The Royal Philharmonic returns to Portsmouth

Alison Jiear and Lance Ellington
Alison Jiear and Lance Ellington
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One of Britain’s most famous and versatile ensembles will return to Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow (7.30pm), after an absence of more than 30 years.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play a new programme of film music by John Barry.

The Very Best of John Barry celebrates some of the British composer’s most popular soundtracks and will be conducted by his long-time collaborator, Nic Raine, with solo vocalists Alison Jiear and Lance Ellington and presenter Tommy Pearson from the BBC.

RPO managing director Ian Maclay says: ‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays in most of the major cities of the world and has an incredibly busy concert schedule, so we are delighted to be returning to the Guildhall. We hope the Portsmouth audience will support our visit so we can make it a regular occurrence.’

The programme, later to be performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, includes hit tunes from Goldfinger, Dances With Wolves, Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Born Free, Zulu, The Black Hole, Diamonds Are Forever and other movies.

Nic Raine worked with John Barry for more than 20 years and the RPO has previously had sell-out successes with other movie-derived concerts including Film Music Gala, Tribute to John Williams and The Hollywood Blockbusters.

Lance Ellington - son of one of England’s most famous jazz personalities, Ray Ellington – is a popular figure from BBC series Strictly Come Dancing and has worked with many of the world’s leading recording artists including Sting, George Michael, Robbie Williams and Michael Jackson.

Alison Jiear appears regularly in the West End, her credits including Grease, Les Misérables, and Jerry Springer The Opera for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Tickets: £29.50 to £16.50 (concessions available) from (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.