Proms season coming to London

The BBC Proms season is set to get underway in a couple of weeks and tickets for what is dubbed the world’s greatest classical music festival are on sale now.

A series of concerts will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall from July 15th to September 10th 2011 and entry to the prestigious venue costs as little as £5.

Highlights of the 2011 season include the Human Planet prom, which will feature excerpts from Nitin Sawhney’s score for the BBC series, and the Audience Choice prom, which will see the Budapest Festival Orchestra play public requests.

There will something to suit all tastes, including family events, choral, chamber and piano music, concerts for those new to classical music and even music making workshops.

Indeed, organisers are keen to move with the times and this year there will be comedy, theatre and dance on the Proms stage.

On July 30th, for example, the cast of the children’s television series Horrible Histories will be performing some of their most popular songs from the show, and on August 13th comedy musician Tim Minchin will be entertaining audiences.

Luxury accommodation in London, perhaps in a lavish suite at The Montcalm, could make a trip to the Proms an extra special affair.

The hotel sits at the opposite end of Hyde Park from the Royal Albert Hall, just a 30-minute stroll away or a five-minute cab ride.

A stay in some suites includes a personal chauffeur driven limousine, so guests can arrive at the venue in style.

The first Proms concert took place in 1895 and the series has since become a true British tradition, with the 100th season taking place in 1994.

Today, mote than 70 Prom concerts are performed every year and the festival is followed in September by the one-night spectacular Proms in the Park, with venues across the UK taking part.

The London concert is scheduled for September 10th in Hyde Park and will include performances from the likes of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Josh Groban.

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