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first concerts

Going to your first concert of any kind is a formative experience.

I was 11 or 12 before I went to a concert of classical music. But it was certainly memorable.

‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ by William Walton, conducted (and I hope my memory is reliable on this) by the composer himself.

It was certainly in the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, and I even remember the seat number – A9 in the stalls.

I held onto the programme for many years until a fateful clear-out destroyed an archive record of the classical music I heard as a teenager.

What set me thinking about ‘first concerts’ was a friend, who last week took his grandchildren to their first classical concert.

He’d chosen a favourite venue – the Royal Festival Hall in London – and Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

Not a bad start to what hopefully will be a lifetime of enjoyment.

Over the next few weeks, as classical music organisations across the country turn their attention to festive repertoire, there’ll be lots of opportunities to introduce young audiences to the joys of hearing an orchestra in full cry.

And not a bad early Christmas present if you’re looking to give a gift that’ll last longer in the memory.

What was your first concert?

William Walton – Belshazzar\’s Feast

One Response to “first concerts”

  1. Jack & Chloe Bensted says:

    Yes this was our first concert and wow!
    We had never been to see a full orchestra before and had no idea what it would be like
    It was amazing!!
    The symphony fantastique was the best bit especially the music for the guillotine
    It is a memory that will deffo last a lifetime
    Thank you Grandpa xx

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