news_2012_04_02Many singers, instrumentalists, conductors and groups on Hazard Chase’s list are set to perform in the classical music calendar’s biggest festival this summer.

BBC New Generation Artists past and present feature: after sensational Proms debut appearances last year, Benjamin Grosvenor returns to perform Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit on 14 August. And in the Proms Chamber Music series Jennifer Pike appears on 6 August in a programme featuring Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor with Nicholas Altstaedt and Igor Levit, while the Escher String Quartet play Wood and Debussy on 20 August.

To continue his 50th Birthday Celebrations this year, Michael Collins will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 20 August.

Andrew Kennedy performs in two Proms this year, on 19 August with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Singers in The Yeoman of the Guard and on 29 August with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins in Hymnus Paradisi. Elsewhere more Hazard Chase singers take part: Christopher Purves will sing in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on 19 July, and Stephanie Marshall and Louise Poole perform together in John Adams’ Nixon in China with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 5 September in a special performance conducted by the composer himself. Anne-Marie Owens also appears with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Nicholas Collon on 18 August in the world premiere performance of Simon Bainbridge’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, a BBC commission.

There are premieres aplenty on 11 August as Clark Rundell conducts the Britten Sinfonia in  new works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Brian Elias as well as Michael Finnissy’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Nicolas Hodges. Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini will also premiere Hugh Keyte’s reconstruction of G.Gabrieli’s 7 choir Magnificat from their latest Decca disc, ‘1612 Italian Vespers’ in a late night prom on 22 August.

In this exciting Olympic year, the BBC Proms promises to be one of the most memorable seasons ever. Make sure you get your tickets!