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Let’s face the music and dance as world-class orchestra swings the roaring 20s into Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 August 2017

Michael Law, founder of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, at the Cafe de Paris. Picture: Michael Law

Michael Law, founder of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, at the Cafe de Paris. Picture: Michael Law

Michael Law

Audiences will be transported to the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties when a top dance orchestra swings into town.

Michael Law and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Picture: Michael LawMichael Law and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Picture: Michael Law

On Sunday, September 10, Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra (PDO) is set to get toes tapping at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

For 29 years, the acclaimed musical act, featuring 10 musicians and a glamorous vocalist, has wallowed unashamedly in the elegant jazz and art deco era.

“We play the great Hollywood songs from films featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers,” Michael said.

“You get lots of big bands like Glen Miller but we play jazz, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and songs like It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

The world famous orchestra pay a first-class fitting homage to the Charleston of the 1920s Gatsby era through to the timeless classics of the 1930s.

“We have four dancers who are very glamorous, talented and full of character,” continued Michael.

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Picture: Michael LawMichael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Picture: Michael Law

He studied music at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music.

“I never felt quite comfortable in classical skin,” he saidd.

Inspired by his parents’ love of 20s and 30s music, he formed the orchestra in 1988.

“It worked,” he added.

“We picked up some bookings and made six CDs”

The band went on to become so popular their recordings have been chosen for the soundtracks of popular TV shows Crime Scene Investigation and Gotham, and an award-winning documentary about A Clockwork Orange’s film director Stanley Kubrick.

Emulating the likes of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, the PDO have enjoyed residencies at London’s Ritz and Savoy hotels, and set a new standard at the Cafe de Paris.

PDO are acclaimed worldwide for their spirited recreations of the music of the British dance bands, and were chosen for BBC Four’s highly successful Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet: The British Ballroom Story and sequel, Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days.

“[Our show] is really entertaining,” continued Michael.

“The dancing, people often dress up, sing along and dance in the isles. It’s great fun.”

Tickets cost £17.50. To buy call the box office on 01708 443333, or online at queens-theatre.co.uk.

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