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Festival: BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns
Royal Albert Hall
© Marcus Ginns

July 13th – September 8th, 2018

Founded in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood, the BBC Proms is one of the largest classical music festivals in the world. The festival takes place every summer at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

The eclectic season features a programme of over 90 events, ever widening the range of symphonic and operatic music presented. In addition to the huge variety of concerts, the Proms are complemented by talks, showcases, learning events and chamber music concerts held in other local venues.

Each year, the BBC Proms welcomes performing groups from across the UK and plays host to multiple global orchestras and renowned international artists. Indeed, each year a number of featured artists will take to the Proms stage for the very first time. Moreover, the BBC Proms season provides the stage upon which many new pieces receive their global debut.

A special feature of each concert at the Royal Albert Hall is the opportunity to experience ‘Promming’. Each night, audiences are invited to stand in the arena or gallery of the Hall and enjoy the concert for just £6. This accessible price, combined with the highest quality music-making, is what makes the series a truly unique experience for any first-time Prommer.

Every Prom throughout the season is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, as well as on a number of other BBC Radio channels and regular TV transmissions. 

The summer culminates in a glorious celebration of the season in the form of the Last Night of the Proms. As well as the Last Night at the Royal Albert Hall, audiences can join the festivities across the country with Proms in the Park concerts taking place in London’s Hyde Park, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

For full information, visit the BBC Proms website.

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LondonProm 1: First Night of the Proms 2018

Vaughan Williams, Holst, Anna Meredith/59 Productions
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; National Youth Choir of Great Britain; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Proms Youth Ensemble

LondonProm 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré

Fauré, Mozart, Ravel
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alain Altinoglu; Francesco Piemontesi; BBC Symphony Chorus

LondonProm 3: BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary

Saint-Saëns, Ravel, MacMillan, Bruce, Foster, Farrington
Ben Goldscheider; Andrew Gourlay; Nicola Benedetti; Jennifer Pike; Nicholas Daniel; Alexander Bone

LondonProms at ... Cadogan Hall 1: Calidore String Quartet & Javier Perianes

Shaw, Schumann
Calidore String Quartet; Javier Perianes

LondonProm 4: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony

Lindberg, Shostakovich
BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena; Mark Simpson
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Stolid performances from the Vienna Philharmonic

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Vienna Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The aesthetic delights of the Vienna Philharmonic fail to enliven its Beethoven.
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Prom 73: A Bach masterclass from András Schiff

Sir András Schiff © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Andras Schiff returned to the Proms for a late night recital of JS Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Book I. His execution was masterly and this master pianist's reputation as a standard bearer of this music was upheld beyond doubt.
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Impressive musicianship from the Vienna Phil in Mahler 6

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Vienna Philharmonic show themselves to be much more than a straight romantic band; individual musicianship shines through Mahler's tragic Sixth.
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Elegiac, violent, purposeful Shostakovich 11

Vladimir Jurowski © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Alina Ibragimova plays with skill but insufficient sound to fill the Royal Albert Hall; Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO blow the roof off with Shostakovich's account of the Revolution of 1905.
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Grey reverie and awkward electronics

Rodrigo Constanzo presents a solo set © BBC | Mark Allan
The LCO and Actress present tantalizing textures, while new works of placid emotion envelop the senses.
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