21st May 2015 | By CdA-C0nTr011
The BBC Proms fill the air with music
Whatever your musical taste the Proms, short for Promenades, offers two months of classical music concerts held at the world famous, Royal Albert Hall, in Kensington. The season of concerts, the brainchild of Sir Henry Wood, has been part of the summer calendar of cultural events since 1895. Now known as the BBC Proms, they are informal, affordable concerts with up to 900 tickets at just £5 each, available for ‘Prommers’ to stand in the central Arena of the Royal Albert Hall and a further 500 tickets for seating in the Gallery.
The opening concert, the First Night of the Proms, held on Friday 17th July, includes English composer, William Walton’s choral masterpiece, ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ and Mozart’s piano concerto No. 20. There is a full listing of all the concerts on the Proms website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
For families with children there are free taster sessions, ‘Classical for Starters’, held at the Royal College of Music in Kensington just a stone’s throw from the Royal Albert Hall. If you fancy singing yourself there are also opportunities to come together with other music lovers and participate in a professionally conducted choir practice. All the concerts can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and there is even a poetry competition for adults and children judged by poet Ian McMillan.
This year’s Prom highlights include a performance of all five of Prokofiev’s piano concertos at the same concert for the first time ever. Beethoven’s complete piano concertos and Mozart’s late piano works will also be some of the most well attended performances. Undoubtedly the audience will welcome the return of British conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, leading the BBC Proms Youth Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic, who are performing Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’.
The season comes to a wonderful conclusion with Proms in the Park, where you can relax in Hyde Park with a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live concerts and join with the audience in the Royal Albert Hall as the Last Night of the Proms evening concert is transmitted to the big screens in the Park.
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