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November 8th 2012
Published: November 8th 2012
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Tonight we were lucky enough to be invited to a classical music concert.

This university has a music faculty in this old campus where I live and I can often hear students practising singing and playing piano in the practise rooms nearby.



We had no idea of what we were coming to or what we would be hearing or what standard of dress so I arrived wearing what I had on today and Martin dragged himself off his sick bed and shoved on his tracky daky shirt and jeans



We were solemnly ushered in with rows of students clapping us to our waiting seats, happily sitting near the front. We then were asked to take front row, centre seats. I felt so humbled.



The concert tonight was one of the lecturers, a baritone and a visiting soprano.

They sang a mixture of classical arias in Italian and German, two Chinese songs and to finish the “Phantom of the Opera” duet in English.

The pianist who was accompanying them was brilliant with the whole concert extremely professional and thoroughly entertaining.



The Chinese concert etiquette is so different to ours; they chat away quietly around themselves, happily photograph, shuffle around, and use their mobiles to txt quite openly.


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For each set of songs the singer received an enormous bunch of flowers
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Beautiful voice

Her Chinese song was captivating


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