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This Week in Music History: Wagner’s Ring cycle is first performed...

Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be exploring an...

This Week in Music History: The BBC Proms began (1895)

London in 1895 was gradually starting to take its modern form. Its famous skyline, long dominated by St Paul’s Cathedral, had gained two landmarks in the 1870s and Tower Bridge had been completed the previous year. 1895 was Queen Victoria’s 58th year on the throne, and it was also the year of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for “gross indecency:” this wasn’t yet the London of today. But one festival began that year that is still going strong.