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Last Night Of The Proms
The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts popularly known as the Proms and considered among the greatest musical festivals are presented by the BBC. It is quite a unique annual event where orchestras from the U.S.A. and the Continent as well as from Britain are featured, whilst the B.B.C.'s various orchestras are responsible for more than twenty of the seventy two concerts. The Albert Hall remains the main concert hall for the Proms, but there are many other concerts at smaller venues during the season, some of which are broadcast. All of the main concerts in the Albert Hall are broadcast on radio and many can be seen as well as heard on BBC 2,3, and 4 TV channels.
The 113th season in 2007 spanning over eight weeks, features over 70 great concerts, covering a vast range, including semi-staged operas, early and contemporary music, chamber orchestras, choral concerts and world music. With the Monday lunchtime proms at Cadogan Hall joined in 2006 by selected Saturday matin?es, there are more than 90 concerts on offer altogether.
The BBC Promenade Concerts were founded by Robert Newman and Sir Henry Wood. The first Prom was held in the Queen's Hall on 10 August 1895. The Royal Albert Hall could be filled many times over with people wishing to attend the Last Night. To accommodate these people, and to cater for those who are not near London, the Proms in the Park concerts were started in 1996. Initially there was only one, in London's Hyde Park adjacent to the Hall. More locations have been added in recent years, and in 2005, Belfast, Glasgow, Swansea and Manchester hosted a Last Night Prom in the Park which was broadcast live from each venue. Each location has its own live concert, typically playing the country's respective national anthems, before joining in a live big screen video link up with the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional final?.
What is absolutely distinctive about the Proms is where they are performed?the Royal Albert Hall, this huge round building originally erected at the end of the 19th century but used for the Proms since the 1940s?and the unique thing about it is that the whole ground area is cleared of seats and the audience stands. They're on the ground and then there are seats all around the hall. And what this creates is a completely different dynamic from most other concert halls because instead of sitting looking forward, because the hall is circular, you're incredibly aware of people around, the orchestra and the audience as a communal experience. The resulting cameraderie adds to the atmosphere. Fancy dress is an optional extra: from dinner jackets to patriotic T-shirts. Many use the occasion for an exuberant display of Britishness. Union Flags are carried and waved by the Prommers, especially during Rule Britannia. Flags (mostly national flags and regional flags), balloons and party poppers are all welcome.
Originally the term promenade concert came in use due to the practice of audience members promenading, or strolling, in some areas of the concert hall during the concert. Promming now refers to the use of the standing areas inside the hall (the arena and gallery) for which ticket prices are much lower than for the reserved seating. Single concert promming tickets can be purchased, with few exceptions, only on the day of the concert, which can give rise to long queues for well-known artists or works. Prommers can purchase full or half season tickets instead for guaranteed entry. Scoring tickets of the Proms are especially hard as tickets sell out immediately. Also, it is usually necessary to attend several other Proms in the season to have a chance of getting a Last Night ticket. There's a great sense of anticipation and thrill about having got your ticket for the last night of the Proms and then being there. There are various traditional elements which are always part of the last night of the Proms: Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March with the singing of Land of Hope and Glory, the sea songs that Henry would arrange in the first years of the Proms ending with singing Rule Britannia and that great hymn Jerusalem. Those are the fixed points of the Proms' last night program.
The Proms has been quite successful at achieving its aim which is exactly the same as Henry Wood's was over a century ago, which is to bring the highest possible quality of performances to people in an informal setting so they don't feel constrained by the circumstances under which they listen to the music. The atmosphere of the Proms has always been an incredibly important part of the equation of attending the concerts and that's one of the reasons that people are prepared to try the new music that's being offered because they know that fundamentally they will enjoy the experience of going to the Proms.
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