Who is conducting the 2019 Last Night of the Proms?

We give you the lowdown on this year’s Last Night conductor


Sakari Oramo will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra, of which he is chief conductor, at this year’s Last Night of the Proms.


Joining him for her Last Night of the Proms debut is American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.

As well as the usual Last Night fare, Oramo will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra, alongside the Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers, in a range of orchestral suites and dances, with Barton joining for songs and arias.

Sakari Oramo was named the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor in 2012, a role that came into effect with the First Night of the Proms in 2013. He has led the orchestra at the Proms every year since then.

Booking opens for tickets for the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 11 May at 9am. You can book online at bbc.co.uk/proms or at royalalberthall.com.

Programme to include:

Daniel Kidane Woke (BBC commission, world premiere)
Falla The Three-Cornered Hat – Suite No. 2
Elgar Sospiri
Laura Mvula Sing to the Moon
Bizet Carmen – ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ (Habanera)
Saint-Saëns Samson and Delilah – ‘Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’
Verdi Don Carlos – ‘O Don fatale’
Verdi Aida – Triumphal March
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld – Overture
Grainger Marching Song of Democracy
Maconchy Proud Thames
Arlen The Wizard of Oz – ‘Over the Rainbow’
Arr. Wood Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
Arne, arr. Sargeant Rule, Brittania!
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D (‘Land of Hope and Glory’)
Parry, orch. Elgar Jerusalem
Arr. Britten The National Anthem
Trad., arr. Paul Campbell Auld Lang Syne

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo