Shows in Eastbourne, London, Birmingham and Manchester
Experience the elegance, romance and style of the Roaring Twenties
Million selling German crooner Max Raabe and the hugely talented Palast Orchester from Berlin embark on their very first UK tour next week with dates in Eastbourne, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The dates form part of a wider international tour which will take the singer and musicians across the world visiting Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the United States Of America – including the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York this April.
The four UK tour dates will give music fans the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of this very special show and era.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester open their UK tour on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne; followed by London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 4 March 2020; Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Thursday 5 March 2020; and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday 6 March 2020.
Stylish 57-year-old Max Raabe is famous for performing while impeccably dressed in white tie and tails, and is joined by 12 musical maestros from the Palast Orchester.
Internationally acclaimed singer Max and the musicians promise to take audiences back in time on a musical journey of romance and sophistication, revisiting the ‘Roaring Twenties’ a century on from what was an exciting new era for music, dance, style, and fashion.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester are well-respected in Germany, having dominated the music charts for many years while staying true to their unique style and genre.
They recently released a new MTV Unplugged album which went straight into the Top 10 in the German pop charts – reaching Number 2 in early January 2020, alongside Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Leonard Cohen with places at the top of the charts.
Now it’s the turn of the UK to experience the warmth, charm and elegance of Max Raabe & Palast Orchester first-hand.
Max Raabe explained: “This style of music is popular across the world. You understand the message regardless of language – you feel the music, it’s powerful. As a child, I completely fell in love with this music. My aim is to entertain the audience during the concert and transport them out of reality. Music was written to take the audience away from their everyday problems. And it still works today.”
Formed in the 1980s, the then group of college friends have since grown into a hugely successful 13-piece ensemble – becoming one of Germany’s biggest selling acts, winning praise, rave reviews, and a legion of fans across the globe.
Max Raabe was born 1962 in Lünen and has always sung – from the youth choir to even on his bicycle. He moved to Berlin in his early twenties to study opera. He financed his studies with small performances, and in 1986 he founded the Palast Orchester with a number of fellow students. They are now the worldwide leading band of music from the era of the Weimar Republic.
The UK tour is extra special for one member of the orchestra, Ian Wekwerth who was born in Sussex – and is looking forward to performing on home soil. Pianist and accordionist, Sussex-born Ian Wekwerth is a founder member of the Palast Orchester.
Born in Cuckfield, Ian has fond memories of visiting the seaside at Eastbourne, Brighton, Newhaven and Hastings as a child – and especially London to see his grandparents who lived in Golders Green and were jazz music enthusiasts. An early sign of where his love for music may have come from.
Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max believes the timeless melodies and songs of the 1920s and 1930s have an inherent magic. He combines nostalgic flair with pop-star appeal, along with a good dose of self-irony and dry comedy.
The tour is timely given the nation’s fascination with all things vintage, including Downtown Abbey.
Together, Max and the orchestra present the most stunning classic and timeless repertoire in their original arrangements. With a distinctive sound, audiences will be captivated by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester as they are transported to yesteryear to experience high style and musical glory in the most sumptuous way – making this show one of a kind, and the hottest ticket in town.
The show will feature diverse range of music and songs including the hilarious Rosa, Reizende Rosa (Rosa, Ravishing Rosa); romantic tune Tonight Or Never; the classic Kurt Weill’s Mack The Knife; alongside standards including I Won’t Dance, Night And Day, and Sweet Sue.
Their appeal is diverse and far reaching. Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester performed at the star-studded wedding of singer Marilyn Manson and model Dita Von Teese at a castle in Ireland in 2005.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
‘We are in a nightclub somewhere in Weimar-era Berlin, just before things go to heck. The air dances. The world is in love.’
Los Angeles Times
‘Stylish, grace and vitality, his comic timing is flawless.’
The New York Times, Carnegie Hall
Videos: Official trailer – youtu.be/ealIG0KGik4
MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
CONGRESS THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7.30pm
Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP
Box Office: 01323 412000
CADOGAN HALL, LONDON
Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7.30pm
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
Box Office: 020 7730 4500
SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM
Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7.30pm
8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Box Office: 0121 644 6140
THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER
Friday 6 March 2020 at 7.30pm
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Box Office: 0161 907 9000