Young musicians have the experience of a lifetime playing at the Royal Albert Hall

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Thirty young musicians from North Lincolnshire played to a worldwide audience when they took a curtain call with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The students from the North Lincolnshire Music Support Service Centre, based at Frederick Gough School in Bottesford, were left starry-eyed after making their debut at the BBC Proms before more than 4,000 fans on Sunday (July 23).

Prom 11: Ten Pieces Presents...RPO/Cottis, Royal Albert Hall

THE TELEGRAPH ★★★★

“Ten Pieces presents Sir Henry’s Magnificent Musical Inspirations” declared the programme of this children’s Prom. The reference was to the BBC’s classical music education programme “Ten Pieces”, which has so far reached four million people. That’s a great result, but to name something called “Ten Pieces” as “presenter” of a Prom containing 14 pieces seemed very odd. Sometimes, the BBC’s obsession with branding gets out of hand.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/concerts/bbc-proms-2017-reviews-best-proms-far/

Classical music app to send programme notes to your phone as orchestra plays

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Classical music-lovers are not famous for their tolerance of distractions during a concert.

Anyone who has been tutted at for turning the pages of their programme too loudly may be permitted a wry smile at news of the latest innovation: an app which texts notes straight to ticket-holders’ phones.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/classical-music-app-send-programme-notes-phone-orchestra-plays/

Walton's First Symphony still blazes at the RFH

BACHTRACK  ★★★★

Elgar’s Froissart Overture was his first score for orchestra, named after Froissart’s chronicles of the middle ages and headed by a line from Keats: “When chivalry lifted up her lance on high”. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra strings launched into its opening with fire and precision, and the faster sections could not have been more chivalric if Tadaaki Otaka had conducted in full armour waving Excalibur.

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