Category Archives: Classical Music

The Oxford Philomusica [again!]

Last night I went to see the Oxford Philomusica at the Reading Concert Hall again. I’d seen them twice before, but this was by far their best one. They played: Prokofiev – Classical Symphony Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 Casals – Song of the Birds [encore for Natalie Clein] […]

Romeo and Juliet: Live from The Royal Opera House

On Thursday I went to see Romeo and Juliet: Live from The Royal Opera House at the cinema. Like many people I have discovered Prokofiev through The Apprentice, where it is used as the theme music and, liking it a lot, have listened to the rest several times since. Spotify link. Wikipedia Link. I think […]

The European Union Chamber Orchestra at The Hexagon [@TheHexagon]

Tonight I went to see the European Union Chamber Orchestra at The Hexagon in Reading after winning tickets from the Reading Arts Facebook page. The concert featured the following setlist, as well as a couple of extra short pieces as encores: Warlock – Capriol Suite Mozart – Concerto for Flute & Harp in C Major […]

The London Symphony Orchestra at The Hexagon [@londonsymphony & @TheHexagon]

Tonight I went to see a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra in the Hexagon in Reading which marks the first time I’ve been inside the Hexagon, despite having lived in Reading for over ten years. I’ve realised over the past year that I quite enjoy seeing classical concerts, such as the Oxford Philomusica and a […]

In prison

Yesterday I went to prison or rather a former prison. I was in the Palazzo delle Prigioni in Venice to see a concert. It included opera performances from Rossini, Chopin and others and, particularly with the setting, was beautiful. Venice, however, is very, very cold.

Music of the moment

I’ve realised that there are a few songs I listen to almost daily at the moment which is rather unusual for me, the chronic playlister and shuffleler. All the below links are to Spotify: Ludovico Einaudi – Primavera Yael Naim – Toxic Finley Quaye – Dice Yann Tiersen – Summer 78 Lily Allen – Naive […]

Proms 2011

Sort of continuing from my previous post I looked into tickets for the Last Night of the Proms. I had been to Proms in the Park once before in 2004 [I think!] and always wanted to go back. Additionally, I had tickets for 2008, but couldn’t make it. As I was browsing the Proms website […]

Oxford Philomusica

A couple of weeks ago I won tickets to see the Oxford Philomusica at the Reading Concert Hall tonight. It was mainly music I hadn’t listened to much before which is why I created a Spotify playlist and additionally it was the first time I was inside the Reading Concert Hall and the first classical […]

Need more soundtracks. Need them now!

Having just started a “normal” 9-5 job again I have discovered I’m in need of more orchestral soundtracks from either films or games. Whilst my iPod has over 70GB of music, a large part of it is unsuitable as it’s with lyrics which distracts me too much or, worse, could lead me to sing along. […]

Video Game soundtracks

JPLS’ post on his favourite game music got me thinking on what my favourite gaming soundtracks are and why. Game music is an integral part of the game playing experience so it’s hardly surprising that most of the game music I own is from my favourite games and it’s also probably not very susprising that […]

Some statistics about the music I listen to.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times that I absolutely love stats and my curiosity was sparked when I came across this post on tumblr. I’ve added some bits and removed others, however. Unless stated otherwise all the following exclude podcasts and audiobooks and I’ve excluded all songs that aren’t properly tagged and as such […]

The music of BioShock

I’m having an incredible amount of incoming searches for the BioShock music which is most likely due to the game finally being released on the PS3. I loved the game and I’m happy for everyone that now has a chance to play the game. The Orchestral score was made available as a download on the […]

TV shows watched recently

I’ve been watching some more TV shows lately and there was some great stuff amongst it, as well as some stuff that disappointed me. I’ve mentioned some of the shows the other week in a similar post. Angel: Being such a big Buffy fan I never really could get into Angel. I suppose it was […]

Autumn 2008 – A good time for great music?

Not just another post, but also another music related post, what’s going on?! Earlier tonight I was watching ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’ [yes I am fully aware that today is Saturday, thank you] and Keane were there to perform their new single ‘Spiralling’ which is surprisingly great and different and so very 80′s! And […]

Royal Albert Hall – Classic FM Live

I’m off to the Royal Albert Hall tonight to see Classic FM Live. I have seen the hall many times from the outside and several shows on TV that were hold there, but going inside has always been something I wanted to do. Therefore I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to secure a cheap ticket […]

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