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20 July - 11 September, London

Founded in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood, the BBC Proms is one of the largest classical music festivals in the world. Returning this summer for six weeks of live concerts for audiences at the iconic Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London as well as for those enjoying at home.

Featuring a programme of over 50 events, 30 orchestras and ensembles and more than 1,000 musicians, this season showcases the power of music to reunite. From the euphoria of a symphony orchestra, to the power of a single performer on the Hall’s triumphant organ, this summer will celebrate coming together in music. Showcasing British ensembles and international talent, world premieres and debut performances, undiscovered work and audience favourites.

2021 marks 150 years since the Royal Albert Hall first opened its doors as part of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s grand project to enrich the cultural life of Britain. To celebrate the Hall’s significant birthday the venue’s tremendous organ (initially powered by two steam engines) will feature in five Proms, played by some of the world’s leading organists. It also marks 50 years since the death of Igor Stravinsky.

The summer culminates in a glorious celebration of the season in the form of the world-famous Last Night of the Proms. 

Every Prom is broadcast live on Radio 3 and available on Sounds, and 20 Proms will be broadcast on BBC television and available on the iPlayer.