The Proms: Top ten concerts

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Prom 2
Nigel Kennedy plays the Elgar Violin Concerto; Andrew Kennedy (no relation) sings Finzi's Intimations of Immortality. The late-night Prom has the Nigel Kennedy Quintet from Krakow – top-notch jazz with a powerful Polish accent.

Prom 4
Folk Day, with everything from Kathryn Tickell to Hungary's Muzsikas and a spot of Berio. The afternoon Prom is free, and begins at 3.30pm. Arrive at 10am to join either the Proms Folk Family Orchestra or the Chorus to learn folk songs; unwind at Folk in the Park in Kensington Gardens at noon. Bella Hardy, Martin Simpson and Bellowhead give the evening concert – and the ceilidh is at 10pm.
20 July

Prom 19
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by Vassily Petrenko, making his Proms debut with a Kenneth Hesketh premiere, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4.
1 August

Prom 20
Stockhausen Day. Feeling brave? Take in the whole mini-festival, starting at 1pm with a double bill of films, then a discussion, and two concerts featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson conducting) and, at 10pm, the Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier in Stimmung.
2 August

Prom 38
Daniel Barenboim conducts The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, his band of young musicians drawn from Israel and Arabic nations. They give two concerts: the full orchestra in Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra and Brahms's Symphony No 4, and, in the Late Night Prom, Boulez's Mémoriale and Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat. Arrive extra early.
14 August

Prom 46
The London Symphony Orchestra play the complete music of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.
20 August

Prom 50
Bach's St John Passion, with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. At 10pm cellist Jian Wang plays three Bach suites, and there's an all-Bach organ recital by Simon Preston at 4pm.
24 August

Prom 54
Vaughan Williams galore; the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis play the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Job: A Masque for Dancing, the Serenade to Music and the Ninth Symphony.
26 August

Prom 68
The London Philharmonic Orchestra pairs Rimsky-Korsakov's one-act opera Kashchey the Immortal with Stravinsky's The Firebird. Expect wizardry from conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
5 September

Prom 70
A rare chance to hear Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi, with the Netherlands Opera and The Hague Philharmonic. Messiaen's ornithological obsessions make this a twitcher's delight.
7 September