Peter Hook is bringing his Joy Division Orchestrated show to Manchester Apollo

Joy Division Orchestrated at the Royal Albert Hall / Image: magikmoment via YouTube

Peter Hook has confirmed that he will be bringing his ‘Sound of Joy Division Orchestrated’ show to Manchester for the first time later this year.

Back in 2019, the former Joy Division bassist collaborated with Manchester Camerata – a local chamber orchestra – to reimagine the seminal music created by Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and ‘Hooky’ himself in the seventies.

The product was ‘Joy Division Orchestrated’ – a remarkable show which played to packed crowds at Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Audiences were described as being “blown away” by the adventurous renditions of classic tracks from Unknown Pleasures and Closer – and now Hook has confirmed he is bringing the project back for 2021.

Best of all, there’s a gig date in Joy Division’s home region scheduled for September.

Hook played in two of the biggest British bands of all time in Joy Division and New Order, but the musician has described the orchestral project “one the most nerve-wracking things” he’s ever done.

“To sell out the Royal Albert Hall before anyone had even heard it was a fantastic compliment it has to be said,” Hook stated.

“The reaction has been wonderful and this time around I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy it myself. To bring it to Manchester for the first time will be very, very special.”

Musical director Tim Crooks added: “It’s great news that we’ll be bringing this amazing show to The Palladium and The Apollo, two of my favourite ever venues.

“As musicians we’ve all missed being able to perform over the last year, just as fans have missed their favourite gigs.

“Let’s hope these concerts promise a long-awaited release for everybody there.”

The Sound of Joy Division Orchestrated show will play in London on Friday 10 September, heading up to Manchester the following week on Friday 17 September.

Tickets for both gigs go on sale at 9am on Friday 5 March at 9am.

Follow the ticket link to set a release reminder and purchase tickets when they become available.

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