The world's largest classical music festival is coming to Dubai
Are you a fan of classical tunes? Read on…
The world’s largest classical music festival, BBC Proms, is coming to Dubai Opera for a four-day festival.
BBC Proms will be taking place from March 21 to 24, marking the first time BBC Proms has travelled to the Middle East, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers are coming to the city at the same time too.
WAIT, WHAT IS BBC PROMS?
BBC Proms is in its 122nd year, and is the largest classical music festival in the world.
The festival’s key goal? To bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience.
Just check out the performance of Rule, Britannia! From this year’s edition of the BBC Proms:
WHAT MUSIC CAN WE EXPECT?
The repertoire will include classical music, British music as well as new music.
Music from American composer Mohammed Fairouz will also be featured, as well as work from Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh as well as Egyptian composer Joseph Tawadros.
BBC Proms regulars will also fly into town, including conductor Edward Gardner and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
The six concerts throughout the Proms will end with the traditional closer Last Night of the Proms, where Edward Gardner will lead both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers through Proms favourites including Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Rule Britannia! and more.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
On top of all of the concerts, there will be a bundle of workshops across the four-day festival, as well as masterclasses and open rehearsals.
The Arabian Youth Orchestra will be hosting a workshop with players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Local adult and children’s choirs will also be able to participate in workshops with the BBC Singers, and there will be a masterclass held for chamber musicians at the Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai.
HOW DO I GET TICKETS?
Tickets go on sale on November 3, and nearly 600 ‘Promming’ tickets (aka, standing room) will be made available each day for each concert, priced from just Dhs50.
Tickets can be bought from Dubai Opera’s website.