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Glyndebourne lawyers roll up their briefs for Mozart's Magic Flute

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:36 05 October 2010

LAWYERS rolled up their briefs to play the Magic Flute when they staged Mozart's opera at the world famous Glyndebourne. It was the first time a law firm has performed at the opera house when staff from Allen & Overy's UK HQ in London's East End took to the Glyndebourne stage

By Mike Brooke

LAWYERS rolled up their briefs to play the Magic Flute when they staged Mozart’s classic opera at the world famous Glyndebourne.

It was the first time a law firm has performed at the opera house when staff from Allen & Overy’s UK headquarters at Bishops Square in London’s East End took to the Glyndebourne stage.

The legal beavers also invited kids from Stepney Greencoat Secondary school to take part in the chorus.

It was almost a sell-out with nearly 1,000 tickets snapped up, with £15,000 raised for charity.

“The project brought together people who wouldn’t normally have worked together,” explained law firm partner Don McGown, who heads its Music Programme. “It challenged people to perform to a high standard in a world class venue.”

The cast and orchestra were made up of 150 staff and former employees in what was the firm’s most ambitious charity project to date.

It works magic with company morale—just like Mozart’s Magic Flute.

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Glyndebourne Festival Opera runs May 20 to August 29. Operas include Britten’s Billy Budd, Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Macbeth, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, with online bookings from midnight on February 26, or telephone 01273-813813.

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