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All you need is ... 300 musicians

Paul McCartney

Ex-Beatle debuts mammoth symphony

October 15, 1997
Web posted at: 3:58 p.m. EDT (1958 GMT)

LONDON (CNN) -- It was a hard day's night, but Paul McCartney's debut symphony won overwhelming praise from fans who had crowded into Royal Albert Hall for the much-hyped performance.

At the end of the 75-minute orchestral work Tuesday night, roaring fans called the former Beatle up to the stage for six curtain calls.

The symphony, "Standing Stone," was performed by 300 musicians and singers from the London Symphony Orchestra and chorus. McCartney, who doesn't know how to read or write music, spent four years writing the piece with a little help from his friends.

For a peek at the concert and a look at McCartney's transformation from rocker to classical musician, click on.

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