The Proms are back as Royal Albert Hall marks 150th anniversary

The Proms return.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall and 80 years since the venue became home to the festival, the BBC Proms 2021 season heralds a summer of live music on a scale not seen since before the pandemic.

TV coverage focuses on key themes across the season: a celebration of UK music talent, showcasing the scope of British creativity in the art form; performances by some of the greatest international soloists and conductors and a spotlight on rising stars on the scene.

Extensive coverage of the world’s largest classical music festival will be available to audiences across BBC Television and Radio this summer. Twenty concerts will be broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Four, and every note is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Signalling the continuing commitment to classical music, BBC Two broadcasts the First and Last Nights live, with the famous second half of the Last Night on BBC One, as well as key events on Saturdays, while audiences can enjoy a regular pattern of Proms concerts on BBC Four, every Thursday, Friday and Sunday through all six weeks of the season.

All Proms content on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds will be available for 30 days after the Last Night.

“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the return of the Proms to its live format at the Royal Albert Hall, with TV broadcasts of music performances of the highest standard directly to our audience’s homes,” said Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, BBC Music Television.

“The Proms on TV this year will enable the widest possible number of viewers to join us as we showcase the full range of concerts from across the season and explore some of the most exciting musical talents – established and new – from the UK and beyond,” she added.

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