Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Formula 1 comes to West Bromwich.

The iconic Fleetwood Mac tune ‘The Chain’ will reverberate round The Public in West Bromwich on Saturday 8th June. The piece, which was used as the theme tune to BBC’s Formula 1 coverage will be played in the upcoming concert by The People’s Orchestra – ‘Sporting Classics’.

Sporting Classics, the third concert held by The People’s Orchestra, promises to be packed with theme tunes from great sporting shows, both past and present. A few of the pieces the audience can expect to hear include: Torvill and Dean’s Bolero, The Ski Sunday theme, and the intro from The Horse of the Year Show.

Sarah Marshall, Managing Director of the orchestra said “This could well be a unique performance. It has taken months the get permission to play ‘The Chain’ live - we needed 4 members of Fleetwood Mac to say ‘Yes!’”

Those familiar with the orchestra, will know they primarily play film music, so the audience can also anticipate a number of cinematic classics - for those that saw the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ the haunting music, as the athletes ran through the surf, will live long in the memory.

Paul Archibald, Artistic Director of The People’s Orchestra said: ‘I am extremely excited to be leading the orchestra, through this concert of well known sporting classics. The pieces I have selected are incredibly iconic and easily recognizable for the audience.’

The People’s Orchestra is a charity originally set up in 2012 to encourage school leavers to carry on playing their instruments after leaving full time education. Since forming the orchestra has attracted performers from a range of backgrounds aged from 15 - 68.

The orchestra aims to move away from typical ideas that may be held by audiences - performers dress in bright colours and also actively encourage audience participation with its motto – ‘Don’t just listen to music, Live it’.

Tickets for the upcoming Sporting Classics concert at The Public, West Bromwich are priced at £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for children. Tickets and further information on the orchestra is available from the website:, or by calling 0121 533 7150.

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