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The eighth Budapest Mahler Festival was a massive success again, this year turning the spotlight on children and the secrets of children's lives. Alongside Mahler's Fifth, the premiere of Levente Gyöngyösi's Symphony No 3. (Birth) and Benjamin Britten's children's opera Noye's Fludde created a fantastic atmosphere.

The eighth Budapest Mahler Festival (5-8 September) was a massive success again, this year turning the spotlight on children and the secrets of children’s lives. At three concerts the audience warmly received Levente Gyöngyösi’s Symphony No. 3. (Birth), composed at the request of the BFO and inspired by the birth of the young composer’s daughter Hanga. The premiere of Gyöngyösi’s work was played alongside Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, while in the Festival Theatre at the Müpa, Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde was performed twice, with active participation from the audience: directed and conducted by György Philipp with child performers, all of the ticket proceeds from the second performance were donated to support the Parafónia Orchestra which brings the joy of playing music together to children with mental disabilities.