Why we love the BBC Proms

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

Quintessentially British. More so than Harrods, Wimbledon and tutting. It wouldn’t be a British summertime without the soundtrack of the BBC Proms. As summer air floats the sound of music from the Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park venues across the UK, we celebrate exactly why we love the Proms.

The Programme

There is something for everyone at the prom. The programme ranges from classical orchestral works to television scores. Crowd pleasing classics include a pearly and passionate offering from the Halle Orchestra with Elgar’s Second Symphony. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra makes a much anticipated return with Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg.

Elgar’s 2nd Symphony. Watch: http://bbc.in/1fZF9J3

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Watch: http://bbc.in/1JaVgeW

Appealing to national popular culture, the BBC provides The Sherlock Proms. These present David Arnold and Michael Price’s music written for the most recent television series and explore the works of Paganini, Lassus and Wagner loved by the fictional character himself. Expect to hear shouts of “Where’s Benedict?”.

Sherlock. Watch: http://bbc.in/1eXr3Y6

The CBBC Prom is hosted by its favourite presenters Dick and Dom and introduces children to the world of classical music. The ten selected works range from Handel through Stravinsky and Britten to a contemporary work from Anna Meredith, specially commissioned for the event.

CBBC Ten Pieces at The Proms. Watch: http://bbc.in/1KIKqlS

The Queuing System

The Royal Albert Hall release up to 1350 Promming Tickets on the day of each event for just £5.00. These are unreserved standing tickets for the RAH pit and upper circle. Once the daily queue reaches a certain length the Prom organisers hand out raffle tickets with your queue position number on it, allowing you to leave and return later. The British love a polite queue, but what a wondrous idea to free people from it AND maintain correct order.

The World Premieres

The BBC Proms feature 21 world premiere performances this summer. New works include HK Gruber’s percussion concerto Into The Open performed by Colin Currie, Hugh Wood’s Epithalamion premiered by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Olivier Messiaen’s unheard 12th movement of Eclairs sur l’au-dela orchestrated by Christopher Dingle for the BBC Philharmonic.

Colin Currie performs Into The Open. Watch: http://bbc.in/1gmY5BT

Hugh Wood’s Epithalamion. Watch: http://bbc.in/1SPuwFx

Last Night Of The Proms

Rule, Britannia! Pomp and Circumstance. Jerusalem. The National Anthem. Dressing up and waving flags. The joyful unity and sense of pride in this glorious tradition is what makes Prommers feel like a part of history. It’s so irresistibly British and we can’t help but bob along.