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The Lexicon of Love: ABC + Southbank Sinfonia + Anne Dudley
Following the acclaimed 30th anniversary concert last year in London, ABC will be taking “The Lexicon of Love” out on the road with a full Orchestra for three dates in March 2014
ABC will be playing all their greatest hits before performing ‘The Lexicon of Love’ in its entirety. They will be accompanied by Southbank Sinfonia and conducted by critically acclaimed musician and composer, Anne Dudley.
Mercury Records repackaged and re-released the band's 1982 debut album‘The Lexicon of Love’ in 2004 to critical acclaim, and the album was acknowledged as the greatest British pop LP of the decade. Martin Fry’s combination of sly northern wit and subversive intelligence, pop flamboyance and rock swagger, gold lame and lyrics that deal with treachery and regret adds to why it remains one of the 10 best albums of all time and still as contemporary as it was in the beginning.
These new shows follow the resounding success and critical acclaim of ABC’s performance of the album at The Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in December 2012.
ABC were one of those groups who come along once a decade to effect a paradigm shift in the way music is heard and made, one of those groups who move the music forward, alerting us to the possibilities of strange combinations, employing radical ideas yet never confusing arrogance with ambition. They kick-started the Eighties with their own brand of pop for the new decade.
Fusing dance floor finesse with a post-punk attitude they released their first single, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in the autumn of 1981. More hits followed in rapid succession. ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look Of Love’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. On its release in May 1982 their debut album ‘The Lexicon of Love’ crashed straight into the album charts at number one. Although they continued to release more albums over the years, they eventually made an acclaimed sequel to their debut, releasing 'The Lexicon of Love II' in 2017.
ABC continue to tour extensively throughout the world, playing sell-out concerts from London‘s Royal Albert Hall to California’s Hollywood Bowl. Whether performing as a band, or performing with an Orchestra, Martin Fry remains the consummate show man.
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Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra of young professionals described by The Times as 'a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina'. Now firmly established as Britain's leading orchestral academy, Southbank Sinfonia provides talented graduate musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession. Their young musicians capture the spirit of possibility and adventure, with the conviction that classical music truly matters in the 21st century.
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