Proms director hits back at dumbing down claims

Proms director Roger Wright has defended this year's event after it was accused of "dumbing down".

Paloma Faith will be performing with an orchestra, while Rufus Wainwright and the Pet Shop Boys will also take to the stage during the classical music event.

Concerts aimed at viewers of pre-school channel CBeebies and performances of sporting themes such as Horse Of The Year Show and Match Of The Day also feature in this year's Proms season.

Wright told Radio Times magazine that he hoped names like Faith and the Pet Shop Boys will draw new audiences to classical music.

"These acts have the potential to draw new audiences into the Albert Hall to listen to orchestras and sample an element of the Proms. The hope is then that they'll come back to hear more," he added.