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Eddie Mair | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 6 January 2009

...features on the programme tonight.


Nigel Wrench writes:
"On a shelf at Denstone College in Staffordshire, belonging to a member of the National Youth Orchestra, there to rehearse with the Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov. The Orchestra has taken over the neo-gothic boarding school for a week. There are tell-tale signs.


Mr Bychkov didn't want to be photographed. He did show me ("No-one else has seen this") his copy of the score of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia (1968), which you can hear parts of on PM this evening, as rehearsed by the young musicians.


Signed, and playfully dedicated by Berio, who became a close friend, as Mr Bychkov told the orchestra after their rehearsal.


The school was considered, it's said, as a setting for the Harry Potter films. Here's another (cold) snap."



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