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Melissa Bradshaw

BBC unveils Proms TV coverage plans for 2019

12:00, 5th July 2019

BBC Music has today announced further details of this year’s TV coverage of the BBC Proms.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam (pictured) will join the core TV presenting line-up following her critically acclaimed performance on the Last Night of the Proms in 2018, alongside returning presenters Katie Derham, Suzy Klein and Tom Service.

‘The BBC Proms is a truly incredible celebration of music and at any Prom, I am completely taken by the electric atmosphere and connection created between performer and audience,’ Gillam commented. ‘Making my festival debut in 2017 and performing at the iconic Last Night of the Proms in 2018 are both highlights of my career so far, so to be returning as a presenter is really exciting!’

First-time Proms presenters Clara Amfo, Cerys Matthews, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Kwame Ryan will also assume hosting duties, joined by some returning faces including Danielle de Niese and Petroc Trelawny. Complementing this year’s presenting line-up, musicians will offer audiences an insider’s perspective into the concert repertoire, with confirmed names including Nicola Benedetti, Fatma Said and Omer Meir Wellber.

This summer also sees a relaunch of the BBC Two magazine show Proms Encore, presented by Katie Derham, which will feature a mix of discussion, performances and special features. The show will be taken out of the studio and instead broadcast from a specially-constructed outdoor bandstand, located next to the Albert Memorial just across the road from the Royal Albert Hall. Each programme will be driven by a theme, including an exploration of the influence of space in music on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning at BBC Music Television said: ‘There’s definitely something for everyone this summer as we dive into this iconic festival and the rich musical world to which it belongs, placing musicians centre stage and bringing audiences around the country the incredible atmosphere of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.’

www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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