Sep 102015

For some people, classical music is seen as a bit elitist – but you can forget about that when it comes to the BBC Proms. It’s been called the largest and most democratic classical music festival in the world. And that’s because it’s very informal, open to everyone and cheap to get a ticket – if you don’t mind standing!



Vocabulary and definitions

to pop down to – to visit somewhere
patriotic – showing love for your country
stuck-up – superior attitude
to be gripped by something – to be completely attentive to something
to cheer – to approve of something by shouting in a positive way
gig – an informal musical event
to commission – to pay a person to create something unique
symphony – a work using the whole orchestra
concerto – a work using a soloist plus orchestra
sonata – a work usually using just a soloist

6 Minute English – The Proms Transcript Video


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