That Tchaikovsky was a talented chap wasn’t he? I love the music in The Nutcracker, played as it should be – by a great big orchestra. And the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is quite some orchestra under the guidance of Koen Kessels. Ironically, you’ll notice a distinct lack of orchestra in one of the pictures I took. That’s because they were off rehearsing for a concert at St Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham, so the company were rehearsing with one of our brilliant pianists instead. Being in the orchestra pit has an additional advantage for a rat, in that it’s 20 feet below street level and I can make a quick getaway home after the show.

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