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Orchestra of the Swan & The Manchester Consort Choir
This autumn, an idea and creative ambition the band have long harboured is finally
coming to fruition. James will be touring the UK, playing at many of the country's
most beautiful classical venues, with a full orchestra and choir.
An evening with James.

'Do something out of character...'

With the help of renowned UK composer & conductor Joe Duddell, the band are enthusiastically delving deep into the back catalogue selecting songs to adapt, many of which they haven't performed in years.

'...Something you've never done before'

The idea of touring with a full orchestra was conceived in 2009 when the band collaborated to magnificent effect with Duddell & the BBC Philharmonic for the Manchester Versus Cancer benefit concert at M.E.N. Arena.

Unfinished business

The band had a ball (as anyone who witnessed the ear to ear smiles all ‘round will attest) and the set, which included both oldies and goldies - from Fairground and Hymn From A Village, to Don’t Wait That Long, Waltzing Along, and She’s a Star, as well as a simply stunning cover of Joy Division’s Atmosphere – went down a storm. The seeds were sown.

It’s all about translation

Speaking of their progress with fellow Mancunian Duddell, the band revealed, “It’s a bit more gritty than you would expect from a classical collaboration and it has a Northern edge!” Booth adds, “The arrangements are really different, our songs are open-ended which is anathema to an orchestra.” Duddell remarks, “James never play the same song twice so the orchestra has had to adjust.” What makes it work is that James have become part of the orchestra itself.

We proudly present

Organising a tour of this nature is not for the faint of heart, and at times we feared it would never come together. But the band were passionate about the idea and persevered, and we are thrilled to finally be able to announce that this October James will hit the road accompanied by Joe Duddell, the highly acclaimed 22-piece Orchestra of the Swan, and a 16-piece choir from The Manchester Consort, for nine very special concerts across the UK mainland.

Sunday 23rd October | Cardiff Millennium Centre
Monday 24th October | Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 25th October | Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 27th October | Nottingham Royal Centre
Saturday 29th October | Liverpool Philharmonic
Monday 31st October | Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 1st November | Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 2nd November | Gateshead The Sage
Friday 4th November | London Royal Albert Hall

Exclusive fan pre-sale via our shiny new ticketing partners Firebrand & Crowdsurge begins this Wednesday 29 June at 9:30am:


We’ve asked the promoter to reserve the best seats he can for our fans, and we’ll also be offering a very limited number of VIP packages - including soundcheck access and a Q&A with the band and musical participants - so come Wednesday morning, don’t delay.

The general public onsale begins on Friday 1st July at 9:30am from gigsandtours.com.

Special thanks to Natalie Curtis for kindly giving us permission to use her photographs of James, Joe Duddell, and the BBC Phil rehearsing and performing together.

The tour this October is in all likelihood a once in a lifetime event - for band and fan alike - and we hope you will be there to share and enjoy it with us.