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The BBC Proms 2019

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The Warner Brothers Story, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Nina Simone and a Late Night Prom with Jonny Greenwood are four highlights of the Proms, from Friday 19th July to Saturday 14th September 2019.

 
 

The BBC Proms 2019

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

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 six 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. 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.

 
 

Events at Royal Albert Hall

The BBC Proms 2020 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th July to 12th September 2020 | Various prices (standing from £6)

 
The BBC Proms 2020 Royal Albert Hall 2020-07-172020-09-12 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

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. ...more

Billy Ocean

Sunday 4th October 2020 - 6.45pm | £32.50-£65

 
Billy Ocean Royal Albert Hall 2020-10-042020-10-04 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm'n'blues and pop.

Michael Bolton

Friday 9th October 2020 - 6.45pm | £29.50-£115

 
Michael Bolton Royal Albert Hall 2020-10-092020-10-09 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The New Haven-born singer performs his greatest hits.

Cliff Richard

12th, 13th, 15th and 16th Oct 2020 - 7.45pm | phone for availability

 
Cliff Richard Royal Albert Hall 2020-10-122020-10-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The singer performs his classic blend of easy-listening pop and rock'n'roll.

Black Stone Cherry

Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 7pm | tickets on sale 10am, Fri Jan 31st

 
Black Stone Cherry Royal Albert Hall 2020-10-142020-10-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The four-piece who hail from Edmonton, Kentucky, perform hard rock material.

All events at The BBC Proms 2019
 
 
 

Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th July 2019

 

Launching the BBC Proms in 2019, Karina Canellakis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Singers and a host of solo performers including soprano Asmik Grigorian to perform the world premiere of Di Castri's Long Is The Journey - Short Is The Memory. The programme for the prestigious First Night of the Proms which begins two months of world class classical music at the Royal Albert Hall also includes Dvorak's The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janacek's Glagolitic Mass.

 
 
 

Proms 3 and 5: CBeebies: A Musical Trip To The Moon

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd July 2019

 

It has been sorely missed in the last few years but thankfully the hugely popular CBeebies Prom returns in 2019. Featuring Justin Fletcher, Chris Jarvis, Cat Sandion and other presenters and characters from the popular children's BBC channel, the stars swap the TV studio for the Royal Albert Hall. Essential viewing for the under 5's, the live music show takes young ones on an Apollo 11 mission and includes a meeting with the Clangers as well as a new BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazers commission by Hans Zimmer, which imagines how Earth appears from the Moon. Kwame Ryan conducts the CBeebies Prom Choir and the orchestra is Chineke! - Europe's first mainly black and minority ethnic orchestra.

 
 
 

Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st August 2019

 

Grammy award-winning, pioneering conductor, curator and musical maverick Jules Buckley, best known for collaborating on the Ibiza Prom with Pete Tong, presents Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone at this year's Proms. It's one of two Proms concerts he's doing this summer and is followed by The Breaks, a spin on the music of breakdancing. But before that he gives us this bold, fresh look at the life and work of Nina Simone, celebrated here in all her guises. Buckley presents innovative reworkings of some of her most well known songs including, 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' and 'Feelin' Good', alongside some lesser known gems. Buckley leads the Metropole Orkest with special guest, American contemporary R&B and jazz vocalist Ledisi whose gospel vocals and trademark swagger make her the perfect artist to bring the music of Nina Simone to life.

 
 
 

Prom 63: Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninov

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th September 2019

 

The "technically brilliant and entertaining" (The Economist) 32-year-old pianist Yuja Wang, a thrilling live performer, is the soloist in Rachmaninov's technically demanding Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor. She joins conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Royal Albert Hall for a Proms concert that also includes Brahms's Symphony No 2 in D major. Recognised as a prodigy from a young age, Yuja Wang will be a hot ticket at this year's Proms but don't forget you can queue up on the day for £6 Promming (standing) tickets. There are up to 1,400 such tickets available for every Prom.

 
 
 
 

Prom 75: The Last Night Of The Proms

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, BBC Singers and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in the grand finale to the annual feast of classical music. The Last Night of the Proms, which brings the festival to a rousing close, features well known classics like Offenbach's Orpheus In The Underworld (better known as the Can Can music) and Bizet's Carmen as well as patriotic tunes including Parry's Jerusalem, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In G, 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and the National Anthem. 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: 14th September 2019

 

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 - which typically includes well known pop stars and Grammy award winning singers as well as classical musicians and tenors. They join Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra and Michael Ball as presenter - who took over from Sir Terry Wogan four years ago. Hyde Park is 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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