Move over, Glastonbury: the world’s biggest music festival is about to begin. The BBC Proms 2016 takes place on Friday July 15 - Saturday September 10 at the Royal Albert Hall, which has hosted the series of classical concerts since 1941. Every year the Proms see the world’s greatest orchestras and classical performers come to London, and 2016 is no exception. Here’s what you need to know.
When is the BBC Proms 2016?
This year’s classical-fest runs from Friday July 15 - Saturday September 10 2016. Get it in the diary.
How do I get tickets for BBC Proms 2016?
Advance booking is recommended for the biggest concerts – including, of course, the Last Night of the Proms – but up to 1,400 standing tickets are also available for each performance if you’re prepared to queue for a summer evening enjoying some of the world’s finest music.
What’s on at BBC Proms 2016?
Traditional, modern... whatever your tastes, with a wider scope than ever this year there’s a Prom for everyone. Check out all the BBC Proms listings below.
BBC Proms 2016 listings
The ensemble commemorates the late Pierre Boulez with a programme of pieces he conducted during more than 40 years of appearances at the Proms. His Anthemes 2, for violin and electronics, contrasts with the exuberant vocal setting of avian poetry by E. E. Cummings, performed by the BBC Singers. Around these come Bartok's earthy Village Scenes and Elliott Carter's Penthode, written for tonight's ensemble.Read more
The ensemble performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 In C Minor and Bruckner's Symphony No 4 In E Flat Major, 'Romantic'.Read more
The Academy Of Ancient Music returns to the Proms to fill the Royal Albert Hall with all the regal splendour of Handel's Coronation Anthems and with Leopold Stokowski's equally grandiose upholstering of music by Bach and Purcell.Read more
While the Last Night of the Proms is underway in the Royal Albert Hall, across the road there'll be an even bigger party going on. Michael Ball hosts the open-air concert, taking over from the late Terry Wogan, who presented Proms in the Park for 18 years running. The line-up features Irish flautist Sir James Galway, comedian Tim Minchin with some of the cast of 'Matilda' (which he wrote the songs for), and various generations of popstars including All Saints, Rick Astley and Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.Read more
Sakari Oramo conducts the flag-waving culmination to the Proms, which reaches a crescendo with rousing favourites including Arne's ‘Rule, Britannia!’, Elgar's ‘Pomp And Circumstance’ March No 1 In D Major: ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’, Elgar’s orchestration of Parry’s ‘Jerusalem’ and Britten’s arrangement of the National Anthem. The concert will be broadcast in full live on BBC Two and BBC Radio 3. This year's soloists include tenor Juan Diego Flórez.Read more