The programme for the 2020 Proms broadcast live from the Hall has just been announced, and we are thrilled to be able to host the Proms again this summer, even in these very different circumstances.
While we can’t welcome audiences into the Hall for these events, the aim of the festival remains the same: to share the greatest classical music with as many people as possible.
In this guide, we’ll answer some of your questions about the BBC Proms 2020 and how you can enjoy a summer of music.
The current situation with COVID-19 means the Proms have been re-conceived in a different format, but with the same aim to fulfil founder-conductor Sir Henry Wood’s vision to ‘bring the greatest classical music to the widest possible audience’.
In the year that the Proms turn 125 years old, the 2020 season brings the spirit of the festival to music lovers at home with treasures from the archive and incredible live performances broadcast from the Hall.
From 28 August until 12 September, there will be a series of live performances from the Royal Albert Hall that will be available on the BBC and streamed directly to iPlayer, as well as on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.
- Mitsuko Uchida with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle
- Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
- Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason
- The Aurora Orchestra led by Nicholas Collon
- Anoushka Shankar with electronic artist Gold Panda, the Britten Sinfonia and Jules Buckley
- The BBC Symphony Orchestra will close the series for the Last Night in long-standing Proms tradition
Where do I find the full programme?
Pro-tip: To make sure you don’t miss your favourites, sign up for the concerts you’re interested in and we’ll send you a reminder!
Will there be an audience?
Due to the current situation and measures in place to ensure orchestras, singers, soloists and technicians can work and perform in a safe and socially distanced way, it won’t be possible for us to welcome an audience at the Royal Albert Hall for these concerts. This has not changed in light of the Government announcement on 13 August.
Which leads us to the next question…
How can I enjoy the live events broadcast from the Hall?
We can let you know the details of how to watch each performance closer to the date when you sign up to be reminded on our website here.
Are archive concerts available?
The archive season started on 27 July and will continue until 12 September.
You can find full TV and radio listings here.
Our highlights to watch on BBC Four:
- Chineke! – the Proms debut of the UK’s first majority-BME orchestra
- Radio 1 Ibiza Prom
- Gustavo Dudamel & the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
- Beethoven’s Fifth with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO
Can I enjoy the Proms even if I don’t live in the UK?
Of course! If you live outside the UK you can still listen to broadcasts on Radio 3:
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