BBC Proms 2023: How to get tickets and schedule
The BBC Proms returns in 2023 with an exciting lineup, featuring a diverse range of composers and musicians. Over the course of eight weeks, there will be 72 events held across various locations in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Derry's Guildhall, and Sage Gateshead.
BBC Proms 2023 schedule:
The schedule for BBC Proms 2023 offers a blend of modern and classical music, showcasing the unique styles and talents of today's composers. One of the highlights is 'Orrible Opera, a production by the team behind the beloved history-comedy show Horrible Histories. This irreverent introduction to opera features the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Additionally, renowned non-classical musicians such as Rufus Wainwright, Self Esteem, and Jon Hopkins will also grace the stage.
Classical music enthusiasts can look forward to performances by esteemed international ensembles like the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich.
This year, the Proms will make history by opening and closing with compositions by female composers. Dalia Stasevska will conduct the First Night, while Marin Alsop will lead the Last Night of the Proms.
BBC Proms 2023 dates & tickets:
The Proms season will run from July 14 to September 9, 2023, offering ample opportunities for music lovers to attend these spectacular events. To purchase tickets, season and weekend passes will go on sale starting from 9 am on May 12. General sale tickets, including family proms, will be available from 9 am on May 13. Prices start from £9 for half-price tickets for those under 18 years old, with additional booking fees. Day Promming standing tickets are priced at £8, inclusive of booking fees. For a full breakdown of prices, see the BBC’s price band table for the different seats positions at the Royal Albert Hall here.
The Royal Albert Hall website provides an online platform for purchasing tickets, and they can also be obtained by phone or in person at the Royal Albert Hall.
Promming tickets are another option for attendees, offering around 1,000 standing places in the Arena and Gallery, as well as a few seated places in the Choir or Circle. These tickets are available at a reduced price of £8, including fees. Promming tickets can be purchased online on the day of each concert. Those who purchase these tickets, referred to as "prommers," can buy up to two tickets per concert. E-tickets will be sent to the buyers. It is advisable to arrive early and join the queue for the standing tickets as they are not assigned to specific spots.
Last Night of the Proms tickets:
For the highly anticipated Last Night of the Proms on September 9, there will be a separate sale due to the high demand for tickets. Each booker is limited to purchasing two tickets. There are four ways to acquire Last Night of the Proms tickets: through the Five-Concert ballot, general sale, purchasing a whole season pass, or day promming.
The Five-Concert ballot is open to those who have already bought tickets to at least five other concerts. Participants are entered into a ballot and can apply for up to two tickets. The ballot closes on June 8.
The general sale offers tickets that can be purchased online, via telephone, or in person, as mentioned earlier. A whole season pass includes admission to the Last Night. Pass holders who wish to attend the Last Night must claim tickets online between midday on September 8 and 10 am on September 9.
Day promming is available for the Last Night of the Proms as well and can be purchased on the day of the event.
A limited number of Last Night Promming tickets will also be available for individuals who have attended at least five concerts throughout the season. These tickets, priced at £8, inclusive of booking fees, can be purchased from the Box Office at Door 12 on July 18 at 9 am, August 21 at 9 am, and September 4 at 9 am.
Enjoying the Proms at home:
For those unable to attend the concerts in person, there are still opportunities to enjoy the BBC Proms. Every Prom held at the Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Additionally, for the first time ever, most of the concerts will be available on BBC Sounds for listening back for up to one year. The BBC will broadcast 24 programs, and catch-up options will be available on BBC iPlayer.
The BBC Proms 2023 promises an exceptional lineup of music, with a combination of classical and modern compositions performed by renowned musicians and ensembles. From July 14 to September 9, music enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the Proms by attending the events or tuning in from the comfort of their homes. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person, and various options are available, including Promming tickets for standing places. Don't miss the chance to be part of this incredible celebration of music at the BBC Proms 2023.