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GLYNDEBOURNE AT 80 | Natural selection

- 4 April 2014

At first sight, the connection between the quiet English meadows around Glyndebourne and the cicada-shrill grasslands of the Serengeti might seem tenuous.
The Glyndebourne season brings many of the finest and best-trained musicians and directors in the world to East Sussex to perform to an audience in evening dress for whom a visit to Glyndebourne is always an occasion. The audience in the Serengeti is the tourist, informal, comforted by the amenities provided but often slightly apprehensive when listening to the nocturnal orchestra in a permanent state of warming up, from the repetitive insect threnody at the top of the register to the sonorous bass of lions calling to each other across the night.

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