This eight-week summer season of orchestral events includes more than 70 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall, and the Proms in the Park â?? originally in Londonâ??s Hyde Park, though this has expanded right across the country. Officially named â??The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBCâ??, they were founded in 1895 with Henry Wood as the conductor.
The Proms continue to draw young audiences to music which is hundreds of years old and brings popularity to a genre sometimes dismissed as being elitist. Playing everything from Brahms to Bach and Schubert to Stravinsky, the Proms even persisted through World Wars. The power and wonder of actually attending one of the nightly concerts is unmatched by television coverage.
A Prom (short from promenade) was originally a type of concert which allowed the audience to walk around while the orchestra was playing, much like modern music festivals. Come and walk around this classical music festival, using coach hire to avoid the exorbitant parking fees.