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    Nu Civilisation Orchestra: The Queen’s Suite

    Fri 3 Jun, 7.30pm
    Part of Jubilee
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Gigs
    £25 ⁠–⁠ £30
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    Nu Civilisation Orchestra performs a selection of Duke Ellington’s jazz compositions, including The Queen’s Suite, inspired by his meeting with Her Majesty The Queen.

    The show is presented by Tomorrow’s Warriors, and led by gifted pianist, composer and musical director Peter Edwards. The orchestra also plays Edwards' original piece Above and Beyond the Horizon.

    On 18 October 1958, acclaimed American composer and musician Duke Ellington was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at a private reception to mark the centenary of Leeds Festival. So inspired was Ellington by this meeting that he promised to compose a suite in honour of The Queen.

    For 40 years, The Queen’s Suite, one of Ellington’s greatest and most beautiful jazz works, was shrouded in mystery, with the composer insisting only one copy of the recording be pressed and handed directly to the Royal Household.

    The piece remained hidden from the public until after Ellington’s death, before finally being premiered by the Bob Wilmer Orchestra in 1998.

    Nu Civilisation Orchestra now reprise their 2009 performance of The Queen’s Suite as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with Gary Crosby OBE, recipient of The Queen’s Medal for Music and co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, joining the orchestra on double bass.

    Performers
    • Nu Civilisation Orchestra
    • Peter Edwards conductor
    • Gary Crosby double bass
    Repertoire
    • Ellington: The Tattooed Bride
    • Peter Edwards: Above and Beyond the Horizon
    • Interval
    • Ellington: Royal Ancestry from Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald; The Queen's Suite

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 7+

    Dates & times

    Fri 3 Jun, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 150 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£25 ⁠–⁠ £30*
    • Concessions25%**


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