The 118th season of the BBC Proms finished in triumphant style on 8 September 2012, as once again the world’s greatest classical music festival closed on a flag-waving high with the traditional Last Night of the Proms celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall and in outdoor events across the country.

It was a summer which many across London did not want to end. We have been lucky to experience unforgettable celebrations in sport, culture and community taking place across the city, which in true British style was one of the wettest summers on record. Sadly though, it all had to end, and this weekend saw the sun shine on sensational conclusions both at the Hall and over on the Olympic Park.

The Union Flags were once again out at the Last Night of the Proms, with many of them looking like they had seen a little more use than usual this summer to cheer on the stars of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Some of these stars were recognised once again as medallists from the Team GB and ParalympicsGB teams* took to the stage to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of Rule, Britannia!, as well as a group ‘Mobot‘ celebrating the success of Mo Farah. Unconfirmed reports suggest this was the first synchronised Mobot in the Hall’s history.

The event was once again conducted by Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek and featured guest performances from violinist Nicola Benedetti and celebrated tenor Joseph Calleja. The BBC Sypmphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus lead the crowd to the traditional patriotic second half, which featured national favourites Jerusalem, Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory.

It has been a record-breaking season, with a varied programme of classical and world music that has also preserved the spirit and tradition that makes the BBC Proms what they are. We look forward to their return in 2013.

Image gallery

All images © Christie Goodwin, 2012


Joseph Calleja (sporting a Team GB tracksuit) and special guest Olympians lead the audience to Rule, Britannia!, from Proms founder Sir Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs.


Mark Simpson
sparks c2′
BBC commission: world premiere

Towards a New Life 6′

Songs of Farewell 18′

Un ballo in maschera – ‘Forse la soglia attinse… Ma se m’è forza perderti’ 5′

Werther - ’Pourquoi me réveiller?’ 3′

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor 25′

Tosca –’E lucevan le stelle’ 3′
Turandot – ‘Nessun dorma’ 3′


John Williams
Olympic Fanfare and Theme 5′

Overture ‘Carnival’ 9′

The Gadfly – Romance

The Toast of New Orleans – ‘Be my love’ 3′

Granada 3′

Carousel – ‘You’ll never walk alone’ 4′

Henry Wood
Fantasia on British Sea-Songs 20′

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major (‘Land of Hope and Glory’) 8′

Parry, orch. Elgar
Jerusalem 4′

The National Anthem 2′

Nicola Benedetti violin
Joseph Calleja tenor

BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek

* Olympians and Paralympians:
Alex Gregory, Tom JamesPete Reed – Gold medal winners in the Men’s Coxless Fours
Zac Purchase – Silver medallist in the Lightweight Mens Double Sculls
David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches, Pam Relph & Lily van den Broecke – Paralympics GB Gold medal winners in the Mixed Coxed Fours Gold medal winners