Acclaimed orchestra has played all around the world
By David Wood
Where: Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
When: Saturday, January 12, 7.30pm
The London Swing Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1985 by Graham Dalby to recreate the sounds of The Jazz Age.
Quickly establishing a reputation for excellence, the orchestra gave their first overseas performances in Berlin appearing with Gloria Gaynor and James Last. The following year, they were signed by President Records and a documentary film about them was screened on BBC2.
In 2015 the orchestra performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live radio broadcast to celebrate 30 years.
Many tours and festivals followed, including the Hong Kong International Arts Festival and a Norwegian Jazz Festival with Miles Davis and Manhattan Transfer.
Playing at a Chatsworth party for the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, noticed and congratulated by Princess Margaret, the Orchestra were honoured with subsequent royal invitations to play at Buckingham Palace for her 60th birthday and for the 90th birthday of HM The Queen Mother.
Ten years later they were delighted to return and play again at Windsor Castle for the royal birthdays, this being the Queen Mother's centenary. The LSO have continued to play at prestigious and historic events.
At home in the UK, their music can be heard on Radio 2 and BBC TV.
Touring worldwide from Dublin to Dubai, from Köln to Kuala Lumpur, the LSO's list of London venues includes The Barbican, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and with Pink Floyd 's Roger Waters and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - the Royal Albert Hall.
Sought after for weddings and anniversaries, the orchestra has performed at hundreds of parties in lavish venues in Venice, Florence, Marrakech and for Valentino's 75th in Rome they shared the stage with Annie Lennox.
Memorable events include a royal wedding in Jordan and the 21st birthday party for Kate Middleton, the future Duchess of Cambridge.
From 2015-2017, the LSO were invited by Princess Caroline of Monaco to play at her son's wedding in Monte Carlo and have been touring UK theatres and festivals including Twinwood, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Bletchley Park and a huge charity gala in Geneva.
In 2018 the orchestra returned to Monte Carlo to perform with the legendary blues singer Taj Mahal.
This coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the London Swing Orchestra, marked with the release of a four-album anthology, on Upbeat Records, charting the development of Jazz and Swing Music from 1920 to 1965.
To book tickets, see the Roses website.
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