Two late night jazz proms – NYJO plus Django Reinhardt

The Proms programme, announced on Thursday, has two late night jazz proms (‘Read More’ for programme details and more). The Bachtrack site has a full listing of all the Proms over just two pages.

1) Prom 38 on 10th August features NYJO, and includes a BBC Commission from Tim Garland

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2) Prom 65 on August 31st features a Django Reinhardt tribute from the Guy Barker Orchestra with Martin Taylor

We also list an eclectic selection, quoting from the advance material: John Cage, the other Youth Orchestras (those are “strands”) and the world music Proms


Prom 38

Ellington Rockin’ in Rhythm (6 mins)
Nikki Iles Hush (8 mins)
Kenny Wheeler Sweet Time Suite – Know Where You Are (6 mins)
Monk ‘Round midnight (arr. M. Armstrong) (5 mins)
Jerome Richardson Groove Merchant (7 mins)
Chris Whiter The Change (8 mins)
Tom Stone Return Flight (7 mins)
Ellington Caravan (arr. Callum Au) (8 mins)
Ellington The Queen’s Suite – Sunset and the Mockingbird (4 mins)
Tim Garland Agro Alegría (c8 mins)


Prom 65 Friday 31 August

Martin Taylor/Guy Barker The Spirit of Django – orchestral suite (54 mins) London Premiere

Martin Taylor guitar
Britten Sinfonia
Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra
Guy Barker conductor

3) “YOUTH”

The Youth strand  involves commissions of new music

Nico Muhly’s Gait for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Vasily Petrenko (4 August).

Agro Alegría by Tim Garland, performed by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra under Mark Armstrong (10 August)

Gavin Higgins’s Der Aufstand, premiered by the National Youth Wind Orchestra under James Gourlay (12 August)

Gavin Bryars’s After the Underworlds, presented by the National Youth Brass Band under Bramwell Tovey (12 August).


Late Night Prom featuring accordionist José Hernando Arias Noguera and his mentor Columbian Egidio Cuadrado, showcasing the results of their nine-month collaboration (31 July)

Malian duo Amadou & Mariam appear in an August Bank Holiday Proms Family Matinee (27 August)

Congolese street musicians Staff Benda Bilili make their Proms debut, joined by Baloji, the Congolese-Belgian ‘sorcerer of words’, in a Late Night Prom that promises to be a creative melting pot set to the beat of the rumba (6 September).


John Wilson returns for his fourth consecutive season, this year with two Proms.

Alongside his hand-picked John Wilson Orchestra, he presents his first recreation of a complete musical at the Proms, the Broadway classic My Fair Lady. The semi-staged production uses André Previn’s Academy Award-winning orchestrations from the 1964 film, topped off by a star-studded cast, led by Anthony Andrews and Annalene Beechey (14 July).

John Wilson and his John Wilson Orchestra return later in the season for The Broadway Sound, a gala celebration of the Broadway musical (27 August).

Presenting a timeless sweep from the earliest triumphs of the genre in the 1920s, through the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the Golden Age of the 1950s and 1960s, with excerpts from classics including West Side Story, Hello, Dolly! and The King and I, the gala showcases tunes from some of the greatest Broadway composers, including George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.


For the first time since 1914 the work of Ivor Novello will be heard at the Proms, as the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder, a passionate advocate of Novello’s work, celebrates one of the UK’s most successful composers of musical theatre. With British theatrical legend Simon Callow acting as Master of Ceremonies, this Late Night Prom features singers Sophie Bevan and Toby Spence performing such familiar numbers as We’ll gather lilacs and Keep the home fires burning (9 August).


The Proms do the John Cage Centenary

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  1. Many jazz fans will know that NYJO has been working hard to update & transform itself over the last couple of years. On behalf of all of us who have worked our socks off to this end, I want to express our delight at this objective external recognition by the BBC that the changes we are making are paying off where it counts, in the music that we play.

    We're also delighted to be working with Tim Garland again, whose guest-directing a couple of years ago (along with Nikki Iles, Stan Sulzmann, Jason Yarde and others) was a big factor in NYJO's change of musical direction.

    There are still lots of opinions on NYJO based on what it was 5 years ago, not what it is today. Please come to the Prom to get an up-to-date view on where we are – and also help to tell the BBC that jazz can sell out the Royal Albert Hall. We need your help !

    Signed Nigel Tully

    Executive Chair, NYJO

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