125 Years on from its creation, the Proms will once again provide a summer of music, fulfilling founder Sir Henry Wood’s vision to ‘bring the greatest classical music to the widest possible audience’.
The current situation with COVID-19 means that the season we had originally planned is sadly no longer possible. Instead the Proms in 2020 have been reconceived in a different format, but our aim remains the same – to create the world’s greatest classical music festival by reflecting world-class music-making from leading artists around the globe, highlighting and featuring work by some of today’s most exciting and innovative composers.
The 2020 Proms will celebrate the past, reflect on the present and build for the future.
17 July – 12 September
The 2020 season will open on Friday 17 July on BBC Radio 3 and Sunday 19 July on BBC Four
8 weeks of broadcast on television, radio and online
A unique First Night commission by Iain Farrington for a Grand Virtual Orchestra to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
Plans for special live performances later in the season culminating in the Last Night of the Proms bringing the nation together on 12 September
The BBC Proms is a classical music festival held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in recent years has explored new venue spaces through the innovative Proms at… series of events. Its aim; to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience, which remains true to founder-conductor Henry Wood’s original vision in 1895.
Whether you are a classical connoisseur or think ‘classical music is not for me’ there is surely something for everyone in the 8 week stretch of concerts, workshops, talks and family events.