I would like to think of myself as a reasonably well travelled person. However, there are a few occasions where I become very very British. One of these occasions is my annual visit to the Royal Albert Hall to enjoy the Classical Spectacular.
Twice a year the Royal Albert Hall is home to an amazing extravaganza of classical music, fireworks and flag waving along with oodles of pomp and ceremony. The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs a collection of the the best classics, all of which are easily recognisable and often you find yourself clapping long to the tunes or waving your flags.
This year the show included some of the all time greats, such as:
BIZET Flower Song Carmen
MOZART Lacrimosa Requiem
RODRIGO Adagio Concierto de Aranjuez played by guitar sensation CRAIG OGDEN
TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty Waltz
MASCAGNI Easter Hymn Cavalleria Rusticana
WAGNER Prelude to Lohengrin Act III
SUPPE Light Calvary Overture
HANDEL Zadok the Priest
VERDI Questa o quella
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever
VERDI Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY
Below is a video clip from the "Last Night Of The BBC Proms". Which is a very similar event held once a year. This video clip is a great way of seeing the Royal Albert Hall in all of it's splendour, and also a great way of capturing the atmosphere of the finale, which is always "Land Of Hope And Glory". I confess to getting rather emotional and teary eyed when singing this in such an amazing location. I am very very English, and some things simply reach deep inside and tug upon those patriotic heart strings of mine.
Those of you who know me, know that I only do things like this properly. So I booked tickets for the best seats of the house. Two seats in a box at the centre of the "Grand Tier". When you sit in this location, you get to see the whole auditorium and capture the electric atmosphere and sound from every direction.
It will come as no surprise to you that I did take my little faithful camera and captured a few pics from the evening. They do not really capture the mood and the magic of the moment, but give a tiny little flavour of elegance, the colours and the lights and lasers.
I hope this has wetted your appetite. The only thing left to do, is for you to jump over to the Royal Albert Hall website and check the "What's On" section, and book yourself some tickets to one of the amazing shows!
Until next time!!!