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Just like buses

I was surprised to find myself second in the queue for Prom 42 on Wednesday for the first of a pair of concerts featuring Saint-Saëns among others. In fact, although I had expected to recognise some of the pieces without … Continue reading

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Proms 101

I knew the Proms yesterday would be popular, with an all-Rachmaninov evening concert followed by a late-night Prom of his All-Night Vigil. Even so, I was a bit surprised that, arriving around mid-day, my raffle ticket was 101. To make … Continue reading

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Our Friends in the North

I made it to the rail for the first time this season, and had an excellent view of the concert. For Prom 33, the BBC Philharmonic were conducted by John Storgårds in a mixed programme, with a Nordic first half … Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

After obtaining raffle tickets for Prom 29, yesterday we adjourned to the Natural History Museum, swapping one queue for another. At least the queue on the Queen’s Gate side of the NHM moved quite quickly. It’s several years since I … Continue reading

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Long Ride in a Slow Machine

Book Review: Hallelujah Junction – Composing an American Life, by John Adams I picked this up a while ago in a work book sale, but it sat on the shelves waiting for the right moment. I decided, with Adams’ music … Continue reading

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A short time ago, in a concert hall not very far away …

Prom 8 – Film Music of John Williams – was always going to be popular; I believe it was one of the first concerts of the season to be a sell-out for seats. As I joined the queue I only … Continue reading

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Tempora mutantur nos sed mutamur non in illis

Oh dear, oh dear. It’s all changed this year: the queueing system has changed, an attempt to disperse people which leads to a much less social atmosphere, and there’s additional security theatre (a modicum of which has a potential effect, … Continue reading

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