Tag Archives: prague

Two Moors Festival Prague trip: In pictures

We’ve just come back from a lovely trip to the beautiful city of Prague and thought you might like to see what we got up to while away. We had a brilliant time – we got up at the crack of dawn to beat the tourists to the Charles Bridge, ate all sorts of delicious food (including deep-fried cheese!), climbed all the way up to the castle and back down again, saw lots of people touring the city on Segways, went to see The Magic Flute at the Estates Theatre, played with a Don Giovanni puppet at the National Marionettes Theatre and saw lots of incredible buildings and gorgeous cherry blossom.

Highly recommended as a place to visit! We hope you like our pictures.

Have you been to Prague? What did you see?

The Monday Moodboard: Prague!

Monday mood board

Fans of UK classical music festivals who read our blog will know that we here at the Two Moors Festival have just enjoyed a very lovely five days exploring the musical side of Prague. To celebrate our return, we thought we’d dedicate our latest Monday moodboard to this wonderful city and all the things just waiting to be discovered. We had a brilliant time, looking around the Estates Theatre, St Nicholas’ Church, eating deep-fried cheese, frankfurters and sampling some of the lovely beer on offer – we’ll definitely be returning!

And if you want to find out more about our trip away, make sure you pop back to the blog tomorrow so you can see some of the photos we took while there.

1. The Estates Theatre

estates-theater-facadeWhile we were in Prague, we decided we just couldn’t go home without paying the Estates Theatre – Mozart’s own theatre – a visit and booked ourselves in for a performance of The Magic Flute. Undeniably one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe – inside and out! – officially opened in 1783 and its name has become inextricably linked with Mozart, who himself conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni here in 1787.

The world premiere of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito also took place here in 1791 to honour the coronation of Leopold II. It was amazing being inside such a beautiful building with such historical and musical significance, and we really enjoyed the performance of The Magic Flute… but more about that later this week, so don’t forget to check back on the blog.

2. Cafe Mozart

grand-caf-c3-a9-1Being such a musical city, it’s unsurprising that many of the restaurants in Prague have combined classical music with fine dining.. and one of the best is Cafe Mozart, which is also perfectly placed for amazing views of the Old Town Hall Tower’s astronomical clock (make sure you’re there on the hour so you can see how it chimes it out… although it’s not quite as spectacular a sight as we were hoping for, particularly given how intricate and beautiful the clock itself is).

Whether you want a full meal or just one of Prague’s delicious cakes, Cafe Mozart is a brilliant choice for filling rumbling tummies while enjoying classical music or jazz. We only popped in for a moment so didn’t hear anything, but we did go a few doors down for dinner and were serenaded by a travelling band playing Romany versions of Smetana and Brahms while we supped over a plate of pasta, which was a lot of fun!

3. Prague Spring International Music Festival

11181387745_63ce631fb6_oUnsurprisingly, Prague is renowned for its music festivals and the next one coming up is the Prague Spring International Music Festival, taking place between the 24th May and the 3rd June. There are some brilliant performers taking to the stage this year, from the Pavel Haas Quartet to Andreas Scholl. We’re also excited to see that acclaimed pianist Lang Lang will be joining the Wiener Philharmonic  in a concert dedicated to Richard Strauss.

4. Prague street music

prague-street-entertainmentStreet music in Prague is a thriving industry and wherever you go – particularly in the more touristy parts, such as Old Town – you’ll come across musicians, singers and variety acts… so keep a few coins at the ready. The weather was absolutely glorious when we were there so we spent many a happy hour sitting on benches and in cafes listening to different groups. We particularly enjoyed a trumpet and euphonium mash-up in the square. If you want to make sure you hear a wide variety, pull up a pew at Cafe Kafka near the Old Town square and just wait – the line-up changes periodically and you’ll have a lovely soundtrack to relax to as you soak up the summer sun.

5. The National Marionette Theatre

Marionette_Opera_PragueYou can’t pay Prague a visit without noticing that the city has a penchant for puppets. Puppet theatre has enjoyed a long tradition in the region and can in fact be traced back to the Middle Ages. One of the biggest establishments in Prague is the National Marionette Theatre, found just a short stroll from the Old Town square, which puts on amazing performances of Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute using tall puppets and a lot of imagination. We were lucky enough to go to a performance of Don Giovanni – but you’ll have to come back to the blog later this week to find out just what went on… And we’ve got some very exciting Two Moors Festival news for you as well!

Off to Prague!

We’re rather excited this morning because we’re off on a very fun classical music trip to the wonderful destination of Prague for a few highly cultural days.

Never having been there before, we’ve made a full itinerary to make sure we see and do as much as we possibly can – not all of it classical music-oriented, but all of it exciting. We’re booked in for a performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute on Saturday in the composer’s own theatre (which we can’t wait to see) and we’re also off to see a marionette version of Don Giovanni. This sounds absolutely amazing – what could be better than Don Giovanni? Don Giovanni with puppets, of course!

We’re also looking forward to standing on the Charles Bridge at sunset (apparently one of the most romantic spots in Europe), sampling some of the local beer and trying smazeny syr – or deep-fried cheese!

What else should be on our agenda? Tell us what we should be doing and seeing, please! See our photos on the blog next week.