BBC Proms In The Park 2016

Since I was little girl I always wanted to go to the last night of the proms, but as you may or may not be aware you do need to attend a certain amount of other BBC Proms concerts in order to qualify for tickets. Alternatively you can go in on the ballot but that doesn’t obviously guarantee tickets. 

As a second option I went along to the BBC Proms in the Park concert in London’s grand Hyde Park on the last night of the proms. There would be a handful of acts during the day with a live link up to Albert Hall for the main event and sing along. I was taking my Mum with me, so we had an afternoon tea at Cahoots and headed over to Hyde Park. 

Of course as always the weather was temperamental and in the end decided to rain! Luckily coats, umbrellas and blankets were with us, although felt very envious of all other folk with camping chairs to hand. Something I’ll remember to take another time! 

Hosted initially by Anneka Rice in the day and onto Michael Ball, we had an eclectic mixture of acts; Rick Astley, ACE, All Saints, Tim Minchin and Frankie Valli. We also had a taste of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, School of Rock, plus Tim Minchin did a few numbers from the musical Matilda. I must admit the musical references and Frankie Valli were big highlights from the day, with the sing along being my absolute top point. 

We had really touching montage footage of the late Sir Terry Wogan, as obviously he would normally be there hosting as he has for the last 18 years. It did actually choke me up because it was really sad to think of him no longer with us. He had such passion for this event as well, so it was really sweet they had that sentimental tribute to him. 

With this particular last night of the Proms I can’t help but wonder if there had been a technical error as we didn’t link up to Albert Hall until quite late on. We had a brief visit from Juan Diego Flórez on stage, then after going to the Albert Hall we saw him again singing Rule Britannia in a 13th Century Inca-Ruler costume! It was pretty amazing. 


Regardless singing Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem,  Radetsky March, Op.228, Rule Britannia, Great Britain’s national anthem and finally Auld Langs Syne.

I must admit I felt slightly over whelmed with sheer sense of patriotism, when everyone was singing such epic songs altogether. Hearing the crowds echo the lyrics back towards the big stage and screens, waving their union jacks, with hugs around strangers as everyone somehow came together to embrace the iconic and proud music. 

I won’t lie there were times standing out in the rain wishing I was watching from home, but when I was singing along with everyone it didn’t matter. The atmosphere was like nothing else. I’d really love to go again, just this time perhaps be more weather savvy! If you aren’t 100% into classical music like myself, then the Proms in the Park series is a great way to have a fun day out, and learn a bit about how amazing our traditional songs are. 

Have you ever been to the BBC Proms concerts before? 

Follow:

28 Comments

  1. September 20, 2016 / 7:49 am

    I have never been to proms in the park but it's always looked good, glad you had a good time x

    • September 20, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      I hadn't before this and would normally watch the last night of the proms from home with Mum.

  2. September 20, 2016 / 11:09 am

    I've never been but always wanted to – I've always felt the atmosphere would be incredible

    • September 20, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Honestly the last bit was by far the best – I'll go as far as saying that I got goosebumps a little!

    • September 20, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Hey! It truly was – have you considered going before?

  3. September 20, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I'd love this. I performed at the Royal Albert Hall with my choir last year and it was amazing.

  4. September 20, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    These always look like such an amazing day – I would love to get to go myself one day. x

  5. September 20, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I can't honestly say that I have ever really been into the Proms, looks like you had a great time though!

  6. September 20, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    This sounds great! I've been to British Summertime there before but never Proms, looks like you had a fab time!

  7. September 20, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    I have been a few times with friends and we always took picnics and had an amazing time. I love it when the crowd goes crazy for Jerusalem x

  8. September 20, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I have never been to the proms although know people that have. It sounds like a great experience. I think I need to get out more!

  9. September 20, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I have never been but it's always been something I've been interesting in doing. It's nice they did a montage for Terry Wogan x

  10. September 21, 2016 / 8:40 am

    I've never been to any BBC Proms events but they look good! I'm such a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Minchin!

  11. September 21, 2016 / 10:00 am

    it looks like a great event, I didn't know about it. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad to know that you had a great time x

  12. September 21, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Never been to any concerts before and would really love to attend one, though it rained it soulds like you had a lovely time

  13. September 21, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Oh this sounds awesome!! I love the feeling of togetherness, so to see strangers all coming together must have been quite emotional actually!!

  14. September 21, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Ooh I love Proms but I had no idea this event was happening! I would've loved this 🙂

  15. September 21, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I've always wanted to go, this looks like fun 🙂

  16. September 21, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I haven't been but it does sound the air was charged with excitement. What a memory!

  17. September 22, 2016 / 8:19 am

    No I haven't but would love to. Looks like fun.

  18. September 22, 2016 / 9:39 am

    I have always wanted to go to this. I have heard that the crowd and atmosphere is always good.

  19. September 22, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Never been but I would definitely want to. The excitement is all over the place!

  20. September 22, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I haven't been personally but I seriously want to!

  21. September 23, 2016 / 5:56 am

    I've bever been to Proms in the Park but it looks like such a fun event. I'd love to go sometime!

  22. September 23, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I actually never knew the Proms were such a fun event to go to. Sounds like you had a fab time and so great how everyone got really into it, nothing like a good sing in the rain!

  23. February 9, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Ooh.. how it can be? Don't be so serious, try to think about the pleasant event like rick Astley tour dates. Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when his video "Never Gonna Give You Up" became integral to the meme known as "rickrolling".Astley was voted "Best Act Ever" by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.His 2016 album 50 debuted in the UK at No. 1.Get his tickets here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *