Will this year’s Proms season take place?
The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out his ‘roadmap’ for the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, and has stated that large performances in indoor venues with a capacity of 1000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will be allowed as part of the so-called ‘third step’. This will occur no earlier than 17 May.
It is hoped that step four of the roadmap will allow all legal restrictions on social contact to be removed by no earlier than 21 June, which may mean that audiences can return to the Royal Albert Hall for this year’s Proms.
The BBC Proms usually takes place between July and September, with the vast majority of concerts taking place at the Royal Albert Hall. After the First Night of the Proms in July, Prommers can expect eight weeks of live concerts before the Last Night of the Proms in September.
The BBC Proms team recently announced the dates for its 2021 season, which will be held in the Royal Albert Hall with additional coverage on BBC Radio 3, BBC TV and online.
The season will take place in the Royal Albert Hall with live audiences, in line with government guidance.
What are the dates for the 2021 BBC Proms season?
This year’s BBC Proms season will run from Friday 30 July to Saturday 11 September at the Royal Albert Hall.
How do you buy tickets for the 2021 BBC Proms season if it goes ahead?
If the BBC Proms go ahead with an in-person audience this year, we’ve outlined the various ways to buy tickets.
If you’re unable to attend the BBC Proms in person, every single Prom is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and highlights are played on BBC TV.
You can catch up on the highlights from the 2020 BBC Proms on BBC iPlayer.
Will there be a 2021 Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park?
As part of the post-lockdown roadmap, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined that outdoor performances with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed as part of the third step of restrictions being lifted, which will take place no earlier than 17 May. If crowds are able to socially distance, events with more than 10,000 people are allowed to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Step four of the roadmap is hoped to take place no earlier than 21 June, with all legal limits on social contact removed, so it is possible that the Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park will be able to take place in September – as long as there are no difficulties with the vaccine rollout and surges in cases of coronavirus again.
Have the BBC Proms ever been cancelled before?
The 2020 BBC Proms took place in the form of two months of archive concerts, which were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four. The final fortnight of the season finally saw a return to the Royal Albert Hall stage, albeit without an audience.
It wasn’t the first time the BBC Proms faced a challenge: in 1980, the Proms season opened with no orchestra as BBC musicians went on strike over plans to disband the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 1940, just as the Prom was about to take pace, the first wave of air-raids were launched on London.
If you’re hoping attend this year’s BBC Proms in person, check out our list of top tips.