The BBC Proms, what's it all about?

The BBC Proms is a classical music festival held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in recent years has explored new venue spaces through the innovative Proms at... series of events. Its aim; to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience, which remains true to founder-conductor Henry Wood's original vision in 1895.

Whether you are a classical connoisseur or think 'classical music is not for me' there is surely something for everyone in the 8 week stretch of concerts, workshops, talks and family events.

The BBC Proms 2019 season runs from 19 July to 14 September, with 8 weeks of concerts, talks, workshops and family events and more happening nearly every day. The First Night is always a special occasion, as is the famous Last Night of the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The full programme for Proms 2019 will be announced in April. From then, you will be able to find all the concerts and events from this website by date and category, composer and artist. The Proms website will have full details of ticket prices and how to purchase tickets, and during the season you can enjoy all the audio and video from the concerts and events.

There are also many free events and you can always buy Promming tickets on the day for just £6 for concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

The popular tradition of Promming (standing in the Arena or Gallery areas of the Royal Albert Hall) is central to the unique and informal atmosphere of the BBC Proms.

There are two standing areas: the Arena, the large space in the centre of the auditorium directly in front of the stage, which gives you the opportunity to get up close to the performers, and the Gallery, running round the top of the Hall, which has a spectacular bird's-eye view of the stage. All spaces are unreserved.

Up to 1,350 standing places are available for each Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall, although the capacity may vary for each Prom. A limited number of Promming tickets will be available to book online between 9.00am and 12.00pm on the day of the concert for main-evening and Late Night Proms, with the exception of the Ten Pieces Prom which can be bought on Saturday 28th July between 9.00am and 12.00pm and the Relaxed Prom for which Promming tickets are already open. There are no online Promming tickets for the Last Night of the Prom.

The traditionally low prices allow you to enjoy world-class performances for just £6.00 each (or even less with a Season or Weekend Promming Pass).

Anything you like.

Every single Prom is broadcast live on Radio 3, and you can listen via the website for up to 30 days. BBC Two and BBC Four are broadcasting a variety of the Proms concerts as well as Proms Extra on BBC Two showcasing performances, interviews and behind the scene action.

Proms on Radio

Proms TV Schedule

Download The Listening Service podcast (Proms 2018 Specials)

Keep up with announcements and Proms on social

Want to know more?

‘Proms’ is short for Promenade concerts – informal and inexpensive concerts with an opportunity for Promenaders (‘Prommers’) to stand and listen.

Henry Wood, who conducted almost every concert for nearly half a century, lifted his baton for the first time on Saturday 10 August 1895. Even then, Prom concerts were not a new idea: they started in France in the 1830s and were introduced to the UK shortly afterwards.

The Proms was the brainchild of Robert Newman, whose ambition was to enable people to enjoy ‘serious music’. He was well known for organising and financing musical events. Sir Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, believed in making the best-quality classical music available to the widest possible audience and that ambition remains central to the BBC Proms today.

2018 Season Guide