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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009
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    Whitechapel is already a smorgasbord of things, so before the Royal Albert Hall turns up half submerged in FA, let's turn to the other thing it's famous for - The Proms. This year's season is already twelve days in and there are just north of 100 concerts and films planned. Does anyone else here following or going to attend?

    I doubt I'll get to a concert this year, but as it went so well last year, I'm trying to listen to every concert on iPlayer and tweet my first thoughts as I hear them. The Proms is the only time of the year I deliberately listen to classical music so I think that now I've 'got it', the Proms is a great thing. I've already found a couple of pieces in the first ten proms I might get copies of - just ninety more to go.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009
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    Oh...This thread had me very worried for a minute. Never heard of this, but it looks pretty cool. Need to check out more when I'm home from work.
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    Yeah, Saturday is Stockhausen day, and next week we have Mahler, Debussy and Stravinksy. Oh uninspiringly but still great Bach's Tocatta and fugue in D minor. Here's the full schedule...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2008/whatson/season/?week1
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009
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    I...think proms have a different meaning in the States then in the UK. When I read this, visions of awkward conversations with the opposite sex and general lonliness flashed through my head like I was a Vietnam vet.

    So it's like a series of concerts?
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      CommentAuthorBlanche
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009 edited
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    @DKJ

    Funny; my war veteran flashbacks are usually triggered by "Green Grass and High Tides" in Rock Band on Expert, or clowns.

    Regardless, proms are an overblown excuse for women to buy multi-hundred dollar dresses and plan everything in exacting detail towards no discernible outcome, to shun the socially awkward, and to give deejays ample reason to phone it in. (lazy bastards)
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009
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    Ah yes, I'd rather forgotten about the meaning of Prom over the water.
    The Promenade Concerts are a season of classical music concerts that take place every day from mid-July to mid-September. They were founded by Sir Henry Wood in 1903 and are now one of the biggest events in the classical music calendar with pretty much every big orchestra and known soloist having played here.

    They are called the Proms because the idea was to encourage people to listen to classical music and so allow punters to simply walk in off the streets and try it out for very little. Thus, like modern music concerts, every concert has standing tickets for £5 which must be bought on the day as people come into the concert. If people want to sit down, they can pay the usual extortionate prices in advance.

    The main proms - there are 76 this year - take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London but there are also 19 lunchtime chamber music concerts at the Cadogan Hall and several 'Proms in the Park' events around the country, official and unofficial. The whole thing has become an institution in the UK and will probably continue until end of time with the Last Night of the Proms in September being a particularly silly night when more whistles, hooters, costumes and the like are packed into the Albert Hall than you'll find at most raves.

    Last year, with a classical music knowledge of zero, I decided to try and address that gap in my listening and see if I could find anything in the Proms that I liked. Job done, I'm back again this year to try and find more.
    • CommentAuthorJRadley
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
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    Never attended one, but listen on Radio 3 and sometimes watch the televised concerts.

    Intrigued by the UK Premiere of Philip Glass' Toltec Symphony (Symphony No 7) in Prom No 37, 12th August.

    Otherwise I will be trying to catch all the Bartok, Stravinsky and Prokofiev I can, and pick 'n' mixing from the rest (I'll try anything from Purcell to Stockhausen)

    Not a big fan of The Last Night, though...
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    Being Scottish I find the last night hilarious and baffling.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
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    I have never heard of this (though the concept seems similar to Pops concerts), and it's bullshit that Americans don't get to see it.

    I hear Rascal Flats is coming around, though. That'll be fun.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2009
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    The last night is indeed weird and not particularly wonderful after about ten minutes.

    @Fauxhammer - it's possible that BBC America might show a concert or two? Failing that, I believe there are ways to trick the iplayer into believing you are from the UK the same way we over here find ways to use Hulu....