BBC Proms is an extremely beloved British tradition that has been running for 123 years. Its purpose is to showcase the world’s richest classical music to the widest audiences possible. Staged over four days, BBC Proms will consist of 5 spectacular concerts that are sure to enthral you.
Why Watch BBC Proms
BBC Proms is hosted and led by the immensely talented and popular Petroc Trelawny who is the presenter for BBC Radio 3. Aside from the main concerts, there are several other interesting and educational activities that are held including pre-concert sessions, chamber music coaching, foyer performances and a choral workshop with Arabic school choirs. There will also be open rehearsals, masterclasses and the creation of an all-new ensemble. This is the perfect show for music lovers, regardless of age.
BBC Proms will comprise not just one, but five different proms altogether. The shows are broken up as follows:
Prom 1: First Night of the Proms
A stunning opener to the BBC Proms, this prom begins with a brief and dynamic world premiere. It stars the world famous Bushra El-Turk, a British composer who draws from her Lebanese origins for her unique sound. You will also watch Ben Gernon, a British conductor who is quickly rising in popularity. He is joined by Karen Gomya, a violinist who was born in Japan, brought up in Canada and who resides in Berlin. She is truly a world artist who has performed in several of the best orchestras in the world.
The other half of this opener showcases one of the best ballets of the 20th century, Romeo and Juliet by the prolific Sergei Prokofiev.
Prom 2: BBC Singers
This concert features some of the most fascinating choral music of the century in a show that has everything from ABBA to Gershwin, and Laura Mvula to Francis Poulenc. At the crux of this prom is Poulenc’s Figure Humaine. It is a spectacular choral masterpiece that was composed during the Second World War.
The second half of the show is aimed toward the less heavy side of the BBC Singers’ collection. It features Sing to the Moon by Laura Mvula, who is an accomplished composer from the BBC Proms of 2018. The concert finishes with Michael Flanders’ famous satirical writing and beautiful choral versions of ABBA. The show will have choristers from schools in the city as well!
Prom 3: BEETHOVEN IX
One of the most anticipated concerts from the BBC Proms, Beethoven IX features soulful Cello Concertos by William Walton and Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony. It will be conducted by the talented Richard Farnes and showcases a quartet of British instrumentalists who have been hand-picked. This is one of the most magical experiences you can ever have.
Prom 4: Late Night Prom – Ksenija Sidorova Tango Trio
Ksenija Sidorova is a virtuoso accordionist whose playing is defined by attitude, style and vigour. Watch the Ksenija Sidorova Tango Trio in this jazz-infused show as they take you on a journey of tango music from Latvia and Latin America. Experience the beauty and subtlety of accordion music in this show which features ‘Midnight in Riga’, a lovely piece written for this show by Arturs Maskats.
Prom 5: Last Night of the Proms
A magnificent finisher, this prom brings everyone in for a musical party that every music festival hopes to have. Featuring BBC Singers, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ksenija Sidorova the accordionist, Roderick Williams the baritone, and the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus, this is going to be a night to remember. The entire ensemble is conducted by the talented Richard Farnes.
You can be sure to hear the famous Stanford's Songs of the Sea, the intense passion and vigour of tango, the beauty of Carmen and an elegant Shakespearean setting for 16 solo instrumentalists and Vaughan Williams’ orchestra. This spectacular show is something you simply cannot miss!
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Know Before You Go
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Rules and Regulations
Latecomers will be allowed inside the hall only during a break.
The door of the auditorium will be closed 5 minutes before the show commences.
The use of any camera recording devices is strictly prohibited inside the hall.
Dubai Opera is located in Downtown Dubai.
By Metro: You can hop on to the Metro Tram and get off at the Burj Khalifa Station. A 20-minute walk from the station will lead you to the venue.
By Bus: If you decide to travel by bus, get off at the Dubai Mall Station and then walk to the venue.
Please note that valet parking is no longer available.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
How to Redeem Your Tickets
Your mobile tickets will be sent to you by email shortly. You may display your ticket on your mobile phone at the box office on the day of the experience.
It is highly recommended that you arrive early and settle down before the show begins.
The ticket is valid only for the same day and same time you have opted for.
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