Charlie Sturgess

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All strings bright and beautiful… Flanders Symphony Orchestra at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The orchestra sits eager and smiling, they know what’s coming. The audience chatters with nervous anticipation as the tuning begins; the lights dim as our conductor, Jan Latham-Koenig steps onto the stage. Polite applause and then silence. ‘L’italiana in Algeri’ (‘The Italian girl in Algeri’). This overture by Gioachino Rossini was first played in 1813…