Monday 20 May 2013
After a packed 58 days, the 115th BBC Proms comes to a spectacular end on Saturday 12 September.
The world-renowned Last Night Of The Proms will once again see celebrations in London's Royal Albert Hall and at BBC Proms In The Park events around the UK.
The event, dubbed "the world's biggest musical party", is set to reach a bigger worldwide audience than ever before, with broadcasts in sound or vision reaching music lovers on every continent.
For the first time, the Last Night Of The Proms is screened via satellite to cinema chains in Asia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA on 12 September (13 September in time-delayed territories), presenting one of the UK's most iconic music events on the big screen and in digital surround sound. Among those to sign up is the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
Proms on BBC television in the UK have already reached more than 12 million viewers to date (excluding time-shifted viewing, ie via the BBC iPlayer), and the Last Night from the Royal Albert Hall can be enjoyed by UK audiences on BBC Two (first half) and BBC One (second half).
Music lovers in the UK can also view the celebrations at the BBC Proms In The Park events, which are taking place in London, County Down, Glasgow, Swansea and Salford.
The concert from Hillsborough Castle, County Down, is broadcast live on BBC Four and viewers can also use the red button to view a selection of coverage from all of the Proms In The Park events.
The expanding programme of BBC Big Screens, currently in 20 locations, takes BBC Proms In The Park even further around the country, including Bradford (Centenary Square), Middlesbrough and Swindon (Wharf Green).
Countries lined up to broadcast this year's event on television include Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Romania.
Through BBC Radio, the reach of the Last Night goes wider still in the UK and abroad. The Royal Albert Hall event is live on BBC Radio 3, while the BBC Proms In The Park London Hyde Park event is live on BBC Radio 2, with live streaming on both stations' websites.
The BBC Proms In The Park events in County Down, Glasgow, Swansea and Salford are broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Manchester respectively.
BBC World Service, which has broadcast Proms concerts since 1932, reaches a potential worldwide audience of 40 million on its English language service alone, and the Last Night is broadcast live on the joint BBC World Service/Deutsche Welle DRM (digital shortwave) network, with highlights on Sunday on the regular World Service radio and online networks.
More than 20 other countries among the BBC's European Broadcast Union partners and National Public Radio in USA are also broadcasting Radio 3's relay of Last Night, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and USA. More than half of those countries will be broadcasting the event live via satellite, and some even have their own presenters in the Royal Albert Hall.
Roger Wright, Director BBC Proms, says: "The aim of the Proms has always been to bring classical music to the widest possible audience. Thanks to modern technology we are able to present the concerts in new and expanding ways to an ever-increasing global audience. We are proud of the international success of the Last Night Of The Proms and that one the UK's great events is becoming such an international phenomenon."
The Last Night Of The Proms takes place in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 12 September and features the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson with soloists Alison Balsom (trumpet) and Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano).
As well as the traditional participatory ingredients, including Rule, Britannia!, Land Of Hope And Glory and Jerusalem, there's music by Radio 3's Composers Of The Year, Handel, Purcell and Haydn, as well as works by Mahler, Villa-Lobos, Ketelbey and others.
Among the highlights is a piece by Malcolm Arnold, A Grand, Grand Overture, which includes parts for vacuum cleaners, a floor polisher and rifles, to be played by some surprise guest artists, as well brand new fanfares written by BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer winners, which will link together the Last Night festivities around the country.
BBC Proms In The Park events will see an estimated 80,000 people attend the five concerts, which are taking place in, London – Hyde Park, County Down – Hillsborough Castle, Glasgow – Glasgow Green, Swansea – Singleton Park and Salford – Buile Hill Park.
In London, audiences enjoy performances from classical stars Katherine Jenkins and Garoar Thor Cortes, as well as international legend Barry Manilow. Artists appearing at the other locations include, Sir James Galway, Nicola Benedetti, Elin Manahan Thomas and Chris De Burgh.
For full listings and ticket details for all Last Night Of The Proms events, please visit bbc.co.uk/proms.
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