We’ve scoured the listings of 90 concerts across eight weeks for string concertos and other highlights for Strad readers
The 2018 season of The BBC Proms has been revealed today, with a total of 90 concerts and daily free talks from 13 July to 8 September. The BBC notes that more than 100,000 tickets will be available for £15 of less, including the arena standing tickets held at £6 again this year.
All concerts will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
The string highlights of the season are:
(All concerts in the Royal Albert Hall unless otherwise indicated)
- Prom 3, Sunday 15 July
BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary: Concert featuring past winners of the the award, including violinists Nicola Benedetti and Jennifer Pike, and cellists Natalie Clein, Guy Johnston, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Laura van der Heijden
- Proms at Cadogan Hall 1, Monday 16 July
The Calidore String Quartet with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. They are joined by Spanish pianist Javier Perianes for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major.
- Prom 12, Monday 23 July
Alisa Weilerstein performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no.1 with Karina Canellakis directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The concert also includes Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances
- Prom 17, Friday 27 July
Tai Murray performs The Lark Ascending with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Martyn Brabbins in a concert also featuring Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony, Hubert Parry’s Fifth Symphony and works by Holst
- Prom 24, Wednesday 1 August
Daniel Müller-Schott performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Otto Tausk
- Prom 40, Sunday 12 August
Joshua Bell performs Saint‐Saëns Violin Concerto no.3 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
- Prom 47, Friday 17 August
Pekka Kuusisto performs a new violin concerto by Philip Venables, titled Venables Plays Bartok. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo
- Prom 41, Sunday 12 August
Jean‐Guihen Queyras performs the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner
- Proms at … Cadogan Hall 5, Monday 13 August
The JACK Quartet joined by percussionist Colin Currie for a programme of 20th- and 21st-century works, including world premieres by Simon Holt and Suzanne Farrin.
- Prom 43, Tuesday 14 August
Lisa Batiashvili performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and his West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
- Prom 45, Thursday 16 August
Renaud Capuçon is the soloist in Ravel’s Second Violin Sonata (orchestrated by Yan Maresz) with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Jonathan Nott
- Prom 52, Tuesday 21 August
World premiere of a Violin Concerto by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin, performed by Alina Ibragimova. With Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic
- Prom 69, Monday 3 September
Baiba Skride performs the solo part for Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium’ with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons
- Prom 71, Wednesday 5 September
Antoine Tamestit takes the viola solo in Harold in Italy in an all-Berlioz programme with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner