Orchestras are getting sexier these days. Everywhere they're having Trinny and Susannah-style makeovers consigning dickie-bows and tails to binbags outside the Oxfam shop and donning revealing little black numbers instead, and that's just the blokes. And what about all those increasingly young conductors in charge, like the Liverpool Phil’s Vasily Petrenko, the thinking girls’ trumpet crumpet?
But away from the classical stage, another type of orchestra is emerging. The 45-piece Heritage Orchestra is one such. With an average age of 24, they produce a mish-mash of lovely sounds mixing broken beat with classical, cinematic soundscapes with jazz, and soul with electronica. On Wednesday night they come to the Liverpool Philharmonic, courtesy of Radio One’s nu-jazz king Gilles Peterson.
This innovative orchestra was originally put together for the first Heritage club-night, in London in 2004, by Chris Wheeler and Jules Buckley.
It was the biggest band ever to play in a UK club, with 12 string players, an eight-piece rhythm section, six brass, a woodwind section of six and three vocalists.
From the outset the orchestra worked with such luminaries as Brian Eno and became chums with Peterson after recording a session on his show, which he liked so much that he signed them up to record an album on his label, which sounds like an expensive move given their numbers.
Peterson is not only in town on Wednesday but will be playing a set at an aftershow party at the Magnet, Hardman Street, exclusively for ticket holders of this show and another he’s promoting on Thursday at the Phil, this time featuring Brazilian samba legend Seu Jorge who is best known here as star of the cult movie City of God. Jorge will be appearing with Antonio Forcione, the “Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar,” which is no mean feat, and Brazilian master percussionist Adriano Adewale.
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The Magnet night kicks off at 9.30pm (once The Heritage Orchestra gig at the Phil has finished), and also features Smooth FM's Mike Chadwick on the decks.
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