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No, it’s not a high-school dance full of squeaky voiced teens. The BBC Proms are a series of classical concerts held annually from July to September at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

During these eight weeks of summer, classical-music lovers can take in 76 concerts alone at the Albert, with a smattering of other goings-on throughout the London area.

Proms is actually short for "promenade concerts," which referred to the Proms’ early 19th-century origins, where folks would stroll around during the shows.

The Proms originated in 1895, when Henry Wood wanted to bring a less-formalized version of classical music to the masses, according to the BBC’s Web site.

The BBC took over the Proms in 1927. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, with many also shown on the telly.

And while the Proms concept has evolved and expanded since Henry Wood began the whole shebang in 1895, the concept remains the same: Give people a wide range of music for large audiences, according to the BBC.

"And promenading in the Royal Albert Hall’s arena continues to be a central feature, lending the Proms its unique, informal atmosphere," according to the BBC.

Interested in finding out what’s on with the Proms? Log on to www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2008\


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