the proms

Playlist: BBC Proms modern composers

This week we're celebrating the breadth and diversity of the BBC Proms. With the 119th season now in full flow, we've scoured the exhaustive programme to unearth some of the most interesting UK composers taking part this year. From Julian Anderson's opening piece Harmony to Django Bates’ The Study of Touch, many of Britain’s best working composers have won new commissions or premieres. Listen to our pick here.

Curtains for The Proms

The Proms 2011 drew to a close last weekend and, while the BBC announced that the festival had attracted record audiences, M caught up with composer Graham Fitkin to find out more about his Proms premiere.

Make it Happen 8 – Classical Special

Diverse British composer Graham Fitkin has worked across genres and continents; performing, conducting, publishing, producing and educating others about classical composition.

Water Symphony has London debut

Vartan Melkonian, the classical composer who busked his way from an orphanage in Lebanon to the stages of the West End, performed his latest symphony for the Queen last month.

M at The Proms: insider’s view

To mark the 117th Proms, M has spoken to some of the key composers premiering new works this year - bringing you an insider's view of the world's greatest classical music festival.

M at The Proms: Simon Holt

For our third instalment of M at The Proms, we spoke to Bolton-born composer Simon Holt about his life and work.

M at The Proms: Judith Bingham

Sought-after British composer Judith Bingham wrote the new organ piece The Everlasting Crown for the annual Proms festival this year. It debuted yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall by organist Stephen Farr, and has already received critical acclaim.