The BBC Proms 2022: When Is It? How Do I Get Tickets? How Much Are Tickets?

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The BBC Proms 2022: When Is It? How Do I Get Tickets? How Much Are Tickets?

Never done the Proms before? You're missing out. This eight-week festival of live classical music โ€” and plenty more besides โ€” is in London from 15 July-10 September 2022. Here's what you need to know.

A fish eye lens views of the inside of the hall filled with spectators
The first Prom took place in in 1895. Image: Royal Albert Hall

What are these Proms you speak of?

The first Prom was in 1895, established by the conductor Henry Wood who wanted "to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience" (no sniffiness from the outset, then). Over the decades, it's burgeoned into an eight-week jamboree of concerts, workshops, talks and family events. This year, there are over 84 shows.

Where do the Proms take place?

The Albert Hall illuminated at night -- with hordes of people outside it.
Tickets for the Proms regularly sell out. Image: Royal Albert Hall

The majority of the Proms' 84 concerts take place at the flagship venue, South Kensington's Royal Albert Hall. This dazzling bowl of Victorian splendour, holds an audience of over 5.5k. To paraphrase the Beatles, now you know how many folks it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

Satellite venues include Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square and (new for 2022) Printworks London in Surrey Quays. Nearly all of the concerts are broadcast live on Radio 3, and many are shown on TV/BBC iPlayer too.

What are the highlights of the 2022 Proms?

Robert Ames conducts the first-ever Gaming Prom. Image: BBC Proms

That very much depends what you're into. There's a slew of peerless classical classics from the ilk of Haydn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky โ€” performed by some of the greatest living musicians and conductors (think Yuja Wang, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Christiane Karg, Kazuki Yamada and Robert Ames). These days it's not just traditional classical music that gets a look-in though.

But here are some shows on the programme that've caught our attention:

  • Prom 4: Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Voices - Ludicrously talented actor, singer, songwriter and producer Cynthia Erivo is backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, performing classic numbers by the likes of George Gershwin, Jacques Brel and Prince. 17 July ๐ŸŽค
  • Prom 19A: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra - The newly formed orchestra (which includes recently-refugeed Ukrainian musicians) play a stirring set featuring Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. 31 July ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Prom 21: Gaming Prom: From 8-Bit to Infinity - The first-ever gaming-themed Prom, featuring music from Battlefield 2042 and Kingdom Hearts, is surely enough to tear anyone away from their PS5. 1 Aug ๐ŸŽฎ
  • Prom 22: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony from Memory - Though this Beethoven classic has been played over 100 times at the Proms, no one's ever done it without the sheet music before. Maverick violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is about to change that. 2 Aug ๐ŸŽป
  • Prom 25: Shostakovich's Last Symphony and a Concert for Theremin - Always great to hear the unsettling strains of Shostakovich, but the eerie wail of a theremin filling the Albert Hall? We're in. 4 Aug ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
  • Prom 33: Holst's the Planets - Bloody obvious choice, but in all honesty, if you're never been to the Proms before, this is the show to start with. 10 Aug ๐Ÿช
  • Prom 47: Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul - It's 50 years since the release of Franklin's album Young, Gifted and Black. To mark it, Jules Buckley conducts an ensemble fronted by singer-songwriter, Shelรฉa. 22 Aug ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ
  • Prom 53/54: Earth Prom with Chris Packham - You can tell a Prom's going to be popular if it runs twice in a day. TV's Chris Packham leads us on an audio/visual voyage across seas and mountains, glaciers and deserts โ€” with scores from the likes of Hans Zimmer... and Mother Nature herself. 27 Aug ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Proms and the ENO at Printworks London - The former newspaper printing works in Surrey Quays collides the musical worlds of Handel and Philip Glass, using a heady mixture of music, dance, theatre, video and audio soundscapes. 3 Sept ๐Ÿ’ฅ

How do I get tickets for the Proms?

A copy of the guide to this year's proms - it's pretty psychedelic
Image: BBC Proms

Tickets for all performances are on sale now via the Proms website. If you're hoping to go to a number of shows, there's also a handy Proms Planner (though you'll need to register for this by 20 May). Or you can buy a physical paper (remember that?) Proms guide for ยฃ8.99.

If you want to be a proper 'prommer', read onto the next section...

What are the cheapest tickets at the Proms?

The Albert Hall full of people
Promming tickets are available for up in the gallery or down in the arena. Image: Royal Albert Hall

That'd be the 'promming' tickets. Around 1,000 are available for every single Proms performance, and cost just ยฃ7.12 each. The catch is you can only buy them on the day of that Prom.

Traditionally, you've needed to queue up to get promming tickets, but this year, they're online only โ€” on sale from 10.30am that morning. (These tickets apply to most, but not all Proms.)

What exactly is promming anyway?

A conductor in black waves his baton in front of a string section
Image: BBC Proms

It's short for promenade, and in this case means you don't get a seat. You choose whether to head up into the gallery (spectacular views, and you can indeed stroll around a bit), or into the arena (tends to be more cramped, but you can see the performers up close). You can take a picnic in with you but any booze may be confiscated. Boo.

Are the Proms just for adults?

A little girl in a blue dress watches, captivated
There's a special Prom for kids. Image: BBC Proms

Absolutely not. Well behaved children over the age of five are welcome, and there's a prom aimed squarely at kids, CBeebies Prom - A Journey into the Ocean (happening twice on 23 July), which under fives can attend.

Children aged 5-18 also get half-priced tickets to all shows.

Do I need to dress up posh?

Top hats and tailcoats please. Only joshing. Wear what you like, within reason. We've even seen some prommers stalk about barefoot in the gallery (arguably a bit pretentious, but maybe it helps them contemplate Shostakovich or something).

When is the last night of the Proms?

the hall full to capacity, with people waving flags (and a huge inflatable banana)
Look - EU flags. Image: Royal Albert Hall

This year's flag-waving finale is on 10 September. It's wildly popular, and ticketing for it is different (and more complicated) than other Proms. Check out the details here.

Your flag needn't be a Union Flag. There was a myth started a few years back that EU flags are banned โ€” it's not true.

Last Updated 04 August 2022