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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:14 pm    Post subject: John Wilson Orchestra at the Proms 2014 Reply with quote

It seems the only prom that the John Wilson Orchestra is performing is Kiss Me Kate on Saturday 2nd August. It is on Radio 3 only but is set to be televised in December, over Christmas I'm guessing.

I'll miss his usual concert in late August that is televised usually a week or so later.

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for that Helen.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is on Radio 3 right now, not being televised until December.

Sounding good so far.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had forgotten about this until I saw your post,Helen. I blame it on the fact that I had unexpected visitors rather than a senior moment. Wink

I am now recording it,thanks...

I can catch up with what I missed on Listen Again.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio 3's Composer of the Week has been Cole Porter to tie in with the Prom.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot until around 6.30 as well, so I had to phone my Mum to remind her too!

I've tickets for his tour in November and it's Cole Porter's Hollywood music so I expect some from tonight will feature in that.

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PS Thanks for the composer of the week info Ian!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Radio 3's Composer of the Week has been Cole Porter to tie in with the Prom.


I love his work,Ian...will have a listen to that...thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listen to a lot more Radio 3 than Radio 2 nowadays!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will see John Wilson on tour at Bridgewater Hall tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a wonderful evening, Helen Smile. I had forgotten about the tour and am hoping to get in to the Albert Hall next week.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure it's going to be fantastic, hope you manage to get seats Eileen!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you have a lovely evening,Helen!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, I have managed to book at the Albert Hall next Tuesday. Thank you for the reminder! There were very few seats left.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great Eileen. I wish I'd reminded you earlier!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was another fantastic concert last night and I met the man himself afterwards!

According to the back of the programme Sky Arts are recording the Albert Hall concert for transmission over Christmas, so you look your best Eileen you could be on screen!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's wonderful Helen, what a magical evening you had! Thank you for the tip about the recording for TV. We have seats in the front row of the stalls, so maybe ...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How amazing to get them so late Eileen!

It was all superb but I particularly enjoyed the overture at the start with so many of the songs. Made me think of the much missed Melodies For You as so often they began with an overture of some sort which I do like.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a great evening Helen. We had seats in the front row of the stalls. They were a little to the side but we found that the seats swivelled so we had a very good view without getting a crick in the neck.

The singers' mikes were distorting their voices a bit during the first half so unless we knew the words we missed some of the lyrics but they were corrected for the second half. You'd expect more from the Albert Hall but I have heard it's been a problem in the past.

John Wilson is wonderful and the orchestra is sensational isn't it?

They are taking bookings for next year already!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you enjoyed it Eileen.

I thought the same about the singers at the Bridgewater Hall concert and it did improve during the evening. The orchestra are just superb!

Which concerts are they taking bookings for? I know there are 2 at the Sage in Gateshead on Sunday afternoons, 1 in January that are to do with Classic FM.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Wilson is live right now on Graham Norton around 12.30 ish for the iPlayer.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, at present there is the Albert Hall date in November 2015 which will presumably be the last performance of a tour similar to this year. I don't know the theme of the concert yet.

Thank you for the Graham Norton info. I shall iPlayer ASAP Smile.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen that the Cole Porter RAH concert will go out on Sky Arts 1 on Boxing Day 7pm with a repeat on Sky Arts2 on Sunday 28 Dec at 8pm.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just listened to Graham's interview with John Wilson and noticed that he was quick to stop John from plugging the Sky Arts TV showing Laughing, so thanks for that info Helen!

I was sitting in the front row of the stalls a little to the right when viewed from the stage and I was wearing a long-sleeved pink shirt with a black waistcoat. Oh, and I wear specs.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up on that as well Eileen!

I'll look out for you when we watch and I'll probably record it.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen,

Don't know if you are interested, but the tour for next year is Gershwin in Hollywood and I've had an alert from Bridgewater Hall that the tickets go on pre sale tomorrow and general from Friday morning. I'll be booking tomorrow!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks Helen! A Gershwin concert will be terrific so I shall be booking as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just booked my seats! Something to look forward to. As you say Gershwin should be fantastic Eileen.

Hope you get yours!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, I have just booked for the Albert Hall - down in the arena this time as the stalls are already almost fully booked apart from the back rows.

I don't think I have ever booked for anything 11 months in advance. My goodness, I was lucky this year!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are much earlier this year Eileen. We booked in March for this last concert and the was after an email from Bridgewater Hall that tickets were on pre sale the following day, the same as happened for next year.

We've got 2nd row circle tickets that face the stage, that we like. We were downstairs in the stalls for The Seekers 50th tour last May, 7 rows back which I like, but O/H prefers the circle.

Something to look forward too!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tickets arrived yesterday........... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and now mine have arrived too Very Happy

Helen, I couldn't spot us in the front row of the stalls but I noticed while watching the Cole Porter concert that there were lots of shots of faces in the arena so maybe we'll be visible during the Gershwin one.

I was glad the sound was so good for the transmission and that it was only the hall mikes which were not too good (in the first half anyway). Lovely music, great singers.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked hard for you as well Eileen!

After your earlier comments I was surprised that the sound was so good, it must have been the mics in the hall or they've cleaned up the recording. Colin no doubt could tell us if that's possible to do afterwards.

I missed the bits from John himself and there wasn't an encore as there was in our concert. Can't for the life of me think what it was now though!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't believe the Gershwin concert is tomorrow night after booking so long ago! Really looking forward to it.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you have a lovely evening Helen! We are going to the Albert Hall on Monday 16th where I think it will be recorded as last year. We are sitting in the arena area this time so might be visible when it's transmitted - presumably around Christmas.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that's good to know about the TV recording Eileen!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm assuming it will be, Helen, as it was recorded at the Albert Hall and shown last year. Hope the sound is better though.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're in for a treat Eileen as last night's concert was superb! I was so pleased as I didn't enjoy either of this year's proms and worried that this was the formula that John was following.

The sound once again was much better during the 2nd half, you had trouble making out the words, too much sound??? I did notice someone from the audience having a word with someone next to the stage (they were moving a grand piano during the interval).

The son of my Mum's close friend is the artistic director at the Bridgewater Hall. I've never met him, but I may mention it to Mum and I know she'll pass it on. Unless it's only to do with the JWO? You'd think they would know the settings that they need to use.

There wasn't any mention of a recording but I think that happened when I got John's autograph after the show last year.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you enjoy the concert Eileen? I read there is a CD of it coming out.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was absolutely lovely, Helen! The sound was much better than last year though I couldn't always hear Louise Dearman's lyrics. Matt Ford was terrific and I DID enjoy him going all Georges Guetary during "'S Wonderful" Very Happy

It was also very good to hear some lesser-known Gershwin songs. Altogether a great evening's entertainment and I am looking forward to the TV transmission.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So they did record it for TV Eileen?

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