BBC Proms International launches in Japan11:15, 18th December 2018
The BBC Proms has announced that it will travel to Japan in 2019. This is part of an expansion of BBC Proms International, following successful tours of Australia and Dubai in 2016 and 2017.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) under chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard will perform during the six-day festival, from 30 October to 4 November, in Tokyo and Osaka.
The festival will include the iconic First and Last Nights, featuring musical favourites and traditions.
David Pickard, director of the BBC Proms, said: ‘The central aim of the Proms is to make classical music accessible through the highest quality performances, outreach work, affordable ticket prices and broadcast opportunities, and we are thrilled that BBC Proms Japan will continue to further that mission.’
Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop called the proposals ‘a major coup’ for BBC SSO. ‘The Japan Proms will bring the orchestra’s acclaimed performances to Japanese audiences for the first time. Scotland commands respect throughout the world for its excellent performing arts. This tour, with financial support from the Scottish government, will foster valuable culture and wider links between Scotland and Japan.’
BBC Proms Japan concerts will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.