Can strings swing? The Lancashire Sinfonietta are setting out to prove they can, with some innovative jazz fusion at The Dukes, Lancaster (8pm, Sat.30th April) and The Grand, Clitheroe (3pm, Sun.1st May).
The gigs (yes, we can call them that - it's jazz!) "tantalisingly defy categorisation"
This is the final part of a three year collaboration exploring the relationship between jazz and classical music. By commissioning new works and bringing together experts in both fields, the orchestra hopes to challenge the expectations of its musicians and audience.
All the music has been specially commissioned by the orchestra from composers Andy Scott & Nick Kok. Scott is one of the UK's top saxophonists, Kok is an international conductor and both are successful composers.
The opening night is at the 360 degree space at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. A unique experience, where you feel like you're sitting in the orchestra with the musicians. This is followed on Sunday by their first appearance at the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival in Clitheroe.
A docu-arts programme will be made live during the orchestra's performance on Saturday at The Dukes Theatre.
Tickets are just £12 (£8.50 conc) from The Dukes - 01524 598500 and The Grand - 01200 421599.
"If there was an excellence award for chamber orchestras, the Lancashire Sinfonietta would be a worthy recipient." MusicWeb International.
The Lancashire Sinfonietta is the ONLY professional orchestra to play in Lancaster and Clitheroe - they have been giving concerts in the north west for 15 years.
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About the Lancashire Sinfonietta:
The Lancashire Sinfonietta is one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras. It is Lancashire's only professional orchestra and is supported by Lancashire County Council. It comprises over 80 home-grown musicians who were trained, grew up or live in Lancashire. The orchestra performs to around 7,000 people in community venues around Lancashire every year: http://www.lancs-