Operation Desert Song

The Sultan of Oman has created a private symphony orchestra in a country which has transformed itself from a medieval backwater in just 30 years.

It's the world's last surviving court orchestra but, more remarkably, it consists solely of Omani musicians who have had to learn Western music from scratch.

Bill Lloyd reports from Muscat on an epic musical experiment.

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The Sultan of Oman has created a private symphony orchestra in a country which has transformed itself from a medieval backwater in just 30 years.

It's the world's last surviving court orchestra but, more remarkably, it consists solely of Omani musicians who have had to learn Western music from scratch.

Bill Lloyd reports from Muscat on an epic musical experiment.