BBC Proms make booking accessible for observant Jews

No need to break Shabbat for concert tickets, Jewish Prommers told by BBC


People wave flags at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on September 7, 2013 during the last night of the Proms. US conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 118-year history. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP via Getty Images)

Observant Jews can request tickets for this year’s BBC Proms a day early to avoid booking on Shabbat. The Saturday morning rush for tickets has previously meant observant Jews have not always been able to secure tickets for the most popular Proms.

General booking opens from 9 am on Saturday 18 May and tickets often sell out quickly – a problem for observant Prommers unable to book tickets on Shabbat – but Jewish music fans can now book via email on Friday 17 May from 9 am until sunset.

Religious Prommers can email ticket requests, including the Prom number/s and the number of tickets for each concert and their contact details to the Royal Albert Hall box office at on Friday 17 May. Ticket requests will then be reserved from Saturday morning and bookers will be contacted on Sunday 19 May to take payment.

The 2024 Proms is set to feature more than 3,000 musicians and will run over eight weeks from July 19 to September 14. The season includes 90 concerts that mix traditional repertoire, including performances from the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the West-Eastern Divan, with concerts by pop artists such as Florence + The Machine and Sam Smith. Israeli conductor, Ilan Volkov, will lead the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Prom 13, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony.

With most concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, there will also be Proms in Newport, Belfast, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Bristol and Gateshead.

Promming tickets, 1,000 of which are available on the day of the concert, remain £8, while the top price – for the Last Night, is £150.

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