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Jarvis Cocker leads an All Star line-up for one-off Thunderbirds anniversary concert in Bristol

Jarvis Cocker leads an All Star line-up for one-off Thunderbirds anniversary concert in Bristol

5, 4, 3, 2, 1.. Thunderbirds are go as Jarvis Cocker joins the stellar line-up for a one-off anniversary concert at Colston Hall celebrating the wondrous music of the UK’s favourite 60’s children’s programmes.

On Tuesday 1st December, the 50th anniversary year of the classic British science-fiction series Thunderbirds will be celebrated as the theme music is brought to life, led by Charles Hazlewood and his All Star Collective at the South West’s leading concert venue.

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp fame joins the line-up as a special guest vocalist, together with other leading names including Adrian Utley of Portishead, Will Gregory of Goldfrapp and members of the British Paraorchestra. The Paraorchestra are the world’s only professional ensemble of disabled musicians who famously performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games and at Colston Hall’s Fast Forward Festival this July.

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The special concert is a one-off event, only scheduled to take place at Colston Hall in Bristol as part of 50th anniversary celebrations of Thunderbirds’ first transmission. Rapturous crowds greeted the show’s premiere which took place on The Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2014.

The concert will also feature much-loved classics songs from programmes like Stingray and Captain Scarlett, all written by legendary composer Barry Gray.

Charles Hazlewood, conductor and Artistic Director of the Paraorchestra and All Star Collective said:

“We will be bringing back to life all the iconic hits of composer Barry Gray, in the 50th anniversary year of the launch of Thunderbirds. Expect high octane, big band-fuelled live renditions from this hit TV series, alongside timeless classics from shows including Stingray and Captain Scarlett. We even have Gray’s original Ondes Martinot, the old-school futuristic electronic instrument, which is the sound of the Mysterons.”

Making the announcement that Jarvis Cocker will join the All Star Collective, Hazlewood added:
“Barry Gray’s music is an iconic mix of 60’s pop, big band swagger, Hollywood sparkle and sci-fi noise – Jarvis Cocker is the perfect partner in delivering the songs which lie at the heart of Gray’s creation: brilliant, stylish, edgy and ironic little tunes which, once lodged in your head, do not leave easily.

“Jarvis shares our passion for this music, and is as delighted as we are about putting it back on the map. He joins my All Star Collective, and members of the British Paraorchestra in a unique musical adventure. From Stingray to Dangerous Game via ‘I wish I was a Spaceman’ and Supercar, these are pocket rocket British classics.”

Tickets are on sale now, £20 incl. booking fee from www.colstonhall.org

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