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The Proms

Visit the Royal Albert Hall this Summer and enjoy the classical music live.

The Georgian House Hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning to go to The Proms. The world's greatest classical music event takes place at the Royal Albert Hall and is easy to reach by bus or underground.
The Proms

The Proms - Themes for 2009

The Proms' original main aim was to present to large audiences the widest possible music that is performed to the highest possible standards - which it still remains true to after 110 years.

The Proms explore different themes each year as a way to bringing together music that spans many centuries and different styles. The three themes this year are:

  • The Sea - The Proms explore the vast range of music associated with the sea, an indispensable resource for humanity as well as a terrible force for destruction.
  • Fairytales - the stories that have been passed down through generations and inspired some of the most beautiful music in the world.
  • Anniversaries - paying tribute to famous and inspirational composers.

Take time out to spend a few days in London and enjoy the Proms. This year the BBC Proms will run from 17th July 2009.

The Proms - The Beginning

The Proms first took place on 10th August 1895, organised by Robert Newman who was the manager of the newly built Queen's Hall in London. Aiming to reach wider audiences by offering more popular programmes of music at low ticket prices, Newman offered Henry Wood, a highly trained musician, conductorship of the permanent orchestra of the first Prom's season. In those early days, eating, drinking and smoking were permissable at the Proms and the informal atmosphere was further encouraged by the cheap tickets. At this time, the Proms were called "Mr Robert Newman's Promenade Concerts".

In 1915 the orchestra was renamed the New Queen's Hall Orchestra when it was taken over by the publishers Chappell and Company who had already taken over the lease of the hall when Newman had run into financial difficulties earlier.

The Proms were taken over by the BBC in 1927 when Chappell announced its withdrawal of financial support.This was because the Proms were running at a loss and the BBC had established its status as a Corporation with a mandate "to inform, educate and entertain". The concerts were then given by "Sir Henry Wood and his Symphony Orchestra". The Proms would now reach a very wide audience through broadcasting.

Wood found private sponsorship during the Second World War for the Proms as the BBC announced that it was not able to support it. In 1940, the Proms moved to the Royal Albert Hall after a Luftwaffe bombardment gutted the Queen's Hall, where it has taken place since. The BBC then returned to sponsor the Proms the following season.

The Proms - Today

The Proms celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 1994 and the festival includes over seventy main Prom concerts every year. The BBC Proms still seeks to ever-widen the range of symphonic and operatic music presented by welcoming leading international performers as well as showcasing the British music scene. Now the scope of the Proms has increased enormously since its beginning in 1985, however its concept still remains largely unaltered - to present the widest possible range of music , performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.

For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan a trip to the Proms? You can book online or email to make a reservation on reception@georgianhousehotel.co.uk, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438