London has scores of events and festivals that are held all through the year. Probably one of the most awaited of events is its Proms formally called (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts), which have been on for more than a century. For those who are not familiar with the term proms are musical events which are a series of events held mainly at the Royal Albert Hall in Central London. If you have never visited a prom in your life this is the opportunity of a lifetime if you are in London at this part of the year. This year the BBC proms 2016 are held from July 15 – September 30 at the Royal Albert Hall, which has been hosting the events from 1941. It is a time when a number of the world’s greatest musicians and orchestras come and perform in London and is a one of a kind event.
If you in London and staying at the Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park hotel, it is a short distance from the famed Royal Albert Hall. Of course you need to try and book your tickets in advance especially for the biggest events including the famous Last Night of the Proms. While there are 1,400 tickets available for individual performances, there are long queues to be found if arrive at the last moment. This year there is an eclectic variety of musical genres ranging from classical to modern and everything in between. The best way to get information about the musical events to be held is to check the BBC Prom listings online. Some of the reasons not to miss the event are:
Attract the world’s best talent: The proms attract the world’s best musical talents from across the planet. With conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and vocalists like Bryn Terfel, Juan Florez to contemporary greats like violinist Tai Murray and cellist Sol Gabetta, you will find them all here!
Very competitively priced: Unlike other music concerts and festivals they are very cheap, in fact very competitively priced! Spending small amount to hear musical virtuosos of this calibre perform live is a steal. There are even cheaper tickets for the upper balconies and standing areas on the floor.
Sheer variety: If you are not attuned to classical music there is a lot more variety available! This year there is a stunning variety of performers of the likes of the Quincy Jones Prom, the Cbeebies Proms, the Gospel Prom, the Strictly Prom and plenty more in terms of variety.
Choice of venues: Apart from the 70 plus concerts at the Royal Albert, there are plenty more of proms held across the city. These include proms at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Roundhouse in Camden and even in a car park in Peckham!
They must be on your to-do wish list: If there is anything quintessentially British to do a visit to the Proms must be on your to-do list. They are an integral part on enjoying the summer in London and something not to be missed, if you are in London at this part of the year.