New music at the BBC Proms 2021

21st September 2021


52 concerts, 44 days, more than 2,000 musicians: the BBC Proms are back and welcoming live audiences to the Royal Albert Hall once again. The 150th year of the festival features a programme jam-packed with world premieres and newly commissioned works – here are our top picks of new music at the Proms, 2021.

30 July (First Night of the Proms)  Sir James MacMillan 'When Soft Voices Die' BBC/Help Musicians co-commission 

2 August Elizabeth Ogonek 'Cloudline' BBC co-commission

3 August – Ella Milch-Sheriff 'The Eternal Stranger' BBC co-commission

5 August – Thomas Adès 'The Exterminating Angel Symphony'

7 August – Jessie Montgomery 'Banner'

7 August – Laura Jurd 'CHANT'

8 August – Augusta Read Thomas 'Dance Foldings' BBC commission

9 August – Mason Bates 'Auditorium'


Katie Derham
BBC Jude Edginton

10 August – Britta Byström 'Parallel Universes' BBC commission

13 August – Anthony Payne 'Spring’s Shining Wake'

17 August – Edmund Finnis 'The Centre is Everywhere'

17 August – Dobrinka Tabakova 'Suite in Old Style, ‘The Court Jester Amareu’'

19 AugustNico Muhly 'A New Flame' (after Sweelinck) BBC commission

19 August – Shiva Feshareki 'Aether World' BBC commission

19 August – Bernard Hughes 'Birdchant' 

Pedro Kuster

26 August – George Lewis 'Minds in Flux' BBC commission

27 August – Charlotte Bray 'Where Icebergs Dance Away'

29 August – Daniel Kidane new work BBC commission

30 August – George Benjamin 'Concerto for Orchestra' BBC/Mahler Chamber Orchestra co-commission

5 September – Grace-Evangeline Mason 'The Imagined Forest' BBC co-commission with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 

6 September – Samy Moussa 'A Globe Itself Infolding'

6 SeptemberJudith Weir 'Still, Glowing'

7 September – Unsuk Chin 'Subito con forza' BBC co-commission

11 September (Last Night of the Proms) –  Gity Razaz 'Mother' BBC commission

Other highlights of the festival include a Prom by our friends at Chineke! Orchestra (24 August), the Marmen Quartet playing Robert Simpson (16 August), and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra playing Oliver Knussen (30 August). Click here for full listings.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts every note of the Proms live and 20 Proms are televised, with all broadcasts available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

Ticket information
Proms 2021 Season Guide

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