Saturday 28th July 2007
My Dad and I went to the Classic FM Live live concert held at Woburn Abbey on Saturday 28th July 2007. It was quite a spectacular venue for an outdoor concert; it featured a wonderful combination of popular classics, music from the movies, and famous arias, alongside favourites associated with the “Last Night of the Proms”. There were highlights from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, to mark this special occasion Universal Records had recorded a new West Side Story album, which featured Hayley Westenra and Vittorio Grigolo, both of whom appeared in this concert, they performed a selection of songs from this great musical. The English Nation Orchestra conducted by Paul Bateman were playing, and they were very much on form too.
The presenters for
Classic FM were of course the broadcasting legend himself Simon Bates,
the voice of Classic the FM breakfast show, and Classic FM at the Movies
on Saturdays between 5 – 7pm, and the lovely Katie Derham. Co-presenter
of the ITV Lunchtime News with Alastair Stewart, and also co-presenter
of London Tonight.
Julian Lloyd Webber, widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation, and brother of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber, performed on his amazing “Barjansky” stradivarious cello made in c.1690! (I wonder how much that is insured for?) His performance was flawless and as always he was a most animated performer to watch.
My 10 most favourite pieces
of music of the evening
William Tell Overture - Rossini
Spartacus (Adagio) - Katchaturian
Cello Concerto in E Minor - Elgar
Hedwig's Theme Harry Potter - Williams
Out of Africa (Theme) - John Barry
633 Squadron - Goodwin
Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland
Variations (I-IV) - Lloyd Webber
Somewhere (West Side Story) - Bernstein
Land of Hope and Glory - Elgar