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London Symphony Orchestra, Trafalgar Square

27 May 2013 1,626 views No Comment

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The London Symphony Orchestra. Playing for free. In Trafalgar Square. On a sunny bank holiday Monday.

It was a glorious event, and I feel really happy & lucky that I could be there. The Orchestra were playing one of the symphonies by Berlioz. Well, I never heard of him before, but he’s this mega French, mega womanising, mega symphony writing dude.

Symphonie Fantastique is all about Berlioz trying to woo Harriet, a shy girl who kept hiding from him at parties. Despite the symphony situation, she didn’t give in. But we all get to benefit from this magnificent creative outpouring. It’s a bit more impressive than throwing it all out there on Facebook eh.

When the Orchestra played, the whole of Trafalgar Square – and you know how crazy it is around there – was still, charmed, with the atmosphere of a concert hall. It was a transformation. The music was beautiful and lovely to see the performance up close too, at one point ole Gergiev the conductor jumped, yup, got air. Brilliant.

A charming, beautiful end to a really good weekend.

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