David Pickard, Director BBC Proms

It is 122 years since the first season of 'Henry Wood Promenade Concerts' and 90 years since the BBC took over responsibility for the festival. The world has changed considerably since 1895, but the BBC Proms continues to uphold the same founding principles of those very first concerts: to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audiences.

Just as Henry Wood enjoyed mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar, the serious with the light-hearted, so this season we explore a huge range of different music Ė core classical repertoire by the great composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; contemporary works which audiences will be hearing for the first time; tributes to jazz legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus; world music from India and Pakistan; and two special staged performances of the classic musical Oklahoma!

Our Proms at... series returns in 2017, matching music to venues across London with special concerts taking place in Southwark Cathedral, Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in Peckham, The Tanks at Tate Modern and Wiltonís Music Hall.

And, in keeping with the broad range of our programming, we celebrate the maverick singer and song-writer Scott Walker in a concert led by Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra and pay tribute to Philip Glass in his 80th year with a live performance of his album Passages which he created with Ravi Shankar.

Promming (standing tickets) tickets are available for every concert and remain fantastic value at just £6, and if you canít make it to a concert in person, as always every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and many on BBC Television.

With over eight weeks of events and more than 90 concerts showcasing the greatest musicians in the world Ė however you experience the Proms, I hope you enjoy a summer full of musical discoveries.

David Pickard, Director BBC Proms

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David Pickard, Director BBC Proms