The Proms 2016: Here's what you need to know


So you've scoured the BBC Proms guide - available this year online, in print and on an app - and circled your chosen concerts.

Now here's how to get your hands on tickets and what not to miss in 2016.

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How do I get tickets?

The cheapest way to enjoy the festival's music is through Promming, with up to 1,350 standing tickets available for each performance. After a 10-year price freeze at £5, there's been an increase this year to £6, which still represents incredible value for world-class performances. Promming tickets go on sale on May 5.

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Tickets to Proms in the Park - performed in London, Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff - and the hugely popular CBeebies Prom will go on sale on May 6, with tickets for the rest of the season available from 9am on May 7. 100,000 tickets - representing a third of those available - will be priced at £12.50 or under to keep the festival accessible.

Tickets are available via, on 0845 401 5040 and in person at the Royal Albert Hall.

How else can I listen to the Proms?

For those unable to get tickets, every event can be heard live on BBC Radio 3, with selected broadcasts on Radio 2 and 6 Music.

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Twenty-three proms will be shown across the BBC TV network, with a further three premiering exclusively on iPlayer. BBC Four will broadcast concerts on Friday to Sunday throughout the season while BBC Two will offer special Saturday night concerts during the Olympic Games, which run from August 5 to 21.

Luckily for those glued to the Games, a special week of concerts will air nightly on BBC Four from August 22-26 to catch-up.

What shouldn't I miss?

As well as Strictly, Bowie, Quincy and more, the Proms have an eclectic mix of events to suit all musical sensibilities. Here are some of the highlights of the season:

Proms At... brings music to the Roundhouse, Camden and The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. British composer David Sawer will premiere new work April/March at the Roundhouse, while Rossini's Petite messe solennelle will play at the maritime museum.

Barbara Hannigan

A broad array of music inspired by Shakespeare will mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, from Prokofiev's Romeo And Juliet, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to Hans Abrahamsen's Let Me Tell You, performed for the first time in London by Barbara Hannigan, plus Duke Ellington's jazz tribute Such Sweet Thunder.

John Wilson and his eponymous orchestra will also mark the 120th anniversary of Ira Gershwin's birth with a tribute to Ira and his brother George.

Tom Service and Nicholas Collon unpick Mozart's Jupiter Symphony for children and adults alike as part of a series of weekend matinee concerts.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Leading gospel groups will fill the air of the Royal Albert Hall with gospel classics and new arrangements as part of the Late Nights series.

Olympics Opening Ceremony writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce will reflect on the cultural legacy of London 2012 as he hosts the second Proms Lecture. His talk forms part of Proms Extra, a series of free daily events introducing the music of the Proms at Imperial College Union, and a new selection of archive documentaries and films airing on BBC Two.