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. 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.
With a line-up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, a rhythm section and singers, the Nick Ross Orchestra faithfully recreate the Big Band sound of the 1940s.
The NRO Library features hits from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Ted Heath, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, and Stan Kenton among others.... and our repertoire would not be complete without reference to the songbooks of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents ‘an unmissable afternoon of music and song’ – the Classic Big Band Sound of the 1940s.
Bedford Corn Exchange, Sunday 1st June, Main Auditorium - 2.30pm