Family Fun at the Proms
The Proms offers a rich programme of family-friendly events throughout the season and, as well as big shows for families to enjoy, there are more ways than ever for children to learn, participate and be inspired in 2011.
The now annual free Prom collaborates with CBBC's hit television series Horrible Histories for the first time to create a spectacular live show (30 July).
The visual and musical extravaganza offers the chance to see and hear popular songs from the much-loved show, interspersed with classical music from different eras, as the cast takes the audience on a humorous whistle-stop tour of the gruesome and fact-filled world of Horrible Histories. A 150-strong choir of extraordinary young people supported by the charity Kids Company and brought together specially for this event joins Richard Frostick's Music Centre choir to perform alongside the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon. The Horrible Histories Prom is preceded by family events at the Royal College of Music designed to extend further the engagement and interaction in the matinee Prom (30 July).
In another major event for families, the Proms moves to Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park for an afternoon of music from around the world on the free Human Planet Park Stage. Inspired by the music of the BBC One Human Planet and BBC Radio 3 Music Planet series, the Hyde Park festivities extend the two Human Planet Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (23 July & 24 July). The Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus give families from the London Borough of Brent the opportunity to perform live on the park stage, while a variety of Human Planet workshops offer the chance for all ages to be inspired by music traditions from around the world and learn something new – from dance and poetry to folk-singing and creating percussion instruments (23 July).
Seats for all Proms concerts across the season are half-price to under-16s (except on the Last Night) and Proms Plus offers lots of ways for children and families to get involved for free.
Proms Plus Family offers interactive ways for families and children to get involved and learn more about classical music. Five Proms Plus Family events offer dynamic, participatory introductions to the music of the concerts they precede, revealing and exploring the stories behind the performances and encouraging families to bring along their instruments and take part.
A further five Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus events invite family members of all ages and abilities to sit alongside professional musicians and singers to make music. Members of the Family Orchestra work alongside a team of professional musicians and Royal College of Music students to create new pieces of music relating to a variety of themes and genres.