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Net gain for fans of classics.

Byline: By Neil Elkes

WOULD-BE culture vultures can dip their toe into the water of classical music with a free on-line musical treat from city's leading orchestra.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is giving people the chance to get a taste of up and coming concerts via its website.

This try before you buy offers is aimed at those people, particularly first timers, who are considering going to a concert.

All they have to do is visit the website and click next to the concert date for a free taster of music.

Many of the samples featured have been specially recorded for the website to capture what the audience will experience in the concert hall.

CBSO spokeswoman Rachel Blackman, said: "The aim is to provide samples for a number of concerts each month.

"It's obviously a challenge to catch the full atmosphere of a live performance, but this is a real chance to break down some boundaries and let people make more informed decisions before they book a seat."

The samples are currently available for the CBSO Benevolent Fund on September 15, Honeck's Eroica on October 7, Igorfest: Petrushka on October 31 and Elgar's Violin Concerto on May 2 next year.

To find out more visit the orchestra website
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 19, 2006
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