BBC announces plans for in-person Proms performances, July 30-Sept. 11

Posted on: April 1, 2021

“The BBC has announced its intention to mount a full program of music for Proms 2021, scheduled from July 30 to Sept. 11 in Royal Albert Hall,” writes Anthony Brown in Tuesday’s (3/30) Musical America (subscription required). “ ‘We can confirm we hope to welcome live audiences back to our glorious home this summer,’ said a spokesman, ‘in line with government guidance.’ … At present, the U.K.’s government projects that all social distancing measures will end on June 21, effectively greenlighting indoor music performances and festivals. But reaching this much-desired goal depends on four elements: effective vaccines, a successful vaccine rollout, the NHS’s ability to cope with current infection rates, and potential threats from new variants…. Because the ability to fill the concert hall to its full capacity of 6,000 remains uncertain, tickets will be sold in tranches, with more seats made available assuming conditions continue to improve as performance dates draw nearer…. Last year’s programs … were recorded for television behind closed doors…. The 2021 season will also feature several concerts held outside London…. All of the concerts, the details of which have yet to be announced, will be broadcast on Radio 3, BBC TV, and online.”