Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Watty's catching up:

Good grief, a week's gone by.

I have two Proms to review, and - well, maybe some other stuff, too.

Prom 11 - Blue Peter Prom

Taking a 5 year old to his first Prom is an experience I recommend to everyone. Every small part of the experience takes on a new significance when seen through the eyes of a child. The Hall looks bigger, redder; the audience more excitable. No, wait - the audience are more excitable. And with reason. Looking at this through the eyes of a child, I find it difficult to imagine how it could be improved. We shivered to 'Sleigh Ride', we marveled at Julian Bliss, we whistled along with the Great Escape, we laughed at the programme notes, and we oohed and aahed at the lighting. And then we were simply bowled over by Stomp. I can't imagine a better way to teach children about rhythm, and the use of three folding chairs to demonstrate how a Canon works was simply perfect. From there it was all orchestral majesty, and Pomp and Circumstance. Oh, and balloons. You can't do this kind of thing without balloons.

We're doing that again.

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