The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the world’s only professional orchestra dedicated to performing musical theatre repertoire, have enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since their debut outing in 2016.
The opportunity to hear Lerner and Loewe’s magnificent score for Camelot (1960), with a full orchestra and chorus, back home at the London Palladium, where it ran for 518 performances, cannot be missed.
“It all started with a semi-serious Facebook post in 2015,” grins LMTO’s conductor and artistic director, 26-year-old Freddie Tapner. “I wondered if we could get together enough people for an orchestra, just for fun, to have a play through of a musical. In just a few hours I had more responses than I knew what to do with.”
As usual, an all-star West End cast will join the LMTO including Sam Swann, Clive Carter, Celinde Schoenmaker, Matthew McKenna, Emmanuel Kojo, Oliver Savile and Raphael Higgins-Humes.
Tapner is used to working with singers of the highest quality, but even he seems giddy at the prospect: “I’m extraordinarily excited to be working with this sensational cast.”
“Camelot hasn’t been seen in the West End for thirty years, and we can’t wait to share this glorious score with you.”
LMTO’s concert production of Camelot will run for one performance only, Saturday 6 October 2018, so book now.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 19:00-23:00
The UK has gone John Williams mad in 2017, with many concerts over the country celebrating the iconic film composer’s 85th birthday, including an entire BBC Prom dedicated to exclusively to his work.
John Williams’ scores are known for being enormous and lush, with gargantuan orchestras packed to the rafters with percussion (think Star Wars; Harry Potter; Jurassic Park; Indiana Jones; E.T.; the list is endless). John Williams has a close association with the London Symphony Orchestra, known for the original Star Wars soundtrack recordings, often reaching up to a hundred musicians for those real fortissimo moments.
How exciting then that the intimate, rock-gig-esque setting of The Jazz Cafe in London is putting on a show of John Williams’ music but with only a twenty-piece ensemble. It will be fascinating to appreciate Williams’ breathtaking music up close and personal; and not swimming in reverb but where we can appreciate the individual musicians.
At the John Williams BBC Prom, about 1,350 people stood in the Royal Albert Hall’s central “arena” for the best views, while a further 4,000 sat around the outside. The Jazz Cafe has only standing room, for 420 people maximum, with a restaurant on the upper circle if you do fancy sitting.
It’s all set to be a cracking gig, and a chance to hear John Williams’ stunning music like never before. The John Williams Prom sold out well over 5,000 tickets in a few days; make sure you get your tickets for this intimate gig asap.
For more information and to book tickets, visit The Jazz Cafe website.