The greatest classical music festival on earth returns to London's Royal Albert Hall. It's time for the Proms!
Each year the BBC Proms host two months of concerts, including the famous Last Night performances, world premieres of contemporary works and shows by a diverse range of artists. In a continuing effort to promote artists from across the musical spectrum, the Proms continues to welcome singers and artists form various genres; as well as classical favourites.
BBC Proms 2015 Highlights
This year's BBC Proms sees the piano given a starring role. Prokofiev's five piano concertos will be performed together in the same concert for the first time ever, by Alexei Volodin, Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov. Leading pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mehler Chamber Orchestra will focus on Beethoven's complete piano concertos; while Mozart's late piano works will be showcased by Maria João Pires, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Other highlights include a return to the Royal Albert Hall for animated British conductor Sir Simon Rattle, as he leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic through Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. In the Late Night Proms series, DJ and presenter Pete Tong works alongside Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra to celebrate 20 years of BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza; while J.S. Bach's solo instrumentals will be performed throughout the season by various artists.
In 2015, the BBC Proms introduces Sunday matinee performances for the first time, with special concerts for all ages; including a narrated Prom by Sir David Attenborough inspired by his television series, Life Story.
Following her appearance in 2013, The Last Night of the Proms will again see Marin Alsop at the helm, alongside soloists soprano Danielle de Niese, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
What are the Proms?
"Proms" is short for Promenade concert: informal and inexpensive concerts where Promenaders ("Prommers") pay just £5 for a ticket. Up to 900 Prommers can stand in the central Arena at London's Royal Albert Hall, and a further 500 can stand, sit or recline in the Gallery.
Check out our top tips for the BBC Proms for advice on how to make the most of your time as a Prommer.