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Prom 36: Late Night with Jamie Cullum
Prom 8: Strictly Prom
Prom 19: David Bowie Prom
Prom 6: Gospel Prom
Proms in the Park, Hyde Park
Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms
The BBC Proms 2016
Last Night of the Proms
Last Night of the Proms
Prom 10: Ten Pieces II
Prom 12: Ten Pieces II
 

 

Highlights of the 2016 Proms include a Strictly Prom, a South American flavour in a nod to the Rio Olympics and a Prom paying tribute to the late David Bowie.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2016

Taking inspiration from David Bowie, Strictly Come Dancing, the Rio Olympics and Shakespeare.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th July to 10th September 2016

 

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, concluding on the fabled Last Night where seas of Union flag-waving Brits belt out classics such as Jerusalem and the national anthem. The aim, 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 half the price of a central London cinema ticket. There are also chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees in nearby Cadogan Hall and outdoor events throughout the country. The world-famous Last Night of the Proms brings everything to a thrilling finale - and tickets are like gold dust. Alternatively, join Michael Ball and thousands of revellers in the annual Proms in the Park closing party in Hyde Park.

 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms

Argentine soloist Sol Gabetta makes her Proms debut.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th July 2016

 

The curtain-raiser for the two-month-long Proms festival at the Royal Albert Hall kicks off on Friday 15th July 2016 with Argentine soloist Sol Gabetta making her Proms debut. Up until 1968, the Proms season opened with the national anthem, played at the beginning of the first night however this year's first night opens with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet overture to mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. The programme also includes Elgar's Cello Concerto, the first in a series of works throwing a spotlight on the instrument, and Prokofiev's score for his friend Sergey Eisenstein's patriotic film Alexander Nevsky which features the dramatic Battle on the Ice.

 
 
 

Prom 6: Gospel Prom

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th July 2016

 

A late-night celebration of Gospel music, featuring handpicked singers and musicians who together form an elite gospel 'superchoir' for this special late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring original material alongside traditional gospel classics, special guests include singers Israel J. Allen and Tehillah Daniel and YolanDa Brown on saxophone with the support of the London Community Gospel Choir among others.

 
 
 

Prom 8: Strictly Prom

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st July 2016

 

English National Ballet Music Director, Gavin Sutherland, conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra for "an evening of music and dance from Vienna to Latin America and back" in this Strictly Come Dancing Prom special. Strictly Come Dancing follows in the footsteps of TV shows Doctor Who, Sherlock and Life Story who have previously been given their own Prom. BBC Proms presenter Katie Derham, a Strictly finalist last year, will appear alongside professional dancers Joanne Clifton, Karen Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Janette Manrara, Giovanni Pernice and Aljaz Skorjanec.

 
 
 

Prom 10: Ten Pieces II

The first of two Proms for children, teenagers and their families.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd July 2016

 

In the first of two Proms concerts aimed at primary and secondary school children Alpesh Chauhan conducts the choir along with the BBC Philharmonic to perform JS Bach's Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, Bernstein's Mambo and Bizet's Habanera and Toreador Song. The programme for BBC Music's Ten Pieces II, part of a series of weekend matinee concerts aimed at family audiences, also includes Anna Clyne's Night Ferry, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto In E and Prokofiev's Concerto For Turntables And Orchestra.

 
 
 

Prom 12: Ten Pieces II

The second of two Ten Pieces concerts played over one weekend.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th July 2016

 

The second of two Ten Pieces concerts played over one weekend at the Proms and aimed at school age children and their families, Alpesh Chauhan conducts the choir along with the BBC Philharmonic combining live performance with video animations. In the culmination of the Ten Pieces II project - which has taken classical music to schools across the UK - music varies from Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries to DJ Mr Switch showing his skills in performing Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra. The Ten Pieces II Prom also showcases creative responses from teenagers.

 
 
 

Prom 19: David Bowie Prom

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 29th July 2016

 

Andre de Ridder conducts Stargaze in a tribute to the late David Bowie, reinterpreting and reenvisioning his classic works. Bowie, who died earlier this year, will be remembered with a dedicated Late Night Prom described as "a celebration and reinterpretation of the music of David Bowie with the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians' collective Stargaze and its Artistic Director Andre de Ridder."

 
 
 

Prom 36: Late Night with Jamie Cullum

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 11th August 2016

 

He was the pick of many people's Proms concerts when he last played the series in 2010. Six years later, this collaboration between singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum and the Heritage Orchestra is sure to be just as popular. The diminutive Cullum is a household name in the UK for his catchy keys-led jazz-pop. This time around he offers his own take on a collection of pop songs, in the spirit of The Song Society - Cullum's project to create fast and loose covers of favourite tracks. Prom 36 sees Cullum joined on the Royal Albert Hallstage by the Roundhouse Choir and Heritage Orchestra, the forward-looking, boundary-crossing collective which was formed 12 years ago to play at London's Cargo club.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez is the star soloist at this year's famous final concert.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Featuring much flag waving and patriotic anthems - including Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In D Major 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and Parry's Jerusalem - the Last Night of the Proms brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close. The final concert is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics. 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 10th September 2016

 

Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest 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 outdoor BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up featuring some of the biggest names in both pop and classical music - last year The Jacksons headlined. Families and friends gather with picnic hampers and rugs for five hours of evening entertainment and live performances followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 
 
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