The hiring of the Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye, the ‘Strauss of the North’, to be musical director in 1843 highlights the important role that classical music has played at Tivoli from the very beginning. It is something Lumbye’s modern counterpart, Maria Frej, wishes to emphasise during her own directorship. “Classical music is for everyone. Just like Tivoli itself, there’s such great variety and people of all ages and tastes can find something they enjoy,” she says. “One of our favourite things is grandparents bringing their grandchildren for a day of magic at Tivoli, and introducing them to classical music as a natural part of that experience.”

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