It’s back: BBC Proms 2013 in London

An internal shot of the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC PromsThis summer from 12th July all through to 7th September, you can enjoy one of the most popular seasons for worldwide classical music at The BBC Proms 2013. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, you can become immersed in the daily orchestral classical music concerts, taking place since 1895.

This year’s season focuses on one of the greatest British composers, Benjamin Britten, in honour of his centenary birth. Highlights of the proms include the return of Doctor Who to celebrate the TV series’ 50th anniversary, the emotive and richly varied world of gospel music, and other great composers including Les Siècles and Wagner.

The world famous Last Night of the Proms is not to be missed, in which everything is brought to a thrilling finale; tickets are like gold dust! In turn, you can join in with the celebrations with Terry Wogan and thousands of others in The Proms in the Park closing party, held in Hyde Park.

Between 500 and 1,400 standing tickets are available for each Prom so you can marvel at the world’s biggest orchestras and classical performers. Alternatively, if you wish to attend a particular night, tickets are available online.

After a glorious summer evening enjoying some of the world’s finest music, why not continue the atmosphere by staying at DUKES London? We have numerous offers to help you enjoy your time, all of which can be found here.

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Start the year properly: Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza is here

Two members of the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's 'Kooza'The New Year in the capital has started with a bang as the Royal Albert Hall welcomes back the Cirque du Soleil. They return with their highly rated show ‘KOOZA’ for the first time in the UK.

KOOZA is a touring circus production which consists of a combination of acrobatics and clowning performances set in what has been described as an ‘electrifying and exotic‘ world.

The story is centred on a character called The Innocent, a lonely outsider searching for himself in the world he has been lost in for many years. His story and inspiring journey is demonstrated with trapeze-artists, high wire performers and the stunning wheel of death throughout the show.

The show cleverly mixes up a variety of different acts throughout which help contribute in developing the story and engaging the audience. Cirque du Soleil’s talented performers take to the stage presenting some incredible acts allowing the audience to capture the amazing and complex anatomy of a human body and to what lengths it can be pushed.

The Red, White and Gold coloured fabrics used to design the stunning costumes are inspired by the traditional circus and burlesque colour schemes. With more than 175 costumes, 160 hats and all together an impressive 1,080 pieces of wardrobe it is safe to say a lot of effort has gone in to creating the outfits.

All aspects from costume to music and atmosphere have been considered to create a show that promises to exceed all expectations. If you fancy being a part of The Innocent story you can grab tickets from now until 14th February.

Afterwards, why not take a moment to relax in our exclusive Dukes Bar, where our very own world-famous barman Alessandro Palazzi will conjure up the perfect drink for you to unwind in our idyllic surroundings?

Here is a video preview of what you can expect from the show:

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