Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Going to the Proms

The annual Prom Concerts are back in the middle of July, at the Royal Albert Hall. I think it's the 112th season. DH and I started going regularly about 5 years ago, after I got £6 tickets to a Friday evening concert, packed a picnic and took him along.

For the last few years, DH has applied his organisational skills, rounded up some friends to come along with us, and booked tickets well in advance. We always go for the cheap seats in the circle (there is little point paying more - they've sorted out the acoustics so the sound quality is the same everywhere and it's not as if the view is important). For most of them, I'll pack a picnic and cold drinks and drive to the RAH straight from work. For the late ones, we'll have dinner at home first. I'll also pack a sock to knit on bamboo needles (although sometimes it is just too hot to do anything).

This year, DH has booked the following:-

Prom 6 – Tues 17th July 10:15pm - Striggio
Prom 7 – Wed 18th July 7:30pm - Tchaikovsky & Bruckner
Prom 18 - Thurs 26th July 7:30pm - Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5
Prom 20 - Sat 28th July 2:00pm - Piano music including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Prom 23 – Mon 30th July 7:30pm - Ravel & Berlioz

Prom 27 – Thu 2nd Aug 7:00pm - Debussy, Prokofiev (Violin Concerto No. 2), David Matthews (new) & Ravel (La valse)
Prom 29 – Sat 4th Aug 6:30pm - Aaron Jay Kernis (new), Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No. 1) & Shostakovich (Leningrad)
Prom 34 – Tues 7th Aug 10:00pm - J S Bach various Cantata’s
Prom 41 – Tues 14th Aug 7:30pm - Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Prom 48 – Sun 19th Aug 6:30pm - Shostakovich (Symphony No. 10) & Bernstein (West Side Story)
Prom 52 - Thu 23rd Aug 7:30pm - Handel's Fireworks Music plus other Handel stuff
Prom 70 - Thu 6th Sep 7:00pm - Berlioz Faust
Proms in the Park Sat 8th Sept – from 4pm

- Pam

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