Wood Promenade Concerts

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Wood (Henry) Promenade Concerts

Mid-July to mid-September
Popularly known as The Proms, the nine-week concert series that has been held in London since 1895 presents solo recitals, operas, symphonies, chamber music, and popular music to enormous audiences. Tens of thousands of listeners tune in to the concerts on their radios or televisions, and 7,000-8,000 crowd into the Royal Albert Hall. The series is named after Henry Wood, a pianist and singing teacher who served as conductor at the Proms for 46 years and who is credited with establishing its first permanent orchestra, introducing young and aspiring musicians to the public, and attracting the primarily youthful crowd that attends the Proms every year. The idea for the series came from France, where "promenade concerts"—in other words, concerts where strolling around and socializing took precedence over listening to the music—were popular.
A highlight of the Proms is "Last Night," which occurs on a Saturday in mid-September. Fantasia of Sea Songs, composed by Henry Wood, is a traditional part of the Last Night program, as is a setting of Blake's "Jerusalem" and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance." Many festival patrons wear party hats, throw streamers, and chant rhymes similar to those heard at football games as the festival draws to a close.
CONTACTS:
BBC Proms Box Office
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
44-20-7589-8212
www.bbc.co.uk
SOURCES:
DictDays-1988, p. 66
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 58
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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