By ThePlayhouse at 11:58 on 01/10/13
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VOTED recently as the "Best Big Band in the Land" for the 11th consecutive year, Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra continues to thrill audiences all over Great Britain.
Now the critically-acclaimed band is set to visit The Playhouse Theatre this autumn with its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music.
Chris Dean and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra bring a new zesty new show fizzling and sparkling its way through a performance that is sure to be brimming with surprises.
The Orchestra's repertoire ranges from the wartime million sellers of the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra and the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as "So good it should be BANNED!"
Chris Dean leads the Orchestra, showcasing their finely blended sound and conjuring memories of the glittering and glamorous days of the Big Band era.
The atmosphere is exciting, the music dynamic and vibrant and Chris' spontaneous, wry humour is a highpoint, adding a little spice to the occasion.
In addition to the roaring big band numbers, there are vocals from Chris Dean and guest vocalists Eleanor Keenan and Angie Mills.
Also featured within the show is the wonderful close harmony singing of The Serenaders recreating the sound of vocal groups such as The Modernaires, The Pied Pipers and The Sentimentalists.
Chris Dean believes in leading the orchestra with pace and good humour, performing the classics of the swing era in a way that entertains the audience.
He said: "The music is what people want to hear. Information they can get in books, they come to a concert to be entertained, not to hear a lecture."
Chris's aim has been to increase the number of young musicians playing Big Band Swing and recent changes in personnel of the orchestra have proved the worth of this ambition.
The "new blood" of some of today's finest young jazz musicians has brought a new fire and drive to the orchestra's performances, which has been reflected in rave reviews and numerous sold out concerts.
Now audiences can witness the most enduringly popular big band in Britain today as they tour the country with this spectacular show full of pulsating energy.
Syd Lawrence Orchestra will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Wednesday 16 October, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £16, Concessions £14.50 are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/qcsuzlp target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/677l7bh" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/677l7bh
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Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
£22k - £260k pa
£200 - £4,000 OTE
£30k - £100k pa + Commission + Car Allowance +