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Songs From The Shows: Musical Highlights From Stage and Screen

Published on: 22 Dec, 2021
Updated on: 22 Dec, 2021

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Following sell-out collaborations with the superb singers from Guildford School of Acting, Southern Pro Musica is returning again to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for an evening of musical dazzle on Friday, January 14 at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Southern Pro Musica on stage, Guildford’s “principal provider of classical music”.

There’ll be music from the best Broadway and West End hits and the most enduring film scores, compèred by Julian Woolford, under the baton of renowned conductor Jonathan Willcocks.

Southern Pro Musica chamber ensemble.

The audience will enjoy spirited ensemble numbers such as Hello, Dolly!, Mame and I Won’t Send Roses, by Jerry Herman; Puttin’ On The Ritz and Alexander’s Ragtime Band, by Irving Berlin and much more.

The Guildford School of Acting Singers.

Southern Pro Musica orchestra will bring iconic film music by John Williams – Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Saving Private Ryan. The excitement continues with The Great Escape music by Elmer Bernstein, The Pink Panther theme and A Salute To The Big Apple.

Julian Woolford, head of musical theatre at Guildford School of Acting.

Guildford School of Acting students regularly perform at high-profile events at venues including Buckingham Palace and The Royal Albert Hall, as well the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and G-Live.

The singers at Songs from the Shows, under the direction of Peter Roberts, are current students on GSA’s BA musical theatre programme. Peter has spent the last 35 years as resident musical director and vocal coach at the Guildford School of Acting and has led the GSA Singers for 25 years.

Southern Pro Musica is one of the leading freelance professional chamber orchestras in the south of England including many of the finest orchestral players who base their work in the south.

Artistic Director of Southern Pro Musica, Jonathan Willcocks.

In 2013 Southern Pro Musica was appointed by Guildford Borough Council as its “principal provider of classical music”, encompassing a broad range of orchestral concerts and educational outreach work in Guildford.

Julian Woolford, head of musical theatre at GSA, is a well-known figure in the world of theatre. He is the author of How Musicals Work and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, and has worked extensively as a director at top-flight theatres across the UK, as well as internationally.

Director Peter Roberts is the resident musical director and vocal coach at the Guildford School of Acting.

Jonathan Willcocks is both a composer and conductor. He is artistic director of Southern Pro Musica, musical director of Guildford Choral and Chichester Singers and is festival conductor for the Leith Hill Musical Festival. He has worked extensively internationally and gained a reputation as a conductor par excellence.

Tickets for this show can be purchased from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre box office. or call on 01483 440000.

Adult prices start at £23.50, students £10 in the circle and 18 and under go FREE to all Southern Pro Musica’s Music for Guildford concerts.

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