A ROCK & ORCHESTRA EXPERIENCE A CONCERT – FESTIVAL WITH THE BIGGEST SUCCESSES OF THE THRYLIC GROUP
The greatest successes of Queen and Freddy Mercury with a 10-member rock band, a 60-member Symphony Orchestra, and the four “We Will Rock You” protagonists from the West End of London. A BBC creation that brings on stage Queen’s greatest successes, performed by singers Rachael Wooding, Jon Boydon, Peter Eldridge & Julie Stark, starring in the much-discussed rock musical “We Will Rock You,” presented at West End with blessings of Brian May – the legendary guitarist of the Queen. With them, on stage, a 10-member rock band and the 60-member Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens to be led by the British chief archbishop Richard Sidwell.
For a single concert under the Acropolis, the Greek audience will have the opportunity to hear the greatest successes of the legendary Queen, and to sing live some of the most iconic songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, Somebody to Love.
The Queen’s “birth” came through the hard rock psychedelic band Smile, which was first introduced in 1967 by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. After the Smile singer’s departure in 1971, May and Taylor formed a new team with Freddie Mercury, and within a few months bassist John Deacon joined.Throughout their career, Queen have been pioneers at the cutting edge of progressive rock. The British quartet created a unique sound that was signed. Freddie Mercury pushed their group to a unique blend of humor and classical orchestrations. Thanks to the legendary appearances of Mercury, Queen became one of the most popular bands in the world in the mid-70s, recording their first huge successes that have won the top of world charts such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen “, and of course” Somebody To Love “.The continued production of hits in the 1970’s did not end, both in the UK and in the US, as all their albums went to the Top Ten, and they were always gold and usually platinum. The Queen became the band-phenomenon and experienced massive success and worship. In the 1980s, they remained at the top of the musical solid with songs like “Crazy Little Thing Call Love” and the album “Another One Bites the Dust”. In the late 80’s, Queen stopped making concerts because of the health issues faced by Freddie Mercury. Eventually the only performer left life in 1991 after a long battle with AIDS. Even after his death, he was a flagship figure in the fight against the spread of HIV.Following the death of Mercury, Queen remained public through the appearances and creations of Brian May and Roger Taylor. An important stop was the creation of the musical “We Will Rock You” under the guidance of May and Taylor, keeping Queen’s name alive.In 2018, Queen was the subject of the biographical film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The soundtrack was edited by the band’s group, which included classical tracks as well as live recordings that were remodeled for the film.
QUEEN SYMPHONIC is not a tribute, but an original creation that celebrates the Queen’s music, and was created to accompany Bohemian Rhapsody’s premiere, which eventually became the first Oscar winner for the performance Rami Malek’s leading role.
The conductor of the show is distinguished musician Richard Sidwell. He started his career as a trumpeter by working with huge names on the world stage such as Blur, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, Shirley Bassey, and Peggy Lee. He has also appeared in many West End theaters and has performed on countless television and radio shows. He has appeared at major European festivals, including Glastonbury, Roskilde, Benicassim and T In The Park. Richard Sidwell continues his career by orchestrating and conducting from small chamber orchestras, up to jazz bands and great symphony orchestras. As an orchestra and orchestra conductor, you have worked with some of the world’s greatest musicians such as Katherine Jenkins, Will Young, Scott Walker, Shirley Bassey, Sarah Brightman and some of the world’s largest orchestras like the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Big Band.
The concert features a 10-member rock band with leading British musicians, under the lead.