City of London Sinfonia

ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Corn Exchange


> King's Lynn Corn Exchange

The CLS has a reputation for innovative programming, but they took a different approach for the latest visit of their residency at Lynn.

Three works which are classics from the repertoire were given top treatment by an orchestra renowned for its immaculate playing.

The icing on the cake was the involvement of Melvyn Tan, who delighted the large audience with his performance in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23. As he nears his 50th birthday Melvyn Tan has long proved his pedigree and cannot hide his enthusiasm.

His overt pleasure added to the enjoyment of being mesmerised by his technique - especially from his unusual seat back from the keyboard.

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