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15 - 24 November 2024


What’s Going On: Nu Civilisation Orchestra

What’s Going On: Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Thu 18 November 2021

Stage time / 7:30pm


Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX

Nu Civilisation Orchestra celebrate the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

The Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO), led by Peter Edwards, is a world-class ensemble brought together by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Artistic Director Gary Crosby OBE.

Conducted by Peter Edwards, the 23-piece Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO), featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Cara Crosby Irons and Kianja Harvey Elliot (backing vocals), Romarna Campbell (drums), Chelsea Carmichael (tenor saxophone), Sarah Tandy (piano), well as the orchestra’s formidable horns, strings and Noel McKoy on lead vocals as the voice of Marvin Gaye himself, and Colin Salmon as narrator and spoken word artist

Widely recognised as one of the most important albums of all time, 50 years later What’s Going On continues to resonate.

The show will begin with a prelude based on Gaye’s ‘Trouble Man’, that will create the cultural setting for the album through music, projections and spoken word. The second part of the show will focus on the genius of ‘What’s Going On’, conjuring up Gaye’s extraordinary song cycle and the tumultuous personal and political circumstances that drove the singer’s music-making.

What’s Going On
will be a fitting homage to a legend that inspired and connected generations and promises to be a magical, powerful and unmissable evening.

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