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The Royal Air Force Orchestra Presents The Beatles in Concert

by Rien Ultee in Media & entertainment , 27 april 2007

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Shrieking boys and girls, mass hysteria, fainting people... In the early sixties the Beatles turn the whole world upside down. So-called Beatlemania: four styled boys scored hit after hit and the world just didn’t seem to be able to get enough of it. In the United States public life grinded to a halt when the Beatles gave their first performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” When the group announced that they were breaking up after years of success, the world of many young people just seemed to collapse like a house of playing cards.

The Beatles’ trademark was very original, melodic and almost lovely pop music. They grew out to a phenomenon that kept the world spellbound up to this day. They still have a charismatic, almost mysterious air about them. Young and old folk today are still inspired by them; the phenomenon lives on.

The Royal Air Force Orchestra has developed a performance based on the power of the Liverpool quartet that truly is a tribute without trying to imitate. After the success of “Queen in Concert” the orchestra with chief director Jos Pommer has again created an unparalleled production. Who’s not familiar with fabulous songs like “All You Need Is Love,” “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude”, and the fantastic “Yesterday.” Listening to these songs performed by four powerful ladies, everyone is taken back to the feeling of the sixties.

Joke Bruijs is one of the four ladies in this production, and she exclaimed: “It’s a party to be part of ‘The Beatles in Concert’! The fun part is that I can remember all kinds of Beatles stuff.” When she was thirteen, she was totally smitten by Paul McCartney: “God I thought he was cute,” said Joke Bruijs.

One of the other ladies, Erica Yong says: “It’s really more the music of my parents in their teenage years. Still it’s also the music from my early childhood. My mother often told me I was dancing to the music in my playing cot, yeah, yeah... Later I lip-synced with girlfriends to Beatles songs.

After my debut in ‘Queen in Concert,’ I’m very happy to be able to work with such a fantastic orchestra again and I feel privileged to get to sing ‘Something,’ which I do in a fantastic Shirley Bassey dress.” Talita Angwarmasse didn’t grow up to the sound of the Beatles; her mother preferred soul and jazz. Her part and enthusiasm, as well as the fact that she gets to sing with someone like Joke Bruijs is her great challenge.

“Let the Show Begin!” Laurie Reijs wasn’t born yet when the Beatles ceased to exist but she’s very familiar with the legendary group. She proudly states it’s such an honor to be on stage with an orchestra of fifty musicians. She sings with a dedication as if she grew up with the music. She also really loves the Beatles.

“The Beatles in Concert” has turned into a great swinging, rocking and jazzy performance, which gives the ladies the opportunity to showcase their talents. Patrick Norman de Ridder has designed the beautiful wardrobes and the girls flaunt them in style. Choreographer Patrick Kiens took care of a spectacular part of the show. Vera de Niet will do the hair and make-up; Mike den Ottolander does the lights and the sound is in the hands of Remco Luijten.

The Beatles in Concert – “Something in the Air” will haunt you forever after. Performance dates:
(The show will be in Amsterdam on the 22nd2 of March.)



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