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Not My Forte: The Beginner's Guide To Classical London
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Not My Forte: The Beginner's Guide To Classical London

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Updated: 12 December 2015
Classical music, though entrancing, can also be intimidating. ‘Can I clap, or stand, or cough?’ Needless to say these problems don’t arise at a gig. So for those intrepid enough to give it a shot but not yet keen enough to sit through Wagner’s Ring Cycle, here are just a few events going on in London throughout the year to ease your way into the wonderful world of concertos, operas, and more…
Proms in the Park | © Neil Rickards/Wikimedia
Proms in the Park | © Neil Rickards/Wikimedia

Proms in the Park

Date: September 12th, 2015

Where: Hyde Park

The conclusion to one of Europe’s biggest classical music festival is of course the Last Night of the Proms, but if you want to experience the glitz and glamour in a more casual setting, then ‘Proms in the Park’ is the thing for you. Set in London’s Hyde Park, this cross between a music festival and a classical concert is the perfect starter for someone new to the classical music scene.

Royal Albert Hall| © David Iliff/Wikimedia
Royal Albert Hall | © David Iliff/Wikimedia

The Name’s Bond…

Date: October 9th, 2015

Where: Royal Albert Hall

Iconic music from one of the most well loved film franchises is coming to the Royal Albert Hall this October. Played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this promises to be a fantastic evening with some of the best known tunes played in a classical setting. Did classical music just become cool? Absolutely.

Christmas By Candlelight

Date: December 12th, 2015

Where: Royal Festival Hall

Handel’s Messiah is coming to the Royal Festival Hall this Christmas. What’s the twist? Full period costumes from the Mozart Festival Orchestra: wigs and all. A totally unique way to get into the Christmas spirit and a fantastic opportunity to listen to one of the most well known and influential pieces of Western music written to date.

Barbican Hall | © FA2010/Wikimedia
Barbican Hall | © FA2010/Wikimedia

Ode to Joy

Date: March 6th, 2016

Where: LSO St. Luke’s

Whilst most of the events above include a lot of fidgeting in seats, LSO’s Choral Singing Day involves much more audience participation. While some basic ability to read music is required, from then on LSO gives you the opportunity to sing one of Beethoven’s most famous symphonic works under the guidance of the symphony orchestra’s choral director. An opportunity not to be missed.

Brief Encounter

Date: March 18th, 2016

Where: Royal Festival Hall

For lovers of classic black and white film and everything vintage comes a unique concert with the 1945 masterpiece set to live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Preceded by Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto performed by a world class pianist, this evening is sure to leave you feeling a little bit classier.