Best of the proms

Great soloists

* Prom 61 (August 31, 8pm) Soprano Violetta Urmana and mezzo Olga Borodina lead the singers in Verdi’s Requiem. Jiri Belohlávek conducts the BBCSO and Chorus.
* Prom 72 (September 9, 7.30pm) Murray Perahia is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concert No 24. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Bernard Haitink, also plays Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4.

Great orchestras

* Prom 38 (August 14, 7pm) Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, Schoenberg’s Variations for Orch-estra and Brahms’s Symphony No 4.
* Prom 64 (September 2, 7.30pm) The Berlin Philharmonic plays Pre-lude and Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony under Sir Simon Rattle.

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Operatic adventures

* Prom 18 (July 31, 7pm) Glynde-bourne presents a semi-staged version of its acclaimed production of Monteverdi’s The Coro-
nation of Poppaea, with Danielle de Niese in the title role and Alice Coote as Nero.  Emmanuelle Haïm conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
* Prom 70 (September 7, 4pm) Messiaen’s massive, mystical Saint Francis of Assisi, performed in concert by The Netherlands Opera under Ingo Metzmacher, with Rod Gilfry as St Francis.

Family friendly

* Proms 13 (July 27, 11am) Freema Agyeman presents a Doctor Who Prom, with music from the TV series and extraterrestrial classical favourites by the likes of Copland, Holst and Wagner. Plus a specially filmed scene starring David Tennant. With the BBC Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Choir.
* Proms 60 (August 31, 4pm) Piano prodigy Lang Lang gives a matinee recital of well-loved pieces, including works by Mozart, Chopin and Liszt, and is joined by his nine-year-old protégé, Marc Yu, in Schu-bert’s Fantasia in F Minor for two pianos.