How long does the BBC Proms last? First and last night dates, performers and how to watch

The Proms are back in spectacular fashion (Picture: John Phillips/Getty Images)

If you’re a classical music lover then you’re in luck because the BBC Proms are back for a glorious programme of classical music, beginning with a concert performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts – known as The Proms – is held annually and organised by the BBC.

This year’s performances promise to be even more magical than ever, since the previous two years have been held at reduced capacity due to the pandemic.

For 2022, the orchestras will be full-sized once again, which is sure to provide a magical atmosphere at the Royal Albert Hall, with thousands of audience members in attendance.

How long do the Proms last?

BBC Proms runs for eight weeks (Picture: w8media)

The Proms are a two-month long classical music extravaganza.

The First Night of the Proms kicks off on BBC Two on Friday, July 15, whole the Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 10.

Who is performing at the Proms?

The full line-up of the BBC Proms is very exciting indeed, with some of the very best in the industry taking to the stage.

July will include West End star Cynthia Erivo in Legendary Voices on July 17, with the British actress and singer-songwriter making her Proms debut in a performance celebrating some of the greats – including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday and Gladys Knight.

At the end of the month, the BBC Young Composer performance will welcome a showcase of new commissions, written by recent winners of the BBC Young Composer competition.

Chelsea Becker, Isaac Bristow, Maddy Chassar-Hesketh, Will Everitt, Theo Kendall, Daniel Liu, and Jenna Stewart will take to the stage on July 30.

Also on 31 July, the brand new Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will perform at the Royal Albert Hall, led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson.

The Proms will see thousands in attendance after the pandemic forced concerts to be held at reduced capacities (Picture: PA)

The group includes Ukrainian musicians who recently became refugees, as well as some of famous musicians from various parts of Ukraine, including capital Kyiv.

August will then see performances such as Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, and Earth Prom, an audio-visual journey with spoken word and scores by famous composers Hans Zimmer and George Fenton.

The closing of the Proms on September 10 boasts a spectacular programme, with performances from the likes of the BBC Symphony Chorus in numbers including Auld Lang Syne, and Rule, Britannia!.

How to watch the Proms

The Proms will be available to watch over the next eight weeks, with coverage streaming live on BBC and BBC Radio.

You can later catch up on BBC iPlayer.


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