USA 2016

Night of the Proms in den USA


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Die Konzerte werden nicht stattfinden. Die Tour 2016 wurde abgesagt!


Night of the Proms in America




Tour Dates cancelled; Kansas City and Dallas


Much to our great regret, we have been forced to cancel our two tour dates in the United States.
This year’s show was set to feature artists include Grammy Award Winning Michael Bolton, Grammy Award Winning Wynonna Judd, new wave artist Wang Chung and the former voice of Kansas Steve Walsh. Both the Kansas City Friday, June 24, Sprint Center event and the Dallas Saturday, June 25, at Verizon Theatre have been canceled.
Tickets will be refunded at their original place of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded.


Night of the Proms began as a student-like activity

The idea for the Night of the Proms was developed in 1984 by two Belgian students, Jan Van Esbroeck en Jan Vereecke. With the English ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in mind, they decided to organize the ‘First Night of the Proms’ in the Antwerp Sportpaleis.
Because an evening with only classical music would perhaps not go down well with everybody, a section with pop classics was added to the programme. What sceptics had not deemed possible, happened on the 19th of October 1985: Jan and Jan welcomed 13,.500 music lovers, among whom were many non-students.
The concept of classical music combined with pop was a great success. The reactions of press and audience were so overwhelming that the organizers could not but continue. Year after year, there were more concert nights, and in 1990, the Night of the Proms was exported to Holland for the first time. Germany followed suit in 1994. There were also concerts in France, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark and nowadays concerts are also given in the French speaking part of Belgium (Charleroi) and Spain.

An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of music through the ages


If you are looking for a fun-guaranteed and musical night out in a unique concept, then Night of the Proms is definitely the place to be!
Night of the Proms is one of the most visited and most attractive musical events in Belgium and in Europe. It takes the audience on a journey through rousing and familiar classical repertoire, timeless pop classics, sing-along tunes and get-up-and-dance music, all of this backed by a mind-blowing visual and aural setting.
The regular Night of the Proms orchestra Il Novecento conducted by Robert Groslot, a choir and an Electric Band lead by John ‘Music’ Miles play music from the last three centuries in such a joyful manner and with such verve, that everybody is carried away by their delightful performances. They also accompany international pop artists who enrapture the very lively audience with their greatest hits. Young and old uninhibitedly swing to the beat.
Yes indeed, the idea of Night of the Proms was inspired by the British Last Night of the Proms. Many years ago, two Flemish students gave it their own twist by adding contemporary music and popular artists to the programme. The new and very original concept of ‘Classic meets Pop’ was born.


Night of the Proms: a fabulous musical spectacular

The first Night of the Proms concert was staged at the Antwerp Sportpaleis in October 1985 and welcomed 13,500 music lovers. The event turned out to be a huge commercial and critical success that grew in popularity, year on year. Word spread about the innovative mixing of classical music and pop evergreens, the audience got more and more diversified and from 1990 onwards the event also started to push back frontiers.
Nowadays Night of the Proms plays several shows in autumn in Belgium (reaching 15,000 people per night in Antwerp), The Netherlands (Rotterdam) and several cities in Germany.
What began as a student-like activity is now a permanent fixture for hundreds of thousands. Since 1985, more than 9 million visitors attended the shows and witnessed many unforgettable musical moments. The tremendous success of Night of the Proms made it possible to attract famous pop stars to be part of this fabulous musical spectacular. Artists such as Joe Cocker, Simple Minds, Status Quo, Meat Loaf, Zucchero, Sting, Roger Hodgson (ex-Supertramp), Bryan Ferry, UB40, Chrissie Hynde, Andrea Bocelli, Al Jarreau, Chris de Burgh, Toto, Alan Parsons, Art Garfunkel, Deborah Harry, Wet Wet Wet, Level 42’s Mark King, Lisa Stansfield, Coolio, James Brown, Shaggy, Ike Turner, The Pointer Sisters, Roger Daltrey, Donna Summer, Safri Duo, Tears For Fears, Texas and many, many others have been accompanied by the Night of the Proms’ orchestra and choir and shared their love of music with people of all ages and of different musical persuasions.


Promenade concerts began at the end of the 18th century, and originally were held outdoors in London’s pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra was playing. In 1927, the BBC took over producing the concerts, and it is now a yearly festival of mainly classical music in the UK, with the final night being broadcast in many countries around the world.

During their studies at Antwerp University in the 1980s, Jan Van Esbroeck and Jan Vereecke took on the challenge to organize a classical concert for their fellow students. When compiling the program, they decided to add contemporary (pop) music to the concert in an effort to increase the appeal of their show. Inspired by the atmosphere that reigns at the ‘BBC Last Night of the Proms’, they dubbed their concert ‘First Night of the Proms – classic meets pop’. It took place on October 19th 1985, in front of more than 13,000 music lovers at the Antwerp Sportpalace.

Based on the incredible success of their first show, they decided to do 2 shows in 1986, which both sold out. In 1990, they were asked to produce a Night of the Proms-show in Apeldoorn, Holland, and the success caught the attention of Heineken. Between 1991 and 1998, numerous ‘Heineken Night of the Proms’ took place in Rotterdam, Zurich and Madrid, and the increased number of shows gave way to the booking of international talent; Joe Cocker, Christopher Cross and Jennifer Warnes in 1992, Sting, Gary Brooker and Colin Blunstone in 1993, and Toto and Paul Young in 1994.
By 1995, the Night of the Proms -tour had grown to 20 shows in 5 countries, with such artists as Bryan Ferry, Al Jarreau, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, and a then unknown blind tenor from Italy : Andrea Bocelli, who rose to stardom overnight. Bocelli used a recording of his duet ‘Miserere’ with John Miles from Night of the Proms on his ‘Romanza’-album that sold 20 million copies worldwide, and is considered his breakthrough album, launching his career worldwide. Bocelli also made a surprise appearance on the 1996 Night of the Proms tour in Antwerp, to thank the Antwerp audience for their warm support.

1996 marked the start of a 15-year collaboration with Nokia in Germany, Austria and Denmark with the ‘Nokia Night of the Proms’ establishing itself as leading cultural brand, and resulting in further growth in Europe. Simple Minds in 1997, Lisa Stansfield and Level 42’s Mark King in 1998, Status Quo, Zucchero and Natalie Choquette in 1999, and Chrissie Hynde and UB40 in 2000 provided for unforgettable musical highlights for thousands of loyal music lovers.

This unique combination of classical and pop music attracts performers from all genres, and audiences of all ages and musical taste to participate at the shows, and to date, well over 10,000,000 people have attended one of the 900+ shows since its inception in 1985. Since the start of the new Millennium, James Brown, Meat Loaf, Michael McDonald, Shaggy, Mick Hucknall, Seal, David Garrett, Sinead O’Connor, Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, The Pointer Sisters, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Macy Gray, Tears For Fears, Gloria Estefan, Toto, Foreigner, and many more artists have enjoyed public acclaim and musical fulfillment during their participation.

Since 1991, Il Novecento, Robert Groslot, Fine Fleur and the Electric Band, supervised by John Miles have proven to countless music lovers that classical music can be as powerful and enjoyable as pop and rock music, and to often skeptical performers that a symphonic orchestra can really ‘rock’ !





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