A Complete Guide to London’s New Year’s Day Proms


Are you planning to celebrate New Year’s Day in London? Perfect choice! Not only does the capital city welcomes the New Year with dazzling mega fireworks at midnight, but also hosts some of the best New Year’s Day events and parties in the heart of the city.

This time, head start the New Year with New Year’s Day Proms, a stirring celebration of classical music favourites at the Barbican Centre! Reserve an extravagant stay at The Barbican Rooms Hotel, nestled in the heart of the city and enjoy the best modern rooms and luxurious amenities in the heart of the city and steps away from the iconic Proms venue!

History and Significance of the Proms

It was in 1894 that Robert Newman, the manager of London’s newly constructed Queen’s Hall, conceived a series of music concerts that would be available to the public at an affordable price and cultivate a broader classical and contemporary music audience. In realisation of this vision, he enlisted the participation of accompanist and conductor Henry Wood to direct the concert series and conduct a permanent orchestra.

This led to the first-ever season of so-called promenade concerts at the Queen’s Hall in 1895! The concert series soon came to be known as Proms and was staged annually by Wood and Newman. Post the bombing of the Queen’s Hall during World War II, the Proms were consequently moved to London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Proms significantly expanded over the decades with an array of ancillary events such as a literary festival, pre-concert talks and assorted workshops organised around the concerts!

Now that you know about the history of Proms, book your stay at one of the exquisite and enviably located hotels near Barbican and read on to learn about the unmissable highlights of this year’s New Year’s Day Proms at the Barbican Centre.

The Performers 

This year’s New Year’s Day Proms feature exemplary performers including:

  • The London Concert Orchestra

The London Concert Orchestra was founded by Raymond Gubbay, a British impresario and a leading promoter of ballet and live music in the UK and Europe.

  • Anthony Inglis as a Conductor

Anthony Inglis is described as one of the most popular conductors in Britain. He has made his appearances in some of the greatest orchestras in concert halls including London’s four main independent orchestras!

The Performances 

The featured performances and compositions at the New Year’s Day Proms 2024 will include:

  • In the Hall of the Mountain King and Morning by Greig
  • La Donna E Mobile by Verdi
  • Argo Al Factotum by Rossini
  • Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn

Getting Here and Planning Your Visit 

As you book an exquisite hotel in London City, plan your New Year’s Day proms visit at the Barbican Hall located in the main Barbican building. The doors for the event open at 2.30 pm and the show starts at 3.00 pm.

After all the excitement and fun of New Year celebrations and the Proms, get back to work at bespoke meeting rooms in the city of London, perfect for business trips or comfortable rooms if you’re planning a family holiday. So, secure your stay now and make the most of this iconic event in London!