A new slant on old favourites


MAnchester legends James have announced they will be touring the UK’s premier classical venues later this year, including the Royal Concert Hall, with an orchestra and choir in tow.

The performance in Nottingham is to take place on October 27.

The Manchester band, who’ve sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and sold 35,000 live tickets in a matter of hours when they announced their comeback in 2007, will be performing songs from their extensive back catalogue, interpreted for these unique shows by the 22-piece Orchestra Of The Swan and 16-piece choir from the Manchester Consort, each conducted by classical composer/conductor Joe Duddell.

Duddell studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music and first worked with James at the Manchester Verses Cancer charity gig in 2009. The collaboration was a huge success but James lead protagonist Tim Booth points out that it is Duddell’s connection to Manchester that has proved most hard to resist.

He enthused: “It’s a bit more gritty than you would expect from a classical collaboration and it has a northern edge!”

Duddell adds: “I bought Hymn From A Village on Factory in 1985 after reading about it in the Manchester Evening News and I have always loved indie music – but when you are a composer you realise it is all part of a big picture.”

Tickets to see James at the Royal Concert Hall are available by calling the box office on 0115 989 5555.