Don't miss Orchestra in a Field
"People associate big orchestras with stuffy concert halls," says conductor Charles Hazlewood, pictured. "But take the music out of that setting and it's a revelation. The sight of a full-scale symphony orchestra lit up against a night sky is awe-inspiring enough – let alone the sound".
The night sky he has in mind envelops the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, and Orchestra in a Field, his Glasto classical minifest, does exactly what it says on the tin (there's even camping at Worthy Farm to authenticate the buzz!).
First and foremost it's a family friendly weekend. There's a special kids' area with everything from helter-skelter to tuition in composing for Playstation – and accompanied under 12s go free.
Mainstaging this year are a night of Great Russian Romantics, culminating in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with Hazlewood's own orchestra, Excellent Devices, and a super-sized concert performance of Bizet's sultry opera, Carmen. The Russian first night is crowned by a Scrapheap Orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture ahead of a late-evening Tubular Bells fingering the All Stars Collective (including Will "Goldfrapp" Gregory and Adrian "Portishead" Utley).
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Carmen is topped and tailed by a Bolero courtesy of the British Paraorchestra – part of the London 2012 Festival – and Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra bent on Terry Riley's iconic In C.
Orchestra in a Field Glastonbury, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. See classical listings for full details.