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Legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra Takes Centre Stage

A programme of Orchestral Showstoppers promises some real musical fireworks on Thursday 30th July.

The Scarborough Spa Orchestra enjoys the company of guest singers on stage with them for most of their Thursday night Gala concerts.  But every now and again, it is a refreshing change when the Orchestra itself is the star performer, if only to remind the audience what a hugely talented group of professional musicians take to the Spa stage every summer.

Newcomers to the Spa Orchestra performances often say that they simply couldn’t believe that there are only ten players on stage, because the sound they make is so full and exciting.  This concert is one that will reinforce that disbelief.  The music chosen for the programme is the sort you would expect an orchestra of 70 or 80 to be playing and if you closed your eyes that’s what you would think you were hearing.

Fast and furious pieces like the Sabre Dance and Ravel’s famous Bolero will be balanced by beautiful melodies such as the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (and the Kleenex tissues advert!).

The Mexican Fire Dance and music from Carmen will add to the fire of the programme before the audience wallows in the glorious tunes from Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, extracts from which will be played by Musical Director Paul Laidlaw in a performance which always brings the house down.

Popular music from West Side Story and Offenbach’s lively Can-Can will be further audience pleasers in a show that is bound to have people tapping their feet or even stamping them to demand an encore.

Tickets for Orchestral Showstoppers are priced at £11, with children going free with a paying adult. Tickets are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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