Olympic London - Musical Interludes
August is a merry month for music lovers in London, thanks to the Olympics.
BT London Live in Hyde Park offers a daily mix of free music in a festival atmosphere throughout the Olympics with gigs by featured artists such as Will young, Alexandra Burke and Nick Kershaw daily, as well as a giant screen featuring the Olympic events live. Entry is free but you can guarantee your place by booking online.
A similar program free musical events and outdoor screenings of the Olympics and Paralympics events is offered at the London Pleasure Gardens in Docklands, East London.
Across the river at the 2012 annual Meltdown Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre. Musician and visual artist Antony has created a line-up of twelve days of music, debate and performance, hand-picking his ideal festival by inviting his favorite artists to play, perform and exhibit their work.
The 118th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, (better known these days as the BBC Proms) continues to delight throughout the month with a varied program of classical and modern orchestral works, culminating in the return of Sir Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on 31 August.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square continues its superb weekly lunchtime and evening classical and jazz program of concerts through August with a spectacular line up of talent. Highlight for me will be a double bill on 10 August, with pianist Warren Bailley-Smith performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, followed by the London Concertante Chamber Orchestra playing a program of Vivaldi concertos.
As with most attractions in London now, all events mentioned are wheelchair accessible.
BTLondonLive: Hyde Park Olympic Festival
London Pleasure Gardens: Olympic Festival
BBC Proms: Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre: Meltdown
St. Martin-n-the-Fields: Music
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