Anyone know the situation regarding Arena arrangements for this Prom? Is it the usual queuing? I note that it is listed as "Free" and is also sold out, but does that apply re Arena and Gallery Promenade tickets too?
For previous free concerts day and season ticket queues have operated in the usual way. I haven't seen any specific about this one though
Assuming that the queue works in the usual way, does anyone have any idea what time one should arrive to queue for this late concert, to be reasonably sure of getting in? Thanks.
There are numbered queue tickets issued for the first concert of the evening, and those hold good for the late concert. The hall is emptied after the first concert, and we then form a new queue with our numbered tickets for re-entry, with season ticket holders admitted first.
The Arena and Gallery Promenades are not usually so full for the late concerts, people do have trains to catch or an early start at the office the following. I would suggest that you come and join the queue tonight at about 9 o'clock, that's half an hour before the first concert ends. That's about an hour before they let us back in, As you won't have a numbered ticket, you will follow on after the season ticket holders, but you should be assured of a decent position.
I hope that helps, it should be an enjoyable end to the day!
There's also the slight wrinkle that Gallery Season Ticket (and Weekend Pass) holders are permitted to remain in the Gallery between concerts, but this does not apply to the Arena.
I missed the concert.
I must steal a chance to listen to it tomorrow, or on the Radio 3 repeat.
Any comments for the lucky ones who heard it?
In the end I decided that I did not have time to go to this Prom, but thank you very much for the helpful advice Ferretfancy, it will come in useful on another occasion. Instead I listened on Radio 3. The concert was highly enjoyable, the brass sounded a little strange at times, but there was terrific energy about the whole thing. Alpen, you should definitely try to catch it. Apparently it will be televised on BBC2 on 4 August.
This was the first time that I have listened to Radio 3 on HD internet on my hi-fi system, via my new Arcam rDAC. Highly impressive! It seemed to me that there was that extra bit of clarity in the sound and in the stereo image, compared with FM.
I love Handel, I love energetic 'HI' performance, I'm a brass player and I love rasping massed brass...
And yet... too much of this sounded a shambles to my ears. Great gusto, great strings and no doubt the energy and visual spectacle carried it along if you were there. But the massed winds and massed horns too often sounded competely out to sea, like the bad old days of 'historic instruments' (and 'authentic' perhaps to the sort of performance that happened on the Royal Barge when these were first performed). Plenty of energy and some rough edges: fine... but I thought this teetered too far towards cacophony.
It'll be interesting to see how the TV cameras and microphones picked it up. And it would be interesting to have Waldhorn's opinion if he heard it!
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"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9