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The Proms Companion Collection

The Proms are here, but not as we've ever experienced them before. While we can enjoy fantastic concerts, events and talks from the Proms archive on Radio 3, for many who are still shielding, the easing of lockdown has not meant a return to any kind of normality – and we are all still cut off from live concerts, opera, ballet and theatre.

So, to help everyone continue to be entertained and diverted with Proms and other music – here you'll find links to special collections from the Proms, the Archive and Radio 3.

BBC Proms 2020

Visit the Proms Hub on BBC iPlayer: Find all archive and live Proms concerts broadcast over the coming weeks.

Listen to the Proms on BBC Sounds: All of the currently available 2020 Proms, listed.

BBC Archive and Radio 3

BBC Archive has an unparalleled collection of recordings by the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. It's our pleasure to bring you a series of themed collections which will unlock the treasures we hold. At a time when we could all do with a bit of escapism, join us on a tour of music around the world – in the imaginations of the great composers. Feel the power of mountains, rivers and the sea – and explore our Beethoven Unleashed collection, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Tune in to Essential Classics every morning for the daily "Essential Symphony" movement, with the complete work collected here in 'Essential Symphonies'.

BBC Archive – Classical Music: The Radio 3 Collections

BBC Written Archives CentreFeatured Collections: View documents from the history of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

Around the World

Mountains, Rivers and the Sea

BBC Instrumental Sessions with the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. Music performed on video, in lockdown, by single instruments from the BBC Orchestras.

Home SessionsKeeping listeners in touch with favourite performers, making music in their own homes.

Beethoven Unleashed – Early Beethoven: music composed 1790-1802. BBC Archive recordings.

Essential Symphonies

Postcards from Composers – new 30-second works for solo instrumentalists by UK-based composers.

The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces – Howard Goodall in conversation with Suzy Klein about 50 pieces of music that changed the course of music history.

BBC Sounds Mindful Mix – Capture a moment to yourself with stress-busting classical music

BBC Sounds Classical Focus – A serene classical backdrop to help you focus

Don't Worry, Be Happy – Ten pieces of uplifting music