Lifestyle | 10th May 2017
If you have space in your calendar between 13th July and 8th September, then a trip to one of the BBC Proms concerts is an absolute essential this Summer. Whether you favour Mozart, Beethoven or Mahler, there is an event that will fit with your taste. The opulence of the proms has fascinated the world for years and it is the perfect chance to experience some of the finest music of all time in one of the world’s greatest venues (and the chance to spy some excellent fashion). The Royal Albert Hall has seen performances from the likes of Cirque du Soleil, all the way through to Dionne Warwick and Jay Z. It is a cultural hub and this Summer it will once again be the place to be to experience live symphonies and alternative performances.
Previous performers include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson, Budapest Festival Orchestra and many more. Although the music is diverse, all of these acts have one thing in common – they perform classical music to a standard unrivalled by any other. The BBC Proms offer a chance for you to enjoy classical music as it was meant to be. Based in South Kensington, you are surrounded by the splendour of London. You can stay in a local luxury hotel or enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants.
And this year will be extra special. With the 2012 Olympics nearly upon us, the Proms have decided to spice things up and put on something a little different. On 27th July, conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim will lead the West Eastern Divan Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is the culmination of his complete Beethoven symphony cycle (definitely a once in a lifetime experience). There will also be concerts which will feature the works of French composer Pierre Boulez. With the full list of concerts being published in April, it already seems that this year’s BBC Proms is going to top 2011. So if you’re enjoying the Summer weather and fancy rounding off your evening with some classical music there will be a Proms event to suit you.