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Music Note Knobs & Music Note Hooks

Are you a music lover? ..As a country we have to be among the most ardent music lovers, with every summer seeing yet more fans flock to the widest range of festivals imaginable. From the not for the feint hearted Download rock festival to the family friendly glamping extravaganza of Suffolk’s Latitude, and of course, the daddy of them all, Glastonbury, all popular music tastes are catered for at these events. And you may have already guessed, from our traditional musical manuscript adorned cupboard knobs and coat hooks, that there is an altogether different type of music festival close to our hearts. One festival, that for longevity, total audience numbers, new works performed, and, most recently, for incredible innovation and creativity, can put all these in the shade. We are, of course talking about the annual classical music pilgrimage to the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms.

Now in their 120th year, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are a series of predominantly classical music that run for eight weeks every summer at the Royal Albert Hall. Part of the Proms mission has always been to bring great music to the masses, and for that reason the promenade tickets (what would normally be the stalls, but for this series the sets are taken out and part of the audience stands) are sold cheaply on the day on a first come first served basis. This idea came from free concerts in pleasure gardens, where people were free to walk around, enjoying the music in a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Recently, the Proms has really worked hard to deliver not only the best in classical music but also to introduce it to young people, with recent highlights being the Horrible Histories and Wallace & Gromit Proms. This year, tying in with his current level of popularity, the Sherlock Holmes Prom will pay tribute to this great fictional character’s love of the violin. Along with these initiatives, the Proms also run workshops, including this year a choir practice for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, as well as late night and Sunday afternoon concerts.

And don’t forget of course, one of the biggest annual events in the classical music world closes this annual festival. And if the Last Night of the Proms strikes a resounding traditional chord with you, then our Union Jack drawer knobs will be the ideal lasting memento!

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