Orchestra of the Swan has brought a new orchestral element to the hits of indie rock band James at a creative workshop in preparation for their appearance at Symphony Hall Birmingham on Monday, October 24.
The 22-piece chamber orchestra and 16-piece Choir from The Manchester Consort met up with the band at Salford University to try out new arrangements under the direction of composer and conductor Joe Duddell for a joint UK tour.
Songs from James’s legendary back catalogue were re-interpreted for a series of ten concerts to be given by the band, orchestra and choir at Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Glasgow and The Royal Albert Hall from October 23-November 4.
David Curtis, Artistic Director of Orchestra of the Swan, which has residencies and concert series in Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Bedworth, Loughborough and London, said: “The Orchestra has been finding the experience of working across musical genres with such a talented band and choir extremely exciting.
“We are now looking forward even more to performing the new highly successful arrangements with our new partners at some of the UK’s greatest music venues.”
Joe Duddell added: “I’ve worked with Orchestra of the Swan before and was blown away by their sound, committed playing, and openness towards new music. Their adaptability is key to this project and they have the creative minds too so have been involved in the evolution of the arrangements which we all embrace.”
James, Joe Duddell, The Manchester Consort Choir, and Orchestra of the Swan will be performing in partnership at the following venues:
Sunday, October 23, Cardiff Millennium Centre
Monday, October 24, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday, October 25, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday, October 27, Nottingham Royal Centre
Friday, October 28, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Saturday, October 29, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Monday, October 31, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday, November 1, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday, November 2, Gateshead Sage
Friday, November 4, London Royal Albert Hall
Tickets details are available by calling 0844 826 2826