Proms, London

Caroline Cassidy

The biggest classical music festival on the planet will make its annual appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall on the 16th July. It's a quintessentially British experience that has become a fixture of summer and a feast for music lovers everywhere. There are a staggering range of musical events scheduled including orchestral concerts, operas, choral concerts and world music.

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The purpose of The Proms is to blend popular and familiar favourites with new and innovative music. The organisers hope that less familiar composers will find a following with new audiences in what is something of a musical melting pot.

The Proms in London also includes a series of chamber music concerts at Cadogan Hall. Make sure you arrive early to queue for tickets for the biggest names and expect to queue overnight for entrance to the Last Night of the Proms.

It's a packed, two-month long festival that draws to a dramatic close on the famous Last Night. There will be renditions of all the old favourites that are now so much part of the festival. These days the event extends far beyond the capital with performances in Belfast, Swansea, Manchester and Glasgow. For the first time last year the number of concerts reached 100. The Proms will also be beamed around the globe to an audience of millions who will be able to enjoy all the performances.

The term Proms is short for Promenade concert and the standing audience are situated right in front of the orchestra adding to the event's unique atmosphere. A total of 900 Prommers can stand in the central Arena and a further 500 can stand or sit in the Gallery. Many thousands will watch the event in cities around the UK for the bargain price of just five pounds.