The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
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Tonight, my mum and I went to the Royal Albert Hall for one of the Proms. The Proms are an important British tradition. The rough idea, established 115 years ago, was that normal people should be able to afford to go to “promenade concerts,” top quality classical music in an informal atmosphere. The Promenade part refers to the cheap, standing places that you can queue for on teh day. Today, the concerts run for about two months over the summer and are sponsored by the might of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who broadcast all of them on Radio 3 and some of them on BBC 2 Television. This means that the founder’s vision of getting gmusic to the masses is able to continue. If all this sounds a little like I swallowed a whole bunch of propaganda, then tough.
In my case, I had been really keen to see Daniel Barenboim’s West-East Divan orchestra, which is a joint Arab and Jewish orchestra. They were absolutely fantastic, and the acoustics are incredible in the hall.
On the way to the Royal Albert Hall, mum and I had stopped to have dinner in the Prince of Wales round the corner. I’d recommend it. They have nice pie and mash and the service is quick and friendly.