“In September 2003, the NRO played their first ever concert at the Guildhall Arts Centre, and over the years have made many visits to this fabulous venue. “It’s one of our favourite calls” says bandleader Nick Ross.
And so, some 19 years later, they’re delighted to tell you about our 2022 concert date.
Many years before the Beatles stepped onto the world’s most famous zebra crossing, Glenn Miller made his last known recording at London’s Abbey Road Studios on Monday 27th November 1944, just a few short weeks before he “disappeared” on December 15th of that same year.
Around that time, they made an appearance at the State (later Granada) cinema in Grantham, under the baton of drummer Ray Mackinley, although the man himself was spotted in the wings.
It was especially poignant to be able to bring the Nick Ross Orchestra into those same studios to record a new CD almost 75 years later.
The lights soften, the mood settles. An audience waits for that first moment of sound. The Big Band is poised, relaxed, but with eyes anxious for the lead. And then, as if giving body to an echo, the murmured notes of ‘Moonlight Serenade’… and the night, it seems, is suddenly full and timeless.
There are those who watch and listen who tap a shy finger to the melodies, others who follow with a silent foot-beat, still others who murmur softly through the lyrics, and those who simply permit a fleeting smile. But common to all are memories.
Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents ‘an unmissable evening of music and song’ – the Classic Big Band Sound of the 1940s & 50s, at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham on Saturday 5th February 2022 @ 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from www.guildhallartscentre.com Box Office 01476 406158