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“Music, the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below.” Joseph Addison Music in British Cultural Life
London’s Musical Events Much of English musical life is centered here. London has five symphony orchestras as well as being the home of the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, the Festival Ballet and the English National Opera.
“Music is the universal language of the world” Longfellow The Royal Opera, at Covent Garden, always performed operas in their original language. The English National Opera, which is based at the London Coliseum Theatre, performs them in English.
Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune. There are many concert halls, including the Royal Festival Hall ( the South Bank) with The London Philharmonic and Barbican Hall, home of the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Royal Albert Hall The 6 000- seat auditorium is one of the largest theatres in London, with a programme that includes both popular concerts and brass band competitions. The Albert Hall is most famous for the Summer Promenade Concerts ( the Proms).
The Summer Promenade Concerts A marvelous showcase of both classical and popular music. They take place each year from the end of July until mid-September with performances every evening.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludving van Beethoven During the Promenade season the floor of the Albert Hall is cleared of seating, and the audience may walk in this area in front of the orchestra ( or promenade) or just stand while the music is being played.
They were founded by Sir Henry Wood in 1895. The Proms
Musical Festivals The Edinburgh Festival of Music and Drama takes place every year in August and September. The Festival first held in 1947. it includes opera, ballet, music of all kinds, painting, folk-dancing, film and drama.
The popularity of the Festival is great.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. For six memorable days every July, the little town of Llangollen, admit the rolling hills of North Wales, becomes the cultural centre of the world, drawing choirs, musicians, folk singers and dancers from every corner of the earth to the Musical Eisteddfod, the world’s leading festival of music and dance.
Llangollen is the town where Wales meets the World. 12 000 participants from nearly 50 countries gathered here.
Pop and Rock Music Several British rock and pop groups achieved international success. Their music became the common language of a generation. The influence of the “Beatles” was especially strong.
Rolling Stones The legendary British rock band known for many popular hits. The Stones were part of the “ British Invasion” in international culture during the 1960s and have been extremely popular and famous. They sold over 200 million records world – wide.
British pop and rock groups Continue to have enormous appeal to audiences throughout the world and often set new trends in music.
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Choral Music There is a strong British tradition of choral singing both by choirs in churches and by local choral societies. Choral singing is particularly associated with Wales. You will not travel far in Wales without finding a choir.
If music be the food of love , play on. William Shakespeare
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