Classics Galore! is held every two years, and has now established itself as one of Exeter’s largest indoor concerts, attracting an audience of over 1000 people.
The concerts are specially arranged for those with an interest in the lighter side of classical music. Items are chosen to be of no more than seven or eight minutes duration, and usually immediately recognisable – although one or two works are included that are perhaps not so well known, but nevertheless enjoyable. Film and other music is not forgotten, and in past years music from Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dambusters and similar lighter items have been included. Even theme tunes from radio and television have mixed with Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Puccini – so everyone is catered for!
Classics Galore! is not just about orchestral music, for the stage at Exeter University’s Great Hall is specially extended to accommodate over 200 musicians and singers. A full orchestra is joined by a brass band and two choral societies, singing or playing both individually and also together during the evening. The finale – with audience participation – is of course in true ‘Proms’ tradition, with Land of Hope and Glory’, Rule Britannia!, etc. complete with a soprano soloist suitably attired!
The next Classics Galore! concert will be at The Great Hall on Saturday November 14th at 7:30pm, and will once more include The Lympstone SW Telecoms Brass Band, the Ottery St Mary Choral Society, members of St David’s Players, and the Classics Galore! Symphony Orchestra, comprising top musicians from the Exeter and East Devon areas.
Once again the evening will be a feast of musical entertainment, and will hopefully raise several more thousands of pounds for FORCE.