John Grant with Royal Northern Sinfonia
22 - 30 Nov 2014
Just over a year since the release of his critically-lauded second album Pale Green Ghosts, and with numerous Best Album of 2013 accolades and a Brit Award nomination to his name, JOHN GRANT, embarks on one of his most exciting ventures yet.
This November the former Czars frontman launches onto a seven-date tour with Royal Northern Sinfonia in which John's celebrated catalogue will be reworked and reimagined within a sumptuous orchestral setting, alongside the world premiere of some especially written new songs. John Grant's creativity, unique songwriting and wonderful vocals combined with thirty four musicians promises a one-off musical experience.
The tour will be orchestrated by Fiona Brice; who has provided arrangements for the the likes of Roy Harper, Vashti Bunyan, Anna Calvi,Midlake,and Placebo, as well as John himself. Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a reputation as both fresh-thinking and versatile collaborating in recent years with artists as diverse as Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang and Spiritualized and will be conducted by Christopher George.
John Grant - Live
The extraordinary video below recently appeared for 'Glacier', the powerful closing track from Pale Green Ghosts. It uses footage derived from YouTube clips and images online and is a visual pastiche of the history of the gay rights struggle, wonderfully edited to 'Glacier'. It was made by Jonathan Caouette.
"...it's hard to imagine a more enjoyable and rewarding hour of music being released this year than Pale Green Ghosts: self-obsessed but completely compelling, profoundly discomforting but beautiful, lost in its own fathomless personal misery, but warm, funny and wise – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week) " - The Guardian
"an exhilarating musical progression… "Pain it is a glacier… creating spectacular landscapes," he sings on ‘Glacier’: a truth his career makes self-evident – 5 Stars ***** (CD Of The Week) " - The Independent On Sunday