Classic FM Live at Woburn Abbey

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 - Elga
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What Katy did
Echoes 3 Royal Albert Hall London
Proms in the Park Milton Keynes


Getting the mood!

Hayley Westenra on stage