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…and I’m fortunate enough to be spending it with a terrific group of colleagues in Copenhagen itself, on assignment for The Birmingham Post and The Amati Magazine. We’ve heard a rehearsal of the 4th Symphony with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in its stunning new concert hall, been shown round Nielsen’s old stamping-ground at the Royal Theatre by the wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable Michael Schonwandt, and tonight it’s David Pountney’s new production of Saul and David at the opera. Off to the great man’s birthplace near Odense tomorrow.

Full reports follow presently. Meanwhile the sky is blue, the Carlsberg is ice-cool and here’s the birthday boy himself in the foyer of the old Royal Theatre, looking remarkably spry at 150.

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