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Live in London (40th Anniversary Concert) [DVD]
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The Pasadena Roof Orchestra celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a sell out concert at Londons Cadogan Hall. This high quality DVD is of the complete show, to which is added some excellent bonus material telling the history of the orchestra. This DVD shows the Orchestra at its finest: a wonderful period stage setting, superbly filmed with studio quality sound, guest artists, the orchestra's own brand of subtle humour and an appreciative audience. There is also added some excellent bonus material taken from a documentary made by Merkur TV in 2010 about John Arthy the Orchestras founder. John tells his own story covering the history of the band, and he includes some, until now, unseen footage of the earlier PRO bands. There are also interviews with band members, past and present.
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This beautifully-shot DVD captures the band in all its considerable glory. Duncan Galloway hosts the evening with a touch of class and good humour and the playing is of the highest order. There are also some lovely guest appearances from retired founder of the band, John Arthy, and trumpeter Enrico Tomasso. I'm a recent convert to the PRO and can recommend their 2010 40th Anniversary DVD without hesitation.
In 1999 the 30th anniversary concert was staged at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park. Once again the DVD is an excellent purchase and if anything the concert programme is even more enjoyable. In fine voice and heading the orchestra is the abundantly enthusiastic James Langton but such is his very entertaining exuberance that the impression is given that the singer is almost carrying the show. At Cadogan Hall, under the more restrained but very professional leadership of Duncan Galloway, the honours are more evenly distributed. Serving as foil to both singers is the accomplished pianist and composer Simon Townley.
Also available is the DVD entitled "Dancing the Night Away". Lifted from a 1970s German television show the DVD was apparently first marketed without the knowledge of the orchestra. On this occasion the orchestra is fronted by the founder and original bass/sousaphone player John Arty. The disappointingly short programme (only some 35 minutes) includes the excellent instrumental "Creole Love Call" and cheerful vocals by John Parry.
I have no more to say. I look forward to going to one of their concerts.
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Excellent recording, a landmark date for this unique group of talented entertainers.Published 16 months ago by M Harrison
Was given as a present. The recipient was absolutely delightedPublished 18 months ago by George Hay
I bought this as a birthday present for an elderly music lover. He poured himself a drink and settled down to watch it one evening and absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Leena2310