Orchestra to celebrate life and music of Frank Sinatra

Orchestra to celebrate life and music of Frank Sinatra

Northern Showtime Orchestra

Frank Sinatra

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment reporter

THE story and sounds of music legend Frank Sinatra will entertain audiences in Bolton later this month.

Tony Turner is bringing his Northern Showtime Orchestra back to Victoria Hall on Saturday May 24 to present The Story of Frank Sinatra.

The former Thornleigh Band trombone player created the orchestra to showcase the music of legends including Sinatra, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin.

Tony, now based in Scarborough, said: “Our visit to Bolton last year to present our Glenn Miller show was a memorable occasion and we are looking forward to bringing the fascinating musical career of Frank Sinatra to life for our audience at the Victoria Hall.”

The orchestra is gaining national recognition for its range of theatre-style shows, recreating original musical performances of legendary musicians and singers with each featuring a visual backdrop of photos, film or sound clips.

For this show, members have researched the archives and will recreate many of Sinatra’s greatest records including You Make Me Feel So Young, Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, The Lady is A Tramp, Mack the Knife, My Way, Strangers In the Night, New York, New York and That’s Life.

Tony, trombonist and director of the orchestra, said: “Quite simply, he is the best-known entertainer of his century.

“The more I researched his music, the more I became intrigued at the world Sinatra lived in.”

With charisma, masses of self-confidence, good looks and a unique voice, he could reach into the soul of every member of his young female fan club that pre-dated the phenomenon of Bealtlemania while his Hollywood love-life was never out of the tabloid press.

Add to the mix his acquaintance with the Mafia and Tony said: “With a life story like that, the need to explore Sinatra through a major new celebration of his achievements was just compelling.”

The show takes the young singer from his first professional job with the shambolic Harry James Orchestra on a turbulent journey that includes singing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to a solo career that was to have more ups and downs than any rollercoaster.

Joining Tony will be leading flautist Kathy Seabrook; Graham Quilter, on clarinet and saxophone; trumpet player Nigel Blenkiron; pianist Dave Clegg and singer and guitarist Richard Adams.

The Story of Frank Sinatra, by Northern Showtime Orchestra, is at Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday, May 24, at 7.30pm. Phone 01204 334400 for tickets.

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