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sung the part of the primo uomo, Cecilio, in Lucio Silla the previous year, Exultant Jubilate received its first performance at the Theatine Church. Munich, in January 1773 and was well received. Nowadays, it’s usually sung by a soprano as befits this Norwich concert. Since her Wigmore début, Ms Forrest is now undertaking a Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music and once again working as a cloakroom attendant at the Wigmore to fund her studies and establish herself, hopefully, on the operatic stage. That’s determination and dedication for you.

Though based in London, the NSO performs throughout the United Kingdom, drawing on fine players from all over the country and has performed opera evenings with such acclaimed singers as Dame Kiri Ta Kanawa and Lesley Garrett. The orchestra also regularly tour the UK with the Moscow City Ballet and also enjoys a special relationship with current charttopping vocalists, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins. And when the New York City Ballet came to London (a few years’ ago now) performing at the famous London Coliseum in St Martin’s Lane, the company chose the NSO as their pit orchestra.

However, under the direction of Justin Pearson, the National Symphony Orchestra is well established and, indeed, determined and is one of the most versatile professional orchestras working in Great Britain today. It has a firmly established national and international reputation with an impressive recording legacy as well as a busy diary of live concert performances. The NSO is admired for both its versatility, its ability to communicate and to connect with audiences with

virtuosity, commitment and passion and makes a valuable contribution to the overall music scene in Great Britain today. For instance, earlier this year the NSO topped the classicalmusic charts for several weeks in a collaboration between Alan Titchmarsh and Debbie Wiseman with the album ‘The Glorious Garden’ which achieved so many sales that it even made it into the pop charts. Last year, the orchestra once again occupied the top spot with a recording of new music in Debbie Wiseman’s work ‘Musical Zodiac’. And the recent release of the film Edie starring Sheila Hancock featured the NSO on its soundtrack. In May of this year, the NSO toured Spain with Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins and a month later they proudly performed at the ceremony marking the handover to the nation of the new DNRC Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough honoured by the presence of HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister, Theresa May. In the autumn of this year, the NSO, under the conductor, Anthony Inglis, will take to the high seas returning to Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary II for the latest in a series of annual and invariably soldout ‘Last Night of the Cunard Proms Cruise’ performances. The relationship between the NSO and Cunard flourish and blossoms like no other while the orchestra also enjoys a special and warm relationship with Warner Leisure Hotels performing a series of Prom-style concerts for the company throughout this year. Founded in the 1940s, the NSO immediately became a significant recording orchestra but from the 1980s the reputation and standing of the orchestra surged forwards and now it successfully performs and records for audiences in a dynamic range of genres ranging from film and television scores to performing West End and Broadway musical material.

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As for recording the NSO has recorded more than 40 complete major classic musicals and this significant legacy means that the NSO is one of the most recorded orchestra at EMI Abbey Road Studios. These musicals, marketed mainly in the USA, often have sales of more than 1.5 million discs including their recordings of Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. In fact, the Leonard Bernstein Estate remarked on their recording of West Side Story ‘that there was no finer recording of it than that laid down by the NSO’. High praise, indeed! The NSO has also performed a number of spectacular televised and recorded concerts under the direction of such distinguished composer/conductors from the world of television and film as Barrington Pheloung, the Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley and also Ron Goodwin as well as Debbie Wiseman, currently Classic FM’s composer-in-residence. The concert by the NSO in Norwich on Tuesday 6th November promises one to chalk up and one not to be missed! Ticket info: West Gallery £21.50 (reserved); Stalls £18.50 (reserved); North/South aisles £12.50 (unreserved). Concessions for seniors, students and under-18s: £19.50, £16.50 and £10.00 respectively. Box office: Norwich Theatre Royal (01603) 630 000

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