Media Release: Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra launch February ‘Movies to Musicals’ concert with Jai McDowall

Ross and Jai

Photocall 11:00am, Monday, 10th November 2014, Blythswood Square Hotel – Screening Room:

AS patron of Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra, Jai McDowall (star of Britain’s Got Talent) will launch the exciting programme of the ‘Movies to Musical’ concert to be staged at the City Halls, Glasgow on Friday 20th February 2015.

Accompanying Jai in the programme will be Sabrina Carter known for her roles in ‘Wicked’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and Keith Jack of BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Joseph’.

West End composers and orchestra patrons, Dan and Laura Curtis, will also be present and are currently in discussions with West End Star, John Owen Jones and both Kieran Brown from ‘Wicked’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and Lindsey Gardiner from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Oliver’ to join the cast.

Comprising of 65 of the best young, talented musicians aged 18-25, the Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra plays under the baton of founder and conductor, 20 year-old Ross Gunning.

43 musical theatre performers will form the choir and accompany the orchestra for this exciting programme. Plans are also afoot for the orchestra to be joined by 20 young people to form an exclusive children’s choir for the evening, drawn from all Glasgow schools.

The programme will include:

Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Joseph, Rodgers and Hammerstein, West Side Story, Chicago, Chess, Star Wars, James Bond, Dan and Laura Curtis material, Plus many more.

Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra acknowledge the support and sponsorship of this concert by ‘We are the Future!’ and support from Santander.

Ticket Prices

£15 Adult
£12 Concession
£10 Students

Available from the Glasgow City Halls Box Office:
0141 353 8000


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Notes for Editors:

The orchestra, made up of 18-to-25 year-olds, many of whom are students, has enjoyed remarkable success in the past year. Along with a fantastic Christmas fundraiser and their Gala concerts, the orchestra enjoyed a sell-out performance at the ‘Stars on Parade’ (2013) charity concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

At this electrifying performance, the musicians not only played a wonderful rendition of all our favourite James Bond themes like ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, but also gave deeply sentimental performances of main songs from ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables, alongside soloists, John Owen-Jones and Sarah Earnshaw.

From their appearance on stage with soloists and a Britain’s Got Talent winner they have certainly shown us their versatile repertoire and certainly earned their reputation as a showcase for young Scottish talent.


We are the Future

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Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra gratefully acknowledge the support of Santander for the February concert and to Blythswood Square Hotel for hosting the photocall.

Twitter: @GlasgowPhil

The orchestra can be booked to perform at corporate or personal events. As well as the full symphony orchestra, a string quartet, wind quintet and jazz ensemble are also available.

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