Get in the classical mood at the BBC Proms


It's that time of year again – the BBC Proms are back and are set to take London once again by storm.

Spanning two months, the programme of concerts will be boasting contemporary works, world premieres, classic shows and, of course, the famous Last Night performances. The Proms, short for 'Promenade Concerts', run at the Royal Albert Hall, with tickets costing just £5.

This year, in particular, will be particularly special as it will be marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth with a performance of three of his complete operas (and a series of choral concerts!), and the centenary of the start of the first world war. In regards to the latter, there will be a focus on the works of wartime composers and songs that became famous between 1914 and 1918. Major highlights to look out for are a War Horse Prom, Sally Beamish’s violin concerto inspired by Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front, and a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen.

For those who are not entirely into their classical music, there will be a series of modern acts taking to the stage, such as Paloma Faith, Rufus Wainwright, and the Pet Shop Boys – who will be showcasing their new piece based on the life of wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, A Man from the Future. There will also be first-time appearances from orchestras from Greece, Singapore, China, Turkey, Iceland, South Korea, among others.

And of course, there will be all the usual favourites strutting their stuff, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Berlin Philharmoniker and Cleveland Orchestra.

The BBC Proms will be running from July 18th to September 13th – if you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, consider the affordable Shaftesbury hotels.