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Essential Classics Proms Competition 2019: Privacy and T&Cs

Listen to Essential Classics throughout the BBC Proms for your chance to win tickets to key concerts from the 2019 season!

Competitions will run every week during the Proms season on Radio 3’s Essential Classics. The weekly question will be heard every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the show. Enter by sending us the correct answer to the competition question heard on the programme by the Friday of that week. Email your answer to or write to the following address:

Essential Classics Proms Competition
BBC Radio 3
Room 2045, Old Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London W1A 1AA

Before entering, please click the drop-down menus below to review the full Terms and Conditions and read our Privacy Notice. Good luck!

Terms and conditions


1. The competitions are open to all residents of the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, except BBC or BBC group employees, their close relatives and anyone connected with the competition.

2. Competitions will be run every week from Monday 8th July until 5pm on Friday 6th September 2019 during the Essential Classics programme on Radio 3. Entry to the competitions is by email to or by post to ESSENTIAL CLASSICS PROMS COMPETITION, BBC RADIO 3, ROOM 2045, BROADCASTING HOUSE PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1A 1AA.

A question will be asked in the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the Essential Classics programme. Answers must be received by no later than 5pm on the following Friday during the competition period. Please be aware that sending personal data by email may not be secure as email messages can be intercepted.

3. All entrants must supply their names and a contact telephone number at which they can be reached. Illegible entries or those received outside the opening times will not be considered.

4. The winning entrant each week will be the first correct entry drawn at random after the closing time or the first two in the case of prizes for the first and last nights.

5. Save as mentioned in 6. below, each prize consists solely of one pair of tickets to a Prom concert at the Albert Hall in Kensington and no travel, accommodation or other costs will be included.

6. For the competition offering tickets to the Last Night of the Proms, the Prize will include one pair of tickets to the Last Night as well as return travel from anywhere in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and accommodation for 2 people (one room for winner and guest) in London for one night including breakfast. The BBC reserves the right to choose the method of travel. For the avoidance of doubt there are no other fees, expenses or costs offered by the BBC.

7. Entrants must be 13 years of age or over.

8. Children under 16 can only attend the Prom concerts if accompanied by an adult. Ticket holders are responsible for checking and observing admission requirements to the venue.

9. The prizes are as stated. There is no cash alternative, it must not be offered for sale and it is not transferable.

10. The BBC's decision as to the winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. Any breach of these rules may result in the prizes being forfeited.

11. Each winner will be notified by telephone (to the number provided by entrant) and will be required to collect the prize at the Royal Albert Hall box office on the day of the concert.

12. Only one entry is allowed per entrant per weekly competition. Winners are not eligible to re-enter in future rounds of this competition.

13. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity.

14. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or vary a competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise beyond its control.

15. If a winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the entrant whose name is next drawn at random.

16. The BBC Code of Conduct for competitions applied and can be found at

Privacy notice

How the BBC handles personal data
Your trust is very important to us. This means the BBC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.

It is important that you read this notice so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your relationship with us, in accordance with data protection law.

Additional information can be found in the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy. Where there is inconsistency between those documents and this notice, this notice shall prevail. Find out more about information and privacy.

What data we will collect and how we will use it
The BBC will collect and process the personal information that you have provided to us when you make an application for our competition including your email address and a contact number. We will contact the winners of our competition using the contact details provided to us.

The BBC will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone else without permission. Winners' details will be made available to the public.

The BBC is the data controller of this personal data and complies with applicable data protection legislation when handling this data.

The BBC processes this data on the lawful basis of our legitimate interests: in holding and broadcasting competitions of this nature, ensuring that we continue to provide engaging radio programmes, to process your application and to contact you if you are successful.

We have considered the impact of the processing on you and we are satisfied that the personal data is limited in nature and is necessary to process your application.

Retaining your information
Winners’ details will be retained for a period of two years. All other applications will be deleted after a period of six months.

Sharing your information
We will only share information you provide with members of the show’s production team and relevant staff at the BBC.

Your rights
For more information on how the BBC uses your information and your rights with regards to your data, please refer to or contact or the BBC’s Data Protection Officer on

If you raise a concern with the BBC about the way it has handled your personal information, you are entitled to lodge a concern with a supervisory authority. In the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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