Russell Morris, Jack Jones and more team up with 24-piece orchestra for Beatles tribute
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07.02.2023

Russell Morris, Jack Jones and more team up with 24-piece orchestra for Beatles tribute

The Beatles

The collaboration will take on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in Melbourne and Sydney.

For the first time in concert The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is performed in all its glory.

The songs will be performed by some of Australia’s best contemporary artists in Russell Morris, Jack Jones, Steve Balbi & Robyn Loau who will be accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra, conducted by George Ellis, along with a 7-piece band – the Daytripper band led by Jak Housden of the Whitlams.

A celebration of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • May 6 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
  • May 20 – State Theatre, Sydney

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Released on 1st June 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the band’s eighth album is considered one of the most important and influential albums ever made. It was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States.

George Ellis, who will conduct the shows, is a respected conductor, composer and orchestrator. Classically trained at the doctoral level in the USA, and with experience in performing pop/rock music, George has made a career of combining symphony orchestras with popular artists. He’s very excited to be arranging the music for these shows and said “when I was 4 years old, my father brought home the album of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I took it straight to my bedroom and played it over and over, for hours and hours on end. It wasn’t just the songs or the Beatles themselves – but the phenomenal orchestration, in songs like A Day In the Life. It blew my mind – and more than 50 years later, it still does!”

There can be no doubting the profound impact The Beatles had on the history of music. Together for a mere 10 years, they led a musical revolution that radically transformed the sound and significance of rock & roll. Their rich, fresh sound and harmonic structure remains unequalled today.

Empire Touring have assembled an impeccable lineup of over 30 musicians to bring alive the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band classic in its entirety.

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 13 via Ticketmaster. Find out more here