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Tue 19th Mar7 pmTheatre Royal Nottingham"The Magic Flute". £43.20. This is now sold out. Transport by car-share to Clifton South tram Park & Ride. See poster for full details Details here

Thursday 4th October. Birmingham Symphony Hall

Colin had organised a trip to BSH to hear Beethoven's 7th and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No1 and as the concert started at 7.30pm he had also arranged for us to eat at Carluccio's beforehand. Unfortunately as our numbers increased from 16 to 20, Carluccio's declared that they were unable to cope and left Colin looking for another restaurant at short notice. Fortunately Bistrot Pierre was able to take us in.

We travelled down in 5 cars and all went well until reaching the Aston Expressway which was anything but express! Roadworks around Paradise Circus meant that access to the planned car park was near-impossible, although one driver managed it somehow! Nonetheless we all managed to park somewhere and arrive at the restaurant in time. Service was slow and hence desserts were rushed in order to get away in time, but the food was very good.

The concert was excellent. The young Russian piano soloist, Yulianna Avdeeva, was outstanding in the Tchaikovsky and received multiple ovations. She apparently was the winner of the Chopin Piano Competition in 2010. One didn't need to be an expert to hear that she was very talented indeed.

After the interval, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra treated us to a marvellous rendition of Beethoven's 7th played with considerable gusto. An excellent evening's entertainment.

Thank you Colin for picking this concert and arranging everything.

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