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It is a good idea to book an overnight stay in the area of London during the BBC Proms as there will be many Proms in the Park events held across the city. Booking a hotel near the Royal Albert Hall through Hotel Direct is a good place to start as you and your friends can book affordable accommodation that way, and cheap flights from Easy Jet are also available if you are flying in. A flight to Luton or Heathrow Airport is a good, budget way to travel and there are plenty of options when you need to get to the Proms. Trains are available throughout the day and the London Underground is one of the most extensive underground systems in the world.
The Proms (more commonly known as the BBC Proms) is one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in the world and is a huge event not to be missed by classical music fans. This year, the Last Night will be conducted by a woman, Marin Alsop, for the first time in the event’s history. This is not the only ‘first’ for the festival in 2013. The festival presents the first Urban Classic Prom where urban acts such as Fazer, Maverick Sabre and Laura Mvula join the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The first free evening Prom sees the National Youth Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with a musical response by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America makes its first ever European appearance at The Proms also. In addition, there will be an exclusive performance of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle all in one season conducted by Daniel Barenboim. There are also performances of three of Wagner’s complete operas: Tannhäuser performed by the Deutsche Oper, Parsifal performed by the Hallé Orchestra and Tristan und Isolde performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Other performances include that of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, lead by conductor and music director Xian Zhang.
For younger fans of the Proms, there is The Doctor Who Prom which features images from the long-running series accompanied by a selection of music written by its teenage fan base. Premiering is the Piano Concerto by Frederic Rzweski as well as Thomas Ades’ Totentanz (Dance of Death) a 45 minute piece.
Founded in 1895 by Robert Newman, The BBC Proms consists of more than 70 concerts all held in London’s Albert Hall and there are additional concerts held in Cadogan Hall. Also, there are events running up and down the UK making it one of the most accessible concerts around. The Proms first started out as a small three hour concert with a permanent orchestra under conductor Henry Wood and was situated in the newly built Queen’s Hall in London. It began to introduce the public to a wider range of music through the years. Friday evenings were devoted to the music of Beethoven and the works of Wagner were performed on Mondays. The BBC took over the Proms in 1927 and turned it into a UK-wide event.
There are Proms tailored to those who are lovers of classical music, those who are at the Proms for the first time and those who enjoy classical jazz. There are also events for young composers, singers and poets as well as events for families. The BBC Proms run from July 12th to September 7th 2013 and tickets are already on sale.