Following the phenomenal success of the Northern Soul BBC Prom last summer at the Royal Albert Hall, writer and BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster Stuart Maconie, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and Manchester’s composer and conductor Joe Duddell, present Northern Soul Orchestrated, a brand-new UK tour for April and May 2024.

The tour promises to transport audiences back in time capturing the spirit of a movement. Originating in the industrial regions in the 1960s and 70s across the North and the Midlands, the Northern Soul subculture emerged as a passionate and vibrant all-night dance movement centred around American soul music. Curated by Stuart and conducted by Joe, the orchestra will perform amazing new arrangements, by Fiona Brice and Joe Duddell, of Northern Soul classic anthems across five dates with a host of very special guest vocalists.

Stuart Maconie, who also presented a Northern Soul All-Nighter on 6 Music in September 2023, says: “Northern Soul is music at its most exciting and alive. This is the sound of the streets and the dance floors, rich with passion, ecstasy, heartbreak and joy. We cannot wait to bring these fabulous songs and performances to the heart of the cities where they are cherished.”

Carolyn Hendry, Interim Director of the BBC Concert Orchestra said: “What a joy it is for us to bring Northern Soul Orchestrated around the country this spring. The concert is borne out of the Northern Soul BBC Prom, which premiered at the BBC Proms last year, and had over a million plays on iPlayer and Sounds. As the UK’s most versatile orchestra, we take great pride in having the opportunity to share this special concert with audiences again.”

Joe Duddell says: “After the tremendous response to the Northern Soul BBC Prom last July, it’s great to be taking this out around the country and reunite with the same performers.”

Kicking off in Wolverhampton at The Civic at The Halls on Wednesday 24TH April, Northern Soul Orchestrated will visit some of the UK’s most prestigious venues in London, Manchester and Sheffield before concluding in Gateshead at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music on Saturday 18th May. The tour is one not to be missed.



Date Venue
Wed 24th The Halls Wolverhampton
Fri 26th London Royal Festival


Date Venue
Wed 15th Aviva Studios Manchester
Thu 16th Sheffield City Hall
Sat 18th The Glasshouse International Centre For Music Gateshead

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