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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Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Fflur Wyn; James Cleverton; Robert Burt; Hannah Pedley
Balakirev, Holst, Prokofiev, Mozart, Handel, Respighi
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Daniel Hope
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Eva-Maria Höckmayr's brilliantly unsettling double vision of Tannhäuser sees our hero both being, and watching himself being overwhelmed by psychic anguish, appalled at the futility of pleasure, and tortured by his savage envy of salvation.
A kids’ TV format transferred to a Proms concert offered plenty of entertainment for the target audience, but precious little music.
Thierry Fischer and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales presented an eclectic programme, with an exciting première by Simon Holt and the many different facets of 20th century French orchestral music.
From the insistent, driving opening to the sublime transcendence of the closing chorale, Norrington, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and James Gilchrist give us a St John Passion to remember.
As Britain prepares to celebrate the centenary of World War One, Britten's War Requiem brings a remarkable start to the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.