The BBC are going to mount a modest BBC Proms season in Australia next year, it was announced earlier this week.
As a hardcore Proms advocate, I’ve always wondered about the idea of a Proms season in a different UK city (something I’d love to to see). But a Prom concert series on another continent is something entirely different. Isn’t it?
Not really. BBC Prom concerts from London have featured as part of ‘Australia’s Radio 3’ ABC Classic FM for a few years now. If there’s a radio audience, might there be an audience for a local audience? And if there’s an audience to tap into in April when BBC Proms Australia gets underway next year, might we see a live link up with Australia during London’s Last Nght next year?
I’m fascinated by the proposition, something which makes me ponder one fundamental question: could BBC Proms Australia be the reason I end up visiting Australia for the first time in my life. I’m open to invitations. Do please drop me a line should you have a budget,
Staged over four days from April 13-16, 2016 at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, BBC Proms Australia will feature orchestras from three Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. More details to follow.