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Theatre director encourages ‘spontaneous’ audience behaviour

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A leading director has said he will continue to promote informal behaviour at classical concerts, even after a scientist was ejected from his theatre by fellow audience members after trying to crowd-surf during a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Tom Morris, who is artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, had invited the audience to “clap and whoop” during the classical concert and agrees that Dr David Glowacki, who was ejected, “got very over-excited”.

The Royal Society Research Fellow was so overcome during the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ that he began moving from side to side with his hands raised and whooping, before attempting to crowd surf, according to eyewitnesses.

However, many audience members were irritated by the distraction, and proceeded to physically eject the Bristol University academic from the theatre – something that Mr Morris has described as a "good thing", for showing how people felt they were able to react to the music without inhibition.

As such, he has vowed to continue encouraging freedom of expression and behaviour throughout this year’s Bristol Proms, telling the Daily Telegraph that which he is keen to pursue more “accessible and informal” alternatives to the traditional classical concerts.

"Dr Glowacki is an eccentric and a genius and only a very few people are likely to react to the music the way he did, but it shows it is an environment in which unexpected things can happen, Mr Morris explained.

"The only caveat I would add is that it really is about the music and maybe in some ways his reaction wasn’t about the music but about testing how far he could push his behaviour based on the relaxed ethos."

According to Mr Morris, it brings attention to the fact that classical music is being presented in a different way and – for the most part – it enables people to listen and hear the music better and get more excited by it.

"The audience should be able to react spontaneously in response to what they feel in relation to the music. The last thing we want to do is in any way inhibit anyone because that is what live performance is all about," he concluded.

A leading director has said he will continue to promote informal behaviour at classical concerts, even after a scientist was ejected from his theatre by fellow audience members after trying to crowd-surf during a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Tom Morris,

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Making the most of the theatre on your first date

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There is nothing quite like going to the theatre on your first date. The experience is likely to be richer and more satisfying than going to see the usual Hollywood blockbusters at the cinema or heading over to the same pub you've probably been to hundreds of times.

Instead, why not do something different this time around? Going to the theatre means you are likely to see a variety of performance and different types of shows that you may not have seen otherwise. 

There is also no shortage of choice when it comes to the type of theatre that you go to. For example, many theatres are dedicated to opera performances and classical music concerts.

Some of the better known examples of this in Britain are Leeds Grand Theatre, Coliseum Theatre, Opera House, Manchester, Royal Opera House and the Grand Opera House, York, to name but a few,
Some of the biggest shows coming up over the next few months include Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Riverdance, Shrek the Musical and Dirty Dancing.
In fact, it doesn't matter what your specific taste in shows or musicals are, you are bound to find something that you will both love and enjoy.
The great thing about spending your date at the theatre is it gives you so much more to talk about and allows you to enjoy your shared interests together.
Whether you are purely into music, or you enjoy the combination of music and drama, you are bound to find something that you both like.

But going to the theatre is not just about enjoying shows together. It is also about the quality of time you spend in each others' company.
For this reason, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you get the most out of your theatre date.

Go with an open mind
If you go to the theatre with an open mind and curiosity about the show, then the date is far more likely to go well. Even if the performance you are going to see is not necessarily your cup of tea, you will still get great enjoyment out of it.

Find out about your date

Before you start booking those theatre tickets, you should first of all find out what kind of shows your date enjoys.

You can then factor that into the equation when selecting shows, meaning you will both get to watch something that you like.

Book early

Booking early not only saves you from disappointment or being turned away at the last minute, it also means you are more likely to get the seats you want.

Rather than being stuck all the way in the back, where you can barely see anything, you will instead be able to choose where you sit.

You may also be able to benefit from early-bird discounts if you book in advance.

Order drinks before the show

If you don't fancy battling the long queues for drinks at the interval, you can save yourself a little time by ordering drinks before the show.

This gives you more time to spend with your date.

Allow plenty of time

There's nothing worse than arriving at the theatre out of breath and late for your date. Not only will the other audience members resent the interruption that will naturally occur as a result of you rushing in at the last minute, your partner is unlikely to appreciate it either.

Therefore, when travelling, allow plenty of time to travel there, with respect to delays or traffic jams.

Finally..turn your mobile phone off

There's nothing worse than being engrossed in a gripping theatre production with your arm around your date only to hear a phone go off, and then feel the sheer embarrassment once you realise it is yours. Do yourself – and others – a favour by flicking the off button.

There is nothing quite like going to the theatre on your first date. The experience is likely to be richer and more satisfying than going to see the usual Hollywood blockbusters at the cinema or heading over to the same

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Australian soap to be turned into opera

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One of Australia's biggest TV programmes will be turned into an opera.

Scripted opera, The Divorce, will be broadcast over four 30-minute parts in the country, and has been named as one of the most exciting projects announced at a documentary festival in recent years.

The project has been commissioned by Australia’s ABC and was unveiled by Katrina Sedgwick, the arts boss for the broadcaster.

Ms Sedgwick explained that after a meeting with the director of Opera Australia, the nation’s national opera company, she came up with the idea for the series, which has been described as 'groundbreaking'.

She added that the production will also have a comedy angle to it, to make it more suitable for a primetime audience.

The series will be shown in Australia in December next year and if successful, the format will appear on UK TV screens after that.

The style of the show will be very similar to that of US melodrama Revenge, although it is likely to be a little lighter, more engaging and artistic.

In an interview with broadcastnow.co.uk, Ms Sedgwick, said: "There is a high risk of it being a screen disaster, but assuming it works we’d like to strip it across block over a week."

This is not the first time a broadcaster has drawn up plans to introduce opera to mass audiences.

Recently, in the UK, the BBC launched a campaign to work with primary schools and introduce youngsters to classical music.

Members of BBC orchestras will be going into schools and encouraging children to participate in creative projects.

The project has received support from over 100 organisations in the country and will officially launch in October. 

One of Australia's biggest TV programmes will be turned into an opera. Scripted opera, The Divorce, will be broadcast over four 30-minute parts in the country, and has been named as one of the most exciting projects announced at a

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Profile – Alfred Boe

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When it comes to classical music, a lot of attention is given to some of the legends in the industry, such as Mozart or Beethoven.

However, it is also important to celebrate the contemporary artists who have made – and still are making – some of the most valuable contributions to the genre today.

One such artist is Alfie Boe, an English tenor singer and actor, who is better known for his musical theatre productions.

Some of his most famous performances include his role as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables, at both the O2 Arena and the Queen's theatre, London.

He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire and grew up in nearby Fleetwood. 

From a young age, his love for singing had already started to become apparent and he held his first public performance aged 14, at Fleetwood's Marine Hall in a "Songs from the Shows" presentation organised by a local singing teacher called Lottie Dawson. 

Even during his apprenticeship at the TVR factory in Blackpool at the age of 17, he would often entertain his colleagues by singing opera songs while he polished cars.

This was to set off a chain of events that would lead to the beginning of a long and colourful career.

It was when he was entertaining his colleagues that he was overheard by a client with connections in the music industry.

Impressed by Boe's singing talents, he suggested the young performing artist should go to London and audition for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. 

Boe took the man's advice and then went on to successfully audition at the company. This was only the beginning for him, as he then moved to London and studied singing at the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House's Vilar Young Artists Programme.

A series of public appearances and gigs was to set off a series of events that culminated in Boe being offered one of the lead roles in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème. Afterwards he was rewarded with a Tony Award for his performance.

Boe released his first album in 2006, called Classic FM Presents Alfie Boe, which reached number three in the classical charts.

In the same year, he was signed to the EMI Classics label and his first album on that label, Onward, was released the following year.

He has also toured the UK with the Fron Male Voice Choir and played a starring role in the first Classic FM webcast concert alongside singer o Natasha Marsh in March. 

As one of the most revered tenors of our time, Boe was nominated for a Classical BRIT for Best Album.

During his career, he has also had numerous film and TV appearances, most notably as music-hall singer Richard Chapman in the TV drama Mr Selfridge.

In September 2011, Boe appeared in The Great British Musical – The Famous and the Future at the Criterion Theatre.

In the same month, he appeared in the BBC Last Night of the Proms concert at the Caird Hall.

He has since gone on to perform many events and tours across the UK and is continuing to make an impact on the classical music scene.

When it comes to classical music, a lot of attention is given to some of the legends in the industry, such as Mozart or Beethoven. However, it is also important to celebrate the contemporary artists who have made – and

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Line-up for Bristol Proms announced

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The line-up to this year's Bristol Proms has recently been announced and it is on course to be a classical music festival like no other. The Bristol Proms was only launched last year and was set up as an accessible alternative to the BBC Proms.

Last year's concert was deemed to be a success and this year is expected to be even more exciting with world-class musicians set to appear in original performances that have been commissioned and produced especially for the event.

Among the big names to star in the Bristol Proms are Bryn Terfel, an internationally renowned bass-baritone, who will be speaking about his passion for music. He will also be performing a selection of songs at the event.

British classical violinist Daniel Hope will be making a return to the event after his successful appearance last year. In this year's performance, he will focus on the Baroque period, leading up to 1766.

The line-up will also include Will Gregory, from the award winning band Goldfrapp, who will be performing with his ensemble.

In addition, international virtuoso and pianist Valentina Lisitsa will sing songs by 17th century composer, Franz Peter Schubert.

The Bristol-based chamber choir the Erebus Ensemble and the Sacconi Quartet will also be in attendance, along with a whole host of other classical musicians.

The Bristol Proms take place between July 28th and August 2nd 2014, with a different theme featuring on each night of the series.

These themes include, Bach Night; Music in the Shadow of War; Pure Music, Pure Technology; Take Me To Your Chamber, 1700-2050; Musical Encounters, and Theatre of Music.

Audience members will also get a chance to view some of the technology that was used in classical concerts 250 years ago, which will be placed at the fore in the final concert of the 2014 Bristol Proms.

The line-up to this year's Bristol Proms has recently been announced and it is on course to be a classical music festival like no other. The Bristol Proms was only launched last year and was set up as an accessible

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Enhance your home with classical music

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If you enjoy listening to classical music, you might want to echo many of the feelings it creates within you, throughout your home.

There are many ways in which you can use classical music to inspire your home decor, such as using the mood of your favourite piece, or representing imagery  or themes that are often expressed through the music.

You would be surprised at the possibilities that are out there and the effect they can have on your home. We've put together a list of some of the top five furniture and decorating items that no opera fan should be without.

Wall art

The first of those items is classical music wall art. What better way to welcome visitors in your home than with wallpaper designed to look like musical notes, or a picture of a legend such as Beethoven or Mozart?

You could also use images that remind you of specific pieces, helping to start conversations when people ask you why you chose them. Of course, classic paintings go hand-in-hand with classical music so could help to create the tone you are looking for.

There are a number of options out there for the classical music enthusiast and you are sure to find something that fits in well with your home.

Musical tables

Or perhaps you would prefer tables shaped as musical notes? They are not the easiest things to find on the market, but you can get them online in a range of different colours and shapes.

You can also get a table that comes in the shape of a violin. These can be purchased in polished oak or pine wood, and look so similar to the musical instrument that you could almost be forgiven for mistaking it for one.

A violin is an important feature of many classical music pieces and a table shaped like one is the perfect place to rest your musical notes and small instruments on.

Piano

A piano is a great addition to the home of any music fan. Not only will it fit in perfectly with your interests and tastes but it also means you can practice making your own tunes and songs, whenever the mood takes you.

It is also a great talking point and perfect for getting guests to show off their musical talents. You can also use the instrument to display art or photos, making it a great feature for your room.

Piano sofa

And while we are on the subject of pianos, did you know you can also get a piano sofa in a range of different designs?

Not only can you get living room furniture designed to look like a piano, you can also buy sofas that are shaped like the instrument. This is perfect for adding a creative and musical feel to your home and is also another great conversation starter.

 

If you enjoy listening to classical music, you might want to echo many of the feelings it creates within you, throughout your home. There are many ways in which you can use classical music to inspire your home decor, such

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Placido Domingo to sing at the World Cup

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Placido Domingo, one of the world's best known opera singers is expected to perform days before the World Cup Final in July which will make it his sixth appearance at the sporting event.

Domingo is a known football fan and is set to perform at  a concert in Rio de Janeiro.

He described his two passions as music and sport. In an interview with the Associated Press, he said: "I always think music and sport are the two great things many people can understand without any need to really speak the language. I have friends from all around the world, and they are really fanatics of soccer and music. It's great to see many of the people I know."

He has attended many World Cup finals – with the exception of 1978 in Argentina. In 1982, he sang the theme song in Spain, El Mundial.

At the World Cup, he will perform a mix of classical music and Brazilian songs. 

Domingo will also share the stage with Grammy-winning soprano from Puerto Rico, Ana Maria Martinez, as well as pianist Lang Lang, conductor Eugene Kohn and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira.

The concert will take place two days before the final at the Maracana Stadium.

He is currently working together with classical musicians Bryn Terfel and Sondra Radvanovsky who are performing the opera Tosca at London's Royal Opera House.

Domingo himself performed Tosca in 1971 as part of his Opera House debut. He then conducted it at the same venue in 1996.

He has also conducted many other operas around the world, including Don Giovanni in Los Angeles and Madame Butterfly in Vienna.

He is well-known on the world stage and has previously worked as the Washington National Opera.

Placido Domingo, one of the world's best known opera singers is expected to perform days before the World Cup Final in July which will make it his sixth appearance at the sporting event. Domingo is a known football fan and

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How to spice up your date

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Dating is already a very exciting affair, but there are many ways to spice it up and increase the passion.

Spicing up your date makes it likely that you will enjoy many more dates together, or at the very least, have a fantastic time.

Why have a boring date down at the pub, when you can add a little bit more flair and creativity to it?

Below, we have put together a few suggestions about how you can make your evening much more exciting.

Dance

One of the best ways to get the adrenaline flowing and connect with your partner is to dance. Whether you opt for salsa-dancing, clubbing, or jazz dancing, it can be a really good, informal way to spend the evening with your partner and enjoy your time together.

Go to a concert

If you are both passionate about classical music, then why not head over to a classical music concert?

Rather than doing the usual ritual of meeting at a local bar or restaurant, you may as well be dancing the night away to your favourite ensemble or soaking up the emotion of a compelling opera performance.

Boating

What better way to spend a date than by sailing under the moon, or going on a boat trip during the day?

Take a trip to the spa

Let's face it, who doesn't like to spend their afternoons being pampered with massages, hot saunas and beauty treatments?

There's only one thing better than visiting the spa by yourself – and that is enjoying it with a partner. Not only will you feel fantastic afterwards, but the relaxing nature of a spa treatment will help you both to feel more relaxed.

Try something new

If you have been dating for a while and you usually frequent the same restaurants or bars, try doing something radically different this time around.

This could mean going out to an exotic new restaurant, surprising your partner by taking them somewhere completely new, or taking a spontaneous trip out of town.

Share an aphrodisiac

If you really want to spice things up on your date, add a little mystery and excitement to it by sharing an aphrodisiac.

Oysters are said to be a very potent aphrodisiac and are considered a delicacy in many cultures. Add a bottle of wine and some romantic candles for that extra touch.

Have an art-attack

What better way to unleash your creativity than through art? Consider taking a drawing or pottery class together, or some other art workshop that will allow you both to express your personalities in a fun and unusual way.

Art is one of the most powerful forms of self-expression and is a great way to let your partner know how you feel about them.

Stargazing

It may seem a little cheesy, but there really is hardly anything more romantic, than sitting under the stars, wrapped up in a blanket with your partner. To make it really special, why not head to the country for a weekend away together, surrounded by natural environments.

Dating is already a very exciting affair, but there are many ways to spice it up and increase the passion. Spicing up your date makes it likely that you will enjoy many more dates together, or at the very least,

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BBC launches classical music campaign

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The BBC has launched a campaign to introduce classical music to primary schools across the UK, it has been revealed.

Members of BBC orchestras will visit schools in a bid to raise interest in the music genre.

BBC director general Tony Hall is set to announce a number of different music initiatives designed to boost participation in creative projects.

This latest scheme has been backed by 150 organisations across the UK, and is due to get off the ground in October.

Lord Hall said that although classical music is fairly popular, more still needs to be done to encourage future generations to take an interest in it.

He said that classical music should not be the sole preserve of the elite or a small minority.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of the ambassadors who has been recruited for the project. She described the initiative as "extraordinary".

She told the BBC: "Two aspects of the project stand out for me. The first is the sheer size. With over 150 organisations involved and the power of the BBC, the number of children likely to experience classical music could be enormous, and I hope will be.

"The second is the quality with which classical music will be presented to the children, many of them probably for the very first time – first exposure can be vitally important, igniting a positive lifelong association with this great art form."

According to the BBC, the project will one of its biggest ever commitments to music education. It hopes that every primary school in the UK will be able to benefit from the initiative.

At the launch of the project, a special film will launch about classical music.

Commenting on the scheme, a BBC spokesperson added: "Classical music is great for children. Not only is it good for their creativity, it can help with other subjects like maths, and even have a positive impact on behaviour.

"While millions of people already enjoy classical music, it's right that we light the classical music spark as early as possible."

The BBC has launched a campaign to introduce classical music to primary schools across the UK, it has been revealed. Members of BBC orchestras will visit schools in a bid to raise interest in the music genre. BBC director general

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Chicago concert to combine classical music with electronica

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A concert is expected to be held today at Chicago's Millennium Park and will be an interesting fusion between electronica and contemporary classical music.

The Loops and Variations concert series is designed to appeal to fans of both music genres. 

Third Coast Percussion, a Chicago-based band, are set to hold the performance in collaboration with grit pop band Ghost Beach.

The event will also feature some of the newest pieces from composers such as Augusta Read Thomas' with the performance of Resounding Earth. In addition, Third Coast Percussion will perform Marc Mellits' Gravity, while Owen Clayton Condon's Fractalia will also be included as part of the show.

David Skidmore, a member of Third Coast Percussion, wrote a song called Percussion Quartet, which the band also plan to play.

The piece was inspired by the music of Meshuggah, a heavy metal band from Sweden.

In an interview with Classicalite, Mr Skidmore, said: "It may seem like a strange inspiration for concert music," Skidmore acknowledged,  "…but the thing that really caught my ear about this particular band, they have an unbelievably complicated and intricate rhythmic language in the music they write."

He added that the piece came about as a result of trying to find his own versions of the complex rhythms of Meshuggah.
Instruments used in the performance of the piece will include two marimbas, two drums and other assorted percussion instruments.

During an interview published on the same website, Chris Chalupsky, lead curator of Loops & Variations, said "David and Rob from Third Coast Percussion really understand this series, and are pretty open to being paired with a band like Ghost Beach, who is not an artist that they would normally share a stage with, but they have that understanding of how [such a pairing] can work."

A variety of other sounds will also be included in the piece, such as Tibetan Bells, Burmese spinning bells and bells from Northern India.

A concert is expected to be held today at Chicago's Millennium Park and will be an interesting fusion between electronica and contemporary classical music. The Loops and Variations concert series is designed to appeal to fans of both music genres. 

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