The wait to hear which of the world’s leading orchestras, musicians and conductors will be performing at the 2017 BBC Proms season is over (see the full programme here), so as music lovers the world over browse the programme, we thought we’d tell you how to book tickets!
First up, some key dates for the diary:
- Wednesday 20 April, 2pm: Proms Planner opens
- Friday 5 May, 11am: Proms in the Park on sale
- Thursday 11 May, 9am: Promming Passes on sale
- Friday 12 May, 11:59pm: Proms Planner closes
- Saturday 13 May, 9am: General booking opens
- Friday 23 June, 9am: ‘Proms at…’ concerts on sale
- Friday 14 July – Saturday 9 September BBC Proms 2017
The Proms Planner
If you want to book seats for Proms at the Royal Albert Hall or Cadogan Hall in advance then we recommend you make a Proms Plan using our online Proms Planner.
The Proms Planner is a tool designed to make it easier and faster to buy tickets when they go on sale – essentially it’s a wishlist of the tickets you’d like to buy.
Creating a Proms Plan
You can create your plan using the planner until 11:59pm on Friday 12 May by following these simple steps:
1. Create an account on our website. If you’ve registered with us before but you’ve forgotten your password then you can reset it there too.
2. Get browsing and if there’s a Prom which catches your fancy, just click the ‘Add to Planner’ button to add tickets to your plan.
3. You’ll then be asked to select where you want to sit for that Prom. You can familiarise yourselves with the seating levels here – although please remember that the Arena will be standing tickets only and cannot be booked in advance or added to a Proms Plan.
4. Keep adding! There are over eight weeks of Proms concerts so feel free to add as many Proms as you want to your Proms Plan. You can now also securely save credit/debit card details when creating a Plan – adding your details will help speed up the booking process for everyone when general bookings open.
5. You can amend your Plan at any time before the Planner closes by logging in to your account and viewing/amending your Proms Plan there.
Submitting your Plan
Until now, all you’ve done is created a wishlist of your Proms-going summer, but not a single ticket has yet been bought.
So before you start rescheduling holidays, remember that thousands of others have done the same so some people will naturally miss out on tickets for some of the more popular Proms when bookings open.
General booking opens at 9am on Saturday 13 May, so be sure to join thousands of fellow classical music fans on our site then to join the online queue to submit your Proms Plan.
Not using the Proms Planner?
If you have not created a Proms Plan then you can still book tickets online when general booking opens, although your chances of getting the tickets you want for multiple Proms will be greatly reduced.
Bookings can also be made by calling the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 0845 401 5040 or by visiting it in person at Door 12 of the venue (open 9am – 9pm daily). Bookings can also be made by post – find out more.
Relaxed Prom and the Ten Pieces Proms
Tickets for these Proms will go on general sale at 9am on Friday 12 May. We expect these concerts to be very popular so please make sure you’ve created an account on our website ahead of then to speed up the booking process.
Proms in the Park
You can add tickets to the traditional Last Night celebrations in Hyde Park to your Proms Plan like any other Prom and attempt to purchase them when general booking opens.
However, tickets for Proms in the Park will also go on general sale at 11am on Friday 5 May. If you’ve got Proms in the Park in your Proms Plan but you buy tickets on 13 May, then don’t forget to remove them from your plan to save you from booking twice!
Last Night of the Proms
The majority of tickets for the globally-recognisable Last Night of the Proms are allocated by ballot to customers who have bought tickets to at least five other Proms at the Hall.
For more on how how to enter this ballot, and other ways in which you can apply for tickets for the Last Night, please visit our dedicated Last Night of the Proms ticketing page.
‘Proms at…’ events
This year, the Proms is branching out to new venues, with Saturday matinee concerts taking place at spaces across London and beyond, from a multi-story car park in Peckham to Stage@TheDock in Hull, the UK’s Capital of Culture 2017.
Tickets for the Proms at… concerts cannot be added to the Proms Plan and will go on general sale at 9am on Friday 23 June via our website.
A BBC Proms concert at the Hall is never ‘sold out’ before the day because up to 1,350 standing tickets are available to buy on the day for each Prom for just £6! Find all the information you need on our Day Promming feature.