The BBC Proms are back – here's how to make the most of the festival

Gramophone Fri 17th July 2015

In the concert hall, online, on the radio or on TV… the Proms 2015 can reach you wherever you are

In the concert hall

The best way to soak up the unique atmosphere of a Prom is to be there in person. Tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office or online. You can also visit the box office at Door 12 – and don’t forget that up to 1350 Promming places are available on the day for every Prom; arrive early enough and you have a good chance of getting in. Call 0845 401 5040 or visit royalalberthall.com.

On the radio

Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – available via FM or digital radio, TV, mobile, laptop and tablet, and on BBC iPlayer (app or online). This year, all Proms can be listened to online in HD and surround sound, and will be available on demand for 30 days after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer via the Proms website. Each week, five concerts will be repeated on Afternoon on 3, and the Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall will be repeated on Sundays at 1pm. Tune in to 90-93 FM & digital. Visit bbc.co.uk/radio3 or bbc.co.uk/proms

On television

Selected Proms are broadcast on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBBC and online via the Proms website. Viewers can watch any televised Prom for up to 30 days after broadcast via the BBC iPlayer. Highlights include: 

July 17 First Night of the Proms, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo in a programme of Nielsen and Sibelius (BBC Two)

July 19 – September 11 Weekly broadcasts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday Proms focus on appearances by soloists, Friday Proms celebrate the hottest tickets of the season, and Saturday Proms feature Sir Mark Elder introducing a different symphony each week (BBC Four)

July 25 and every Saturday thereafter Proms Extra, covering performances from the previous week’s Proms (BBC Two)

September 12 The first half of the Last Night of the Proms, with music by Pärt, Strauss and Puccini (BBC Two)

September 12 The second half of the Last Night of the Proms, with appearances by soprano Danielle de Niese and tenor Jonas Kaufmann (BBC One)

Online

All music performed during filmed Proms and not actually broadcast will be available to watch on special online BBC iPlayer collections via the Proms website. Here, you’ll also find highlights videos and a Proms archive detailing every Proms concert since 1895. This year, you can also buy an app which provides a digital version of the printed Proms Guide, for added convenience. Visit bbc.co.uk/proms

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