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The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra in concert

September the 14th 2019

This coming September on Saturday the 14th late in the afternoon Itchenor are welcoming The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra in the grounds of the Memorial Hall. 

Residents, Friends, relatives are all invited to bring a picnic blankets and umbrellas for a concert of light classical music. This is a village gathering and there is no charge for entrance.

The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra was formed at the University of Chichester initially as an experimental ensemble performing Salon Orchestra music from the 1900’s to 1960’s. Its name comes from the composition “By the Sleepy Lagoon” (Desert Island discs theme tune), which Eric Coates wrote whilst staying in Selsey, having been inspired by the view of Bognor Regis across the lagoon.

It soon became clear that the orchestra could perform a much wider range of music than was first thought and has recently performed as an orchestra for a Viennese Ball, played Disney film music in a school, 1950’s television theme tunes quiz and performed as a pit orchestra in a theatre in Sevenoaks and are currently in talks with Chichester Theatre.  This versatile group of musicians has recently turned their hands to “swing” music to great critical acclaim and have already received a lot of interest from companies and individuals who wish to hear more of this unique style of music. 

For the Itchenor Concert they are providing us with a twenty-five-piece orchestra and returning to their roots so will be performing Light Classics, with maybe just a sprinkling of surprises, featuring their superstar vocalist Ellie Farmer. 

Many consider this, our own local University orchestra, to be the best university orchestra in the United Kingdom.

Their vocalist Ellie Farmer was accepted on the at the University of Chichester's Vocal Performance Course and has just graduated.

During her time at the University she has performed in many recitals, concerts and productions. She has worked with members of the Hanover Band and most notably sang a leading role in Howard Moody's Opera PUSH. Reprising the Role in a performance in the House of Commons in January 2019. A role which she will be re- visiting in January 2020. As well as looking forward to PUSH she has a wide range of concerts planned for the next year. 

Come rain or sunshine this event will take place in our gorgeous hall grounds, hopefully many in the village will join in our fun.

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Ellie Farmer orchestra lead vocalist.

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Later Event: October 27
A village walk