The Proms - billed as the World’s greatest classical music festival – starts today.
They started life in 1894 as ‘Mr Robert Newman’s Promenade Concerts’. Mr Newman, an impresario, had a vision of bringing the wide range of high standard classical music to the masses. Ticket prices were kept low. 5d a concert!
Mr Newman has long since been forgotten but not Sir Henry Wood, the first Proms conductor.
Read more about the History of the Proms