New blood for Spa Orchestra

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A COUPLE of new faces have appeared in the Spa Orchestra, which began its summer season last week.

Michael Gray on violin and Chloe Vanns on bassoon, clarinet and saxophone have bolstered the team of 10.

Michael played with the ensemble 16 years ago, under former musical director Simon Kenworthy; and Chlow deputised a few times last year.

Promoter Stephen Walker says: “Although there are nearly always new faces in the orchestra’s line-up each season, the musicians are such highly trained professionals that they blend together instantly and, considering their small number, their sound always astounds their audiences.

“Not surprisingly, they bring a collective range of musical experience to Scarborough that is almost second to none,” says Stephen.

“Between them, they have played on four of the world’s continents. Some have been resident members of important orchestras abroad, and all have toured widely with the UK’s major orchestras”.

The other members of the orchestra are leader Paul Laidlaw on piano, Diane Stewart on cello, Steve Costello on double bass, Kathy Seabrook on flute, piccolo and saxophone, Graham Quilter on clarinet and saxophone, Rick Scoates on trombone, Mark Addison on trumpet and Lee Adams on percussion.

“All together they can convincingly create the authentic sounds of pretty well all styles of music, from popular classics to swing and show tunes,” says Stephen.

A Radio 3 team is recording the orchestra at the Spa this week, for a programme to be broadcast at the end of the month.

At tomorrow evening’s concert, the orchestra will play a programme called A Life on the Ocean Wave.

The cliff lift is due to reopen on 16 June.