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SOPHIE’S ORCHESTRAL TWIST

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is getting an orchestral makeover. The singer has announced details of a special show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 3 October to accompany her orchestrated greatest hits album due in the autumn. Sophie got the idea of infusing strings and woodwind into her bestloved songs after performing Another Suitcase In Another Hall with Tim Rice at the Royal Festival Hall in 2014 and, later, a gig with Burt Bacharach. She said: “It’s so exciting to be performing hits from my entire career with full orchestral arrangements for the first time. This is a bit of a dream come true. I’m especially delighted that I get to do some proper fullon live disco with strings. it’s going to be really special!” The star’s songs including Murder On The Dancefloor were reworked with long-time collaborator and album producer Ed Harcourt, with orchestral arrangements by Amy Langley (Dirty Pretty Strings).

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