The Proms will be a “curtain-raiser” for normality when the concert series returns to the Royal Albert Hall with a programme celebrating British musicians, its director has said.
Audiences will be welcomed back to the Royal Albert Hall in July for six weeks of live music spanning 52 concerts and featuring 30 orchestras and ensembles.
The Last Night will also see Rule, Britannia! sung in full, after a row over plans to omit the lyrics in 2020.
Director of the Proms David Pickard said “all the traditional elements” would be in place for the 11 September finale.
The 2020 edition featured a reduced orchestra playing to an empty auditorium due to coronavirus restrictions – with the singers placed in the stalls to ensure social distancing.
This year’s event, however, will feature an audience and mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall and 80 years since the famous venue became home to the Proms.
Director Pickard said it will be a “very moving moment” when the “first notes sound” at the start of the season.
Organisers hope social distancing rules will allow the Proms to play to a full house but are ready to host reduced audiences if required.
There will be a First Night premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s companion piece to Vaughan Williams’s Serenade To Music, co-commissioned with the charity Help Musicians and performed by a quartet of British singers.
Both established and emerging British talent will be celebrated, including violinist Nicola Benedetti, vocalist Karen Cargill, conductors Sir Mark Elder and Sir Simon Rattle, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and veteran conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner in his 60th Proms appearance.
More than 50 musicians will also make their Proms debuts, including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Vikingur Olafsson and Abel Selaocoe.
For the first time, there will be four unprogrammed mystery Proms to be revealed at a later date, allowing the festival to respond to changing conditions.
The seven Kanneh-Mason siblings will be joined by author Sir Michael Morpurgo for an updated version of The Carnival Of The Animals and a companion piece by Daniel Kidane.
To mark 50 years since the death of Igor Stravinsky, the Aurora Orchestra will perform the 1945 suite from The Firebird from memory, whilst Sir Simon will lead the London Symphony Orchestra in an all-Stravinsky programme.
Other acts include singer-songwriter Moses Sumney with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Jules Buckley and jazz saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia.
Mr Pickard said one of the major themes would be celebrating British music, musicians and ensembles.
The Proms run from July 30 to September 11 2021.