Classic Lines: Beethoven should be on prescription

Helen Frost.
Helen Frost.

I am one of many, I’m sure, who savoured every wonderful note of the Beethoven Symphony cycle conducted by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the BBC Proms recently.

The televised concerts have been superb. Beethoven’s music conveys such turbulent, restless energy and shifting moods. There are moments of pure magic and then unexpected discord, it is thrilling and dynamic; music that surely conveys what his personality was like. Music like this should be available on prescription! If you can, get hold of a BBC Proms guide and circle concerts that take your fancy.

I saw in the Chronicle & Echo recently that the Malcolm Arnold Academy has awarded nine exceptional young musicians places on its music scholarship scheme. To quote from the piece: “The group will begin their scholarships in September after excelling in tests and impressing teachers at the academy with their own personal musical performances.” Congratulations to the hard- working and dedicated young students.


Another mention for the local Battle Proms Picnic Concert hosted by BBC presenter, Pam Rhodes, which takes place at Althorp Park on August 11. Gates open at 4.30pm, at 6.45pm there are Napoleonic Cavalry Displays and finally from 7.30pm until 10pm the musical programme takes place, including the usual traditional Proms musical favourites. Tickets are £33, or £16 for children aged 5-15. Entry is free for those aged four and under. Book online at or call 01432 355416.

A final mention for The Souza Wind Quartet which comes to perform at St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington, Rutland on August 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 in advance, £16 on the door or there is a set price of £2 for students (subject to availability if purchased on door).

Tickets are from 01527 820017 or

The Abington Church concerts continue at St Peter and St Paul (the church in the Northampton park), with a recital by organist Roger Palmer on August 26. The recital starts at 4pm, entry is by donation to church funds.

Advance notification of the Lunchtime Music Series that takes place at The Castle, Wellingborough, on September 14 at 12.30pm. This recital provides a rare chance to hear a solo viola, played by Daisy Spiers (a student on the postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music) and pianist Mark Austin. They will perform music by Clarke, Vaughan Williams and Kreisler. Tickets are £10 and include a buffet lunch. To book call 01933 270007 or www.

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