The greatest classical music festival on earth returns to London's Royal Albert Hall. It's time for the Proms!
What are the Proms?
"Proms" is short for Promenade concert: informal and inexpensive concerts where Promenaders ("Prommers") pay just £5 for a ticket.
Up to 900 Prommers can stand in the central Arena at London's Royal Albert Hall, and a further 500 can stand, sit or recline in the Gallery.
Highlights of this year's proms include:
- Prom 3: BBC Sport Prom
In a busy summer of sport that includes the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon comes the first ever BBC Sport Prom. Gabby Logan hosts an evening combining classical favourites recalling great sporting events with memorable TV themes. Sporting celebrities select their favourite classical items and we relive unforgettable sporting moments on screens in the Hall. 20 July
- Prom 8: Pet Shop Boys
The legendary Pet Shop Boys make their Proms debut in this Late Night Prom, joining the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra for the world premiere of A Man from the Future, a new piece for electronics, orchestra, choir and narrator.23 July
- Prom 11: CBeebies Prom
Take a journey through London with some of your favourite CBeebies characters and explore the sounds of the orchestra, as well as the everyday sounds around us. This morning’s adventure combines live music from the BBC Philharmonic and video action on screens around the hall. The next generation of classical music fans starts here. 26 July
- Prom 22: War Horse Prom
A Prom inspired by the National Theatre’s play based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, featuring a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the original production, as well as other music from the period with performers including the Proms Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone. 3 August
- Prom 56: Holst – The Planets
Tuneful good humour and vivid characterisation see the century at its most approachable in Holst’s well-loved The Planets. Scriabin’s Prometheus is more eccentric – scored for piano, ‘colour organ’ and orchestra. This performance of it includes the optional part for choir and responds to the composer’s imaginative ideas on colour. 28 August
See official website for full schedule.
Official Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/