BBC Proms to return with a virtual festival and two weeks of live concerts
The final two weeks of the season are set to take place in the Royal Albert Hall
This year’s BBC Proms will feature a raft of archive material on radio, TV and online, with hopes of moving back into London’s Royal Albert Hall for the last two weeks of the season for live concerts, depending on lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines.
The season will kick off with a world premiere by Iain Farrington, performed by virtual orchestra. The work will be a ‘mash-up’ of all Beethoven’s nine symphonies, to tie in with the great composer’s 250th anniversary this year.
The following six weeks will feature concerts from the extensive BBC Proms archive.
From 28 August, the BBC Proms team hopes to move into the Royal Albert Hall, ‘culminating in a poignant and unique Last Night of the Proms to bring the nation together’.
The news comes after many festivals and concerts across the globe have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.