Each summer holiday I have a long think about things that I would like to do in the next twelve months. Not all of them are suitable for sharing, but this year I have decided that I want to go to live music events at least once a month. I’ll keep this updated, so I can remember what I’ve done!
Proms – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra play Arnold (Peterloo Overture), Rachmaninov (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – with an amazing pianist, Juan Perez Floristan, who was a last minute substitute) and Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake excerpts)
Proms (again) – Late night Prom, full of music from SciFi films. All new music to the Proms, two world premieres and five composers in attendance – with three of them performing their pieces with the orchestra! An amazing collection of instruments as well, contra-bass flute/clarinet/trombone, bass flute, random percussion. Good fun.
Organ music – there was no programme as we listened to an organist from Poland play the organ in the cathedral in Riga
Sleeping beauty – a chance to go to the opera house in Riga meant we saw the ballet sleeping beauty by Tchaikovsky with a small orchestra in the pit
Wayward Sons, Stone Broken, Black Star Riders – a loud gig on my birthday, over in Wolverhampton at KK’s Steel Mill. Fabulous. They ran out of beer!