An insider’s guide to Tour 2015: Norwich

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Norwich is always one of Glyndebourne’s favourite places to visit. It’s truly a stunning city, etched with meandering cobbled streets and studded with medieval architecture. Museums and galleries on every street, and cafes and restaurants round every corner, make it easy to spend hours just wandering through the city.

A relaxing couple of hours spent in Norwich Cathedral amongst the incense, listening to the organist play various pieces, set the mood for Sunday evening – a wonderful way to ease ourselves in to another week of performances.

Photo: Hannah Rose Cooper

The market square, with its rows and rows of fresh produce and handy proximity to the theatre, proved popular with the Glyndebourne company. After three weeks on the road, fresh Cromer crab and salad makes for an extremely welcome lunch!

Performances for schools

Each Thursday on Tour we have a matinee performance for schools (at all venues apart from Woking). In Norwich 500 children saw the performance of Don Pasquale. It’s an incredible opportunity to introduce young people to opera, and help them develop a love of theatre that will last a lifetime.

One of my favourite aspects of the performance for schools is the ‘meet and greet’ we do afterwards with singers in full costume, wigs and make-up. They answer questions from an excitable crowd of children who’ve just seen them perform. There’s always a giggle when our Don Pasquale (Jose Fardilha) takes his wig off with a flourish.

Photo: Hannah Rose Cooper

A fond farewell

On Friday the entire touring company joined together to say goodbye to David Pickard in his role as General Director of Glyndebourne. The bar in the Theatre Royal was filled with the cast of Saul and representatives from Glyndebourne and Norwich. It was a lovely evening of speeches and conversation, and a fitting send-off.

After such a brilliant week the prospect of the ‘get-out’ on Saturday night in the snow was met with trepidation. Working until the small hours of the morning, the crew, wardrobe and lighting teams laboured through the cold, ensuring all the lights, set and costumes made it safely on to the truck to Plymouth.

Leave a comment and let us know if you’ve enjoyed a performance on Tour 2015 – we’d love to hear from you.