, The Winter‘s Tale is a compelling new interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation.

This new work will be directed by Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear, who brings his considerable Shakespearean experience (as the National Theatre’s Hamlet and Iago) to the production in his directorial debut.

The highly acclaimed British cast includes three international singers whose careers were nurtured by ENO: Iain Paterson, Sophie Bevan and Leigh Melrose. They are joined by former ENO Harewood Artist Anthony Gregory and company favourite Susan Bickley. Ryan Wigglesworth conducts this world premiere performance of his first opera.

The Winters Tale opens on Thursday 27 February 2017 at 7.30pm for 5 performances. Tickets are available at 9300

15 Mar – 24 Mar 2017

Combining glittering arias and wonderful ensembles, Handel’s comic masterpiece follows the exploits of four rival suitors in pursuit of Partenope’s love.

Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production – with designs inspired by the Surrealist imagery of Man Ray and 1920s Paris – returns for its first revival.

Baroque-specialist Christian Curnyn conducts a world-class cast, including soprano Sarah Tynan, mezzo soprano Patricia Bardon, and tenor Robert Murray.

Partenope opens on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7.00pm for 5 performances. Tickets are available at 7845 9300

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD – Performed at Hackney Empire 
09 Jun – 17 Jun 2017

Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a jazz-infused chamber ‘be-bopera’ by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African-American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly.

Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors.

This project is the first in a series of work planned in partnership with English National Opera, Hackney Empire and Opera Philadelphia, to engage with a diverse range of artists and audience members through opera.

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD opens on Friday 9 June 2017 at 7.30pm for 5 performances. Tickets are available at 8985 2424


Leading British composer David Sawer and celebrated young playwright Rory Mullarkey have been commissioned by Garsington Opera to write a new work – The Skating Rink (based on the novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño).  It will have its world premiere during the 2018 season and will be Garsington Opera’s first new festival commission.


Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of Garsington Opera said:

‘I am delighted that we have reached a stage in our development as a company where we will be presenting a major new festival commission.  I strongly believe in our responsibility as musicians to create new works of art that will stand alongside great works of the past, both for audiences today and in the future.  David Sawer is one of the leading lights of our generation and has a wonderful flair for dramatic character.  Together with librettist Rory Mullarkey they are creating a work that is theatrically thrilling and musically exhilarating. This is a very important step for us and I can’t wait to share this new work with our audience and the wider world.’ 

The 2017 season that runs from 1 June to 30 July features four opera productions  and a community piece – Handel’s Semele, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Roxanna Panufnik’s new community opera Silver Birchcommissioned by Garsington Opera, for professional singers and over 180 amateur performers, completes the season.  Public booking opens Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The Best of British Film Scores

Sunday 4 December, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Balcombe (conductor)


The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s season at Brighton Dome continues on Sunday 4 December with a concert celebrating the work of some of Britain’s greatest film composers – The Best of British Film Scores.

Britain has provided the world with some of the most iconic films ever made, many now considered classics, and part of what makes these wonderful films so powerful is some of the best film music ever written.

Guest conductor Richard Balcombe explains why the audience is in for a feast of memorable tunes and powerful orchestral writing:

“Orchestral film music is some of the most dynamic and exciting you’ll hear as it has an immediacy in creating mood and sentiment that has to hit the ear without any delay – sometimes the mood has to be created almost fleetingly as cues can be very short. Our programme is packed with pieces that will bring emotion to the surface, both in the strength of something like 633 Squadron and in the romance of Ladies in Lavender.

Many composers specialise in writing for film and television (Ron Goodwin, Patrick Doyle and Nigel Hess for example) but we’re also featuring pieces by composers from the great English classical tradition – William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Arthur Bliss and John Ireland.

Whilst there are doubtless some popular favourites in the programme (The Dam Busters and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines for example) we have also delved deeper to find beautiful compositions like Coastal Command (Vaughan Williams) and The Overlanders (John Ireland).

We should be immensely proud of a long line of British composers contributing amazing scores for the world of film and it’s very exciting to be able to celebrate in this way.”

Full programme details available at:

Tickets (from £12-£37) available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 & online:

Under 18s & students half price, Family ticket: up to 2 children @ £1 each with adult ticket purchase

Discounted parking (just £6) available at NCP Church Street Car Park between 1-6pm

Join Peter Back in conversation with Richard Balcombe for a Pre-Concert Interview on stage at 1.45pm – Tickets £3.75

Garsington Opera 2017

Thursday 1 June – Sunday 30 July 2017

The main season will expand from three to four opera productions annually, and will see the start of a partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition, next year  there will be a large scale, newly commissioned community opera involving 180 local people of all ages alongside professional singers and the Garsington Opera Orchestra.

1,3,9,15,24,30 June, 4 July  5.55pm
George Frideric Handel
(sung in English)
Conductor  Jonathan Cohen
Director  Annilese Miskimmon
Designer  Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Heidi Stober, Robert Murray, Christine Rice, David Soar, Christopher Ainslie,
Llio Evans 


2,4,8,10, 17 June, 3,6,9,11,14,16 July  5.25pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(sung in Italian)
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director  John Cox
Associate Director Bruno Ravella
Designer  Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Joshua Bloom, Jennifer France, Duncan Rock, Kirsten MacKinnon, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Stephen Richardson, Janis Kelly, Timothy Robinson, Alun Rhys-Jenkins


16, 18, 22, 25, 27 June, 1, 7 July  5.55pm                                                                      
Claude Debussy
(sung in French)
Conductor Jac van Steen
Director  Michael Boyd
Designer  Tom Piper
Lighting Designer  Malcolm Rippeth
Jonathan McGovern, Andrea Carroll, Paul Gay, Brian Bannatyne-Scott,
Susan Bickley



26, 29 June, 2,5,8,10,13,15 July  5.55pm
Gioachino Rossini
(sung in Italianj
Conductor David Parry
Director  Martin Duncan
Designer  Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Movement Director  Nick Winston
Sarah Tynan, Luciano Botelho, Katie Bray, Quirijn de Lang, Geoffrey Dolton,
Mark Stone 


28, 29, 30 July 7.30pm

Roxanna Panufnik
(sung in English)
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director  Karen Gillingham
Designer  Rhiannon Newman Brown
Composer  Roxanna Panufnik
Librettist  Jessica Duchen
Movement Director  Natasha Khamjani
Sam Furness, Victoria Simmonds, Darren Jeffery, Bradley Travis, Sarah Redgwick, James Way and 180 members of the local community

Garsington Opera at Wormsley   Box Office  01865 361636

The inaugural BBC Proms Dubai to be held in March 2017

The BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, has today announced it is going to Dubai for a four-day festival in March 2017.

Taking place from 21 to 24 March at Dubai Opera, part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Cultural Collaboration led by the British Council, BBC Proms Dubai will give audiences the opportunity to experience some of the music, talent and tradition the festival offers. Only the second time abroad, following the inaugural BBC Proms Australia in April 2016, this will be the first time the BBC Proms has travelled to the Middle East and will also mark the first visit to the UAE for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

BBC Proms Dubai will host a rich programme including core classical repertoire, British music and new music, all accompanied by a full and varied schedule of learning activity in the region. 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, whilst James Burton leads the BBC Singers in two a cappella programmes of British choral music and the Joseph Tawadros Quartetlead their own Late Night 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 50 dirhams (£10).

In collaboration with the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Cultural Collaboration led by the British Council, there will be a comprehensive learning programme across the four-day festival, with workshops, masterclasses and open rehearsals providing budding musicians and singers with the opportunity to develop their skills and engage with the performers. Activities include a workshop for the Arabian Youth Orchestra with players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a series of workshops for local adult and children’s choirs with the BBC Singers and a masterclass for chamber musicians at the Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai.

The BBC Proms Dubai concerts will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.