Once again, Smooth Duo were invited by
to be an integral part of their
Outstanding Orchestra breaks -
this time with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
There were 2 genres:
Symphonic Rock: classic hits given a symphonic twist and - The Music of Bond: the hits from
Skyfall, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Live
and Let Die, to name just a few.
Guests were invited to dress like 007, Villains and Bond Girls and sip cocktails as if in the Lounge
Bar of the Casino Royale. And Smooth Duo opened and closed every show with two sixty minute
sets of polished cocktail jazz to set the scene.
Checking the lighting before the show.
Getting the sound mix sorted
The stage all set for the show.
And finally the Orchestra in action. Guest vocalist Jacinta Whyte & Conductor David Arnold
There is something very thrilling about the sound of a 28 piece orchestra playing the dynamic Bond themes. Definitely a highlight of our career and a memory to cherish
Alvaston Hall Hotel Grand Opening
Warner Leisure Hotels held a launch for the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Alvaston Hall Hotel.
Len Goodman presided over the ribbon cutting.
The stunning new Cabaret Diner.
Vegas showbars eat your heart out!
We played for the drinks reception.
Then Len Goodman took to the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Warner Last Night of the Proms 2015
We were privileged to be invited by Warner to be a part of their Prom night concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and featuring guest Soprano Annette Wardell.
Here they are rehearsing.
Soprano meets Contralto. Annette and Susie.
Annette is wearing her famous sequinned Union Jack gown
The crowds enjoying the shows.
The Concerts took place in Nidd Hall, Thoresby Hall, Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Sinah Warren, Holme Lacy House, Littlecote House, Alvaston Hall and Bodelwyddan Castle.
50 years of Coronation Street
We were invited to play for the Cast and Crew at a party in the studios immediately after they filmed the famous Train Crash live episode. It was December 2010, we had deep snow in Notts but the roads to Granada Studios were clear and we made it.
At the entrance to the grand old Granada studios in Manchester, the crowds were hanging around outside the gate as we pulled up to be let in and they rushed up thinking we might be famous, but were sadly disappointed and soon retreated.
The Van and the famous cobbles.
Susie in the van as we unloaded all our stuff.
All setting up for the party in Studio 12.
Our stage is set.
The enormous 50th sign which was soon to be lit up with golden cobbles.
There we are dwarfed beneath it.
The countdown to the live episode began and we were able to watch with all the backstage crew and staff.
The atmosphere was electric.
And a very loud cheer was heard when the train crash went without a hitch.
Phil Collinson - [then Producer] on our stage as the actors whose characters were killed in the crash are presented with their leaving prezzies. They say their goodbyes to cast and crew..
Another goodbye speech. It was very surreal to have that iconic character John Stape on our stage. When he received his leaving present, he got a bigger cheer than the Train Crash did. Very popular character and actor.
The crowd watching the show. Snapped just as we took to the stage.
And then it's bye bye to our Dressing Rooms.
And bye bye to the iconic Studio 12 at Granada TV centre, Quay Street, Manchester which have now closed.
We were part of a piece of History. Thank you for the memories.
Smooth Duo are honoured to have been the support act for the legendary Ken Dodd several times.
A gentleman and a true Legend.
Smooth Duo have also been privileged to share the Bill with Strictly Come Dancing Band Singer Lance Ellington