Bringing songs from the 1920s- 1930s roaring into Leeds City Varieties, Pasadena Roof Orchestra are an absolute delight to watch. Not only does the orchestra gel perfectly together as a collective, there is a real sense of individuality and respect for each instrument. The musicians get their own time in the spotlight with a variety of solos dotted throughout the show to really highlight the joy and capabilities of each element of the orchestra.
Duncan Galloway’s voice is absolutely stunning, and the vocals are put forward almost as an additional touch rather than the main feature. It is considered just as much of an instrument as any other on stage, which is a breath of fresh air. The respect Galloway clearly has for his fellow musicians is obvious, and his calming, masterful presence really adds to the evening and brings it all together. The other musicians bring their fair share of banter too, though, and it’s clear all of them love their time on stage.
Musically, the orchestra are phenomenal—and I sat there in total amazement. It’s rare to get the opportunity to see a jazzy, “fun” orchestra, and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra really raise the roof.
Catch the orchestra on tour. Check out their website for tickets.