If you’re in London this summer, don’t miss one of the world’s largest music festivals: BBC Proms. Opening on 15 July and running until 10 September, the BBC Proms feature a series of music events held at the Royal Albert Hall.
For over 100 years, the BBC Proms has aimed to offer “the widest possible range of music”. Moreover, the festival is famous for its relaxing atmosphere: up to 1,400 standing tickets are available for the Arena directly in front of the stage, for those who love Promming. In fact, Promming is the very spirit of the event. According to the BBC’s official website, a Prom means a Promenade Concert, or a concert where part of the audience stands in a “promenade” area of the hall. Instead of booking tickets in advance, music-lovers (who are energetic enough to stand up during the concert) are encouraged to queue for standing places on the day of the concert. The cost is cheap: five pounds for a night of music. Tired your feet may be (and must be), you will nonetheless have an unforgettable Promming experience!
The laid back atmosphere does not refer to the standard of the performances. Distinguished orchestras and performers from around the world are invited to present some of the best music ever written. Not only will we be able to enjoy the performances of the BBC Concert orchestras and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, we will also have a chance to listen to great musicians such as flautist Emmanuel Pahud, and pianist Lang Lang, to name just a few. The variety of music includes classical works of famous composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy, as well as world premieres, such as Judith Weir’s Stars, Night, Music and Light, which will open the first Prom.
The highlight, the Last Night of the Proms on 10 September, will also be broadcast on a screen in Hyde Park, just next door to the Royal Albert Hall. This Last Night celebration will be joined by Westlife as special guests, and end with fireworks.
Perhaps, the coolest Prom is the Audience Choice, on 2 September. Participants are allowed to choose what they would like to hear.
If you’re inspired by the music, the poetry competition is a chance to have your muses read aloud. No matter if you’re new to classical music, a faithful Proms goer, or just a music lover, don’t miss the chance to be a Prommer!