Proms 2022: Fiona Maddocks’s pick of this year’s festival

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Proms 5 and Prom 6
BBC Philharmonic
(18 & 19 July) Omer Meir Wellber conducts two Proms: the first with Cassandra Miller’s new Viola Concerto played by Lawrence Power, the second with the fourth symphonies of Vaughan Williams and Tippett.

Prom 14
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
(25 July) Ben Goldscheider and Elena Urioste star in Ethel Smyth’s Concerto for Horn and Violin with the CBSO and their conductor designate, Kazuki Yamada.

Prom 19a
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra
(31 July) The newly formed orchestra plays works by the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov, plus Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms.

Proms at Bristol
(1 Aug) One of eight across-the-country chamber music Proms: violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien play César Franck’s Violin Sonata at St George’s Bristol.

Prom 30 and Prom 32
The Tredegar Band
(8 & 9 Aug) The Tredegar Band joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for celebrations of the brass band tradition with a new work by Gavin Higgins and an unmissable late-night Prom.

Yuja Wang.
Yuja Wang. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images

Prom 35
Yuja Wang
(12 Aug) The Oslo Philharmonic and its new chief conductor, Klaus Mäkelä, play Richard Strauss and Sibelius. The dazzling pianist Yuja Wang, left, joins them for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1.

Prom 55
Organ recital: Nathan Laube
(28 Aug) Hear the Royal Albert Hall’s “Father Willis” organ thunder and roar in Wagner, Franck, Alkan and Liszt in the Chicago-born virtuoso’s recital.

Prom 56
The South African Jazz Songbook
(28 Aug) A great lineup includes Metropole Orkest, Soweto Kinch on saxophones and tuba player Theon Cross.

Philip Glass and Handel
(3 Sept) Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo with English National Opera, beatboxer Jason Singh and painter George Condo at Printworks London: has to be at the very least intriguing.

Kirill Petrenko.
Kirill Petrenko. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Prom 62 and Prom 65
Berliner Philharmoniker
(3 & 4 Sept) The Proms are still the place to encounter epic works by the world’s finest musicians. The Berliners and conductor Kirill Petrenko perform Mahler’s Seventh, then Schnittke’s Viola Concerto (soloist Tabea Zimmermann) and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10.

  • General booking for the 2022 Proms opens at 9am on Saturday 21 May; click here for more details

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