Welcome to the July issue of BBC Music Magazine, celebrating the BBC Proms! We provide the complete listings for this year’s festival and choose the Proms we’re particularly looking forward to. Plus, Helen Wallace speaks to three artists who have performed at the Last Night of the Proms to discuss their fond memories of the infamous concerts.


In this month’s BBC Music Magazine Interview, British composer Jonathan Dove talks to Kate Molleson about climate change, refugees and the art of storytelling in music with a social conscience. Simon Heighes explores how the moon has inspired composers throughout the ages, and Andrew Green looks back on the history of the British monarchy’s myriad musical treasures.

This month’s issue brings you the best recordings of Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius and a look at the life and work of our Composer of the Month, Oliver Knussen. Plus, Richard Morrison examines the morality of operas based on modern-day news atrocities.

Symphonies by Parry and Moeran are featured on your cover CD this month.


Click the image below to download the inlay for this month's free cover CD.

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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.