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BBC Proms – a premiere with the kids

Delighted to be invited to the first Relaxed Prom with the kids and pleased to report it was a smashing success!

Royal Albert Hall

Quite an impression, 4 days now and they are still talking about Rossini and galloping on the William Tell ouverture. The Sugar Plum Fairy was an instant hit with our friend Sophia – though we’ve been all questioning Andy’s outfit and looks!

RAH full house

Waltzing around has been the next popular thing and I’m afraid that Andy’s hilarious waltz performance was more appreciated than Johann Strauss and buzzing Bumblebee flight by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Royal Albert Hall

The Relaxed Performance was also the best for our cheeky monkeys which are just under 4 years old. They got very excited, conducted and danced around quite a bit.

Royal Albert Hall orchestra

It is also a great intro for an orchestra on the stage and its sections – each group wore different colours to be easier spotted, introduced themselves and each instrument. Some great funky facts (please excuse my Go Jetters terminology!) will keep the kiddies entertained: strings section in purple (violins, violas, cellos and double basses); percussion in green (drums, cymbals, bells, xylophones, marimbas and the bongos); brass section in yellow (trumpets, trombones and tubas) and woodwind in blue (flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons).

The Relaxed performance

The conducting needed no introduction for our eldest, a week-end before being fully immersed at the Holland Park Opera Open Day and conducting his very own quartet!


We wrapped up the kiddies first BBC Proms at Verdi’s – RAH brilliant casual restaurant on the first floor.  Aperols and some yum bites (prawns in pancetta !) for parents and  cute lunch for the kids.

Royal Albert Hall

Temperamental weather with heavy showers resumed our beautiful day and rather than heading to Diana memorial, we headed for different playdates. BBC Proms run until September 9th , with 5 other sessions for the whole family and some great evening sessions adults only.

The Albert Memorial

If you are unlucky like us weather wise, after the Proms head for South Kensington museums (free of charge) or Kensington Palace (we wrote about it in here).

I also pencilled in a grown up treat at the Proms and hopefully I will report back soon!

PS: Many thanks to BBC for the complimentary tickets. Mischief & mayhem entirely ours.


14 comments on “BBC Proms – a premiere with the kids

  1. Zen Babytravel
    August 3, 2017
    Creative K Kids
  2. Zen Babytravel
    August 4, 2017
  3. Cultural Wednesday
    August 4, 2017

    Lucky you! We will be heading off to Prom up in the gallery with the teens later in the season. They are such a fantastic way to discover music. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

  4. Zen Babytravel
    August 4, 2017

    Nice!!! Keep us posted, trust your teens will love it and hopefully will bring some betters manners than our excitable little monkeys 😉 Fully agreed it’s a fantastic intro to music, Spotify is convenient but this is the real discovery journey!

  5. largerfamily
    August 4, 2017

    This sounds incredibly entertaining and such wonderful fun! It definitely sounds like something our children would love, from the little ones to the older ones too. Definitely something for us to look into doing.

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 4, 2017

      Warmly recommending it, 5 other sessions for the family this year! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. the Curious Pixie
    August 5, 2017

    How wonderful?! I’d definitely like to take my girls to the Proms. I love the Royal Albert Hall. Last Christmas we saw the LPO perform during a screening of ET. Just amazing #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 7, 2017

      Oh yes, Royal Albert Hall is magic in December, our favourite season as well ! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. The Queen of Collage
    August 16, 2017

    It’s lovely to read that they totally enjoyed their experience. #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 5, 2018

      I know, it’s great to see that they also get to love Royal Albert Hall and classic music!

  8. pigeonpairandme
    August 20, 2017

    Ah, I really must take my two to one of the family-friendly performances. It sounds as though you had a great day out, and this is undoubtedly a fun way to learn about music. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 5, 2018

      Pleasure to link in, keep me posted on what you guys see!

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