So it’s officially Prom season at the moment! Coming from overseas you might just think the Proms is just one night with lots of British flag waving and singing to Rule Britannia (if you know the Proms at all). But actually it’s a two month long session of many different classical and some slightly non classical performances.
It runs from the 18th of July to 13 of September with 76 “Proms” in total! So plenty of music to take in.
The main sessions are during the early evening, but there are also some shorter sessions at lunchtime or late late evening as well.
Performers include many famous conductors and singers as well as other artists like the Pet Shop Boys and Paloma Faith, though it’s mainly a more classical experience, but each year they do a few Proms that are a different/modern/edgy. Last year they had one that played all the Dr Who music.
Ticket prices range from £5 up to a lot lot more depending on who is performing. But for every session (even the sold out ones!) there are a number of £5 tickets that are available in the ground standing section or way up in the Gallery/Gods section. You just have to queue up to get these ones, though if it’s a sold out concert you’ll probably need to queue up at least a few hours beforehand! These tickets go on sale 2 1/2 hours before the concert.
They are even available for the Last Night of the Proms, which is the big flag waving affair. However I think you’d almost have to sleep overnight to have a chance of getting £5 tickets for that night! To get tickets to the Last Night normally you have to have attended a number of Proms previously in the season.
If you’ve never been to the Royal Albert Hall or even the Proms, it sure is worth going to see and you can often get some semi decent seats for around £15/20, definitely something to experience at least once while you’re living in London!
Further details check out the BBC Proms website. or to book tickets go to the Royal Albert Hall Proms website, they have all different types of tickets available including ones for the whole season or a whole weekend.