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Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall

Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall

A punishing introduction to classical music for youngsters

Multiply by a hundred and you get a good picture of this afternoon's Wigmore Hall concert
A truly terrifying sight this afternoon. The Wigmore Hall: full of children. A group of 50 10- to 13-year-olds were filing in to hear their first classical concert. On this one event a lifetime’s attitude to an entire art form would be based. It was make or break time. The concert would have to have been very carefully chosen. Hm. What had these wise teachers picked for these impressionable young rookies to ease their ears into the tough world of classical music? A lunchtime chamber recital of the works of Guillaume de Machaut, Harrison Birtwistle and Johannes Ockeghem. My instinct was to call social services.

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