How do I get tickets for the BBC Proms? Who is playing?

How do I get tickets for the BBC Proms 2023? Who is on the programme? Are there concerts outside London? How can I watch it on TV?

  • MailOnline reveals everything you need to know about upcoming BBC Proms 

The 2023 edition of the BBC Proms are almost upon us, with the esteemed annual event celebrating the best of classical music. 

The three-month long festival will be held between Friday, 14 July and Saturday, 9 September. 

But how can you get tickets for the BBC Proms? Which musicians are playing? Are there any concerts being held outside London? 

Read on below for everything you need to know about the 2023 edition of the BBC Proms.  

The Royal Albert Hall (pictured) traditionally hosts the final night of the BBC Proms, which will occur on Saturday, 9 September in 2023

How do I get tickets for the BBC Proms? 

With proms season officially launched by the BBC on Thursday, 20 April, tickets are available to purchase on general sale from Thursday, 13 May.  

Once the booking window is open, tickets can be bought for the event for as little as £8. 

The organisation advises anyone interested in booking tickets to keep an eye on their social media pages for further information. 

Who is playing?

A variety of new and established artists will be playing at the BBC Proms, given its status as one of the flagship events in the classical music calendar. 

Among the headlines names to feature in 2023 are self-confessed ‘choir nerd’ Self Esteem, who won the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2022. 

Rufus Wainwright and Jon Hopkins are some of the other non-classical artists set to feature at the event. 

Felix Klieser, who was born without any hands, will play the French horn in two performances during the classical music season.

The 32-year-old from Germany will play Mozart’s Horn Concerto No4 in E flat major with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he is an artist-in-residence.

He plays the instrument by using his left foot to operate the valves, with the horn placed on a tripod. 

Felix Klieser, who was born without any hands, will play the French horn in two performances during the classical music season.

In addition, Berlioz’s five act grand opera The Trojans will be performed in full, whilst the much-anticipated UK premiere of György Kurtág’s first opera, Endgame, will appear at the Proms.

This edition of the Proms will fall during what would have been the 150th birthday of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. To commemorate the milestone, there will be a number of choral repertoires performing his most famous works. 

The Last Night of the Proms will be conducted by Marin Alsop and feature cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, soprano Lise Davidsen and a world premiere by James B. Wilson. 

The festival will also include a Bollywood Prom from Indian singer Palak Muchhal and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Northern Soul Prom curated by writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie. 

Are there concerts outside London? 

Although the Royal Albert Hall has become synonymous with the BBC Proms, events will be held across all four nations in the UK. 

There will be a weekend of performances at the Sage concert venue in Gateshead, featuring appearances from Self Esteem and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. These will be held between Friday, 21 July and Sunday, 23 July. 

In Northern Ireland, Guildhall Londonderry will play host to a concert by Stile Antico on Saturday, 15 July. In Wales, The Gesualdo Six will perform at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Sunday, 30 July. 

Elsewhere, Dewsbury Town Hall will host concerts by Laura van der Heijden on cello and Jams Coleman on piano. This will be held on Sunday, 6 August. 

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro will welcome the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective on Sunday, 27 August. 

The Perth Concert Hall in Scotland and the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth will also put on events as part of the Proms. 

How can I watch it on TV? 

As the event is organised by the BBC, there be extensive coverage of the Proms for its duration. 24 programmes will be broadcast on BBC television and iPlayer. 

This includes the First Night and Last Night of the Proms, which viewers will be able to watch on iPlayer for 12 months. 

Extensive radio coverage of the Proms will be available on BBC Radio 3, which will broadcast every Prom at the Royal Albert Hall and ‘Proms at’ chamber concert across the UK. 

For the first time, the majority of concerts will also be available to listen to via BBC Sounds for 12 months. 

2022 Mercury Prize winner Self Esteem (pictured) headline the non-classical artists to be performing at the 2023 edition of the BBC Proms 

Will the BBC Singers be performing? 

Director of the BBC Proms David Pickard assured that the BBC Singers will have an ‘important role to play’, after fears they would be axed from the BBC Proms. 

Plans to scrap the BBC Singers, which came shortly before members were set to celebrate the group’s 100th anniversary, sparked a backlash, with more than 140,000 signing a petition urging the BBC to reverse its decision.

Last month, the BBC confirmed it had suspended those plans while it explores alternative funding models and confirmed the choir would appear in this year’s Proms.

For the first time, the first and last nights of the Proms will be conducted by female conductors, which Pickard described as ‘moving in the right direction’.

Referring to gender equality among conductors, performers and composers, director of the BBC Proms David Pickard said: ‘We’re never going to be happy until we’ve changed things in a significant way in the long term…

‘This year two thirds of our concert commissions are by women, while a third of our concerts include a piece by a woman in them. This is hugely, hugely advanced on the figures we would have given you 10 years ago.’

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