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.
When are the Proms?
The BBC Proms 2020 season runs from 17 July to 12 September.
Normally, the BBC Proms season consists of 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.
In 2020, due to Covid-19, the season will still run for eight weeks, but there will be fewer live events and more archive broadcasts.
How can I attend an event or concert?
Currently, due to Covid-19, we are not running events for the public to attend. The information below applies to the Proms in a normal season.
Normally, the full programme for a Proms season is announced in April. From then, you can find all the concerts and events from this website by date and category, composer and artist. The Proms website gives 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.
What is Promming?
The information below applies to the Proms in a normal season. Currently, due to Covid-19, we are not running events for the public to attend.
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 Promming areas in the Royal Albert Hall:
The Arena is the large space in the centre of the auditorium; it gives you the opportunity to get up close to the performers.
The Gallery is right up at the top and has a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the stage. Here Prommers can spread out and relax.
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.
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).
What should I wear to a concert?
Anything you like.
How can I watch and listen to the Proms?
Enjoy the Proms on TV, Radio, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
Can I screen the Proms?
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Why is it called the ‘Proms’?
‘Proms’ is short for Promenade concerts – informal and inexpensive concerts with an opportunity for Promenaders (‘Prommers’) to stand and listen.
When did the Proms begin?
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.
Whose idea was it?
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.