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    What's Going On: Nu Civilisation Orchestra

    Thu 18 Nov, 7.30pm UTC
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Gigs
    £25 ⁠–⁠ £30
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    Nu Civilization Orchestra
    Chris Huning

    Marvin Gaye's extraordinary song cycle reaches its 50th anniversary, and we're here to mark the occasion with the world-class ensemble.

    The Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO), led by Peter Edwards, is brought together by Tomorrow's Warriors' artistic director Gary Crosby.

    During this special evening, the 23-piece NCO reflects on our current times through the lens of Marvin Gaye's incredible catalogue.

    The NCO’s performers include Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Cherise (vocals), Romarna Campbell and Rod Youngs (drums), Sarah Tandy (piano) and Ife Ogunjobi (trumpet), as well as the orchestra’s formidable horns, strings and backing vocalists,

    Together they produce a perfectly timed creative exploration and celebration of Gaye’s seminal masterpiece five decades after its release, with immersive visual projections by Yeast Culture, plus a special guest performance from spoken word artist Colin Salmon.

    The show begins with a prelude based on Gaye's Trouble Man, creating the cultural setting for the album through music, projections and spoken word.

    The second part of the show focuses on the genius of What's Going On, conjuring up the tumultuous personal and political circumstances that drove the singer's music-making.

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    Age recommendation/restriction

    Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult

    Dates & times

    Thu 18 Nov, 7.30pm UTC

    Price

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


    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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