Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, BBC Proms 2020 is now taking place virtually.
Hear a wide range of classical music in a season of informal concerts with the BBC Proms, as they’re broadcast on the radio, TV and online this year.
Each year, the BBC Proms hosts two months of concerts over the summer, aiming to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in an informal atmosphere.
This year’s programme celebrates the past, reflects on the present and explores the future, bringing the BBC Proms atmosphere to your homes with a click of a button.
Usually, the eight weeks of concerts culminate in the famous Last Night performances including BBC Proms in the Park, full of chanting and quirky traditions – which might take a different format in 2020, depending on government guidance.
What are the highlights of Virtual BBC Proms 2020?
- Kick it off with an iconic First Night performance of Beethoven's 9 Symphonies by Iain Farrington for a Grand Virtual Orchestra, marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. 17 Jul
- Tune into opening weekend shows featuring BBC Orchestras and BBC Singers on BBC Radio 3 (17 Jul) and BBC Four (19 Jul).
- Get involved by requesting your favourite past Proms performance on BBC Radio 3.
- Spend your evenings with daily throwback shows from BBC Archive, hosted on BBC Radio 3. 17 Jul-12 Sep
- Head to BBC Four on Sundays to see some of the outstanding past performances. Every Sunday
- Watch even more Proms highlights on BBC iPlayer.
- Look out for possible live music performances at the Royal Albert Hall, wrapping up this year’s festival with the poignant Last Night of the Proms celebration. TBC
What is Promming at the Proms?
Proms is short for Promenade Concerts: informal and inexpensive concerts which feature the popular tradition of Promming.
In previous years, you could take part in this tradition by buying a standing ticket in the central arena or high-up gallery of the Royal Albert Hall for just £6.
There were also usually up to 1,350 standing places available for Promenaders (Prommers) at each concert, with some available to buy on the door before each. A limited number of tickets could usually be bought online on the morning of the concerts.
Check out our top tips for the BBC Proms for advice on how to make the most of your time as a Prommer in the future.