Schools have broken up for the summer and the dilemma about how to keep the children occupied during the holidays raises its head again. We’ve explored what classical music events are available – either free or at low cost – to entertain children and perhaps encourage them to explore something new.
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Tavener, Bartók, Shostakovich
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek; Sarah Connolly; Isabelle Faust
Peter Robinson; Olivia Fuchs; Niki Turner; Yvonne Howard; Heather Shipp; Joseph Wolverton
Pet Shop Boys
BBC Concert Orchestra; Dominic Wheeler; Pet Shop Boys; BBC Singers; Chrissie Hynde; Juliet Stevenson
Ronald Hynd; English National Ballet; Desmond Heeley; Tamara Rojo; David Mohr
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After 19 years, David Zinman took his leave from the post of music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich yesterday with an affectionate Proms programme of Strauss, Dvořák and Beethoven.
This was the first time I've been to a concert with a 10:30 kick-off, but then this was the first of its kind. Nor did the inaugural Sport Prom turn out to be merely a game of two halves...
Valery Gergiev conducts the unique World Orchestra for Peace in a devastating perfomance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony at the BBC Proms. A Strauss rarity and a European premier were programmed alongside.
If you want to have your operatic head seriously messed with, imagine the following: Così fan tutte staged on the Act I/IV set of John Copley’s soon-to-be-mothballed La bohème, which closed with a double performance on Saturday afternoon and evening. Throw in Don Alfonso sporting frock coat, wig and cane, looking for all the world like Baron Scarpia, and the mash-up of references had my head spinning.