Here’s a telling comparison:
There are 14 world premieres this year at the BBC Proms, which runs for 8 weeks, July 15-September 10.
There are 14 world premieres at the Lucerne Festival which runs for 4 weeks, August 13-September 11.
Six of those premieres are short works, performed in the same concert.
But it does seem that the Proms are slipping on the new-music front.
UPDATE: The BBC would like it to be known that there are 31 premieres in total, 16 of which are BBC commissions (including co-commissions). Of these,
14 are world premieres
10 UK premieres
7 London premieres
UPDATE2: The year’s major premiere by a British composer takes place tonight at the Salzburg Festival. Thomas Ades’s Exterminating Angel will be seen at Covent Garden next April.