The world’s greatest classical music festival has announced it will once again provide a summer of performances.
The BBC have revealed details of this year’s Proms, which will combine archive recordings and live concerts later in the summer if social distancing measures allow. Running from July 17th until August 28th, this year’s festival will celebrate the past, reflect on the present and build for the future. The interactive festival will see six weeks of past performances broadcast across the BBC’s radio, TV, and online platforms. For the first time, the Proms will delve into the BBC archives and celebrate some of the best past performances.
David Pickard, Director BBC Proms, said: “This year it is not going to be the Proms as we know them, but the Proms as we need them.” He promised the festival would provide “a stimulating and enriching musical summer.” The season will begin with an ambitious interpretation of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, performed by an orchestra of 350 musicians, each playing from home.
It is hoped the final two weeks of the Proms will see musicians perform live, culminating in a poignant and unique Last Night of the Proms celebration to bring the nation together from the Royal Albert Hall.
A full schedule of events is to be released nearer the time, allowing organisers to respond to the latest government advice available.