BBC Proms 2021

25 August 2021
Royal Albert Hall
25 August
Royal Albert Hall

Eight Seasons at the BBC Proms
15:30 & 20:00

Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons

interspersed with

Astor Piazzolla
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
(arr. Leonid Desyatnikov)

From an icy Italian winter to the heady, sensual warmth of a South American summer: violinist Joshua Bell leads us on a musical journey through the sights and sounds of two continents and four very different seasons. Inspired by Vivaldi’s best-known work, Piazzolla – Argentina’s 20th-century tango king, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year – created his own response, complete with musical quotations. While Vivaldi’s virtuosic concertos celebrate contrast – the freshness of spring, with its sudden thunderstorms, versus the languid heat of summer – Piazzolla’s musical landscape remains more constant, always swaying to the pervasive rhythm of the tango.


Joshua Bell, director & soloist

Violin I
Harvey de Souza
Gabrielle Painter
Amanda Smith
Fiona Brett
Catherine Morgan
Jeremy Morris
Rebecca Scott
Matthew Ward

Violin II
Martin Burgess
Jennifer Godson
Mark Butler
Rakhvinder Singh
Clare Hayes
Winona Fifield

Robert Smissen
Fiona Bonds
Ian Rathbone
Nicholas Barr

Caroline Dale
Will Schofield
Juliet Welchman
Judith Herbert

Double Bass
Lynda Houghton
David Stark

John Constable

Performances at 15:30 and 20:00.
Listen Live on BBC Radio 3

We are delighted our performance will be broadcast on television on BBC FOUR on Friday 27 August

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The BBC Proms will be taking place at full capacity. Those over 18 years old, will be required to demonstrate one of the following:

  • evidence of a negative lateral flow test, either taken at home or at a test centre, within 48 hours of the performance
  • evidence of double vaccination provided via the NHS App or letter provided by the NHS
  • proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test taken within 180 days of the performance


Our performances at the BBC Proms are generously supported by Simon Haslam and Kate Alcock

Main photo by Benjamin Ealovega, Listing photo by Chris Christodoulou