Friday, 4 October 2019

Up Close and Orchestral: BBC NOW's Classical Playlist: LIVE

Classical Playlist: LIVE
Another orchestra trying out a different concert experience (see my post below about the City of London Sinfonia) it the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Tomorrow (Saturday 5 October 2019) the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales presents Classical Playlist:LIVE at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, that aims to deliver an accessible, enveloping experience that showcases a wide variety of music in a relaxed listening environment.

There will be three different stages, enabling a wide range of music to be performed from full orchestra, to solos, chamber and unaccompanied choral. Most of the seats will be removed, so the audience can walk around, sit or lie on the floor during the performance, and enjoy a drink alongside the music, and audiences will be able to keep their phones on and share on social media. The programme is full of well known music by Elgar, Wagner, Prokofiev, Orff, Bruckner, Copland, Mozart, Ravel, Sir Karl Jenkins and Huw Watkins (BBC NOW's composer-in-association). Featured soloists will include saxophonist Amy Dickson, Huw Watkins (wearing his pianist hat as well as his composer one) and Huw Williams (director of music at Bath Abbey and a Swansea native), and there will be special appearance from young string musicians from Six Counties Music playing Sir Karl Jenkins' Palladio.

Classical Playlist: LIVE forms part of Swansea Fringe Festival 3-6 October. For more information visit theswanseafringe.com or the BBC NOW website.

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