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John Wilson Orchestra 2017 Tour Dates

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:14 pm    Post subject: John Wilson Orchestra 2017 Tour Dates Reply with quote

By chance I saw on Twitter last night that tickets went on pre-sale today for the 2017 tour.

Programme is MGM Musicals so should be good. Booked my seats direct with Bridgewater Hall this morning.

http://www.johnwilsonorchestra.com/tour/

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Helen. I had an email from Amazon inviting me to order tickets through them but I shall check other outlets first. It is our annual Christmas treat nowadays Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen there was a tweet Wednesday night from the 'JWOfans' who I follow and they said it's always best to try the venue first rather than agents. I get emails from Bridgewater Hall anyway so I always go there first.

It doesn't always work though as sometimes the agencies get the better seats from the start. The first year I tried B. Hall said they had no seats and I didn't realise that they had given them to an agency so we missed out that year.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a nice piece on the man himself, in last week's Guardian..

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/20/john-wilson-conductor-oklahama-proms-bbcsso
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks oldraver, that is a nice article.

Also, thanks for reminding me to book tickets for the Festival Hall London in December. I had so much trouble doing it on-line that I gave up and then other stuff got in the way. I have now booked by phone. Phew!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to be of some help, Eileen! The Southbank Centre online booking is usually pretty good. I love the RFH. Best place in London, alonmg with the Union Chapel, to see and hear great music.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you've got your tickets Eileen.

Thanks for the article link as well Raver!

Have you seen the Proms list? JWO are doing a semi staged Oklahoma on I think August 11th with a matinee and evening performance on the same day. I love Oklahoma and I think it's televised the same night.

I should have checked the Proms list before I posted, so sorry if I've got details wrong.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday at the RFH can't come soon enough, Helen!

Sorry, Helen, I was talking to a Judith on another MB Embarassed


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Tuesday for us!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you have as lovely an evening as I did, Helen, and also that the weather isn't a problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad that it wasn't last night Eileen, as it was extremely cold here, no snow but not good for driving. It's supposed to get a bit less cold during the day so fingers crossed.

Was thinking of you on Saturday!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We really enjoyed the concert Eileen, it was over far too quickly! I wonder what they will do next year?

Did you hear that Oklahoma! will be on TV on Christmas Day and also the Swinging Christmas with Michael Parkinson is on BBC4 quite late on the same day?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I hadn't heard that, Helen, thanks. I loved the Oklahoma! production but I have a vague feeling that I didn't quite enjoy the Parky programme as much as I had expected. I'll watch anyway.

I'm glad you enjoyed John Wilson. The acoustics in the RFH are fantastic so we heard every word from Matt and Louise. I hope it was the same for you. I loved the selection of music and especially memorable for me was Matt singing the one from Brigadoon "There But For You Go I".
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed Samantha.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Samantha was so good with great trumpet from Mike Lovatt.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, I have booked for John Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall in December.

I am pleased to be able to tell you that because I thought this MB had been closed down permanently. I have John's other fascinating website about old music in my favourites and had thought of asking him to forward you a message, but I don't need to now. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen I've PM'd you. We booked for December at Bridgewater Hall, only about 3 weeks ago. I was beginning to think there wasn't going to be a tour this year. I'd seen info for the Festival Hall but nothing for other venues.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno if this will be of interest...it was on R3 last night.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b53kbd
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not long to go until the tour starts. Our venue is first night this year.

There is a new CD (a double one) out this Friday, Best of John Wilson Orchestra which looks to be good. Amazon have it for 9.99 so might indulge!.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip off about the CD Helen. We are going to the Festival Hall on 15th December. I am angry with myself because I was caught out by purchasing tickets from Viagogo. What possessed me, I cannot imagine Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen, as long as you got tickets that's the main thing!

It was wonderful last night, the encore especially so. You'll enjoy it.

Tinged with sadness for me today though as my Mum sadly passed away this afternoon. I spoke to her twice this morning and we talked about the concert, she was a fan and saw JW perform at the Sage Gateshead several times long before he started doing proms.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, Helen, sorry to hear about your Mum. How nice it was that she too was a fan of John Wilson and that you were able to talk to her about the concert.

Am I right in thinking that Matt Ford is not in this one? If that is the case I shall miss him.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen I hope you enjoy Saturday's concert, we certainly did!

You are right Matt Ford isn't on the bill, he was part of the Sinatra tour which I don't think finished until last Saturday. In any case the vocals were superb by Kim Criswell.

There is a great encore as well!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, I was a bit disappointed last night until the FANTASTIC encore numbers. Thank goodness for Kim Criswell but I would have preferred more songs and a male singer, either Matt Ford or Julian Ovenden.

The orchestra is wonderful of course and there was plenty to enjoy but I found my mind wandering during some of the longer film incidental or background music because there seemed nothing to get my teeth into, as it were. Individual shorter pieces were great.

Did you buy a programme? I didn't for a change as they weren't available on the Level we were on at the RFH and I wasn't inspired enough to go downstairs in search of one. If you have one, could you tell me please the name of the lovely slow waltz which was played I think just before Mike Lovatt's great playing of The Shadow of Your Smile? I seemed to think it might have been from La Cage aux Folles but unsure.

I hope to continue an annual visit to the JWO, as long as I know there will be more songs, either sung or played. I don't think incidental or background music holds up without the pictures to go with it, in my opinion anyway.
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