The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. The event is the world’s largest classical music festival and showcases the best international talent from around the globe, whilst championing musicians, conductors, and much loved television personalities from the UK. With over 70 concerts every year, the Proms is an occasion not to be missed, and although it is possible to watch all of the concerts on the BBC, the thrill you get from attending a live concert is unbeatable, so it’s worth queuing up to grab a ticket.
As you stand in line, you take in the eager and vibrant atmosphere around you, as other ticket hopefuls add to the excitement of the evening leaving you feeling energized and full of anticipation for the concert ahead. You are experiencing one of the great British summer traditions. Being part of the Proms community is always worth the wait. The most sought-after events at the Proms include the first and the last night, but even so, tickets are not always hard to come by. On opening night, you’re invited to go on an exotic adventure with the Babylonian King Belshazzar. Or attend the sensational season finale and awaken your patriotic side listening to Proms classics such as “Rule Britannia” and “Auld Lang Syne.” After your experience promming, you are ready for the biggest Proms party of the year, and during the “Last Night of the Proms,” you can sing along, dance, and add to the ecstatic rumpus of the evening with hooters and whistles. Kitting yourself out in fancy dress and carrying a Union Jack is all part of the fun, and even the orchestra members abandon their black and white suits for more colourful costumes. As you sway to the national anthem in your red, white, and blue, the energy in the building is almost tangible and you leave on a high, ready to take in the London night.
Other highlights for 2015 include Sir David Attenborough’s Prom 59, where the distinguished broadcaster presents a concert inspired by his recent television series, Life Story. You enjoy the evocative soundtrack to the show as it is played alongside big screen clips from the series. The Sherlock Prom is also one for the diary, as you can delve into the famous detective’s mysterious world as it is brought to life through a variety of musical extracts. Prom 68 is a treat for serious classical music lovers, showcasing superstar American cellist Yo-Yo Ma as he plays all six of Bach’s suites in one night. At Prom 75 with Simon Rattle, the famous conductors wild antics are on display in full force, as he leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Elgar’s beautiful work, “The Dream of Gerontius.”
Take advantage of the full Proms experience and enjoy a perfectly British afternoon tea at Royal Albert Hall before you watch the concert, or tantalize your taste buds at Elgar Bar & Grill, with their three-course set menu. Here, you savour expertly crafted dishes like the light and refreshing pan fried gnocchi and indulge in decadent desserts like the rich the chocolate mousse. As you gaze over to the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, you sip from a glass of chilled bubbly at the North Circle Bar, an experience that no BBC Proms trip is complete without.