Celebrate the Last Night of the Proms!
For lovers of the genre, the Proms is a wonderful eight-week summer celebration of classical music; a hugely significant event in British culture since its founding year in 1895. Every year, the BBC broadcast daily orchestral classical music concerts, traditionally at the Albert Hall, alongside further events including Proms in the Park at venues across the UK and the wonderful Last Night of the Proms, taking place this weekend.
According to the chief of the music festival, this year’s event has been inspired by the success of the musical Hamilton, which will be the first ever Prom dedicated to hip-hop, something which will be a very interesting addition to the 2019 event.
Many concert-goers and directors of the Proms have this year been concerned with the underlying Brexit and politically-charged aspects to the event, with some attendees showing solidarity with the European Union by waving EU flags at the concert. But the Proms director, David Pickard, hopes that this will be a dim and distant memory for 2019, and wants the music will be the main focus, as it should be.
As part of the proms season, highlights such as a homage to the wonderful music and ‘High Priestess of Soul’, Nina Simone, alongside a concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
The Last Night of the Proms will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 14th September, and will play host to an incredible set list of singers and musicians from across the world, with a key highlight being the American star Jamie Barton showcasing her talents and voice, establishing her as one of ‘the most exciting performers of her generation’, and other notable performers including British songwriter Laura Mvula performing ‘Sing to the Moon’.
There are still tickets available to watch the Last Night of the Proms in real time, but if you’d prefer to stay cosied up on your sofa in your Everyday Cotton leggings from our range, then the BBC will be broadcasting what will be a fabulous night of culture and classical musical live on BBC Two for the first half, and then the second half on BBC One. Let us know if you’ll be watching!