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Disturbing the Orchestra


The formal silence and respect associated with classical performances is being thrown out by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Night Shift performance held at the Roundhouse in London allows the audience to sit and chat, perhaps mingle a little, while Beethoven is played.

The orchestra's conductor Vladimir Jurowski and violinists Maggie Faultless and Matthew Truscott spoke to Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge about whether it is time to relax the formality surrounding classical music.

This is an extended version of the broadcast discussion.

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