BBC Proms in outer space to mark Apollo 11’s moon landing

The BBC Proms 2019 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon with a series of special concerts.

Classics such as Holst’s The Planets will form part of this as well as a Sci-Fi Prom, featuring scores from films such as Gravity and Alien: Covenant.

Children will also be included in the space journey with a special CBeebies concert including a close encounter with The Clangers.

It runs Friday 19 July – Saturday 14 September and opens with a new piece inspired by the first Moon walk.

The Proms will mark the 150th birthday of founder-conductor Sir Henry Wood by continuing his mission to bring ‘the best of classical music to the widest possible audience’.

There’ll be a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with music by from her favourite composer, Mendelssohn, played on her piano from the Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace.

Rock music will be represented by Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood with a programme which includes Steve Reich’s hypnotic Pulse and Henrich Biber’s Passacaglia in G Minor.

Mississippi Goddam is a night dedicated to soul-jazz legend Nina Simone, titled after her civil rights protest song. There will also be a hip-hop Prom, which will showcase scratch DJs, beatboxing and graffiti art.

All of the BBC Proms will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days afterwards online. The full programme can be found on the BBC Proms website.

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