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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Preview: Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) @ Sage Gateshead - Monday Dec 17

(Preview by Russell)
Today (Saturday 15) marks seventy-four years to the day since Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel. Several uncorroborated sightings of the legendary AAF bandleader down the local chip shop aside, no one has clapped eyes on the all-American icon until now...

At Sage Gateshead on Monday (Dec 17) the Miller orchestra will revisit the days when a night spent in the local air-raid shelter was a communal bonding exercise and a banana was considered a luxury. Ah, those were the days! On parade on Monday - 19:30 hrs sharp! - will be Major Miller and his famous band. Of course, the role of Glenn Miller will be played by Ray McVay. His band on duty in Gateshead comprises fearless troupers (troopers?), the sort who've seen action in the trenches of many a provincial theatre as well as occasional sorties abroad. 

Vocalist Catherine Sykes returns once more and standing shoulder to shoulder with her will be Mark Porter as they sing a selection of songs from McVay's 200+ book of arrangements, of which some are the original charts written by Billy May and Bill Finegan. The Moonlight Serenaders will break ranks, similarly, the Uptown Hall Gang, to entertain Sage One's sing-a-long crowd. Be prepared for a nostalgia fest. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, to be sure of your ticket call the ticket office now on 0191 443 4661. 
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