This is a sponsored article on behalf of The Little Orchestra.
Classical. It's a closed shop, isn't it? It's for suits. For fancy people. For those who know their Baroque from their Romantic. And that certainly ain't us.
Well, The Little Orchestra are out to change all that.
These guys are on a mission to bring classical music to the masses, and they've ditched all the pomp that'd usually make us run a mile. Instead, relaxed and sociable is the name of the game — perfect for newcomers to the orchestral scene.
That means you can forget about getting dressed up, and swanning around in fancy-pants venues. Rather, audiences are invited to dress as they like, with performances taking place inside spaces you wouldn't ordinarily expect — all jazzed up with atmospheric lighting and set design to reflect the inspirations of the music.
Their next event, A Dance of Decadence, hits Stoke Newington Town Hall this September. The laid-back evenings see audiences enjoy drinks and a meal, before experiencing a heavenly live performance of Beethoven's bacchanalian 7th Symphony, along with key moments from his only opera, Fidelio.
It's a lot more than just a concert, though: during the evening, Nicholas Little, the conductor, shares fascinating stories and inspirations behind the music. Plus, you get the opportunity to mingle with both Nicholas and the performers — and you don't get that at fancy concerts.
Opera lover or not, it looks set to be a fantastic evening. Who knows, by the end of it, you might just leave with a newfound passion...