Spa Orchestra is back in Peasholm

Michelle Todd
Michelle Todd

THE Spa Orchestra will play music from the movies at their second firework concert of the summer in Peasholm Park.

It will feature rousing marches from The Dambusters, Colonel Bogey, etc, interspersed with quieter moments from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Love Story and Schindler’s List.

There will sections on James Bond and musical films including The Sound of Music, West Side Story and The Wizard of Oz.

The ensemble’s guest singer on the Peasholm bandstand will be Michelle Todd.

No stranger to Scarborough, Michelle lives in Canada, where she is in demand in opera and musical theatre.

She first sang with the Spa Orchestra in 2007 and has travelled from Canada every year since then to make Scarborough a regular feature on her busy schedule.

“The Peasholm Park concerts are always popular and the audience on Friday can look forward to a feast of some of the most well-known and iconic movie music ever written, says Stewart Ward, sales and marketing officer at the Spa.

“The evening will be a chance to get together with friends, pack a picnic and a bottle and enjoy a night of great music finished with a spectacular fireworks display.”

The third and last concert ending with fireworks is on Friday 19 August, featuring three tenors.

Tomorrow, the Spa Orchestra will play orchestral showstoppers in a programme which proves popular year in, year out.

Many of the showstoppers are big showpieces like musical director Paul Laidlaw’s performance of the best tunes from Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, the Sabre dance, Strauss’s Emperor waltz and the show’s finale, Ravel’s Bolero.

Other items sure to receive an enthusiastic response will be clarinetist Graham Quilter’s playing of Eric Coates’ Saxo-Rhapsody and deputy violinist Christian Halstead’s rip-roaring performance of Monti’s famous Czardas.

But music doesn’t have to be loud and rhythmic to qualify as a showstopper. Quieter pieces such as the moving themes from Cavalleria Rusticana – well known tear-jerkers – can move listeners to loud and long applause.