Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920’s and 1930’s all around the globe – and we’re delighted to have them back in Taunton.
The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American songbook – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. The musicians master the arrangements and sound of the fabled American orchestras such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, whilst also paying tribute to the great British dance Bands like Ray Noble or Ambrose. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway.The first ever rehearsal for the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was on November 3rd 1969. John Arthy had placed an advertisement enquiring after dance band music. A lady in Manchester said she might be able to help. Later that day, a bakery van from John’s family business was travelling back down from Manchester to London replete with 2000 original arrangements from the 20’and 30’s. The first tune on the pile, was Harry Warrens ‘Home in Pasadena’ the “ roof” bit, came from the fact that in the 20’s and 30’s, many hotels had roof gardens and of course, roof orchestras.
“One of the best bands in the world for dancing” (Lady Elizabeth Anson)
“Everyone was thrilled with your performance and I myself thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism and musicianship you all exuded!” (Harpers and Queen)
24 January 2020 7:30PM