The BBC Proms 2023 is the 128th season of the BBC Proms, a classical music festival held every year at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The season will run from July 14 to September 9, 2023, and will feature a total of 84 concerts, including 13 world premieres.
The BBC Proms, or the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts were founded in 1895 by Robert Newman, a musical impresario. The concerts feature a wide range of classical music and include performances by some of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and soloists.
Newman’s goal was to create a series of affordable concerts that would make classical music more accessible to the general public. The first Proms concert took place on August 10, 1895, at the Queen’s Hall in London. The concert was conducted by Henry Wood, who would go on to become the Proms’ principal conductor for over 50 years.
The Proms quickly became a popular fixture in the London summer season. The concerts were known for their informal atmosphere, with audiences free to move around the hall and even stand in front of the orchestra. The Proms also featured a wide range of music, from traditional classical works to more experimental pieces.
In 1927, the BBC took over the Proms. The BBC’s involvement helped to further popularize the Proms, and they have continued to grow in popularity ever since. Today, the Proms are one of the most anticipated events of the summer season in London. The concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and they are also streamed live on the BBC Proms website.
The BBC Proms are a significant part of British culture and history. The concerts have introduced classical music to millions of people over the years, and they continue to be one of the most popular events in the London summer season.
Here are some of the highlights of the BBC Proms 2023 season:
- The world premiere of a new work by Public Service Broadcasting
- A celebration of the BBC’s Natural History Unit
- A performance of Mahler and Birtwistle by the London Symphony Orchestra
- A concert of music from the films of James Bond
- A performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony