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It was reported by the Guardian yesterday (17th December 2014) that the famous Milan opera house, La Scala, has introduced a 5 minute grace period to allow latecomers to take their seats, not because it disrupts the performance, but because they are becoming increasingly angry at the ushers. In practice, this will mean that the performance will start 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. La Scala is well known for being strict about latecomers, with some audience members having to wait for up to 85 minutes for an appropriate break to slip in. Indeed, the Guardian notes that the only known exception was in 1972 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were 10 minutes late for the opening night of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Paolo Grassi, the head of opera at the time, commented about the incident that ‘late arrivals at La Scala are not allowed.’

La Scala

Photograph: REUTERS/Brescia/Amisano

Sure, if someone has bought a ticket to one of the most prestigious opera venues in the world, one can understand why they would want to ensure they had the full experience: the lights dimming, the anticipation in the air, the first notes of the overture and the curtain finally rising. But, VIP or not, is this really an excuse for aggression towards employees? I’m not sure ‘excuse’ and ‘aggression’ should ever be in the same sentence. The Royal Opera House advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the performance begins and, as in most venues, provides 10 minute, 5 minute and 2 minute warnings until the start.  With all this information, it is not the ushers’ fault that someone is late. Equally, if you had secured a highly in demand La Scala ticket, one would assume you would ensure you arrived on time? With circumstances beyond our control such as the weather or traffic, it may not even be the latecomer’s fault, but that is still no reason for rudeness.

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Photograph: EPA

Furthermore, if opera goers are aware of this grace period, it runs the risk of not eliminating the problem but merely delays the problem five minutes later than before. On the other hand, as one commenter (ID2665677) on the article points out, the first 5 minutes are often taken up by the entrance of the orchestra and tuning up anyway so, in this case, where is the harm in allowing admissions during this time?

If the new measures do stop ushers from being made to feel uncomfortable then it has my blessing, it’s just sad that it is necessary.

What do you think? Tweet us your opinions @WildKatPR

 

(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

La Scala opera house introduces five-minute grace period for latecomers

Performances at Milan opera house to begin five minutes after scheduled time to stop spectators becoming angry with ushers

Sarah Connolly’s Christmas playlist

Mezzo Sarah Connolly shares her festive playlist, with a sublime selection of vocal music old and new

The Times

Blair Tindall on Mozart in the Jungle and the seamy side of orchestral music

For a jobbing classical musician the late 1970s and 1980s were lucrative, and hedonistic, recalls female oboist Blair Tindall. Now an all-star cast has brought her racy memoirs to the small screen

The Telegraph

Can this man save the arts in England?

Rupert Christiansen welcomes Darren Henley, the new chief executive of Arts Council England

International Arts Manager

EU explores potential of science and culture in international relations

The European Union has launched a new €25m grant for research into cultural and scientific diplomacy.

KlassikAkzente

Willkommen 2015 mit Katherine Jenkins im ZDF – Ein wohlklingender Start ins neue Jahr

Zum Ende eines Jahres schaut man zurück – und gleichzeitig macht sich schon eine gespannte Erwartung auf das neue Jahr breit.

Pizzicato

‘Teatro Real’ spart und erwartet trotzdem Überschuss für 2015

Das ‘Teatro Real’ in Madrid hat für 2015 ein Sparbudget vorgelegt, das den von 53 % (2009) auf 30 % (2015) gesunkenen öffentlichen Subventionen Rechnung trägt.

KulturPort.De

Sponsoring bei Jazz-Festival bricht ein

„Viele Festival- und Konzert-Veranstalter, insbesondere aus der Jazz-Szene, stehen im nächsten Jahr vor großen Herausforderungen.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker spenden an action medeor

Die Düsseldorfer Symphoniker haben über 30.000 Euro an das Medikamentenhilfswerk action medeor gespendet.

Codex Flores

Musizierende Jugendliche haben bessere Bildungschancen

Jugendliche, die schon in jungen Jahren Musikunterricht hatten, haben bessere Schulnoten als andere.

The New York Times

$58 Million Is Sought for Theater

Second Stage in Push for Money to Buy Helen Hayes

Twitter

CBSO ‏@TheCBSO : You can see some amazing photographs of our visit to Abu Dhabi over on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1wOr8Cj

Music & Opera ‏@MusicOpera: #EvelynHerlitzius is Katerina in the new @deutsche_oper Berlin’s Lady Macbeth (from 25/1) ! http://bit.ly/1AK16jX 

Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc : Come on twitter! Help us put instruments round the tree 4 young musicians. Think of the look on their little faces.. http://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/young_musicians/christmas …

Katherine-Jenkins

Photograph: © Decca / Chloe Mallett

(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Abigail Pogson appointed to manage Sage Gateshead

Spitalfields Music chief executive Abigail Pogson is to become managing director of Sage Gateshead in May, taking over from Anthony Sargent.

The Guardian

WNO puts opera’s ‘invisible people’ on stage

Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands

The Times

Parents dig deep to fund piano lessons

Parents are spending more on music lessons than any other out-of-school activity, according to a study.

The Independent

Tristan and Isolde: Should an opera production be changed if audiences dislike it?

The Royal Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ alienated audiences with its high wall on stage. Now it has been changed. Thank goodness opera directors do listen sometimes, says Jessica Duchen

The Telegraph

The 10 best pieces of Christmas classical music

Fed up of carols and mind-numbing festive hits? Ivan Hewett offers the best classical pieces for the season

Classic FM

Cellist banned from breastfeeding in dressing room at £1,000-a-year private members club

The Oriental Club in central London banned cellist Katherine Jenkinson from taking her 11-week old baby and a babysitter into her dressing room.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT 2015 öffnet Registrierung

Die vierte Ausgabe des internationalen Klassik-Meetings findet vom 20. bis 23. Mai 2015 im niederländischen Rotterdam statt.

Klassik.com

Neuer Vorschlag zu Kulturkürzungen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die Landesregierung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern hat den Kommunen im Osten des Bundeslandes einen neuen Vorschlag für Kürzungen in der Theaterlandschaft unterbreitet.

Montserrat Caballé widerspricht Spekulationen über Karriereende

Opern-Diva will “auf der Bühne sterben”

Codex Flores

Hat Baronin von Rothschild zwei Chopin-Stücke geschrieben?

Zwei erst im 20. Jahrhundert publizierte mutmassliche Chopin-Stücke, ein Nocturne in c-Moll und ein Walzer in a-Moll, sollen in Tat und Wahrheit Werke der Chopin-Schülerin Baronne Nathaniel de Rothschild sein.

El Mundo

El Teatro Real equilibra sus cuentas y espera ya superávit en 2015

El presupuesto para 2015 es de 43.659.192 euros y se prevé un superávit de 500.000 euros

Pizzicato

Big Gift For The Curtis Institute Of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia announces a combined $11.5 million in gifts from Board Chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, including a $10 million endowment gift to establish the Nina von Maltzahn President’s Chair held by Roberto Díaz.

Twitter:

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine: Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced: http://www.classical-music.com/news/radio-3-christmas-carol-competition-finalists-announced …

The Bridgewater Hall ‏@BridgewaterHall:  @GarethMalone pulls together a new Military Wives super-choir. First episode tonight on @BBCTwo at 9pm: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vkfft …

Music in the Round ‏@MusicintheRound:  We wish Beethoven a Happy Probably-His-Birthday! @HTimw @LeonoreInfo @elias_quartet @johnsuchet1

WNOPhotograph: Unheard Voices – CREW, WNO Photograph: WNO

(Written on December 16, 2014 )

Classical News

The Strad

UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire unveils plans for its new home

The facility is set to open in 2017

The Telegraph

First Canterbury Cathedral all-girl choir makes its Christmas concert debut

The first ever Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir is to perform its debut Christmas concert after winning over doubters.

Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

The Guardian

In defence of the viola

The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes?

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Große Oper in der Wüste von Oman

Der Sultan von Oman hat seinen Untertanen ein Opernhaus geschenkt.

Die Welt

Hauptsache, es ist deutsche Wertarbeit

In China hat die Klassik noch eine Zukunft: Mit Richard Strauss wirbt das Musikfestival in Peking für den Westen.

Spiegel Online

Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird Nachfolger von Claus Peymann

Der bekannteste deutsche Theatermacher tritt ab: Claus Peymann verlässt das Berliner Ensemble.

Codex Flores

Bartoli bleibt in Salzburg bis 2012 Pfingstfestspielleiterin

Cecilia Bartoli hat ihren Vertrag als Künstlerische Leiterin der Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele bis 2021 verlängert.

Pizzicato

World Coral Day Takes Place December 7

The international choral event is meant to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

Twitter

ASMF Orchestra ‏@ASMForchestra: This Wednesday @WithJohnHurt performs with @ASMForchestra ………. in a shop window?!?! http://bit.ly/1FHlwLS 

London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Check out our trailer for Birtwistle’s birthday celebration: http://vimeo.com/112900015  #birtwistlebirthday

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: MbroCouncil spent £28.28 per head on culture & heritage. What did your council spend? http://bit.ly/1tDc45B  (pdf)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls ChoirMembers of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearse for their first Christmas concert at Canterbury Cathedral Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

(Written on December 1, 2014 )

In just under three weeks, the UK’s premiere symphony orchestra for children will take to the stage at one of London’s most prestigious venues for their Winter Concert.

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Main Orchestra and Under 13 Orchestra will both perform challenging works, demonstrating their impressive musical talents and outstanding professionalism.

Principal Music Director of the NCO, Roger Clarkson, will conduct the Under 13 Orchestra who will perform Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Grofé’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘On The Trail’ from Grand Canyon Suite, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Perfect Fool, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances and Moncayo’s Huapango, with guest conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Come along on 7th December 2014 to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm to be inspired by the NCO. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

NCO photo 2 (Alex von Koettlitz)

(Written on November 18, 2014 )

WildKat PR are happy to announce the return of The Berkeley Ensemble to the client roster. The Berkeley Ensemble, a collective of Southbank Sinfonia musicians formed in 2008, have partnered with Resonus Classics to provide an excellent opportunity for composers in Britain. Known for their inspiring performances of British chamber music, their latest competition encourages composers to explore the legacy of the early twentieth-century philanthropist, Walter Willson Cobbett. Cobbett supported the British school of chamber composition, paving the way for Bridge and Turnage to name a few.

The prize of a £500 commission will be awarded to a composer who produces a work that is scored for any combination of instruments drawn from 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. The composition must be a self-contained movement, that is 8 to 12 minutes in duration. The work must be totally original, having never been performed in public or submitted for another competition.

Up to 16 entrants will be selected to participate in the semi-final masterclass on either 26th October or 9th November. Following this a maximum of 6 works will be performed in front of a panel at the New Cobbett Prize Grand Final at The Forge on Wednesday 10th December 2014. The winners and runners up will have their work recorded for commercial release by the Berkeley Ensemble on the Resonus Classics label in 2015.

As well as the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble will be performing in concerts inspired by Cobbett’s legacy and also supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers. The details of these concerts are listed below.

Please send entries to Berkeley Ensemble New Cobbett Prize, 36 Durban Road, London SE27 9RP. They must arrive by the 1st September 2014.

To enter the competition you must be 35 or under, a resident in the UK and not currently contracted to a publisher. All entries will be assessed anonymously. For more details and terms of the competition please see the website.

 

Cobbett’s Legacy I: In the shadow of Brahms

16 September 2014- 7:30pm- The Forge.

Tickets £12 (£10)

 

Cobbett’s Legacy II: Towards an English music

26 October 2014- 11:00am2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

 

Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only

 

Cobbett’s Legacy III: Modern Britain

9 November 2014- 11:00am-2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

 

Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only

 

New Cobbett Prize Grand Final

10 December 2014- The Forge

 

Louise Mather

Louise Mather

 

 

 

(Written on August 22, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Times

Iván Fischer: Symphony orchestras have only a few decades left

Ivan Fischer gives orchestras of the twenty-first century the prognosis of ‘adapt or die’.

Guardian 

How to crowdfund your next arts project – live chat

A live chat will be happening on the Guardian’s culture professionals network today from 12pm, to discuss how the arts may use crowd-funding to bridge the supply/demand gap in fundraising.

Classical-Music.com

Musical training found to improve language and reading

US researchers have found that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s reading and language skills, as well as being better at processing sounds and language.

Die Welt

Das Glück in Boston ist die Absage für Berlin

Der 35-jährige Lette Andris Nelsons ist einer Top-Kandidaten als Rattle-Nachfolger der Berliner Philharmoniker. Hier sagt er, warum er dafür nicht mehr in Frage kommt. Jedenfalls gegenwärtig.

Klassik.com

Teatro Petruzelli in Bari sagt aus Geldmangel Produktionen ab

Viertgrößtes Opernhaus Italiens in finanziellen Nöten

Concerti.de

Porträt Christina Pluhar

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado

Telerama.fr

Les partitions de la Grande Guerre auscultées sur France Musique

14-18 a influé sur la musique classique. La station de radio consacre vingt émissions de trente minutes au sujet.

 

Twitter

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM It’s #InternationalLeftHandersDay so I’m playing 3 pieces with left handed connections right now http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/left-handed-classical-musicians/ @johnsuchet1

The Guardian: @guardian Universities plug gap as government fails to support poorer students:  http://gu.com/p/4vyxv

EFG London Jazz Festival: @LondonJazzFest 2014 marks 200 years since birth of #AdolpheSax, inventor of the #saxophone. If you’re visiting Belgium, don’t miss #sax200 @mimbrussels

Simon Hopkins: @SimonHopkins The @southbankcentre have launched the  WebWe Want festival with an intriguing set of twitter questions >> http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/web-we-want …

 

 

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

 

 

 

(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera lives to sing another day

Finally there may be a solution to the on-going Met Opera saga as they rope in an independent financial expert to impartially mediate between general manager and unions, and examine the situation thoroughly.

The Wall Street Journal

Metropolitan Opera Forecasts ‘Significantly Larger’ Deficit This Year

The Metropolitan Opera expects its deficit for the fiscal year to be “significantly larger”

The Guardian

Edinburgh festival director ends programme with work of his own

Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival for the past eight years, will have one of his own works performed in this year’s festival. It will end his stint in charge of the festival.

The Telegraph

BBC Philharmonic to perform with Culture Club

As part of the ‘BBC Philharmonic Presents…. 2014’ line up, artists such as Culture Club and Clean Bandit will perform with the orchestra in radio broadcasts. These concerts are intended to ‘broaden the appeal of orchestral music’.

Health24 (via Musical Chairs)

Both pop and classical musos risk deafness

It turns out that those scathing looks to noisy brass players and  piccolos were well deserved, as this article suggests that professional musicians are 57% more likely to develop tinnitus and four times more likely to suffer from deafness than the general public.

Der Tagesspiegel

Staatsbibliothek Berlin bekommt Nachlass von Fischer-Dieskau

Zwei Jahre nach dem Tod von Star-Bariton Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau hat die Berliner Staatsbibliothek seinen Nachlass geschenkt bekommen – darunter ein von Schönberg und Barenboim signierter Konzertflügel.

Klassikakzente.de

Überwältigende Vielfalt – Schlüsselwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Serie 20c

Die Klassik-Serie 20c gibt mit den zehn neuen Folgen ihrer aktuellen Staffel Einblick in die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts

Berliner Zeitung

Ein neues Porträt von Johann Sebastian Bach

Das Bachhaus Eisenach befasst sich in einer Ausstellung mit Johann Sebastian Bachs Zahlenmystik und zeigt sein neu angeschafftes Porträt – mit 14 Knöpfen.  

Classicalite.com

Lawrence A. Johnson on the American Music Project and Its First Commission: ‘Piano Quintet’ by Composer Amy Wurtz

Writer and music critic Lawrence A. Johnson recently launched the American Music Project (AMP), a nonprofit foundation that supports performances of existing works of American classical music

 

Twitter

Opera North: @Opera_North Interesting reading – @tomservice on whether the instant access of digital streaming suits classical music http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/aug/06/classical-music-recording-industry-paul-morley … @guardian

Les Pratt: @bonaomi1 @BBCPhilharmonic The first @ManchesterPride chamber music concert is tonight at 8pm @Chethams. Come along for some for some glorious music

Sage Gateshead: @sage_gateshead We’ve checked the place for cat burglars as – tonight! Your chance hear a £1m violin! http://bit.ly/1pYOKxR Tickets: http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/fyo14-nyo-of-gb/ …

Lancaster Jazz Fest: @LancasterJazz A massive huge thanks to @PRSFoundation who are funding our youth artists. Mega pleased #fundedbyPRSF

 

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

 

(Written on August 7, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )