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Here We Go With the NDO

With the release of a new collection from the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra, Clare celebrates the music of the affectionately known NDO, with its famous players such as Syd Lawrence and Johnny Roadhouse and its beginnings in studio 1 Piccadilly in the mid 1950s. It rose from the ashes of the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra, which was founded in 1951 and would go on to perform almost daily on radio and TV.

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57 minutes

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Sun 12 May 2013 22:00

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra

Pictured is Alyn Ainsworth conducting the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra

Click here to see footage of the Orchestra in action in the 1960s

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra Experimental Stereo Recordings

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra with Alyn Ainsworth conducting and a young Syd Lawrence playing trumpet, far left.


BBC NDO recording Make Way For Music

BBC NDO recording Make Way For Music
The NDO recording Make Way For Music radio show with compere Roger Moffat pictured between the trombones and the trumpets, with script in hand

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Playhouse Theatre



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