This summer, the BBC Proms are spreading the sound of music further than ever before! In addition to annual series of chamber concerts in Cadogan Hall, and Proms in the Park events around the country, you can also buy tickets to concerts in five alternative venues around the country.
For the first time, BBC Proms will be taking over the world’s oldest surviving music hall – Wilton’s Music Hall, and The Tanks – Tate Modern’s contemporary art space; the urban heights of Peckham’s brutalist multi-storey car park Bold Tendencies and the grandiose Southwark Cathedral, plus don’t miss three special concerts in Hull – the new UK City of Culture 2017, as the BBC Proms leaves London for the first time since the 1930s.
SATURDAY 22 JULY, 12:30pm, 3:00pm & 5:30pm
This summer, the UK’s City of Culture 2017 will get a taste of BBC Proms magic as the festival heads north for three special, site-specific concerts.
Located at Stage@TheDock – Hull’s outdoor amphitheatre – the Royal Northern Sinfonia, directed by Nicholas McGegan, will perform a programme of music inspired by water, centring on Handel’s Water Music suites and covering everything from storms and shipwrecks, to calm seas and seductive sirens.
SATURDAY 12 AUGUST, 3:00pm
The BBC Proms makes its first visit to the epic Southwark Cathedral, for a concert by the BBC Singers, joined by the Nash Ensemble and conductor David Hill.
This diverse programme of music sets faith against doubt, and 16th-century Italian polyphony against a world premiere by British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir.
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST, 12:00pm & 3:00pm
Following the success of their Proms debut in 2016, hosted in the Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in Peckham, The Multi Story Orchestra are back for a second Proms performance.
In this programme, the orchestra will be joined by The Multi-Story Youth Choir as classical gets an urban, contemporary makeover in the pulsing rhythms and metallic glitter of John Adams’s Harmonielehre, while Kate Whitley’s I am I say, written for local schoolchildren to perform, is inspired by nature but also firmly rooted in the sounds and communities of the city.
SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 12:00pm & 3:00pm
Dating from the mid-19th century, with its iconic tumbledown beauty and colourful history, Wilton’s is the world’s oldest surviving music hall.
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with conductor Sian Edwards visits the historic and dramatic Wilton’s Music Hall – the perfect space for a staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King – a dramatic monologue exploring the crazed fantasies and crumbling visions of George III, as well as music by Messiaen and Handel.
WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER, 10:15pm
Join BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch and the London Contemporary Orchestra for a specially curated Prom in the industrial surroundings of The Tanks at Tate Modern.
The programme of cutting-edge experimental music includes a collaboration between the LCO and London-based electronic artist Actress; new work by Catherine Lamb; Cassandra Miller’s evocative, folk-inspired Guide performed by vocal ensemble Exaudi; and Rodrigo Constanzo’s dynamic performances with light and sound.
HOW TO BOOK
General booking for the BBC Proms opens at 9am on Saturday 13 May.
Tickets for ‘Proms at …’ concerts go on sale at 9am on Friday 23 June.
We recommend creating a Proms Plan before Friday 12 May for the best chance of getting tickets. Learn more.