It was the glamorous club brand that put Birmingham on the map in the early 1990s. Now, marking 25 years since Miss Moneypenny’s began, Birmingham’s dance music heritage will spectacularly fuse with the powerful world of orchestra to bring music lovers a new sensational show.
Miss Moneypenny’s A Night at the Proms will take place on the 24 November 2017 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. The event will mark Miss Moneypenny’s first show in Birmingham for nearly 10 years and will kick start a short series of unique secret anniversary activities. Tickets for Miss Moneypenny’s A Night at the Proms are on sale now.
The news coincides with Miss Moneypenny’s 25 Anniversary – the brand is planning a series of huge events to mark the birthday across 2017 and 2018 and this is the opening spectacular.
Renowned for its compelling, uplifting, energetic brand of house music mixed with creative themes, dancers, theatrical artistes and live performers, Miss Moneypenny’s entertained people around the globe and became a firm favourite on the dance music scene. For this one off spectacular, the music of Miss Moneypenny’s will be innovatively adapted and arranged for the 60-piece Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra along with singers, and synths.
Miss Moneypenny’s A Night at the Proms will be curated by Miss Moneypenny’s Musical Director Jim Ryan and orchestrated by Martin Higgins. The lavish production and mind-blowing theatrical visuals that were integral to each Miss Moneypenny’s night will also be an essential part of the show.
This one off event will bring an unforgettable dance-party to Birmingham. The aim is to bring back the halcyon days when house music was as iconic as the DJs and the when the clubbers made the dance floor come alive. The event will celebrate Birmingham’s amazing house-music heritage in the most spectacular fashion.
From humble beginnings in Birmingham, Miss Moneypenny’s grew into an international club brand of the highest repute. Renowned for its’ flamboyant, glamorous, individual and hedonistic club-nights, the brand remains rooted in the heart and soul of clubbers across the Midlands and beyond.
The brand entertained glamorous and celebratory clubbers from all over the world on a weekly basis. Over a 10-year period, Miss Moneypenny’s released over 21 compilation albums, celebrated a top ten hit, and toured the world.
Jim Ryan commented; “When we started planning Miss Moneypenny’s return to Birmingham, we knew we had come up with something spectacular! Interpreting the sound of Miss Moneypenny’s with an orchestra is something we are very excited about. To be working with brilliant Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra and stunning orchestrator Martin Murphy is truly inspiring”
The Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra is renowned for their trademark eclectic mix of classical and popular works. Their flagship Pride Proms concert has become a much-anticipated fixture of the Birmingham Pride weekend celebrations. When choosing an orchestra for the event they were the obvious choice given their synergy with Miss Moneypenny’s renegade brand and ethos. The orchestra is one of the most progressive and interesting ensembles around.
Martin Higgins is an up and coming star in the orchestral world and a perfect match for this project. Since graduating from The University of Birmingham in 2011, orchestrator and composer Martin Higgins has been heavily involved in the theatre and film music industries. Martin worked on the live-action film adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh. He also worked on the score preparation for Kanye West’s rare performance of his 2008 opus 808s & Heartbreak at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 2015.
Symphony Hall provides the ultimate space for the event. Jim Ryan commented; “Symphony Hall is an architectural triumph and one of the world’s best event spaces in terms of acoustics. The opulent nature of the venue is in keeping with the glamorous expectations of our audience. This coupled with acoustic excellence of the venue will allow the best possible reinterpretation of the big records of the Miss Moneypenny’s era.”
Jim concluded; “We want to mark our 25th anniversary in the most poignant way possible. We are creating a legacy around one of the most amazing musical scenes. We can all remember those amazing tunes and the emotions they evoked, the goose bumps, the shivers, the excitement. We want to recreate that magic in new and inspiring way. This will be a night to remember and night never to be forgotten!!!!”
Tickets ON SALE Friday 9th December 2016