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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 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Bryn Terfel, Sarah Kane and the chance to prom: the Royal Opera House’s 2015-16 season

A wide-ranging slate of productions include a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Katie Mitchell directing Lucia di Lammermoor, Placido Domingo’s Nabucco and four brand-new ballets

Alan Gilbert: Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm

Read an edited version of Alan Gilbert’s 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture

The Times

Royal Opera House boss Alex Beard on a risky new season

If Alex Beard had a broad smile when he launched the Royal Opera House’s new season yesterday, he had good cause.

The Telegraph

Day of reckoning for the Royal Opera

The latest season of productions at the Royal Opera House could be make or break for director Kasper Holten, says Rupert Christiansen

The Strad

German musical instrument sales increase despite decline in string sector

The figures from the Society of Music Merchants record a seven percent increase in 2014

pizzicato

Findungskommission soll neuen Leipziger Thomaskantor suchen

Unter dem Vorsitz des Leipziger Oberbürgermeisters Burkhard Jung hat sich eine Findungskommission zur Nachfolge im vakant gewordenen Amt des Thomaskantors konstituiert.

klassik.com

Intendant Martin Engstroem erhält Schostakowitsch-Preis

Der Leiter und Begründer des Verbier Festivals, Martin Engstroem, erhält den diesjährigen Schostakowitsch-Preis des Yuri Bashmet International Charity Fund. Die Auszeichnung in Form einer kleinen Statue ist mit 25.000 US-Dollar (etwa 23.580 Euro) dotiert.

Arbeitsstipendium des Archivs Frau und Musik für Manuela Kerer

Das internationale Arbeitsstipendium für Komponistinnen “Composer in Residence – Komponistinnen nach Frankfurt” geht in diesem Jahr an Manuela Kerer.

Le Monde

A Radio France, les orchestres s’accordent contre les critiques

Pointés du doigt par la Cour des comptes pour leur coût en période de crise à la Maison de la radio, le « National » et le « Philhar », les deux orchestres de Radio France, redoutent les conséquences du projet stratégique du PDG, Mathieu Gallet.

BroadwayWorld.com

Cincinnati Symphony Welcomes AZ Opera’s Keitaro Harada as Associate Conductor

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that Keitaro Harada will join the CSO staff as Associate Conductor beginning in September 2015.

Twitter

Women in Film & TV ‏@WFTV_UK : Composer and WFTV member @thelaurarossi will be perfoming her live score to Jane Shore at @BFI this Fri. Book now: http://ow.ly/LB5Fk 

London Philharmonic ‏@LPOrchestra : Are you an aspiring professional musician? Our Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is now open for applications!http://bit.ly/1koQLle 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : Latest news: @marinalsop renews contract with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra @osesp http://bit.ly/1Hwqr6Q 

ROH Stage 16th April 2015 The Royal Opera House stage. Photo: Will Pearson/ROH 

(Written on April 16, 2015 )