14 of the best ways to bring music to your ears this summer
Music is always a good idea but there’s something special about summer songs, al fresco festivals and classical concerts. This summer there’s a great line up of unmissable music events, so we’ve handpicked some favourites for your summer soundtrack.
Until September 14, 2019
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.
Royal Albert Hall and various locations around London
RAH: 1.4 miles – 28 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
Image © Chris Christodoulou
Select Fridays until September, 2019
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.
Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W2 3XA
1.2 miles – 23 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7402 6075
Image © The Serpentine Galleries
November 15 – 24, 2019
EFG London Jazz Festival
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.
Various locations across London
+44 (0)20 7324 1880
Image © London Jazz Festival/Emile Holba
Until August 25, 2019
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
70 miles – 1h30 drive from Coworth Park
Until August 11, 2019
Electronic Music from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk
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.
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
45 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (5 mile);
35 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (4 miles)
philharmoniedeparis.fr |+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Image © AFP, Charles Platieau
August 23 – 25, 2019
Rock en Seine
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
24 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (5.5 miles);
30 minutes’ drive from Le Meurice (7 miles)
August – 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
Around 40 minutes’ drive from Hôtel Plaza Athénée (8 miles) and Le Meurice (6 miles)
+33 (0)1 45 43 77 58
Until September, 2019
Gianicolo in Musica
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
+39 331 7098 854
Until August, 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.
Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, Rome
+39 06 6819 111
Until August, 2019
Milano Arte Musica
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.
Various locations across Milan
+39 02 7631 7176
Image © Alberto Panzani
August 30 – 31, 2019
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.
MIND Milano Innovation District, Via Cristina Belgioioso, 171, 20157 Milan
+39 02 6982 6701
Image © Simonkr
Until August, 2019
Summer Concerts at The Grove
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.
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 900 8080
Image © Caruso
July 26 – August 4, 2019
Beverly Hills International Music Festival
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
+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.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036
+1 323 857 6000
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