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Syd Lawrence Orchestra: The Magic of Glenn Miller

The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s

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Directed by Chris Dean, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra recreates the sound that brightened those dark days of the 1940s.

Celebrating the music of Major Glenn Miller, bringing memories of the war years back to life with precision and a youthful exuberance.

A dynamite blend of great soloists and vocalists, faultless section work and a hard swinging rhythm section will transport you back in time to a musical era that boasted such hits as Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, String of Pearls, and many more or your Big Band favourites!

Founded in 1967 by trumpeter and arranger Syd Lawrence, The fabulous SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA has been thrilling audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, TV Shows and Music Festivals all over Great Britain and Continental Europe for over 50 years. Renowned for its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing, the Orchestra’s repertoire features the very finest in big band swing.In fact, Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as “So good it should be BANNED!”.

Orchestra leader, Chris Dean, believes in leading the Orchestra with pace and good humour, performing the classics of the swing era in a way that entertains the audience. “The music is what people want to hear” says Chris, “information they can get in books, but they come to a concert to be entertained”. 

Chris’s aim has been to increase the number of young musicians playing Big Band Swing. Recent changes in personnel of the Orchestra have proved the worth of this ambition. The “new blood” of some of today’s finest young jazz musicians has brought a new fire and drive to the Orchestra’s performances which has been reflected in rave reviews and numerous sold out concerts.

All these elements combine to make the Syd Lawrence Orchestra the most enduringly popular Big Band in Britain today.

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