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Graham Bickley and Richard Balcombe created GRB Concerts in 2012. GRB Concerts devise, programme, orchestrate and cast concert programmes for orchestras in the UK and abroad.

With our knowledge and expertise, our concert programmes will entertain, stimulate and compliment any seasonal programming.

For more information on programme content and orchestral line-up, please use the links above.

Songs From The 60’s recording

Having recorded our Songs from 60’s programme last May at Angel Studios, with the Royal Philharmonic , we have finally been sent the final version. Gary Thomas, our engineer, alongside Richard, who produced the recording, have worked their magic and we are thrilled with the results. We don’t yet have a date for release, but… Continue Reading

Made in Britain..Best of The British Musicals

Last week, GRB Concerts returned to the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh for the third time, presenting our Best of British Musicals programme. To add to the occasion, BBC Radio 2 recorded the concert for a Friday Night Is Music Night presentation a few days later. It was a stiflingly hot evening, (with the members of the…

Recording the 60’s classics

Over the last few weeks, we have been in the process of recording our 60’s concert with the RPO at Angel Studios. Apart from the thrill of having another of our cocert programmes released, it is always a joy to work with the orchestra without quite the demands of a live concert, when all of…

Christmas has been coming for some time now

Christmas started early for me this year. Throughout September and October I’ve been busy orchestrating for a Sinatra Christmas programme which Raymond Gubbay is promoting – great Sinatra tunes like Have yourself a merry little Christmas, The Christmas Waltz, The Christmas Song and of course White Christmas. Also ready is the new Sound of Musicals programme for…

Proms in The Park

To say Richard’s diary of late has been eclectic is an understatement. In fact in just one afternoon last weekend, he found himself conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra for soprano Danielle de Niese, Russell Watson, trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, jazz singer Caro Emerald and American Superstars – The Jacksons, earning himself possibly his first knuckle…

Bacharach Reimagined

Last week, Mary Carewe and I paid a visit to the Menier Chocolate Factory to see What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. Given we are often immersed in Bacharach’s music ourselves, we were intrigued to see all the music we know so well….reimagined! I can always tell when Mary is enjoying something musical. Her legs…

Concert Diary

2017

Sixties’ Valentines: Love Songs From The 60’s

  •  Tuesday, 14th February, 7.00pm, Cadogan Hall, London

     Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

     Conductor Richard Balcombe

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear, Abbie Osmon

 

2016

White Christmas 

  •  Friday, 9th December, 7.30pm, Symphony Hall, Birmingham 

         City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

         Conductor Richard Balcombe

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Maurice Clarke, Emma Kershaw

 

 

Made in Britain…Best of the British Musicals

  • Tuesday, 23rd August, 7.30pm, Snape Proms, Aldeburgh

         BBC Concert Orchestra

        Conductor Richard Balcombe

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Scott Davies, Abbie Osmon, Sophie Louise Dann

        To be recorded for Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Radio 2

 

The Music of Burt Bacharach..What The World Needs Now

  •  Sunday, 14th February, 7pm Cadogan Hall, London

         Royal Philharmonic

         Guest Conductor David Firman 

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear, Sarah Lark

 

Sixties’ Valentine: Love Songs from The 60’s

  •  Saturday, 13th February, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

         2.40pm & 7.30pm.

         Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 

         Guest Conductor David Firman

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear, Abbie Osmon

 

2015

Symphonic 60’s

  • Monday, 31st August, Snape Proms, Snape Maltings

        Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

        Conductor Richard Balcombe

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear, Abbie Osmon

 

La Vie En Rose (The French Connection)

  • Friday, 13th November, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

        City of Birmingham Orchestra

        Conductor Richard Balcombe

        Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe

 

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC Radio 2 Friday Night Is Music Night

  • Friday, 27th February, Mermaid Theatre

        BBC Concert Orchestra

        Conductor Richard Balcombe

Vocalists Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear, Emma Kershaw

 

Songs for a Swingin’ Orchestra

  • Friday, 6th March 2015,

        Sage Gateshead Royal Northern Sinfonia

        Guest conductor David Firman

        Vocalists Graham Bickley and Catherine Porter

 

Made in Britain – The Best of the British Musicals

  • Sunday, 29th March 2015, Sage Gateshead
    Royal Northern Sinfonia
    Guest conductor David Firman
    Vocalists Graham Bickley, Sophie-Louise Dann, Ricardo Afonso, Abbie Osmon

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