5 classical concerts for lovers, music snobs and holiday makers needing a last minute idea. Here’s what Europe has to offer in the coming months.
When thinking about Valentine’s Day, Swide was looking for fun ways to celebrate love and stumbled across the classical concert at St Martin-in-the-field Church in London. This got us looking at what other classical concerts are happening around Europe and here is what we found.
Valentine’s Day London
Starting off with what got us excited and a last minute idea for all the lovers out there; the Valentine’s Day Concert with Love Poems that is to be performed by the London Musical Arts Orchestra. They are celebrating their 21st year of concerts at St. Martin-in-the-field’s Church this year and putting on a special Valentine’s Day concert of classical music and love poems. Conducted by John Lander, the event takes on the works of Elgar, Boccherini, Brahms and Borodin to name but a few… with a lot of ‘Bs’ in the mix and all played in the gorgeous church. Sure to delight all who attend, this will be a Valentine’s night to remember. For more.
Macbeth in Milano
From 28 March to 21 April, Shakespeare’s tale of ambition, power and madness will grace the stage of La Scala, in Milano. Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth will be conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gaetano D’Espinosa and the all-new staging has been orchestrated by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, which, although is secret, involves all the latest technologies to translate the urges of a man hunting for prophesized power. If you happen to be in Milano during these dates and fancy an evening at the opera, make Macbeth your choice. For more.
125 Years of Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
The Concertgebouw and The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are celebrating 125years since their inauguration with a classical concert featuring special guests. On Wednesday 10th April the two orchestras will join forces, presenting works by Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, to name but a few, both being kept in check by chief conductor Mariss Jansons. This is a once in a life time opportunity to see the two of ‘the world’s best orcestras’ united at the Het Concergebouw. If you are unlucky enough to snap up some tickets, the event will take place in various cities around the globe. More information, here.
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra
Try something different and get yourself over to Krakow and catch a show at the Krakow Philharmonic by their resident orchestra. Throughout the month of April different conductors will be having their way with the resident musicians, kicking things off with Michał Dworzyński with his Beethoven and ending with Mario Kosik who is taking on Irsai and Rimsky-Korsakov. Not only will the various evenings be packed with locals and classical music lovers but the baroque venue itself is reason enough to book your seats at this iconic concert hall. For more details.
BBC Proms 2013 in London
And finishing where we started off, this July sees the return of the BBC proms, which kick off in style during July and will be keep the city of London entertained through until September. Heralding in the season will be the world premier of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Canon Fever’ followed by an overture led by Edward Elgar who will also close the first evenings of events. Not only famous for those that perform during BBC Prom season, this event is one of the rare occasions that sees the tickets going for as little as £5. The BBS Proms are one of London’s best annual events and is a must-do for anyone who happens to be in the city during this season. For more.