RNCM Session Orchestra with Bill Laurance
Saturday 4 March 7.00pm
After the success of last year’s collaboration with Stefan Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, tonight’s gig is the second time that the RNCM Session Orchestra will play a full show with a guest director, on this occasion, the brilliant Bill Laurance. You may well know Bill as an original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy. He is a Grammy Award-winning classically trained pianist who has performed with artists including Laura Mvula and Morcheeba.
Bill will arrive at the College on the Thursday before the gig and will work solidly with the students in our Session Orchestra right through to the day of the show. So this is another great example of collaboration with guest professional musicians. The evening will kick off with a set by The Bill Laurance Band (Bill – piano/keys, Felix Higginbottom – percussion, Joshua Blackmore – drums, Chris Hyson – bass) followed by a set by the Session Orchestra (with a rotating rhythm section). Bill will be on stage for the whole show and all of the music played will be his work. And as an extra special touch, RNCM students will orchestrate Bill’s tunes so we’ll be unveiling some new, previously unheard large scale arrangements of his music.
PS Bill Laurance and the Session Orchestra will be on stage at 8pm.
Saturday 4 March 6.30pm
Free admission, no ticket required