The world’s greatest classical music festival brings to London its usual dazzling array of international talent. From big-name performers to the extraordinary rising stars of the Young Musician prom, the Proms culminate in the patriotic, flag-waving Last Night that celebrates all things British.
The Serpentine Galleries hosts a series of live summertime events within its semi-enclosed Pavilion, a charismatic structure that’s redesigned each year by a leading international architect. Found in the leafy environs of Hyde Park, visitors are treated to a diverse and engaging blend of dance, comedy, and theatre.
One of the world’s leading celebrations of jazz, the EFG London Jazz Festival returns in November, bringing with it rising stars in addition to the biggest names in the business. Expect a diverse ensemble of concerts and club nights at myriad venues across the city throughout its ten-day run.
One of the world’s most esteemed opera houses, Glyndebourne is also the prettiest. Nestled in Surrey’s South Downs, its immaculately tended gardens spill out around it, making it an ideal venue for a summer opera festival. This year’s instalment includes spectacular performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Magic Flute among other much-loved favourites.
Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU glyndebourne.com +44(0)1273 815000
The controversial electronic beats that skittered across dancefloors in Chicago and Detroit in the early 1980s changed the course of music history and marked the birth of electronic dance music. This aural retrospective honours the genre’s humble and boundary-pushing roots with a skilled curation by French sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup.
The Rock en Seine music festival takes place on the edge of the city, within the leafy Parc de Saint-Cloud. The three-day event welcomes more than 100,000 music enthusiasts to enjoy dozens of big-name artists perform across five stages. Highlights this year include Aphex Twin, Foals and The Cure.
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, 92210 Saint-Cloudrockenseine.com
Until September, 2019
Classique au Vert
Classical music concerts set a verdant floral expanse, Classique au Vert is the city’s al fresco celebration of the genre. For seven summery weekends while the Parc Floral is in full bloom, music enthusiasts are treated to exquisite recitals of popular symphonies as well as contemporary cutting-edge works.
Parc Floral, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris classiqueauvert.paris.fr +33 (0)1 45 43 77 58
A fresh edition of Gianicolo in Musica reverberates from Janiculum Hill on summer evenings until mid-September. The outdoor music festival offers a foot-tapping programme of jazz, blues, swing, soul and tango, strummed by talented local and international musicians, and set against sweeping vistas of the Eternal City at night.
Terrazza del Gianicolo, Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 00165 Rome ilgianicolo.it +39 331 7098 854
Until September 6, 2019
Music Concerts at the Castel Sant’Angelo
An imposing ancient Roman fortress in the heart of the city, Castel Sant’Angelo has had many different uses: a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, a prison, a safe house for the Pope, and now, a museum turned concert venue. This summer, the historic monument hosts a number of classical concerts that make use of the lovely setting as well as the balmy summertime weather.
In homage to musica antica (the music of old), Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicala puts on classical concerts throughout the summer months. Works by celebrated composers like Bach and Handel ring through Milan’s most historic venues, from ornate churches and pillared basilicas to intimate halls and theatres.
On the last weekend in August, rock music heavyweights take to the stage at Milano Rocks. British band Florence + The Machine headlines with 1975 on Friday, while Twenty One Pilots and Billie Eilish attend from the US for Saturday’s lead acts. Expect big crowds and amped-up decibels.
The summer concert series at The Grove features performances from international talent as well as emerging stars. Set against the backdrop of the mall and next to the Farmers Market, the outdoor concerts are held under the warm, star-studded summer skies.
The Beverly Hills International Music Festival returns for its 16th edition this July, featuring both emerging talent and established classical musicians. With performances taking place at the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion, this is an educational voyage into the world of chamber music.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion bhmusicfestival.us +1 310 779 7622
Select Fridays in summer
Jazz Evenings at LACMA
Bring a picnic and roll out a blanket on LACMA’s front lawn on select Friday nights in summer. The museum hosts jazz concerts headlined by the finest musicians in town, with legends such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Janis Mann, and Barbara Morrison having wowed audiences in the past.