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2019 season guide

Welcome to the 125th season of the greatest classical music festival on the planet!

With 8 weeks of extraordinary music making from July through to September, enjoy over 150 events including more than 80 concerts of orchestral, choral and chamber music. Featuring many premieres; over 20 of which are BBC commissions of new works.

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Find on this page an overview of the festival, introductory videos plus links to events selected to illustrate the themes and range of the season.

BBC Proms 2019 – a summer of unmissable moments

A summer of unmissable moments from the BBC Proms

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Proms on the BBC

Many Proms are televised and the Proms' own weekly magazine programme returns on Saturday evenings on BBC Two with lively discussion with star performers from the festival and insights into the week’s music.
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Nearly every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
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and you can enjoy the Proms on the go with downloads from BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
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Discover classical music with the Proms

If you are a music lover who is new to classical music the Proms is the perfect place to start exploring.

£6 Promming tickets are available on the day for every Prom or enjoy every note on Radio, TV and online.

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Take a look at concerts in our Classical for Starters category to find much-loved favourites from the world of classical music you may recognise.

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And don’t miss this video of recommendations of things to try from the Proms Director David Pickard, answering questions from saxophonist Jess Gillam, who performed at last year’s Last Night of the Proms.

Jess Gillam in conversation with David Pickard

Saxophonist Jess Gillam in conversation with Proms Director David Pickard

Themes for 2019

Theme: We celebrate 50 years since the lunar landing and take a broader look at the link between music and the world around us.

Theme: We cross boundaries and embrace different traditions.

Theme: We celebrate 150 years since the birth of Proms founder/conductor Henry Wood

The Proms continues Wood’s tradition of programming new work with commissions of over 20 works from established and new composers including

>> Louis Andriessen, Prom 67

>> Hanz Zimmer

>> Zosha di Castri, Prom 1

>> Daniel Kidane, Prom 75

>> Outi Tarkiainen, Prom 22

The festival includes a broad selection of the premieres that Wood brought to the UK. These include long-established major works, including by Debussy, Janacek, Mahler, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

Look out too for composer-themed nights, following Wood's tradition.

>> Henry Wood's part in the history of the Proms

Theme: We reflect the history of classical music in a series of 8 chamber concerts from Cadogan Hall

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Free and Get Involved events

There are lots of free events at the Proms including pre-concert talks and participation events.

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>> Composers

>> Performers and conductors

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>> For Families

>> Classical for Starters

>> Late Night Proms

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The printed guide is available to buy and includes full concert listings, ticket information, and articles offering more insights into the music, artists and themes of the festival.

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