PROMS 99: THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

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TODAY

JAMES MACMILLAN PREMIERE

An oratorio-like score called Quickening, commissioned from the fashionable Scot and given by the BBCSO and choirs under Andrew Davis. 7.30pm

Tickets: available at all prices (pounds 9-20)

MONDAY

PROM OF THE WEEK

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC/ SIMON RATTLE

Outside the US, there are two orchestras that sit at the very top of the world pile: the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. And it's no great surprise that Simon Rattle is closely associated with both of them. The Berlin Phil, of course, has just made him its chief conductor-designate. The Rattle/ Vienna partnership plays two nights and, although Tuesday's is a grander programme, I prefer this. The first half is Ravel, in music where the richly cushioned string sound of this orchestra should mesmerise. The second half is Beethoven. If you've heard the recent Rattle/Vienna recordings, you'll know what to expect. 7.30pm

Tickets: sold out

TUESDAY

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC/ SIMON RATTLE

The second programme, with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony as the main work. 7.30pm

Tickets: sold out

WEDNESDAY

BAVARIAN STATE ORCHESTRA/ ZUBIN MEHTA

Richard Strauss's local band from Munich, playing - what else? - Richard Strauss. An anniverary tribute. 7pm

Tickets: sold out

GILES SWAYNE PREMIERE

An extended, 75-minute choral work called Havoc, written for the BBC Singers who, 20 years ago, premiered the composer's comparably epic Cry. Perhaps the most exciting new work in the Proms this year. 10pm

Tickets: available, all at pounds 9

THURSDAY

YEVGENY KISSIN

Russia's keyboard wunderkind, playing the Chopin Concerto no 1 with Mehta and the Bavarian State Orchestra who are still around from Wednesday. 7.30pm

Tickets: sold out

FRIDAY

BEETHOVEN'S 9TH

The traditional penultimate night fare - this year delivered by the LSO and Colin Davis. 7.30pm

Tickets: sold out

SATURDAY

THE LAST NIGHT

Fatuous, flag-waving nonsense in the second half, as always. But the first half rounds up all the themes of this year's Proms season - Nielsen, France and the Ascent of Man - with a new little piece by Esa-Pekka Salonen for credibility's sake. The concert will be relayed live to Hyde Park, Birmingham and Swansea. And, of course, it's also on the BBC. 7.30pm

Tickets: sold out

Ticket information is correct at time of going to press. Five hundred standing tickets are on sale one hour before each concert, except for the last night.

All concerts at Royal Albert Hall, SW7 (0171 589 8212)

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