Richie and Davy are at my parents’ for half-term, so ho! to the Bridgewater Hall, and the expansion of our horizons. This is the first time we’ve been to a classical concert, and we’ve picked the English Chamber Orchestra and international superstar fiddle-fiddler Sarah Chang for a non-challenging introduction to the scene. The band (this may not be the right terminology) took us through Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade For Strings and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Chang appearing for just the Vivaldi.

You can’t help but admire the ability of the musicians. I’d only ever heard classical music through a medium – CD, TV, radio – but to hear it live emphasised how precise the playing was, and the depth and richness of the sound that they produced was wonderful. Obviously Chang is the star, but she dominated the Four Seasons – the only one not seated, a vivid turquoise dress and facial expressions which at times reminded me of Nigel Tufnell – and I’m not sure that really helped.

Classical concert tips for newbies: (1) it doesn’t matter much what you wear – jeans are OK, but white tie is probably a bit much – and (2) don’t start clapping until everyone else does.