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Big tunes from a big band

Posted on 17/10/2011

Prepare for some toe-tapping at the first official concert by Royal Holloway, University of London’s big band Undergraduated on Wednesday (19 October), with a repertoire of music from popular TV shows and films.

Run by students and featuring more than 20 members from various years and departments, the band is formed from scratch at the beginning of each year and meets every Tuesday evening to rehearse.

Earning the well deserved position of runners up at the University of London Battle of The Big Bands last year, the band is at the top of its game and going strong into its 16th year.

This concert will be their first official appearance this academic year and will bring together classic movie and television themes with standards that have been ‘appropriated’ by the big and small screen. To round off the concert there will be several enthralling vocal numbers brought to you by this year’s new vocalists.

Director Jonathan Scott explains how the band decided to perform a concert featuring music from TV and films after a summer of organising the extensive music library for the band.

“It became clear that we had a great deal of music that had been written for and used in various films, TV series and shows,” he explains.  “It was also equally clear that we had a great deal of music that had been adapted from pop music and appropriated for Big Band. Exploring these links in even greater detail revealed how inescapable big band music is even today where it can be encountered in the most unexpected places.”

Jonathan hints that audiences should expect a great variety of instrumental solos, vocal numbers, as well as some Latin, disco, and blues and rock.

To book tickets call 01784 414471 or email our events office.    


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