Seaside orchestra is ready to entertain!

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The Scarborough Spa Orchestra – the last surviving professional seaside orchestra – has unveiled its Thursday gala nights for this season.

The concerts are designed to suit many musical tastes ranging from light opera to easy listening.

Musical director Paul Laidlaw says “It’s both a privilege and a great pleasure to be able to present a summer of music at the magnificent Spa.

“The tunes we play are timeless so people never tire of them. I look forward to welcoming friends old and new during our 15 weeks of great musical entertainment.”

The orchestra’s annual New Year concert of 
music from the Johann Strauss family draws a full house every year, so a summer season version of the show will be popular with many.

But others may prefer A Night in the West End which will feature songs by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and a great finale from Les Miserables.

If an evening of favourite, well known opera songs does not appeal, then perhaps Frank Sinatra classics will attract attention in an evening to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

The big crowd-pullers each summer are the evenings devoted to the songs of Ivor Novello and the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

A Musical Quiz Night has proved to be very popular, and this year sees the return to the stage of Musical Director Paul Laidlaw and his colleague Stephen Walker in an evening simply labelled Funny Business.

Other Thursday galas will feature the Spa Orchestra members themselves as they take their audiences round the world in music, or to a night out at the movies, or through a breath-taking evening of orchestral showstoppers.

Building on the success of previous years, the orchestra will be joined towards the end of the season by young musicians from the Scarborough area.

These budding musical stars of the future swell the great sound of the professional players to create one of the thrilling climaxes of the summer.

All this and three more evening concerts and five morning performances each week.

The Scarborough Spa Orchestra season runs from June 4 to September 17.