Cultural highlights of the summer
From the BBC Proms to the Edinburgh International Festival, Hawes & Curtis selects the cultural highlights of the summer.
The Glyndebourne Festival 21 May – 30 August
Glyndebourne is an opera festival staged annually in an enchanting English country house near Lewes in East Sussex. Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is globally recognised as one of the great opera houses. The true spirit of this very English and rather eccentric festival is found within its idyllic grounds. Many attendees choose to picnic in the gardens to enjoy the opera, regardless of the temperamental British weather. And almost all wear evening dress. For more information and to book tickets visit www.glyndebourne.com.
What to wear
The tradition of wearing evening dress during the Glyndebourne Festival originated with founder John Christie, who felt that it was one of the ways the audience could show its respect for the performers. Evening wear is customary for the summer festival and as the British weather is changeable, it is advisable to bring additional warm layers. The Hampton Court Festival 11th June- 23rd June
Spend your summer evenings listening to world class music in the historic setting of Hampton Court Palace. This year Hampton Court is celebrating its 500th anniversary so the iconic festival promises to be extra special. Taking place in the spectacular Tudor Courtyard, the festival brings you high profile names from rock, pop and classic music including Paloma Faith, Jools Holland and KT Tunstall. Away from the main stage visitors can picnic in the scenic grounds. To book tickets visit www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com.
What to wear
There is no dress code for this event, so a relaxed outfit such as a check shirt, casual shoes, a jumper and chinos are appropriate. As this is set outdoors, a lightweight jacket and an umbrella are recommended!The Proms 17 July 2015 - 12 September 2015
The BBC Proms is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated classical music festivals. This summer it will be celebrating its 120th year and still remains true to its original aim: “to present the widest range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.” Set in London’s Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Proms hosts two months of concerts, including the famous Last Night performances. For more information and to book tickets visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms.
What to wear
When the Proms first began in 1895 it was a glamorous affair, but today the dress code is very relaxed. Black tie is only to be worn by the performers so smart, casual attire such as a shirt, a smoking jacket and chinos are appropriate. On the Last Night, complete your outfit with subtle Union Jack cufflinks!
Edinburgh International Festival 7 August – 31 August
The Edinburgh International Festival showcases the best performing artists from around the word for three weeks of the finest music, dance, theatre and opera. The festival was originally set up in 1947 to enrich Scotland’s cultural life by providing ‘a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’ through the beauty of art. Today this much loved event brings together audiences and artists from around the globe. Throughout August, Scotland’s capital city is transformed and events take place in Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls. For more information and to book tickets visit www.eif.co.uk.
What to wear
There’s no strict dress code but this is the perfect opportunity to dress up. For evening performances such as the opera or ballet, audience members tend to wear smart/ casual outfits such as a Harris tweed jacket, a stylish shirt and slick accessories. For smaller venues and day perfomances, dress is usually casual.
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