It was a fun and fascinating afternoon, spent ‘shadowing’ in the ‘pit orchestra’ of the London musical “Beautiful’, showcasing the songbook of Carole King. Of the many learning points were these: the level of musicianship is remarkable; the musicians’ professionalism is exemplary, the actual playing/performance is world-class and the sound quality is something else. It all adds up to the audience – often unknowingly – experiencing a far more exciting and fulfilling show. Electronically reproduced music may mean more profit for show producers, but such music lacks intensity; musical tone, attack, phrasing and emotional input. Audiences – often unknowingly – appreciate this. Demand live music in your theatres. It makes and often defines the evening. Thanks to http://www.martinwilliams.co.uk for allowing me to watch, listen & learn.