Live music returns to Christ Church with the Light Music Society Orchestra

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LIVE music returns to the wonderful setting of Christ Church, Skipton this month when it hosts a performance by the Light Music Society Orchestra.

The Light Music Society has reformed its own orchestra, some 45 years after its last performance, and will once again perform in the Christ Church Hall, which has been silent due to the coronavirus pandemic for a year and a half.

Set to take place on Sunday August 29, it promises to be a “thrilling afternoon concert by its dynamic young musicians showcasing some of the best in” light music. ”

The Light Music Society Orchestra once graced the airwaves in the 1960s and 1970s with performances for the BBC and in collaboration with some of the world’s most famous musicians, including Sir Malcolm Arnold and the hard rock band Deep Purple. . Light Music bridges the gap between classical and popular music. It is music with immediate appeal, music to entertain and enjoy, with a strong emphasis on melody.

The performance will be conducted by Manchester-based conductor Alexander Webb, who is also researching Light Music and the contributions of local composer Ernest Tomlinson (of whom Gaelic Lullaby is a part of the program) at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The orchestra will be conducted by Matthew Chadbond and the concert will feature accomplished soprano soloist April Elizabeth Grime. Alexander and Matthew have both performed at Christ Church on several occasions with the Settle Orchestra, respectively as conductor and guest conductor.

The program will include By the Sleepy Lagoon (the theme song of Desert Island Discs) and The Dambusters March, both by Eric Coates, excerpts from Carmen by Bizet and a selection of My Fair Lady, among many other delightfully melodious tracks.

All of the music for this concert is from the Library of Light Orchestral Music which is under the umbrella of the Light Music Society, currently based in Long Preston.

The venue will operate a bar and there will be opportunities to meet company staff and learn about their work as a company dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of light music.

The August 29 concert starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost £ 12, available at lightmusicsociety.com/events or by emailing the Company at [email protected]

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