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London Philharmonic in Pollensa

Classics in the cloister

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Next month sees the return of probably the best classical music festival in the Balearics, the 58th Festival of Pollensa. Since 1962 some of the most respected names in the world of classical music have graced the stage; the National Orchestra of France, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Monserrat Caballé, Ravi Shankar, and Michael Nyman to name just a few.

This year the star turn of the festival will certainly not be out of place on that list – it's the London Symphony Orchestra, on a summer break from their normal home at the South Bank. They'll be appearing on Tuesday 27th August at 10 pm (when it's a bit cooler) and playing a programme of pieces by Beethoven and Mozart, including the stirring overture from Don Giovanni!

Tickets for the concert are €35 for seats up front, and €25 for those further back which is less than half the price you'd pay to watch the LPO on their home turf! The only fly in the ointment is that it appears tickets can only be purchased from the venue and not online. Details are here – Pollensa Festival Tickets.

The venue is as usual, the stunning Baroque cloister of the Dominican monastery in the centre of Pollensa town. Built in 1616, it has four arched corridors, excellent acoustics and views of the stars, making it just perfect for listening to some great music.

The festival isn't just about one performance though, and throughout August you can pick and choose from;

7th, 10 pm - Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears

10th, 10 pm - Camerata de la Royal Concertgebouw

14th, 10 pm - Josep Colom

15th, 8.30 pm - L’artesà de planetes

17th, 10 pm - Sergey Khachatryan and Lusine Khachatryan

21st, 10 pm - Accademia del Piacere

24th, 10 pm - Artemis Quartett

27th, 10 pm - London Philharmonic Orchestra

31st, 10 pm - Maria José Montiel and Miquel Estelrich

All the details of the programme of each concert can be found on the link above.

Have a fantastic time if you go.