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Outdoor classical concerts 2019

April 28, 2019
Leeds Castle Open Air Concert

Outdoor classical concerts are a lovely way to enjoy fantastic music in a beautiful setting. As the hampers and Champers season is fast approaching, here’s our selection of some of the best outdoor concerts in the UK.

Leeds Castle (Kent)

People have been enjoying this spectacular event at Leeds Castle for over 40 years. With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor, John Rigby, this year The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will be playing the world premier of ‘A Tribute to Leeds Castle’ in celebration of 900 years of the Castle’s glorious history.
Date: Saturday, 13 July
Venue: Leeds Castle, Penfold Hill, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1RG
Tickets: From £42 (the earlier you book, the less you pay!).

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Leeds Castle Open Air Concert

Battle Proms Picnic Concerts

The Battle Proms is a picnic concert series set in spectacular locations. The New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE will be playing classical favourites including Beethoven’s Battle Symphony with cannons. Expect a proms style finale with flag-waving and a dazzling firework display!
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire,  Saturday, 6 July
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire,    Saturday, 13 July
Burghley House, Lincolnshire,  Saturday, 20 July
Highclere Castle, Hampshire,  Saturday, 3 August
Ragley Hall, Warwickshire,   Saturday, 10 August
Tickets: from £37.
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Bedford Park Proms

Bedford Park promises an evening of pomp and patriotism that the whole family can enjoy. There will be over 120 performers on stage along with a 70-piece choir and the London Gala orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell.
Date: Sunday, 28 July
Venue: Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2JZ
Tickets: From £30.
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BMW Classics

Trafalgar Square will once again be transformed into a giant music stage as Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra present the BMW Classics. One hundred musicians from the LSO, as well as 55 young musicians from the LSO On Track programme in East London and 20 musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will be performing a dance-inspired programme featuring music by Dvořák, Poulenc and Ravel, plus a world premiere – Tuqus – by Bushra El-Turk.
Date: Sunday, 30 June, 5.00pm – 7 pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square, London
Tickets:  FREE – no ticket required.

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Proms in the Park, Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents its open-air concerts at Meyrick Park, Bournemouth, complete with fireworks, laser lights, and pyrotechnics.
Dates: Friday, 2 August – Galactic Classics. Saturday, 3 August – Symphonic 80s Spectacular.
Venue: Meyrick Park, Bournemouth.
Tickets: from £28
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Music on a Sunday

Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a Summertime stroll, on selected Sundays you can enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Audley End House & Garden (English Heritage).
Dates: Sunday, 7th and 21st June.
Venue: Audley End House & Garden, Saffron Walden, Essex.
Tickets: Usual admission price applies. Free to members, £18.50 per adult. Concessions/children prices available.

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Opera in the Gardens, Wimpole Estate

Eboracum Baroque perform Handel’s oratorio, Samson, in the Rectory Garden at Wipole (National Trust). Relax in the idyllic surroundings with a picnic.
Date: Saturday, 6th July, 7pm – 9pm.
Venue: Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Tickets: £20 adults, £9 children.  Booking essential.

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The BP Big Screens 

The BP Big Screens are back this year with some of the world’s most popular operas and ballets broadcast live from the Royal Opera House. This summer three productions will be shown across the UK Romeo and Juliet on 11 June, Carmen on 2 July, and The Marriage of Figaro on 9 July. Screening in 23 different venues across the country from Swansea to Aberdeen, here’s the full list.

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Kenwood

On the edge of Hampstead Heath surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London’s hidden gems.
Dates:  Friday, 14th June, The Piano Guys.
Sunday, 16th June, tenor, José Carreras, takes to the stage to say goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour.
Venue:  Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, Greater London, NW3 7JR
Tickets: from £55

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Kenwood House Open Air Concert

BBC Proms in the Park, Hyde Park, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland

Proms in the Park is part of the annual spectacular culmination of two months of music-making at the BBC Proms, as the world-famous Last Night celebrations spill out from London’s Royal Albert Hall and thousands of people come together at venues across the UK to be part of the magic of the Last Night.
Date: Saturday, 14th September, from 5pm
Venues: Hyde Park, London, Glasgow Green, Scotland, Titanic Slipways, Belfast, and Colwyn Bay, Wales.
Tickets: from £49.55
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Kneller Hall Concerts in the Park

Every year the Royal Military School of Music hosts a series of summer concerts that are open to the public.
Dates: Wednesday, 26th June, Saturday, 6th July, and Saturday, 20th July.
Venue: Kneller Hall, Kneller Road, Twickenham, TW2 7DN.
Tickets: £10 adults, concessions/children £5, free for  holders of an MOD 90
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