First Night of the Proms 2023

August 8, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Dalia Stasevska (Photo: Veikko Kähkönen)

The 2023 BBC Proms season gets off to a whirlwind start with a series of Nordic delights – from Grieg’s passionate Piano Concerto to Sibelius’ rousing statement of national identity, Finlandia. Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra introduces each section of the orchestra from strings to timpani and is packed with earworms for all ages.

Plus, a world premiere from Ukrainian composer Bohdana Frolyak. Lesley Manville will be the narrator for Snöfrid.


All works conducted by Dalia Stasevska

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

Bohdana Frolyak: Let There Be Light
BBC commission: world premiere

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Paul Lewis, piano

Jean Sibelius: Snöfrid
Lesley Manville, narrator

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra