London is home to a handful of world class orchestras and symphony halls, hosting earth-shaking concerts regularly throughout the year. However, there aren’t many events in the classical music calendar with as much popular appeal as the Last Night of the Proms – the final installment in the Proms season, where hits like Land of Hope and Glory rouse the spirits of patriotic Brits everywhere.
This year’s Last Night will take place on September 7th. As usual, tickets to the main show at the Royal Albert Hall are expected to be highly sought after; however, this doesn’t mean those who can’t get seats will necessarily miss out. The BBC has begun selling tickets for concurrent festivities at Hyde Park, where a programme of live music headed up by the broadcaster’s own Concert Orchestra will be followed by a video link-up showing the traditional Royal Albert Hall finale.
The BBC has assembled a genuinely impressive lineup of artists for this edition of Proms in the Park. With Sir Terry Wogan acting as master of ceremonies, the orchestra will be welcoming Nigel Kennedy on stage for a few numbers – moments before the violin virtuoso hot-foots it over to the Royal Albert Hall to appear there on the same night.
Meanwhile, the concert will deploy the vocal talents of world-renowned tenor Joseph Calleja and, representing the rock’n’roll camp, former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry.
A handful of lighter, more contemporary ensembles will also be performing, among them Craig Charles and the Fantasy Funk Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
On the day of the event, Hyde Park will be accessible to ticket holders from 3:30pm, with the concert kicking off at 5:15pm – so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a picnic on the lawn before getting involved in the traditional sing-along. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food but there’ll be a host of catering options on the site and a luxury hamper is also available to preorder. Tickets cost £35 per head and under-threes go free.
Those staying in boutique hotels London should find the park easy to reach. The nearest tube stops are Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner.