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New orchestral re-working of ELO's classic 80s rock album
A 1980s concept album by former ELO musicians, Dave Scott-Morgan and Richard Tandy, is to get the symphonic rock treatment courtesy of three composers at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November. The one-off orchestral presentation of music from the album Earthrise will take place at The Bradshaw Hall on Saturday 9 November. It will be performed by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestra and Dave Scott-Morgan plus band, and conducted by Daniele Rosina. It is half a century since Bill Anders took the iconic photo 'Earthrise', which showed the earth rising from the lunar landscape, but it wasn't until 1985 that the Birmingham-based duo, Richard Tandy (long-time keyboard player for the Electric Light Orchestra) and writer/composer Dave Scott-Morgan, wrote the music during a break in ELO's touring schedule.

Dave Scott-Morgan, Bradshaw Hall
Dave Scott-Morgan checks out Bradshaw Hall

Now, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composers Emily Abdy, Peter May and Rob Roberts are creating an orchestral re-interpretation of the music from Earthrise, working with Dave Scott-Morgan on the project. Emily said: "I wanted to bring something new to the tracks, whilst maintaining the overall feel of Earthrise. I'm hoping, for people who know Earthrise already, it will open new doors to how the music can be realised with live musicians and, for those who aren't familiar with the music, that it should be an enjoyable evening celebrating the wide range of possibilities available when a variety of talented performers are brought together."

Dave Scott-Morgan
Dave Scott Morgan (2nd right) with composers Emily Abdy, Peter May and Rob Roberts

Dave Scott-Morgan commented: "I consider it a great opportunity and privilege to have my music played by an orchestra and I love the fact I have been able to spend time with talented young people who have such confidence. Thanks to Emily, Peter and Rob, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for making that possible. I'm looking forward to having my trouser legs quivered at the sound of the tubas!!!"

Earthrise is set to arrive in Birmingham

Earthrise is at The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - part of Birmingham City University - on Saturday 9 November, starting at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £15 (£12) with VIP tickets £25. For further information and details of how to book, visit or call the Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909.

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When: Sat 9 November
Phone: 0121 331 5909
Where: Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham B4 7XR
Cost: Tickets £15 (£12)
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