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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

BBC Proms receives praise

21st July 2011

Music lovers staying at top hotels in London may be tempted to attend the BBC Henry Wood Proms performances at the Royal Albert Hall, following critical praise for early shows. 

Running until September 10th, the Proms are the highlight of London's classical music summer calendar and claims to be the "greatest classical music festival in the world".

Founded in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood, 70 concerts take place in the famed Royal Albert Hall, covering a vast rage of art forms, such as semi-staged operas, early and contemporary music, chamber orchestras, chorale concerts and world music.

Jam packed with 6,000 people per night, tickets to the concerts can be hard to come by, but the cheapest are just £5 and available only on the night, meaning that those early to the queue are rewarded.

Among the many performances, highlights include the classic Verdi Requiem, on July 24th, followed by the Human Planet Prom - featuring Nitin Sawhney's score set to footage from the BBC One series Human Planet.

Family-friendly events include the Horrible Histories Prom, with the cast of the CBBC hit TV series performing some of the most popular songs from the show on July 30th.

The Young Composers' Concert runs on August 6th and features winning entries from this year's Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition, conducted by Nicholas Collon.

This year's Proms have already been widely praised by critics, such as the Telegraph's Ivan Hewett who lavished compliments on Havergal Brain's Gothic Symphony.

Commenting on the difficulty of performing such a complex piece, the reviewer said: "At the end the massed choirs intoned the wonderfully unexpected hushed chords, and the beat vanished like a mirage."

The performance featured more than 1,000 musicians, with 800 singers on stage, making up nine choirs. The orchestra was made up of 200 players, a fusion of the National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Additionally, there were four offstage trumpet bands and four vocal soloists.


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