On Friday 20th January I went with Bethan's dad to a lunchtime concert at the Duke's Hall in the Royal Academy of Music. The Academy Symphony Orchestra did a programme of three different Strausses - Johann II, Josef and Richard (with a clap-along encore of the Radetzky March by Johann Sr). We enjoyed it.
Of the seven or eight lunchtime concerts on offer to us, it was I think the only one with an entry fee (some were 'donation'), but I didn't begrudge the £5/£4. The hall was attractive, and we sat in the balcony. The music was well performed. Once again I marvelled at the strange life of the orchestra percussionist - so little to do, so many opportunities to mess up very publicly. There were five of them on the stage at one point, all doing relatively little but sometimes at the same time.
Programme: Johann II - Die Fledermaus Overture; Josef - Die Libelle; Johann II - Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus; Richard - Waltz Sequence no 1 from Der Rosenkavalier; Johan II Unter Donner und Blitz, Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande from Die Fledermaus, and An der schonen blauenn Donau; Johann Sr - Radetzky March.
The conductor was Christopher Warren Green, the soprano Ilona Revolskaya (who was good).