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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

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In our news today, Dubai Opera announces its first season, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died, The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the finalists, Mark Molynex becomes chair of Welsh National Opera & more…

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Dubai Opera announces first ever season

Dubai Opera has announced details of its first ever season, with Plácido Domingo the biggest name on the bill. The 2,000-seat venue opens later this year, and is the first purpose-built performing arts centre in the Arabic city-state. Led by Jasper Hope – former chief operating officer at London’s Royal Albert Hall – Dubai Opera’s programme mixes opera, ballet, recitals and family entertainment.

The Strad

Long-time Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died aged 92

Long-time Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died at the age of 92 following a battle with cancer. The Romanian-born musician was hired by Eugene Ormandy in 1955, and continued performing with the orchestra until 1994.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 reveals five Junior Finalists

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the five candidates selected to progress to the Junior Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Friday.

Wales Online

Welsh National Opera appoints Mark Molyneux as its next chair

He will succeed Geraint Talfan Davies who will step down after 10 years in the role in July.

Classicalite

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra agrees to 10% budget cut in three-week hiatus

In what feels like a never-ending struggle, it’s been announced that musicians and management of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra accepted cuts as part of the symphony’s strategy to become financially sound once more.

The Guardian

Streaming growth helps digital music revenues surpass physical sales

Digital music revenues have surpassed the takings from traditional music formats for the first time, according to an industry report.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Life at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

A Sydney violist takes a Concertgebouw job-swap. At first, SSO Violist Amanda Verner didn’t think a job swap would be possible.

Broadwayworld

World Premiere and More Set for Hoff-Barthelson’s 2016 Festival of Contemporary Music

Scarsdale, New York – “Celebration 2016: The Music of Our Time,” Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 27th annual Festival of Contemporary Music, will be held Monday, May 9, 2016, through Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Klassik.com

Land Bayern will 75 Prozent der Kosten für Nürnberger Konzertsaal übernehmen

Das Land Bayern will 75 Prozent der Kosten für einen neuen Konzertsaal in Nürnberg übernehmen. Der neue Nürnberger Konzertsaal soll neben der Meistersingerhalle entstehen.

Klassik Akzente

Daniel Hope mit musikalischen Kostproben bei NDR Das! und im Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus

Der britische Stargeiger Daniel Hope präsentiert sein Album “My Tribute To Yehudi Menuhin”.

KlassikInfo.de

Aris Quartett gewinnt Joseph-Joachim-Kammermusik-Wettbewerb

Das Aris Quartett hat den ersten Preis beim 7. Internationalen Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb gewonnen. Der Wettbewerb wird an der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar durchgeführt und ist mit insgesamt 17.500 Euro dotiert, der erste Preis mit 10.000 Euro.

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Dubai Opera @DubaiOpera Curtain Up! Get ready to be captivated this Autumn with a lineup of 49 world class performances #

Top Classical News @topcmnews YMM Chamber Players in Benefit Concert – April 17 at All Saints’ Church  #

EUYO @EUYOtweets Today, we launched our anniversary project #, to read more about have a look here: # #

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The San Antonio Symphony, Photograph: Jill Torrance/Getty Images

(Written on April 13, 2016 )