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Scarborough Spa Orchestra playing in Scarborough Spa Sun Court

Two innovations are introduced into the Spa Orchestra's weekly pattern of concerts next week.

The first is on Sunday 12th June, when an afternoon concert of light and easy popular tunes will be played in the Spa Sun Court. The morning performance will be at 11am, giving patrons time to enjoy the Spa's excellent carvery lunch before an entirely different programme of music begins at 2.30pm. This concert will replace the evening performance of previous years.

The second innovation is on Monday evening, 13th June, when a specially chosen theme will govern the choice of music. This first themed evening is called Oo-La-La: so, not surprisingly, all the music will have a French flavour. Perhaps the composer will be French, or maybe it will just be the title, or even, in the case of a film selection, the setting!

In this respect, all the well-known songs from Gigi will be played during the evening. Monday themes will alternate with Summer Serenade concerts which will feature solos from some of the musicians.

At the Spa Orchestra's New Year's Day Viennese concert, the Grand Hall audience always numbers in the high hundreds, so Thursday night's gala next week (16th June) should be a real crowd puller. Full of the much loved melodies of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries, The Last Waltz not only showcases this great music, but will also feature a narration telling the story of the Strauss family. Compared with the famous waltzes and polkas, Strauss family life was far from harmonious. Acrimony, turbulence and tempestuous fallings out were the order of the day throughout the lives of Johann the father and his three sons. All will be revealed! Adding to the evening will be songs from Debra Morley, one of the Spa's favourite singers.

Sunday morning concerts will once again be designed as tasters for those who don't yet know whether the Spa Orchestra's music is for them. There will be no entrance charge, but audience members will be invited to pay on leaving according to how much they have enjoyed the performance. All the music is guaranteed to be light, bright and breezy, in the Spa Orchestra's inimitable style.

Tickets for the Spa Orchestra's Summer Season are now on sale priced £6 - £11, with children going free with a paying adult and a 'pay what you think' on a Sunday Afternoon. Tickets are available from The Spa Box Office (01723) 821888 or via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

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