With over 90 concerts taking place during the summer holidays the BBC Proms are the perfect place to introduce your family to the wonderful world of classical music.
Take your pick from this selection of Proms guaranteed to appeal to the whole family:
SUNDAY 23 JULY
Join rollicking ringmaster Sir Henry Wood (founder-conductor of the Proms) on an exciting adventure for all the family!
Together with young performers, the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir and guests, discover how nature, history, dreams, love, magic and lots more have inspired composers to create musical masterpieces.
PROMS EXTRA: Bring the family down to Imperial College Union on this day for a screening of an inspiring and immersive cinematic film that introduces children to 10 pieces of classical music prior to the concert.
TUESDAY 25 JULY
Starting off bold and ending with a bang, Holst’s epic galactic suite is one of the most exciting pieces of British music and will captivate young ears from start to finish.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their new conductor John Wilson will take the audience 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.
SATURDAY 29 JULY
Discover classical music in an informal environment at the first ever Relaxed Prom – suitable for everyone from children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, presents a relaxed matinee full of colour, laughter and audience participation. Move about, dance, sing or just listen to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rossini, as well as Pharrell William’s Happy and the Doctor Who theme.
SATURDAY 5 AUGUST
Marvel as some of the UK’s finest young musical talent perform a bold programme of works that push the orchestra to its technical and sonic limits.
The concert’s climax is Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring, whose frenzied rhythms and provocative harmonies prompted a legendary riot at its Paris premiere in 1913.
PROMS EXTRA: Teenagers are invited to join musicians from the NYOGB in the Imperial College Union before the concert for a unique and friendly introduction to the music in this evening’s Prom.
FRIDAY 11 AUGUST
Bursting with well-loved tunes, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical Oklahoma! is a family favourite!
Proms-favourites John Wilson and his orchestra return to bring their signature energy and swagger to this beloved classic, in a matinee and evening performance.
PROMS EXTRA: On Saturday 12 August, families are invited to create music inspired by Oklahoma! onstage at the Royal Albert Hall with conductor Tim Steiner and professional musicians. Suitable for ages 7-plus.
WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST
Gain a fun and fascinating insight into one of the great works of the symphonic repertoire, Dvořák’s emotive ‘New World Symphony’.
Actor Henry Goodman will take the audience through Dvořák’s haunting masterpiece, with the help of projections and live musical examples, before Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé give a complete performance of the symphony.
HOW TO BOOK
Tickets for the Ten Pieces Presents … Proms, and Relaxed Prom are available at 9am on Friday 12 May.
General booking for the BBC Proms opens at 9am on Saturday 13 May.
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.
Children aged 7 and above are welcome to all the Proms, and tickets for under 18s are half price. Plus, Promming tickets are available on the day for £6.
PROMS EXTRA: Look out for free activities based around specific Proms, including workshops, masterclasses and family orchestras.