Festival No.6 – the exhilarating finale of the UK’s summer festival season – has announced details of the very special David Bowie Reimagined tribute which will take place on the main stage on Sunday afternoon. Featuring a unique line-up of female-only vocalists paying tribute to the Thin White Duke, backed by the world-renowned Manchester Camerata orchestra, conducted by No.6 Composer-in-residence Joe Duddell, fresh from two sell-out nights at Sydney Opera House with New Order and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Taking to the stage in what is certain to be a moving paean to one of the world’s most innovative and respected performers are a diverse group of artists including Charlotte Church, Jacqui Abbott (The Beautiful South), Jane Weaver, Lucy Rose and Nadine Shah.
Joining the incredible Manchester Camerata, No.6 have put together a very special house band featuring Larry Gott from James on guitar, bassist Nathan Sudders (Guy Garvey band/The Whip), Dave Maric (Steve Martland band) on piano and Pete Marshall (Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott) on drums. For Joe, this ambitious tribute to a British icon is another exciting chapter in his story with No.6.
“I’ve been involved in Festival No.6 since the beginning, and can’t think of another festival who encourage artists to push boundaries like No.6. As composer-in-residence, we’ve had some incredible intimate gigs in Portmeirion Town Hall with my classical ensemble and artists such as Daughter, James, East India Youth and Steve Mason.
The Bowie gig is an extension of our approach to reimagining songs. But it promises to be spectacular with such a renowned orchestra on the main stage and some very special guests. Bowie was such an androgynous figure and so much of his output is very high in range so an all-female vocal line-up seemed the most natural thing to do.” – Joe Duddell
Few orchestras are better suited to such an ambitious undertaking than Manchester’s celebrated Camerata. Described as “probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” by The Times they channel the diverse and inclusionary fabric of their city into performances through collaborations and innovative projects.
Last year they blindfolded their audience in a multi-sensory experience at the Royal Exchange. As they continue to stretch the boundaries of what an orchestra can achieve the creativity and innovation powering this project will create less of a eulogy and more of an electrifying celebration.
Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture taking place over the weekend of the 1-4 September 2016 in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd. Constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is a wonderfully bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, nestled in the stunning mountains and forests of North Wales overlooking the expansive estuarial waters of the Irish Sea.