Inspired by Frank Sinatra’s legendary collaboration with the Hollywood String Quartet, Close to You features a unique group of handpicked musicians chosen for their sound and empathy for this extraordinary music.
Celebrated vocalist Matt Ford – one of the greatest Big Band singers in the UK – has appeared regularly with the John Wilson Orchestra, the Halle, Philharmonia and the BBC Big Band. In this special concert Matt joins the internationally-acclaimed Tippett Quartet, trombonist and arranger Callum Au and a piano quintet led by project
director Matt Skelton to perform some of the best-known popular songs of the 20th Century. Savour a finely balanced evening of lush ballad settings and elegant swinging arrangements in celebration of the art of song.
‘Having been lucky enough to know Sinatra, Nelson Riddle and Eleanor Slatkin (the original cellist of the Hollywood String Quartet), I am certain they would have been as thrilled as I am with these loving and fresh restorations of their work. Bravo!’ Michael Feinstein