It’s BackBeat for Boyes annual show

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PERCUSSION quartet BackBeat take centre-stage at the annual Boyes concert at the Spa Ocean Room on Saturday at 7pm.

They will be joined by Scarborough Area Music Centre’s Easy bands, orchestras, guitar groups, Jazz Train and the Ebony clarinet ensemble.

The quartet was formed in 1995 by Simone Rebello, Damien Harron, Chris Bastock and Mark Wagstaff.

They have performed in Europe, the USA, Japan and Switzerland. They recently made their fifth visit to Japan, toured China and played at the Cayman arts festival in the Caribbean. BackBeat have won awards at home and abroad, leading to performances at the Royal Festival Hall, the Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. They have recorded three CDs and numerous TV and radio broadcasts. Highlights have included a televised performance of their BBC Prom debut in 2002 and a concert broadcast on Japanese national TV.

Part of the quartet’s winning performance at a competition in New York was broadcast on US national radio.

The group performed to a global audience in 1999 in a live broadcast from Westminster Abbey attended by the Queen. As well as composing much of their own repertoire, BackBeat has commissioned leading composers to write for them.

l Scarborough Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, based at the centre, will present Peter and the Wolf at Westborough Methodist Church on April 2. It will be narrated by Harry Gration of Look North.