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RNCM Big Band with Colin Towns

RNCM Theatre, 14 December 2011

Colin Towns

This was a variable concert, in truth: at one extreme excellent, while at the other absolutely brilliant.

The first part was devoted to Big Band arrangements of some eight Cole Porter songs, including ‘What Is this Thing Called Love?’ and ‘I Get a Kick out of You’, while the second part was taken up with nine Beatles and John Lennon numbers.

Of these, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was sumptuous but even so it was surpassed by ‘A Day in the Life’, which was a thing of magnificence and wonder.  How a Big Band was able to capture all of the Beatles’ and George Martin’s jiggery-pokery on this song, and then some, I confess I don’t know.  But they did it, and in spades.

Colin Towns praised the talents of these young musicians more than once, and quite rightly too.  Their talent was on show for all to admire, not least during the several solos throughout the concert.

RNCM Big Band will be performing next with Steve Berry, details of that concert can be found here.