Prague Proms Music Festival

Prague Proms International Music Festival

Expect dates from as early as June to as late as September. The Prague Proms International Music Festival started in 2005 but, don’t think of it as being like the English Proms with a hall full of flag waving university students. It’s a summer music festival format almost like a meeting of the Prague Jazz Festival with the Prague Spring Music Festival. Every year sees the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) host a series of performances from a variety of orchestras and musical guests. The CNSO has been around since 1993, has toured internationally and worked with many well known artists and musicians.

Prague Proms Poster
Prague Proms Poster

Unlike the Prague Jazz Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Proms is a much smaller affair with less than 20 performances (mostly evenings) but it does bring something different to the Prague summer music scene. For example, I love the Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, largest Classical Concert Hall in the city, stunning decor inside and out but can I sit through 2 or 3 hours of classical music? I’m afraid not. So it was great to see that one of my musical loves, Big Band Jazz was part of the Prague Proms (2017) and playing at the Smetana Hall (I got tickets). In 2023 the Clint “Eastwood Symphony” is playing but we’ll be going to watch the CNSO at the Municipal House play a selection of Beatles classics.

Prague Proms Venues

Venues can change from year to year but the Smetana Hall for both Classical Music and Jazz performances seems to be a firm part of the Prague Proms.

The other main Classical Music venues are the “Dum U Hybernu” at Republic Square and the Lichtenstein Palace on the Lesser Town Square.

The Mercedes Forum is sometimes used as a venue for the Prague Proms but just note that this is out at Chodov so to get there you’ll need to drive, take a taxi or go by metro and accept a 20 minute walk. Or you’ll find for jazz they favour the Loop Jazz Club in the 10th district.

Check the Prague Proms website for details.

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