From magic circle to Magic Flute
It is the dream of many musicians to have the opportunity to perform at Glyndebourne, the world-famous opera house. So how did over one hundred members of Allen & Overy (A&O) staff and its alumni have the opportunity to realise that dream by performing Mozart's The Magic Flute at Glyndebourne on a Saturday evening in February, and in doing so become the first corporate organisation to perform there? The seed was sown some years ago when Guy Beringer, A&O's recently retired senior partner, was given a tour backstage and asked how Glyndebourne used the space during the off-season. On being told it was usually closed, he said he felt sure that many outside organisations would be keen to use it.
In February, 100 A&O staff and alumni came together to stage a performance of the Mozart opera The Magic Flute. Don McGown recalls a night to remember
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