Favourites from the war

The Glenn Miller Orchestra promises an afternoon of timeless hits on August 18 at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing when they perform with their rarely-heard string section.

Strings in Glenn Miller’s line-up were most apparent in the Army Air Force orchestra, which was brought to Europe in 1944. When he disappeared at the end of the year, the band fell under the direction of Tex Beneke who continued with a string section until it became too expensive to maintain. Musical director Ray McVay uses Miller’s original arrangements from 1944 for the Worthing concert to recreate the celebrated string-augmented sound.

The afternoon’s concert features favourites from the war years, during which the strings were most popular, The band will use the extra mellowness created by the Glenn Miller Strings to perform classics including Moonlight Serenade and In the Mood.

The show also features jazz band The Uptown Hall Gang and harmonies by vocal group the Moonlight Serenaders.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra – with strings! Is at the Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, on Sunday, August 18, at 3pm. Box office: 01903 206206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.