The quintessential most English of English classical music concerts and the self-styled world's largest and most democratic musical festival".
The quintessential most English of English classical music concerts and the self-styled world's largest and most democratic musical festival". The “Proms”, originally known as The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Founded in 1895, each season now consists of more than 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the United Kingdom on the last night, and associated educational and children's events. Often held as outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra was playing, this tradition has once again been revived in parks and stately homes not only in the UK, but across the world. The first series of promenade concerts were held indoors at the Queen's Hall in Langham Place. The idea was to encourage an audience for concert hall music who, though not normally attending classical concerts, would be attracted by the low-ticket prices and more informal atmosphere. In addition to “promenading” or “promming”; eating, drinking and smoking was all allowed. Many people's perception of the “Proms” is taken from the “Last Night”, although this concert is very different from the others. The concert is traditionally of a lighter vein, with popular classics being followed by a series of British patriotic pieces in the second half of the concert. This second half sequence traditionally includes most of the works included in this medley. Many in the audience use the occasion for an exuberant display of Britishness.Union Jack Flags are carried and waved by the “Prommers”, especially during "Rule, Britannia!". Balloons and party poppers are also in abundance.