The 2019 BBC Proms season has been announced, with several Australian musicians featured in the eight-week extravaganza of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall from July 19 to September 14.

Stuart Skelton Stuart Skelton. Photo © Guðmundur Ingólfsson

Heldentenor Stuart Skeltonwill perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, alongside German mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner in Prom 18, the first half of which will see Leif Ove Andsnes perform Britten’s Piano Concerto. Skelton is no stranger to Das Lied, of course, with recent performances in Melbourneand New York, as well as a new recordingwith Sir Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The work of Brett Dean will be featured in Prom 35, the composer contributing a variation to Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B, a 60th birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins commissioned by the BBC. Dean will join 13 other composers wishing the conductor a happy birthday: Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Dai...