Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, Proms in the Park was the BBC Proms' answer to a problem many concert promoters would envy – even with room for 6,000 music-lovers in the Royal Albert Hall for the Last Night of the two-month Proms season, thousands more wanted to take part. In 1986 Proms in the Park was launched, and it has grown bigger and better ever since, so that today the cream of rock, pop and light music want it on their fixture list too.
Sir Bryn Terfel tops the classical bill. Photo: Nigel Hughes
Musical theatre star Elaine Paige will sing songs from the shows
The Evita and Cats star Elaine Paige, singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan, and dance pop act Steps will also appear on stage at Hyde Park, along with the cast of Five Guys Named Moe.
Phantom of the Opera star Michael Ball presents the whole afternoon and evening of live music, and the Hyde Park audience will be linked up by screen for the second half of the Last Night of the Proms in the Albert Hall for the traditional finale.
There, Sakari Oramo will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra, soloists and choir in popular works including the Fantasia on British Sea-Songs arranged by Proms founder Sir Henry Wood, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major with its added 'Land of Hope and Glory' refrain, and Parry's Jerusalem.
Flag-waving is very much expected. But these days many Prommers, distressed by the damaging impact on live music of Brexit – few people have to move to freely and frequently as international concert performers – take EU flags instead of the Union Jack...
|What||Proms in the Park, Hyde Park|
|Where||Hyde Park | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Hyde Park Corner (underground)|
On 09 Sep 17, 3:00 PM – 10:30 PM
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