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  • 14-08-2017 16:16:16

The lights of London’s West End were dimmed when the death was announced of Ivor Novello, the darling of Theatreland and a master of melody who some would say has never been surpassed.  He lived and died in a flat in the Strand Theatre. 

Some years later, this theatre was completely refurbished and renamed The Novello in his memory and his honour.  On the opening night in 2005, there was only one person who could possibly be invited to stand on the new Novello stage and sing the songs of the great tunesmith, and that was Marilyn Hill Smith whose recordings and concert appearances had helped to keep alive Novello’s wonderful music.

It is Marilyn Hill Smith who will join the Scarborough Spa Orchestra on Thursday 24 August for an evening of Novello’s timeless songs.  As well as keeping the Novello name alive, Marilyn has sung Gilbert and Sullivan in the Hollywood Bowl, appeared in opera and recitals all over the world, and played the Mother Superior in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.

She will be joined in Scarborough by Alison Hudson, a Spa favourite, and Nicholas Sales who made his debut at the Spa last year to great acclaim.  The show will include selections of music from four of Novello’s most famous shows: The Dancing Years, King’s Rhapsody, Glamorous Night and Perchance to Dream, together with other songs including his enormous First World War hit Keep the Home Fires Burning.

One week earlier, on Thursday 17 August, the Orchestra welcomes the return of Three Tenors at the Spa.  These magnificent voices will be singing all the famous tenor songs from opera and musical theatre, finishing, of course, with a roof-raising rendition of Nessun Dorma.

Mondays see the continuation of Kathy Seabrook’s amazing Teddy Bears’ Picnics when the adults in the audience enjoy not only the Orchestra’s music, but also enjoy watching the youngsters learning about tunes, rhythms and instruments as they have lots of fun in the Spa Suncourt.

Tickets for all Scarborough Spa Orchestra performances are now on sale and are available from The Spa Box Office (01723) 821888, via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk or on the door.

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