Boogie the night away with Jools and friends

Jools Holland
Jools Holland

Jools Holland brings his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham on Saturday, November 8, starting at 7.30pm.

The popular musician and TV presenter will be bringing the greatest boogie-woogie party around the UK once again with his annual autumn/winter tour.

The piano master will be joined by British icon Marc Almond for his visit to Nottingham.

Marc will be making a special appearance at 25 dates of the tour. Having sold over 30 million records world-wide, Marc has made an unprecedented contribution to British Popular music.

In addition to numerous hits during his time in Soft Cell, including Tainted Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Marc went on to become an international acclaimed solo artist with chart-topping success around the world.

His latest four-track EP was released earlier this year, featuring a plethora of excellent ‘friends’ including Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Carl Barat (The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things) and producers Tris Penna and Tony Visconti.

With the vocal power of Ruby Turner, the Soul tones of Louise Marshall, and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, along with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools Holland will perform tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his new album, due to be released through Rhino this autumn.

The concert on Saturday, November 8 gets under way at 7.30pm.

Tickets to see the performance are £36. For availability, you can call the box office on 0115 9895555 or go online to www.trch.co.uk

Nottingham Symphony Orchestra will begin their 2014-2015 season with a performance at the city’s Albert Hall on Saturday, November 15.

Conducted by Derek Williams, the concert gets under way at 7.30pm and features three works by Russian composers.

There will be music from Glazunov’s ballet score for The Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Piano Concerto No 1, featuring the soloist Clare Hammond, plus Rachmaniov’s First Symphony.

This work is linked to one of the others in the programme by virtue of the fact that its disastrous first performance was conducted by Glazunov.

It was the first major setback of the young Rachmaninov’s career and wasn’t played again during his lifetime but has since been rehabilitated and is a tuneful, multi-faceted work.

Later in the season, there will be a Rush Hour Concert at the same venue, on Friday, January 9.

Starting at 5.30pm, the performance will be of one work featuring three talented soloists.

The orchestra will be playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists Julian Clef (piano), Laura Van Der Heijden (cello) and Callum Smart (violin).

For more details on the season, see www.nottinghamsymphony.org.uk