Tomorrow marks the inaugural show of the BBC Proms, and the programme for this year is as illustrious as ever. The two month long celebration of classical music has in part moved to Hull in celebration of it being named the City of Culture, but the main hub of events will be taking place at the home of the Proms the Royal Albert Hall, and in some other venues across central London. Founded in 1895 by conductor Sir Henry Wood, the proms began as an affordable concert series with the aim of turning the general public into classical music lovers. It can’t be said that it did too badly, considering that it is now in its 123rd season, and is regarded as the classical calendars biggest event. We’ve handpicked the most exciting events from across the two-month-long schedule to make it a little easier:

The First Night of the Proms

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:30, Friday 14th July 2017

How much? A limited number of tickets will be on sale on the BBC Proms website at 9:00am on the day. £9.50 to £50.00.

The 2017 Proms will be opening with John Adams’s Harmonium; an intricate tapestry of sound, with bright vocal threads and brass and percussion rhythms. Marking the composer’s 70th birthday this year, it features the BBC Proms Youth Choir. Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven’s groundbreaking Third Piano Concerto, and this year’s First Night opens with the world premiere of St John’s Dance by British composer Tom Coult.

Prom 8: John Williams

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:30, Thursday 20th July 2017

How much? £9.50 – £50.00

Celebrate the 85th birthday of the creator of some of the world’s most famous theme tunes (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Harry Potter…) and winner of 5 Academy Awards and 22 Grammy Awards John Williams.

Prom 11: Ten Pieces Presents … Sir Henry’s Magnificent Musical Inspirations!

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 14:00, Sunday 23rd July 2017

How much? £7.50 – £20.00

Join the founder and conductor of the Proms Sir Henry Wood on a family friendly adventure. Together with young performers, the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir and guests, discover how nature, history, dreams, love, magic and lots more have inspired composers to create musical masterpieces.

Prom 19: Relaxed Prom

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 12:00, Saturday 29th July 2017

How much? £6.00

The first ever Prom suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and other learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted. A fun and interactive musical experience, there will be plenty of opportunities to join in, dance, sing, or just listen.

Proms Session: James Morrison

Where? Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall

When? 11:30, Thursday 3rd August 2017

How much? Free but booking required

Open to young musicians, this is chance to develop skills and confidence while having the unique opportunity to work closely with soloists, conductors, and performers appearing at this year’s Proms.

Prom 41: Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 22:15, Tuesday 15th August 2017

How much? £7.50 – £25.00

Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka Shankar is joined by The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek to present the collaborative album Passages in the first ever complete live performance. Perfectly combining the elements of east and west, the flow of sound, blending cello, saxophone and other Western instruments with the glittering pulse of the sitar. Not one to be missed.

Proms Extra: Family Workshop

Where? Imperial College Union

When? 16:45, Thursday 17 th August 2017

How much? £6, first come first served basis

Join professional musicians for a family friendly interactive workshop where you and your children can learn the ropes of classical instruments.

Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 22:15, Thursday 17th August 2017

How much? £7.50 – £25.00

Representing all things non-conforming within contemporary music, this pioneering American artistic collective celebrate their 30th birthday with a late night Proms slot that is sure to keep you from sleeping throughout the night (in the best way possible).

Prom 53: Beneath the Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:30, Thursday 24th August 2017

How much? £14.00 – £60.00

A pioneer of Jazz music, Charles Mingus combined the classic styles with that of the radical spirits of black music of the mid century. Following on from a sell-out performance with Jamie Cullum and Quincy Jones at last year’s Proms, Jules Buckley returns to celebrate the life and music of this legendary composer.

Prom 59: Mozart – La clemenza di Tito

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:00, Monday 28th August 2017

How much? £14.00 – £60.00

Love and ambition collide in Mozart’s final opera composed and first performed in the last months of his life, in which Alice Coote will lead as the vengeful Vitelllia in this politically charged tale of intrigue and deception.

Prom 62: Chineke!

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 22:15, Wednesday 30th August 2017

How much? £7.50 – £25.00

The UK’s first BME orchestra Chineke! make their first Proms appearance which will include works by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Walker and young British composer Hannah Kendall, whose The Spark Catchers is inspired by Lemn Sissay’s poem of the same name.

Prom 65: Stax Records: 50 Years of Soul

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 22:15, Friday 1st September 2017

How much? Sold out

Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut on the Royal Albert Hall stage singing soul to celebrate Stax Records with two surviving artists from the label, Booker T Jones and Sam Moore. Lead by Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, tribute will be paid to the pioneering label and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue’s first tour of the UK, in a concert featuring some of the label’s greatest surviving artists.

Prom 66: Haydyn and Mahler

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:30, Saturday 2nd September 2017

How much?

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is one of the composer’s brightest and most appealing works, and coupled with Haydn’s equally sunny Symphony No.82, Prom 66 makes for a delightful evening of cheerful classical music.

Proms in the Park

Where? Hyde Park

When? 15:00, Saturday 9th September 2017

How much? £44.00

Featuring performances from Elaine Paige, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Sir Ray Davies, and Texas, each year Proms in the Park is the key event on any music fans calendar and is the ultimate way to celebrate the penultimate night of the Proms.

The Last Night of the Proms

Where? Royal Albert Hall

When? 19:15, Saturday 9th September 2017

How much? Sold out

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra weave together many of this season’s musical strands into the exuberant celebration that is the Last Night of the Proms. Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm Sargent, the longtime chief composer of the Proms, and composer Zoltán Kodály.

For tickets and a full break down of events, head to the BBC Proms website.