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The Nick Ross Orchestra will bring “the Glenn Miller & Rat Pack era" to King's Hall

Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents ‘an unmissable evening of music and song’ – the Classic Big Band Sound of the 1940s & 50s, at the King’s Hall, Ilkley on Saturday 16 April 2022 at 7.30pm.

The lights soften, the mood settles. An audience waits for that first moment of sound. The Big Band is poised, relaxed, but with eyes anxious for the lead. And then, as if giving body to an echo, the murmured notes of ‘Moonlight Serenade’… and the night, it seems, is suddenly full and timeless.

There are those who watch and listen, who tap a shy finger to the melodies, others who follow with a silent foot-beat, still others who murmur softly through the lyrics, and those who simply permit a fleeting smile. But common to all are memories.

“At our King’s Hall concert, we would like to pay tribute to the late Derek Southcott, a wonderful Trombone player and “Brass Legend” with connections to the Ilkley area. Derek’s was a member of the Black Dyke Band and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, and after Syd sadly passed away, played lead Trombone with the NRO” says bandleader Nick.

Many years before the Beatles stepped onto the world’s most famous zebra crossing, Glenn Miller made his last known recording at London’s Abbey Road Studios on Monday 27th November 1944, just a few short weeks before he “disappeared” on December 15th of that same year.

It was especially poignant to be able to bring the Nick Ross Orchestra into those same studios to record a new CD for you almost 75 years later.

Tickets are available from Box Office 01274 432000


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