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Our Top Picks & How To Book Tickets for BBC Proms 2012

BY Boon Koh
Published 11 May 2012

The BBC Proms is back again this year, and while it’s not claiming to be the biggest, the most spectacular, or some other grand claim, it is still going to be a huge 92 different concerts over the course of 3 months. Plus, in the year of the Olympics, there is quite a British theme to the BBC Proms 2012.

So which of the concerts are our picks, the best of the lot or bound to be the most popular? Well, if you’re up for missing the night of the Olympics, you could listen to all of Beethoven’s symphonies, which are going to be performed in their entirety across multiple concerts, culminating in a grand finale of the ninth symphony on the opening night of the Olympics. But don’t worry, you won’t have the miss the Opening Ceremony to watch Prom 18: Symphony No. 9 ‘Coral’ – it ends around 8pm, and the Olympics Opening Ceremony only start at 9pm that evening, so plenty of time to get home and switch on the BBC HD Live channel!

A British cartoon classic will also be featured in this year’s BBC Proms, and that is Wallace & Gromit, with a new musical commission specially created for the Proms called My Concerto in Eee, Lad.

Moving away from the British theme slightly, a Brazilian orchestra will be performing for the first time at the BBC Proms. The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Marin Alsop, will be performing in Prom 45 on August 15th.

The ever popular Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle, will be performing on August 30th and 31st, which is definitely not to be missed. Unless you’re planning to go for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven and Bruckner on the 6th and 7th September, in which case your wallet might not be able to sustain two consecutive weekends of Promming!

Ticket prices for the BBC Proms 2012 are being held at the same prices as last year, in a nod towards the current austere times. The BBC Proms are being subsidised to the tune of £5.5m of television licence money, so it really is quite good value for money to enjoy some of the best classical music talent from around the UK and the world.

Tickets go on sale at exactly 9am on Saturday, 12th May through this ticket sale link. However, due to predicted high demand, you are recommended to use the Proms Planner to search & browse for your Proms that you want to book, and make your selection by Friday, 11th May. That way, you can retrieve your selections first thing at 9am on Saturday when the Royal Albert Hall ticket booking website is open, and submit your order, thus getting the best seats available.