Thoroughly Good Guide to the BBC Proms 2022

15 July - 10 September 2022

What to go to, listen to or watch and who's performing

Thoroughly Good recommendations, podcasts, blogs and reviews for the BBC Proms 2022 season.

Recommended concerts for anyone looking to experience live classical music for the first time.

Every Prom is broadcast live on radio and some are on TV, with selected highlights at the end of this page.

Blog

The joy of listening live

There are no guarantees to live unamplified performance. That’s not a failing of classical music, that is the joy of it. 

Jon Jacob makes the case for why live music is the best place to start to discover classical music

Why the CBSO's Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 was 'exquisite'

It was one of those rare occasions when the music seemed to be the space it needed to live and breathe.

It was as though conductor Kazuki Yamada had found the moment to trigger the emotion and wasn’t in any hurry to leave anyone behind.

What to go to

If you fancy going to a Prom concert here are some suggested concerts across the season, including recommended seating areas to maximise your listening experience.

Stalls lettering refers to the codes used by the Royal Albert Hall Box Office.

Check the Royal Albert Hall website for instructions on how to prom in the arena or the gallery.

Basic rule of thumb for the first-timer: get a position as close to the stage as you can (‘stalls ‘GHOM’, ‘arena’ or ‘choir’) in order to get as close to action as possible.

Prom 1: Friday 15 July

Verdi Requiem


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 6: Tuesday 19 July

Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4


Best position

Choir
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 14: Monday 25 July 

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2


Best position

Choir
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 16: Wednesday 27 July 

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 1


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 17: Thursday 28 July 

Brahms German Requiem


Best position

Gallery
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 20: Sunday 31 July

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring


Best position

Choir
Upper Circle
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 28: Sunday 7 August

Mozart Piano Concertos 20 & 22


Best position

Arena Left
Choir
Stalls GHOM

Prom 30: Monday 8 August

Gavin Higgins Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra


Best position

Arena Left
Choir
Stalls GHOM

 

Prom 31: Tuesday 9 August

Strauss Four Last Songs


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 33: Wednesday 10 August

Holst The Planets


Best position

Gallery
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 35: Friday 12 August

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Makela
Yuja Wang


Best position

Choir
Upper Circle
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 36: Saturday 13 August

Dvorak Symphony No. 7


Best position

Arena Left
Choir
Stalls GHOM

Prom 46: Sunday 21 August

Brahms Symphony No. 3 


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Arena Front
Choir

Prom 48: Tuesday 23 August

Brahms Symphony No. 2


Best position

Gallery
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 49: Friday 12 August

Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’

London Symphony Orchestra


Best position

Upper Circle
Stalls GHOM
Arena Front

Prom 52: Friday 26 August

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Best position

Arena Front
Choir
Stalls GHOM

Prom 57: Monday 29 August

Bach Mass in B minor


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Arena

Prom 62: Saturday 3 September

Mahler Symphony No. 7 


Best position

Choir
Arena
Stalls GHOM
Gallery

Prom 65: Sunday 4 September

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 


Best position

Stalls GHOM
Gallery

What to listen to

All BBC Proms concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available on BBC Sounds for 30 days (give or take) after the repeat broadcast a few days after the concert. So probably around about 33 or 34 days after the actual concert.

If you can’t get a ticket or can’t get along to a concert, then be sure to listen to these.

As each concert is available on BBC Sounds so the links to will be updated.

Prom 2: Saturday 16 July

Huw Watkins Flute Concerto
Elgar
Enigma Variations

Belfast Prom: Monday 18 July 

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Prom 8: Wednesday 20 July

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Prom 9: Thursday 21 July 

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

 

Prom 14: Thursday 28 July 

Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Prom 16: Wednesday 27 July

Vaughan Williams ‘A Sea Symphony’ Symphony No. 1

Prom 17: Thursday 28 July

Brahms A German Requiem

Prom 18: Friday 29 July

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Prom 20: Sunday 31 July

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Prom 26: Friday 5 August 

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Prom 28: Sunday 7 August 

Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and 22

Prom 29: Sunday 7 August 

Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and 22

Prom 30: Monday 8 August

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Prom 31: Tuesday 9 August

Strauss Four Last Songs

Prom 33: Wednesday 10 August

Holst The Planets

Prom 34: Thursday 11 August 

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Prom 35: Friday 12 August 

R Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Prom 36: Saturday 13 August 

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvorak
Symphony No. 7

Benjamin Grosvenor piano

Prom 40: Tuesday 16 August

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Prom 46: Sunday 21 August

Brahms Symphony No. 3

Prom 48: Tuesday 23 August

Brahms Symphony No. 2

Prom 49: Wednesday 24 August

Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’

Prom 52: Friday 26 August

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Prom 57: Monday 29 August 

Bach Mass in B minor

Prom 62: Saturday 3 September

Mahler Symphony No. 7

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Prom 64: Sunday 4 September

Beethoven Piano Sonatas No. 30, No. 31, and No. 32

Sir Andras Schiff piano

Prom 65: Sunday 4 September

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Prom 67: Tuesday 6 September

Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto

Prom 71: Friday 9 September

Price Symphony No. 1

What to watch

Eight concerts to watch on television. TV broadcasts aren’t Thoroughly Good’s preferred way of getting into classical music, but recent changes to TV coverage has dramatically improved the experience. 

Prom 1: Friday 15 July

Verdi Requiem

 

Prom 2: Saturday 16 July

Huw Watkins Flute Concerto
Elgar
Enigma Variations

Prom 16: Wednesday 27 July

Vaughan Williams ‘A Sea Symphony’ Symphony No. 1

Prom 28: Sunday 7 August 

Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and 22

Prom 29: Sunday 7 August 

Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and 22

Prom 34: Thursday 11 August 

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Prom 49: Wednesday 24 August 

Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’

Prom 72: Saturday 10 September

Last Night of the Proms