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Prom 72: Aurora takes a trip with Berlioz

Aurora Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
Berlioz on acid: Nicholas Collon and Mathew Baynton lead the Proms audience through the streets of Paris before a wild ride through the Symphonie fantastique.

Prom 71: Bach Night with a modern twist

During Henry Wood’s Prom years, Wednesday was Bach Night. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Proms revived this tradition in the final week with a couple of modern twists.

Searing Shostakovich from Bychkov and the Czech Phil

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov produces a gripping and soul-searching Shostakovich Eighth while soprano Elena Stikhina makes an impressive UK debut in Tchaikovsky.

Prom 70: startling sounds from Jonny Greenwood at the Proms

Jonny Greenwood and Nicolas Magriel © BBC | Mark Allan
An inventive programme frames new music by a genre-defying composer and guitarist in a striking late-night concert.

The Knussen Chamber Orchestra makes its Proms debut

Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
The Knussen Chamber Orchestra with Ryan Wigglesworth debuts at the Proms with music by Knussen, Birtwistle, Waley-Cohen, Abrahamsen and Putt.
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Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns
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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.