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July 14th – September 9th 2017

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

Coult, Beethoven, Adams
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Igor Levit; BBC Proms Youth Choir; BBC Symphony Chorus

LondonProm 2

Sibelius, Elgar
Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim; Lisa Batiashvili

LondonProm 3

Mozart, Schumann
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Bernard Haitink; Isabelle Faust

LondonProm 4

Birtwistle, Elgar
Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim

LondonProms at … Cadogan Hall: PCM 1

Monteverdi, Williams
Robert Hollingworth; I Fagiolini

LondonProm 5

Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Behzod Abduraimov

LondonProm 6

Shostakovich, Sibelius
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Nicola Benedetti

LondonProm 7

Rebel, Dusapin, Berlioz
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Weilerstein; Alisa Weilerstein
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Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

The 2016 Proms come to a riotous close at the Royal Albert Hall.
***11
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Prom 74: An intense Verdi Requiem

In the penultimate concert of the 2016 Proms, Marin Alsop drew together some impressive forces for Verdi's Requiem, led by the remarkable soprano Tamara Wilson.
****1
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Prom 73: Crisp and breezy late night Handel

The element of surprise in this seemingly standard Late Night Prom of Handel, Muffat, Bach and Purcell by the period-instrument orchestra Academy of Ancient Music was Leopold Stokowski.
****1
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Keeping heritage alive: Znaider's top-drawer Beethoven

A polished and deeply moving Beethoven Violin Concerto from Nikolaj Znaider was complemented by exquisite and vibrant performances of Max Reger and Richard Strauss from the Staatskapelle Dresden.
****1
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Thielemann and the Dresdners show their class

Thielemann and the Dresden Staatskapelle show that they are world class; Daniil Trifonov shows total mastery of his instrument in Mozart.
****1
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Sassy Bruckner from Barenboim

Though there were moments of questionable playing from Daniel Barenboim in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26, his interpretation of Bruckner's underappreciated Symphony No. 6 was inspired.
****1
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A ‘Romantic’ encounter with Bruckner from Berlin

Blazing Bruckner, but low-key Mozart from Daniel Barenboim and his Berlin Staatskapelle in the first of three Proms pairing the two composers this week.
****1
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Albina Shagimuratova dazzles as Semiramide

Complete performances of Semiramide are as rare as hen's teeth. Opera Rara came close in a terrific concert performance in the Hanging Gardens of Kensington.
****1
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