Barcelona’s Classical Music, Architecture & Photography

My oldest son sings with the famous Orfeó Català choir, who´s home is in the unbelievable beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana  built between 1905 and 1908 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and declared  a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 4th December 1997. 

I burst with pride watching my son help create the the exquisite music of this highly acclaimed Orfeó Català in a concert auditorium that is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world, and captured in these photographs.

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For over a hundred years the Palau de la Música Catalana has been the privileged setting for the musical life, both national and international, in the city of Barcelona. It has hosted world premières and is a musical and architectural landmark in the city. I sometimes wander if Luc’s destiny to sing in this choir was sealed when I attended a concert to celebrate my 30th birthday, whilst 39 weeks pregnant with him. I distinctly remember his evident enjoyment of the music from within me, but never imagined my little English boy being born in Barcelona would 9 years later be chosen to sing the opening solo when, the most famous Football Club in the world, FC BARCA, opened it’s new training school.

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The concert hall of the Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during the day by natural light. The walls on two sides consist of stained glass panes set in magnificent arches, and overhead is an enormous skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centrepiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and the sky.  The Palau de la Música Catalana really is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, so much so that there are  guided tours every 30 minutes in Spanish, English, Catalan, Russian & French costing 17 Euros. For a photographic preview click on this wonderful panoramic photo of the concert hall of the Palau, by the talented Bob Masters.

Why not include a classical music concert into your itinerary in Barcelona? You can purchase tickets to go and see all sorts of musical concerts including  Flamenco, or even a fusion of Opera & Flamenco , a real treat for anyone with a passion of music & dance.

Last week was a glorious Barcelona spring day. After dropping Luc off for one of his rehearsals, and buying his brother an ice cream we popped into Explore Catalunya office , to look for interesting tours for wedding groups visiting Barcelona.

I spotted a flyer for a photography exhibition promising photos of the city of Barcelona like you’ve never seen before.

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The flyer showed the well known Barcelona landmark, the Sagrada Família in the background, with a bench covered in snow in the foreground…..a sight I haven’t seen in all my 12 years of living here. I was intrigued and decided to go and have a look since the gallery, Anaglifos on C/ MONEC, 17 – just around the corner. The 50 photos of the exhibition show both the classic and  most unexpected places in Barcelona from a new, original perspective: the vertical panorama.

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Beautiful Barcelona is a city that inspires many great photographers, and looking at lovely wedding photography taken here is certainly one of the highlights of my job as a wedding planner. In the digital photography age that we live in, Soren Berenguer’s photos really were something unique & special.   The 50 photos in the collection were taken over a 5 year period, on a discontinued black and white film with genuine panoramic cameras and the prints then hand crafted in the traditional darkroom by the photographer himself.  The process is very expensive and time demanding, with no computer involved in any way in all the process. The photography lovers amongst you can click here for more details on the process.

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These limited edition photographs, are truly lovely, and a great original wedding gift  idea for couples who chose beautiful Barcelona for their destination wedding. All the prints are for sale, with prices starting at 1000 Euro.

 

Thursday 2nd May 2013 · 2 comments

2 thoughts on “Barcelona’s Classical Music, Architecture & Photography

  1. Lou Bishop says:

    Fantastic article, was a great read and you must be very proud!

  2. clare says:

    As any mummy would be….thanks for the nice comment.

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