Veteran BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards and the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler have joined the TV presenting line-up for the Proms 2023.
After more than a decade Edwards returns to host the prestigious concerts, presenting a Prom with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under composer Ryan Wigglesworth featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor – which will be broadcast on the night of the performance from the Royal Albert Hall on July 23.
Edwards will also present a Prom featuring the Sinfonia of London orchestra under John Wilson and former BBC Young Musician winner and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
“To have the opportunity of introducing an incredible programme including the world-famous hymn to unity that is Beethoven’s Ode To Joy, performed by some of the best in the business – this is something I really look forward to.”
Meanwhile, Adler makes her Proms debut during the summer season, presenting a Prom featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Tadaaki Otaka that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No 5.
She will also introduce the Prom which features the debut of South Korean star Bomsori, alongside the BBC Philharmonic under Anja Bihlmaier.
“I’m really excited about presenting the Proms. Hopefully, audiences at home will be as inspired as I am when listening to this spine-tingling piece, and to the other works on this wonderful programme.”
The First Night will be presented by Clive Myrie on July 14, while the Last Night Of The Proms will be presented by Katie Derham on September 9.
Suzy Klein, head of BBC Arts and Classical Music, said: “Huw and Katya are such familiar faces on our screens because of their roles on BBC News and I’m excited to see them bring that context and understanding to this year’s Proms.
“They’re both classical music fans and aficionados and I can’t wait for audiences to see this lesser known side to them as presenters.”
The BBC said the full TV and radio presenter line-up for the BBC Proms 2023 will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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