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Proms in the Park, Hyde Park
The BBC Proms 2017
Prom 15: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker
Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms
Proms At: Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham
 

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Jarvis Cocker, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Simon Rattle and the first ever Proms performance at The Tanks at the Tate are just four of the best things about the 2017 Proms programme.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2017

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th July to 9th September 2017

 

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. The grand finale is on the fabled Last Night when seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim of the Proms, for the past 120 years, has been to mix the popular and familiar with the surprising and innovative, so if you go to a concert to hear some favourite piece, you may leave having discovered a whole new composer. Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom on the door for just five pounds, so top international orchestras and soloists, programmes that mix the adventurous and the accessible, and a real sense of fun can all be had for a third of the price of a central London cinema ticket. There are also concerts at Southwark Cathedral, the Bold Tendencies car park in Peckham, Wilton's Music Hall and in Tate Modern'sTanks. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling end - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join thousands of revellers at the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th July 2017

 

On the opening night of the 2017 Proms, Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and BBC Proms Youth Choir to perform John Adams's Harmonium, marking the composer's 70th birthday this year. The celebrations of which continue throughout the summer. The First Night of the Proms also brings the world premiere of St John's Dance by rising British composer Tom Coult and award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 In C Minor.

 
 
 

Prom 15: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th July 2017

 

Jules Buckley conducts the Heritage Orchestra to perform works from "cult crooner" (Evening Standard) Scott Walker, featuring special guests Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Susanne Sundfor and Richard Hawley. An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker has travelled from Walker Brothers teen idol to avant-garde contemporary musician, influencing artists from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen to Goldfrapp along the way. This Late Night Prom tribute presents tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time.

 
 
 

Proms At: Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham

Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 26th August 2017

 

Christopher Stark conducts the Multi-Story Orchestra and Youth Choir to perform two special Proms concerts in Peckham. On the programme is John Adams's Harmonielehre which gets an appropriately urban, contemporary makeover, and Kate Whitley's I am I say, written for local schoolchildren to perform. The concert opens with Bach's Choral Prelude 'Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme', with further performances by soprano Ruby Hughes and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel.

 
 
 

Prom 65: Stax Records: 50 Years Of Soul

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st September 2017

 

Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut in a celebration of Stax Records, alongside soul legends Booker T Jones and Sam Moore. In this special Late Night Prom Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra pay tribute to the pioneering label and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue's first tour of the UK, in a concert featuring some of the label's greatest surviving artists including William Bell, Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper.

 
 
 
 

Proms At: The Tanks At Tate Modern

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 06th September 2017

 

A first, this specially-curated Prom is performed in the industrial surroundings of The Tanks at Tate Modern. Join BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch and the London Contemporary Orchestra, electronic artist Actress and Rodrigo Constanzo whose performances with light and sound add another dimension to this night of new music.

 
 
 

Prom 75: Last Night Of The Proms 2017

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 09th September 2017

 

The grand finale of the BBC Proms, the Last Night of the Proms brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close with a fantastic programme and outstanding soloists. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Singers while sopranos Nina Stemme and Lucy Crowe and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice are among the soloists. They'll be performing works by Kodaly, Sargent, Wennakoski, Elgar and Parry among others. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus, on the same night, there's the popular Proms in the Park party in nearby Hyde Park.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 9th September 2017

 

Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and offers a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Royal Albert Hall. Held in nearby Hyde Park, the BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up featuring Sir Ray Davies, pop legends Steps, and the sensational Welsh baritone Sir Bryn Terfel. They'll join Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. Presented by BBC Radio 2's Michael Ball, it's a great place to enjoy five hours of evening entertainment and a live big-screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional Last Night sing-along followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 
 
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