What does an orchestral conductor actually do? When is it OK to applaud during a concert? What’s the difference between classical and crossover? Not knowing the answers to these questions puts many people off classical music. But, in Shakespeare’s words, “Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.” Join Classic FM’s Catherine Bott for a lively and interactive day exploring new sounds and sweet airs, learning how to get more out of your listening – and collaborating in devising your own classical concert.
An informal introduction to the pleasures of classical music: myth-busting, with questions answered and some of the stories behind well-loved works told. Catherine Bott has been actively involved in demystifying classical music throughout her career as a singer and broadcaster (BBC Radio 3 2003-13, Classic FM 2013-present) and the day will culminate in the collaborative planning of a satisfying concert of recorded music.