While the Proms is about celebrating classical music and bringing it to new audiences, there’s a lot more to enjoy, with concerts taking in genres as diverse as film music and hip hop.
Described as the greatest classical music festival on the planet, the BBC Proms celebrates its 125th season this year. The 2019 Proms season runs from 19 July to 12 September, during which music lovers can enjoy 150 events, including orchestral, choral and chamber music concerts, some of them premiers of completely new works.
While the Proms is about celebrating classical music and bringing it to new audiences, there’s a lot more to enjoy, with concerts taking in genres as diverse as film music and hip hop. This year many of the Proms are inspired by space and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
The Royal Albert Hall is synonymous with the Proms and the site of the first and last night concerts, as well as many more. There are four additional Proms venues too; Cadogan Hall in Belgravia, Battersea Arts Centre, Imperial College Union and the Holy Sepulchre church, Holborn.
For the many seasoned Prom-goers, the concerts are an essential summer highlight. But if not familiar with the Proms, or you’re new to classical music, they make a relaxed introduction to orchestral concerts too.
Promming (standing in the Royal Albert Hall’s arena and gallery) is a big part of the informal atmosphere of the concerts. Up to 1,350 Promming tickets are available on the day of each concert for just £6. Many performances are also broadcast by the BBC on TV and radio.
Some 2019 highlights:
The First Night of the Proms
Dramatic, 20th century choral masterpiece, Janacek’s Glagolothic Mass will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chorus, conducted by Karina Canellakis. Royal Albert Hall, 19 July.
Join CBeebies presenters for a family Prom inspired by the moon landings and performed by Chineke! – Europe’s first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra, 21 July, Royal Albert Hall
The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music
Late night Prom featuring sci-fi music from films including Alien: Covenant, Gravity and Interstellar along with new compositions, performed by the award-winning London Contemporary Orchestra, 7 Aug, Royal Albert Hall.
The BBC Philharmonic performs Russian classics by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky in a more relaxed environment. Suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and learning disabilities, 6 August, Royal Albert Hall.
The Warner Brothers Story
The John Wilson Orchestra plays scores from the Golden Age of Hollywood, 9 Aug, Royal Albert Hall.
Last Night of the Proms
In this year’s spectacular climax to the festival, American mezzo-soprano, Jamie Barton joins conductor Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, 14 September, Royal Albert Hall.
Find out more about this year’s Proms on the BBC website
Living in Knightsbridge puts all the wonders of the Royal Albert Hall your doorstep, during the Proms and year-round. If you’re interested in buying or renting the area, contact
us to find out more about our stunning selection of properties.