After a successful 2017 debut, the BBC Proms Dubai will be returning to the United Arab Emirates in early 2019 with a programme of traditional classical repertoire, British music and new commissions.
The festival will take place from 19 to 22 March 2019, opening with the world premiere of a new work by British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk. ‘Throughout my career I have hoped for my music to be a meeting point between cultures,’ says El-Turk. ‘I feel honoured, as a composer of British and Middle Eastern heritage, that I have been selected to represent these cultures through my piece Tmesis.’ El-Turk’s piece will be followed by Korngold’s Violin Concerto, with Karen Gomyo as soloist, and extracts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.
Other concerts in the four-day festival include a concert of choral music spanning the last century, several Late Night Proms and of course the legendary Last Night of the Proms, with the BBC Singers performing alongside the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus. They will be joined by baritone Roderick Williams to sing the Last Night classics, including Rule, Britannia! and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.
600 Promming tickets will be available each day, starting at AED 50 (£10). The concerts will all be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, presented by Petroc Trelawny.
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.