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As Anglophiles, we're fascinated by British music. In movies, we've seen "polite society" in ballrooms during Regency and Victorian times dancing quadrilles and waltzes--often to strains of Haydn or Mozart rather than to the music of native-born, British composers. But the "upper crust" embraced classical music, that we know. In modern times, however, British music has rocked the world. The "British Invasion" provided the first salvo, with the likes of the Beatles, The Who, and the Rolling Stones. One historical moment later, the Punk scene arrived, firing the second salvo. The Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Jam, and Buzzcocks all lit up the radar. And I haven't even mentioned the HUGE British stars in mainstream pop: Sting, Elton John, Culture Club, Coldplay, Adele, etc.
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Zella's Comment: One of my favorite venues for music in London is St. Martin in the Fields, at Trafalgar Square. St. Martin offers both inexpensive and free concerts throughout the year. You can stop by for Evensong, hear their Lunchtime Concerts series (typically choral, organ, or chamber music), or enjoy a Jazz Nights performance--offered this year on Wednesday nights. St. Martin's location is a godsend for tourists: It's in central London, near many top tourist destinations, so dropping by for a concert fits easily into a busy tourist schedule. (Stop by the church a day or more before attending a concert to buy a ticket.) And here's more good news about St. Martin: They have an amazing crypt in the lower level of the church with a restaurant, restrooms, and even a small art gallery. I'm gaga about the crypt--it's so atmospheric! If you're dead tired from traipsing around London and need a spot to nourish your body and soul, this is it.
ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
Check out lovely Kate Rusby, a Yorkshire folk singer and song writer, performing one of her songs live at Leeds:
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