The BBC Proms can feel an intimidating place for a classical music novice, but really there’s nowhere better in the world to experience your first concert!
Take the plunge into classical music this summer with a visit to one of these 5 concerts, perfect for classical starters.
THURSDAY 20 JULY
Enjoy a cinematic introduction to orchestral music via John Williams’ best-loved and most well-known scores.
Marking the 85th birthday of epic film composer John Williams, this movie music extravaganza, including excerpts from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, is a perfect first Prom for a classical novice.
SATURDAY 22 JULY
Watch a performance as exciting visually as it is aurally, as Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra play Beethoven’s stupendous Symphony No. 3 in E flat major entirely from memory.
^This, but from memory.
Before the concert, Radio 3’s Tom Service will join conductor Nicholas Collon on stage to discuss the piece, with live excerpts performed by the orchestra, giving you a chance to understand Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony before you hear it – a perfect introduction for first-timers to the piece.
TUESDAY 25 JULY
Starting off bold and ending with a bang, Holst’s epic galactic suite is one of the most famous pieces of British music.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their new conductor John Wilson will take you on an unrelentingly exciting intergalactic journey. From the opening strains of Mars, the bringer of war, to Neptune, the mystic, through emotive strains and well-known tunes – this piece is as cinematic as any movie blockbuster.
THURSDAY 17 AUGUST
Propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves, Bang on a Can All-Stars present classical music like you’ve never heard it before.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the pioneering American artistic collective bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble. Expect the unexpected in this electric Late Night showcase of avant-garde Minimalism, rock and funk.
WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST
Gain a fascinating insight into one of the great works of the symphonic repertoire, Dvořák’s towering ‘New World Symphony’.
Dvořák’s haunting masterpiece is one of classical music’s enduringly popular works. Explore the history of the music with the help of actor Henry Goodman, projections and live musical examples, before Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé give a complete performance of the symphony.
HOW TO BOOK
General booking for the BBC Proms opens at 9am on Saturday 13 May.
We recommend creating a Proms Plan before Friday 12 May for the best chance of getting tickets. Learn more
Many of these concerts are guaranteed to be very popular, but even if a Prom is sold out there will still be plenty of £6 Promming tickets available for purchase on the day of the concert. For more info visit the Day Promming section of our site.