40th Anniversary Programme Synopsis

This year marks our 40th Anniversary; and over the past four decades, we have been very privileged and honoured to have received wonderful support from some of the ‘giants’ associated with the world of light music.

Our 40th Anniversary programme will therefore honour those composers and personalities who have played a huge part in our success story; and in our special Journey Into Melody, we have chosen music that reflects this unique legacy.

As usual, we pay tribute to the musical stage with a selection from what is undoubtedly Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular show – The Sound of Music. It is arranged by the doyen of all Broadway orchestrators – Robert Russell Bennett – whose masterful arrangements have been a regular feature of our programmes. And we are delighted to welcome back Carole Clarke (Mezzo-Soprano) to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a selection of vocal treasures that includes more gems from the musical stage – songs from South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, Showboat and Guys and Dolls. Other songs include Tchaikovsky’s ‘None but the Lonely Heart’ and the ballad, I’ll Walk Beside You.

And for jazz fans, we have Duke Ellington! – a medley of his best-known tunes.

Honouring those who have directly played an important part in the ELO story, our programme features Iain Sutherland’s Edinburgh Castle – Concert March, Robert Farnon’s Manhattan Playboy, Ernest Tomlinson’s Nocturne (from ‘Lyrical Suite’), Arthur Blake’s Romance – ‘Jean Brodie’, Angela Morley’s A Canadian in Mayfair and Clive Richardson’s Beachcomber. Now that’s some line-up!

Our Leader’s solo spot pays tribute to one of our most distinguished Leaders – Miles Baster. Our present Leader, Lawrence Dunn, will play the composition that launched the popular solo spot and which was Miles’ first solo with the ELO back in 1979 – Johan Svendsen’s ‘Romance in G’.

This year is also the 60th Anniversary of STV; and to mark this occasion we will play Scotlandia – the medley of Scots songs that was heard before the start of each day’s programmes from 1957 until the advent of twenty-four hour broadcasting. It must be one of the most well-known pieces of Scottish music ever!

Also in our programme is the overture to Monckton and Talbot’s The Arcadians – which was the opening piece in our very first concert; and Intermezzo from Eric Coates’ ‘Miniature Suite’.

And last – but by no means least – our programme would not be complete without a ‘sing-along’; and this year we have chosen a medley of Waltzes from the Music Hall.

I’m sure you’ll agree that our 40th Anniversary Programme promises to be something very special!

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