‘Education remains a core BBC value and, if the Proms were to take place in term time, there would surely be a healthy number of children in school uniform among the audience’.
You know and we know that taking your family and friends to see a PROM at the Royal Albert Hall, is an essential part of life. Even if you can't bear the sound of a clarinet, and feel queasy at the sight of the Union Jack, you still have to do it. It's the law (of music).
CONCERTS FOR KIDS
In terms of concerts aimed at kids, excitingly BBC Music’s Ten Pieces Presents project returns to the BBC Proms. Here, saxophonist and BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir for Ten Pieces Presents … Sir Henry’s Magnificent Musical Inspirations!, showcasing a range of works from Respighi’s jubilant Pines of Rome to an excerpt from Ravi Shankar’s Symphony (23 July).
THE RELAXED PROM
The BBC Proms, in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Albert Hall Education & Outreach team, presents the first ever Relaxed Prom (29 July), offering an informal environment for everyone from children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities to individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted. BBC NOW, with conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, presents a relaxed matinee full of colour, laughter and audience participation. This performance follows on from the orchestra’s Relaxed Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff (2 July).
You can all enjoy introductions to the music of the following family-friendly Prom; children are invited to bring an instrument or just sit back and take it all in. There are five of these sessions spanning the season (suitable for ages 7-plus).
FAMILY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
Play or sing alongside professional musicians, whatever your age or ability (suitable for ages 7-plus). The sessions will be focussed around highlights from the 2017 Proms season and by Oklahoma!
COMPOSER, JOHN WILLIAMS
A concert not specifically aimed at kids but one that might be appealing to families might be our John Williams at 85anniversary concert. Here, the BBC Concert Orchestra pays tribute to film composer John Williams with a selection of his most iconic film scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Jaws (20 July).
There is also a series of weekend matinees offers engaging concerts that present the perfect introduction to classical music at a time of day that is convenient for those who may not be able to attend evening events; this is a great initiative for all the family where parents may be unable to take their children to concerts during the week.
PRICES & TICKETS
Check this link for tickets to all the events
Additionally, the Proms offers half-price tickets for under-18s to all Proms (except the Last Night).
Remember that if you don't have time to book tickets for your group, you can drop me aline at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can take care of the bookings for your group of 6+ people. email@example.com or mycultureclub.com
- Image 1: RAH interior (cred BBC/Chris Christodoulu)
- Image 2: Jess Gillam who performs in this year’s Ten Pieces Prom (cred Darren Gillam)
- Image 3: The bust of Sir Henry Wood who is brought to life in this year’s Ten Pieces Prom (cred BBC/Chris Christodoulu)
- Image 4: Image of the Ten Pieces II concert (cred Guy Levy)
- Image 5: Grant Llewllyn and Andy Pidcock who lead the Relaxed Prom (cred Betina Skovbro)
- Image 6: Image of the Family Orchestra (cred Sisi Burn)