BBC Proms 2012: Picks: Brabbins and Howard

22/05/2012 13:26 BST | Updated 22/07/2012 10:12 BST

The BBC Proms 2012 is now open for booking but don't fret if you are still deciding, here is some guidance from Conductor Martyn Brabbins and Composer Emily Howard and their personal highlights; they both feature in this year's proms season.

Martyn Brabbins

Conductor. He conducts Prom 1, Friday 13 July, Broadcast on Friday 13 July on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Two; PCM 7, Monday 27 August Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 27 August; Prom 61, Wednesday 29 August, Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 29 August and on BBC Four on 31 August.

Prom 21, 29 July: Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Wonderful concept of which Britten would surely have approved. Programme superb too - Charlotte Bray a fine young talent who features in my time at Cheltenham.

Live on BBC Radio 3 on 39 July.

Prom 35, 9 August: Norgard's 7th Symphony

A superb example of contemporary symphonic composition. Compelling, dynamic and moving.

Live on BBC Radio 3  on 9 August.

PSM3, 11 August: Britten Sinfonia

Four fine British composers with Birtwistle the supreme master!

Live on BBC Radio 3 on 11 August.

Prom 47, 17 August Volkov: Cage Adventurous Ilan Volkov.

My piano teacher John Tilbury featured. And the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Live on  BBC Radio 3 on 17 August.

Prom 75, 7 September: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Haitink.

I imagine this could be the most authentically beautiful Prom of the season!

Live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four on 7 September.

Emily Howard

Composer. Her work 'Calculus of the Nervous System' will recieve it's UK premiere at Prom 51 on Tuesday 21st August.

PSM 3: Britten Sinfonia/Rundell

Far too much to mention it all, which can only be a good thing! Great to see the younger generation of UK-based composers heavily represented including Charlotte Bray, Helen Grime, Gavin Higgins, Fung Lam, Anna Meredith and Mark Simpson. I'm looking forward to PSM 3: Finnissy, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle and Elias with the Britten Sinfonia and Clark Rundell.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Petrenko

It's a given that the hugely talented National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain present a Prom for us annually but even better that this year they are joined by their Scottish, Irish and Welsh counterparts. Proms 28-32 feature national youth orchestras and choirs whilst Prom 40 features national youth brass and wind ensembles.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Four on 23rd August.


Prom 63: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle

Chosen because I think it is an outstanding programme: Ligeti Atmosphѐres, Wagner

Lohengrin - Prelude, Act 1, Sibelius Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Debussy Jeux and Ravel Daphnis and Chloe - Suite No. 2. Wow!

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Prom 72: Nixon in China/Adams

I was bowled over by ENO's production of The Death of Klinghoffer earlier this year. So naturally, I'm eagerly awaiting John Adams conducting Nixon in China, his other collaboration with librettist Alice Goodman.


Prom 20: The Wallace and Gromit Prom/Collon

I want to pick a real classic - so torn between Prom 69: Mahler 6 (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly), Prom 26: Bach's Mass in B Minor (The English Consort with Harry Bicket), any of Barenboim's Beethoven/Boulez Cycle, the Cage Centenary Prom, or perhaps Mozart's Figaro (Glynebourne / The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Robin Ticciati). But then there is the Wallace & Gromit Prom and Wallace's brand-new Proms commission My Concerto in Ee, Lad. Quite keen to place his musical influences.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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