Now in its 122 year, this weekend marked the return of the world’s largest and longest-running music festival – the BBC Proms.
Through the summer, the Royal Albert Hall will play host to 91 concerts over 58 days with each show featuring a live concert with a high-profile artist, BBC orchestras and presenters.
Whether you’re a novice music lover, or a classical connoisseur, the Proms has something for everyone.
For lovers of the great outdoors
The term “promenade concert”, originally referred to outdoor concerts in London’s pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra was playing. This tradition has been revived in parks and stately homes around the UK – in particular, the Proms in the Park events which happen across the country on the Last Night of the Proms.
For the ceiling gazers
In a bid to resolve the auditorium’s echo, acoustic diffusers were installed below the ceiling in the late 1960s. Lit up in a ghostly blue, the mushroom-like features have achieved iconic visual status over the years.
For the classical sceptic
Though the Proms started as a way for people to enjoy classical music, it has since broadened out to cover a range of genres and tastes. The 2016 programme is the most varied yet and includes performances from Rick Astley, a David Bowie tribute performance and a Strictly Come Dancing live show.
Last Night of the Proms
On 10 September, the world-famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations will take place across the UK, as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales host ambitious live events. Audiences around the UK can also join in at BBC Big Screens and at home, to mark the closing of the annual BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall.
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