Multitalented 30-piece orchestra to perform RnB classics at O2 Ritz
RnB Classics has been in the pipeline since 2018 - put together by a team of professional orchestrators, DJs and arrangers, all of whom have been deeply ingrained in classical, pop and jazz music industries for the last decade.
A 30-piece multitalented ensemble featuring some of the UK’s most talented musicians is coming to Manchester to perform a full night of RnB classics this autumn.
Paradox Orchestra – a powerhouse collective of musicians who’ve worked with everyone from Little Mix to Craig David, Liam Gallagher and Louis Tomlinson – is taking to the stage at O2 Ritz in September, reimagining the biggest rhythm and blues tunes released at the turn of the millennium.
The blockbuster two-and-a-half-hour show will see renditions of Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul, Kelis, Outkast and The Black Eyed Peas, among others – with promoters inviting Mancs to “get their freak on” for a night of early noughties bangers.
Paradox Orchestra will perform the set on Sunday 26 September 2021 from 7pm.
Promoter Mikey Sluman said: “We can’t wait to bring Paradox Orchestra to the people of Manchester, a city that has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world. The orchestra is made up of musicians who have worked with the likes of Kano, Elizabeth Troy, Celeste, Sugababes, Marc Almond, So Solid Crew, Naughty Boy…the list is endless!
“It’s a top, hand-picked orchestra with only the best musicians in the industry. I can promise you will be leaving the O2 Ritz having been dancing non-stop all night and having enjoyed one of the best parties you’ve had this year.
“Having been a resident of Manchester for over 6 years I know how much the people of this fine city have missed a good night out and I can guarantee they are going to love this show.”
RnB Classics has been in the pipeline since 2018 – put together by a team of professional orchestrators, DJs and arrangers, all of whom have been working across classical, pop and jazz music industries for the last decade.
Musical Director of the show Laurence Mason said: “It’s been really exciting orchestrating all of this incredible music for the show, I’ve been transcribing our original mixes by our resident DJ, Tom Langur by ear to create a bespoke set of parts for the orchestra and five of the most outstanding vocalists to perform.
“This is going to be a really unique gigging experience brought to you by some amazing musicians. The crossover of pop, jazz and classical is going to take the audience on such a high energy journey, the way Tom has mixed the songs is really unique to our production.
“Everyone is going to be leaving the show wanting to come back again and again!”
Paradox Orchestra will perform at the O2 Ritz on 26 September.
And all you have to do is nominate someone you think deserves it.
As the heritage railway is keen to celebrate those who have made a difference within the local Greater Manchester community, or those who have impacted peoples’ lives for the better, five ‘local heroes’ are going to get the chance to take a ride on one of the famous Santa Specials steam trains for free of charge this December.
The much-loved festive event has not only become an essential part of Christmas for many in the north west, but this year, it’s bigger and better than ever before.
The five local heroes will get to bring their families along with them for a truly special Christmas day out as they make their way through a winter wonderland at Bury Bolton Street Station.
They’ll first get to meet some old favourites and new characters, including the magical talking Christmas tree, Mrs Claus, and ELR’s very own Ice Princess, all before before having a singalong with a chorus of musical polar bears.
The festive fun will then continue on the Santa Special steam trains on an 80-minute “enchanting voyage” through the magical Irwell Valley.
Santa himself will be on board handing out gifts, while a festive brass band plays traditional Christmas tunes for a singalong, and adults tuck into a mince pie and a festive tipple or two.
Kids can feast on chocolate, juice, and get stuck into a brand-new ELR festive activity pack.
“It’s more important than ever to celebrate our local heroes who give back to the community and make a positive impact on people’s lives and we are thrilled to be able to give back to these people,” explained Mike Kelly – Chairman at ELR.
“The Santa Specials have become a staple in many families’ Christmas celebrations.
“If there’s someone in your life or your local community that has made a positive impact over the past year, whether it’s through the work that they do, the time they volunteer or any acts of kindness you think a light should be shone on then head over to our website and tell us why you think they deserve a magical day out with their families at the railway this Christmas.”
Upon arriving at the Etihad, food and drink will be available to from a number of different vendors around City Square from 10:00am, with the official welcome ceremony getting underway at 10:30.
Presenters for the day will guide you through all of the pre-match talking points and will also be joined by legendary goalkeeper Karen Bardsley on stage, who made over a century of appearances for the club.
With both City and United boasting nine Euro 2022-winning Lionesses between them, fans can visit the Cityzens hub to have their photo taken with the trophy ahead of kick-off and even create their own Dream Team video.
You can also get involved in a number of other activities such as penalty shootouts, table tennis and its football equivalent, ‘futtoc’ (we know at least one of you had played some form of foot tennis).
Just after the players arrive at approximately 11am and those enjoying the Blue carpet experience are cheering on their heroes as they enter the Etihad Stadium, you can also watch the Battle of the Bands, with local band Strawberry Lemonade playing live at 12pm.
Supporters on both sides are advised to make their way to their seats by 12:15 in preparation for the Etihad Campus’ exciting pre-match fireworks display, which will set the tone for a captivating encounter.
But the matchday experience continues at half-time, with those in the crowd able to take part in a half-time quiz and even be in with the chance of winning an exclusive holiday which will be revealed on the day.
Here’s your full schedule of pre-match and half-time festivities: