This documentary is the story of the man and his music. Featuring exclusive, and unseen since 1959, footage from the original Mantovani TV show, this brand new documentary tells the story of Monty's arrival in England from his home city of Venice and his struggle to become one of the most successful easy listening artists ever. CLICK IMAGE TO VISIT MANTOVANI INFO PAGE
Coming to Pavilion Dance Centre Cinema
A2B Media and The 400 Company present Mantovani, King Of Strings, a documentary that all Mantovani fans are sure to enjoy.
Starring Mantovani, of course, and with interviews from Len Goodman, Ken Bruce, Ed Stewart (who comperes the live Mantovani concerts at Bournemouth Pavilion each time), Petula Clark, Paul Barrett and many more.
The movie was written by Colin Mackenzie and parts of the story will be familiar to readers of Colin's book, Mantovani, A Lifetime In Music.
The date of the showing is confirmed for 7th Sept and every evening from 5.30pm until 13th Sept 2014 (day before the Mantovani concert at the Pavilion Theatre).
There will also be a Questions & Answers session after the documentary hosted by Neil Sean with Paul Barrett (director of the Magic of Mantovani Orchestra in the UK). The film's running time will be approximately 80 minutes.
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Bournemouth Pavilion Sunday 14th September
More than 30 years after his death, the music of light-orchestral genius Annunzio Mantovani will once again take centre-stage as a hand-picked orchestra recreate the cascading strings of the King of Romantic music.
The concert - The World of Mantovani - is at the Bournemouth Pavilion on Sunday 14th September. It is the latest in a series of high-calibre Mantovani shows staged by producer/percussionist Paul Barrett together with co-producer/violinist Franck Leprince.
Once again it will feature the 48 piece Magic of Mantovani Orchestra conducted by light-orchestral connoisseur Gavin Sutherland and led by esteemed violinist John Bradbury.
The MMO boasts many leading orchestral players with the signature Mantovani strings balanced by superb brass and woodwind sections plus guitar, accordion and of course percussion provided, as always, by Paul Barrett himself.
This year’s concert - introduced by former BBC Radio 2 favourite Ed Stewart - takes a musical journey around the world. It will revisit Mantovani’s signature arrangements of classic melodies celebrating the joys of France, Spain, Italy, Austria, the UK, the USA and many other destinations.
The programme is packed with a selection of more than 30 favourites including all the big hits. Highlights include Mantovani’s million selling chart-busters Cara Mia, Charmaine, Some Enchanted Evening and a magnificent rendering of The Warsaw Concerto with concert pianist Sam Hanson. There will be a some surprises too including the outstanding voices of Italian tenor Rossano Sal and soprano Jemma Truss.
Bournemouth Pavilion is a particularly apt venue for the show as Mantovani retired to a leafy suburb in the seaside town in the late 1960s and lived happily in Bournemouth during the final years of his life.
For tickets go to BH Live 0844 576 3000 www..bhlive.co.uk
Further information from Paul Barrett on
01202 706937 or 07866315966
September 14th 2014 is the date for the next Mantovani concert in the UK.
Entitled, The World Of Mantovani, it will feature all of the tunes associated with The Mantovani Orchestra over the years, meaning, the cascading strings can be heard in all their glory throughout the show.
To keep up to date with the build up to this very popular show which, as usual, will be performed at the Pavilion theatre in Bournemouth, Dorset, please subscribe to the newsletter by entering your name and best email address in the space provided in side panel of this website. You can also text the word, Mantovani, to 60222 for updates and free entry into regular prize draw to win exclusive DVDs, CDs and more.
Review: The Magic of Mantovani Orchestra @ Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
By: Jeremy Miles
More than 30 years after his death, king of the romantic strings Anunzio Mantovani,1950s hearthrob and light classical pioneer, may be all but forgotten by the modern world but in Bournemouth he remains a musical hero. Not only did he spend his retirement living in the town but for the past five years Mantovani-mad percussionist Paul Barrett has staged packed-out concerts in Bournemouth and Poole celebrating his idol.
Last night saw his astonishing, handpicked 48 piece Magic of Mantovani Orchestra triumph as a near-capacity crowd enjoyed their take on the Italian born bandleader’s lush treatment of a raft of sixties hits. There was also a rapturously received appearance by award-winning Indonesian vocalist Joy Tobing.
With some new arrangements by the show’s co-producer, Poole-based violinist Franck Leprince, the orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland and led by Matthew Scrivener, a last minute replacement or indisposed John Bradbury, wove some real Mantovani magic, playing everything from Hello Dolly to Yesterday, Strangers in the Night to I Left My Heart in San Francisco. There were big screen memories too with visits to Maigret and Peyton Place, images of sixties icons like Batman and the Pink Panther, Burton and Taylor and of course The Beatles.
Paul Barrett, as always, played percussion throughout delighting the crowd with his novelty hats and fielding banter from regular compere the former BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Ed “Stewpot’ Stewart, another Poole resident.
There were big new Franck Leprince arrangements of the Bond and Avengers themes and he also provided 2004 Indonesian Idol winner Tobing with a stunning new version of the Dusty Springfield hit You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, the first song she had ever performed on European soil.
Tobing, who was accompanied by her musical director Matheson Bayley, also performed her signature hit Love’s Promised Land to an audience that included the song’s authors Kevin Porée and Charlotte Gordon Cummings, the Indonesian ambassador and members of the Mantovani family.
The evening ended with Mantovani’s multi-million selling signature hit Charmaine featuring the shimmering cascading strings that set hearts aflutter back in the 1950s and brought the bandleader 700 proposals of marriage in a single year.
Mantovani, Golden Hits Of The Sixties, From Beatles to Bond,
will be performed at the Bournemouth Pavilion on
Sunday 14th April 2013, 7.30pm. Book Now!
Preview Joy Tobing’s Wonderful Song
We are delighted to announce the uk premiere of this stunning new singer; winner of
Indonesian Pop Idol.
Joy will make her debut appearance with the Magic Of Mantovani Orchestra
In a brand new concert for 2013.
The international hit song ‘Loves Promised Land’ will see Joy perform the uk
premiere at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Sunday April 14th 2013 at 7.30pm.
Preview this great new song below.