Here's the flyer for our 30th Anniversary concert in October.
Please join us for a gala celebration!
Following our concert on Monday last:
“It was delightful meeting you all, and to listen to such accomplished musicians playing a selection of songs and music that the members clearly loved. The Gatsby Girls did a great job and are a joy to watch, and Karla, has a beautiful, distinctive voice which is a pleasure to hear.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, and it was a fantastic end to our season, many thanks!...
Our best wishes to you and all the orchestra, Karla and the Gatsby Girls,
North East Essex Arts and Literary Society”
Highly recommended for lovers of vintage music! Why not treat yourself to a subscription to this unique magazine, online or in print.
The latest 60-page edition of Memory Lane, Spring 2018, Issue 198 (publication date: 15th February 2018) is now out. "Features in this issue include Chappie D-A...mato, Alfie Noakes, Bobby Hackett and Sam Browne plus our regular feature Caught In The Web (a review of the on-line news). Additionally, there are CD and book reviews, readers’ letters and plenty more. As usual this issue is profusely illustrated. "
Really looking forward to recording the band tracks for our new album tomorrow! For the first time we’ll be including violins, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. More news soon - Alan and I will be working on the sleeve notes etc. next week and hope to have the cd released for the spring.
Well worth catching this extraordinary vintage film...hammy, overblown, unintentionally hilarious (the Web of Love sequence is priceless) - but nevertheless an amazing piece of cinema history which lingers in the memory. If only a good colour print had survived…
(ok slightly off topic)Just a couple of weeks ago we were listening to a Dominion dance record of two tunes 'I'm In Love With You' and 'The Web Of Love'. Both t...unes were featured in the Hollywood film The Great Gabbo (1929). We can watch this film tomorrow Wed 17th, at 8:20am on Talking Pictures TV. The songs are performed as duets by Donald Douglas and Betty Compson, and the film also stars Marjorie Kane, Erich von Stroheim and a ventriloquist dummy (voice George Grandee), a very weird plot.......
One of Noel Coward’s favourite actresses, Judy Campbell, said firmly to me when I started singing Coward songs 25 years ago: ‘DON’T imitate Noel – find your own voice and style’.
Here she is with me and Sheridan Morley, at the Jermyn Street Theatre c. 2001. Judy was an inspiring and warm person - always encouraging what you were good at, never dwelling on the negative. We still miss her.
Hello everyone and a Happy New Year!
We celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year and will be listing more performance dates shortly.
Vintage videos of the PDO are on YouTube, e.g. these ones c. 1994:
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE AND A BIG THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING IS DURING 2017.
Hoping that you’ll join us during our 30th Anniversary year, 2018!
Michael, Alan and THE PDO
78rpm - the superb smaller group drawn from The PDO. Perfect music for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays...!
Here's a jolly sheet music cover for Tiger Rag, featuring the irrepressible Harry Roy. I wonder if the same design was used to promote different band leaders, as happened with other covers...Billy Cotton perhaps?
Extraordinary rate footage of Al and Ray Noble.
I'm looking forward to performing my solo tribute to the amazing Al Bowlly at Norden Farm, Maidenhead on the 29th. Norden Farm is a lovely, 'local' theatre and they offer a meal deal option too so that you can enjoy a good lunch prior to my 2pm show.