BBC Proms is coming to Dubai Opera

Time Out has details as it is revealed that BBC Proms is coming to Dubai Opera in March 2017 for a four-day festival, including ticket information

Classical music lovers will be delighted to hear that the iconic BBC Proms concerts are actually coming to Dubai!

It’s only the second time in 122 years of existence that the orchestral tour de force leaves British shores, making this occasion all the more special.

And what better setting to house the four-day concert sessions than Dubai Opera? It’s a fine replacement for London’s Royal Albert Hall, where the televised performances are usually held.

According to Dubai Eye, The Proms 'Dubai' will take place from March 21 to 24 2017, with tickets going on sale on November 3 for as little as Dhs50.

The Proms, more formally known as the BBC Proms or Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually.

Speaking to Dubai Eye, Dubai Opera's CEO Jasper Hope revealed the news.

"I'm delighted to announce the world's largest and undeniably greatest classical music festival is coming to Dubai Opera next March. We are absolutely delighted. It is such as a famous event, an iconic thing, and we're only the second ever country to host it outside the UK.

"In the UK, it is the most extraordinary and varied programme over two full months in an variety of different venues, accomodating all kinds of artists."

He added: "This has been in the works for around 18 months, pretty much since I arrived in Dubai, we started talking about exporting this fantastic event.

"[The Dubai shows] will represent a sample of what The Proms stands for, including local composers, world premieres and compositions, as well Mozart and Elgar; there will be the full range."

When asked about the most well-known element of the British event, Hope confirmed: "We will have a Last Night. It will be the traditional Last Night, as people know it with a local component added in. Flag celebrations is what it is all about. It is about national fervour and celebrating through music."

Edward Gardner is expected to lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers performing Last Night favourites including Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia! and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

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