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What is the BBC Proms?

The BBC Proms is the world’s largest and longest-running musical festival; an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in Central London, England. Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms brings the best-quality classical music to the widest-possible audiences with each season currently consisting of more than 70 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at nearby Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the United Kingdom on the Last Night, and associated educational and children’s events.

BBC Proms Australia 2016

In 2016, the BBC Proms took place in Melbourne for a limited season. Held over four days from April 13–16, 2016 at Arts Centre Melbourne, BBC Proms Australia brought the magic of the Proms to Australian audiences, providing a taster of this iconic festival. This was the first time the Proms had been held outside of the UK and proved to be a triumphant celebration of classical music. It also marked the first time that orchestras from three Australian cities played together in one program.

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