Elim Chan is out of the BBC Proms

Elim Chan is out of the BBC Proms


norman lebrecht

July 26, 2021

The highly-rated Hong Kong conductor has dropped out, together with cellist Sol Gabetta, ‘owing to scheduling issues arising from the pandemic’.

Ryan Bancroft (conductor) and Guy Johnston (cello) replace them on August 2.

Matthew Rose replaces Gerald Finley as Jesus on September 9 in Bach’s St Matthew Passion.


  • Please says:

    Sounds like she got Covid, not “scheduling issues”. Why aren’t people more transparent?

    “Owing to scheduling issues… from being legally required to isolate for two weeks and not travel to the BBC Proms.” Not so hard to write, unless you’re a terrified agent.

    • Stephen Maddock says:

      I have no idea of the details in this case, but there are dozens of ways in which Covid is playing havoc with artists’ schedules at the moment. The ever-changing rules on foreign travel, quarantine, distancing, audience capacities and vaccine status mean that most people are having to plan and replan their diaries on a regular basis. Short of going into the full details (which might involve several engagements beyond just their Proms) this is a pretty reasonable explanation, and one that we will continue to see for months (at least) to come……

  • Gustavo says:

    The pandemic is a wonderful excuse to distract from the actual scheduling problems caused by Brexit.

  • Ken says:

    Get your shots, folks !

  • Edgar Self says:

    Why was it necessary to replace Gerald Finley?

  • Dr Corona says:

    Both conductor and cellist with the same agent. Coincidence?

  • Corno di Caccia says:

    I guess this will be another curse on the return of LIVE music making for months – even years – to come. Will the Proms survive its full course without even more cases showing up? Still, we have to take these risks and move on. It’s time to stop messing about and make the vaccines compulsory. I’m fed up with our british politicians dithering about and caring too much about not offending the conspiracy theorists and other worry-gutsers who refuse to get vaccinated and putting others at risk. Get real! Get jagged!

    • Saxon says:

      While taking the vaccine is sensible, why don’t you leave the small number of people who don’t want to take it alone. Once 70+ percent have taken the vaccine, then it should stop the wild spread of the virus, and those not taking it are placing only themselves at risk and aren’t harming anyone else.

      As I say, just leave those not taking the vaccine alone.