The BBC’s popular Electric Proms series, launched five years ago in conjunction with the traditional Proms season, is to be axed by the corporation.
After debuting in 2006, the Electric Proms enjoyed unique performances from the likes of Paul McCartney, Oasis and Paul Weller, as artists treated fans to new arrangements, often including choirs and orchestras, for the series.
However, as the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson looks to meet a target of 20% savings over the next four years, Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan has explained the ‘difficult decision’ which has been made.
“In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings,” he said.
“I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost-effective way. I’m disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years.”
The final Electric Proms series, held last October at London’s Roundhouse venue, featured performances from Neil Diamond, Robert Plant and Elton John.