What a Swell Party - The Life and Music of Cole Porter 1
The team that brought you last year’s sell-out lunchtime Ivor Novello concert return with an extended line-up & a brand new showcase of the life & music of one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest popular songwriters.
Cole Porter (1891 – 1964) was possibly the most gifted composer & lyricist of the 20th century. Of the more than 800 songs he produced during his life, dozens have become standards. These include Anything Goes, Let’s Do It, I Love Paris, I’ve Got You Under My Skin & Night & Day. Many of his songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald to Annie Lennox & Jimmy Sommerville.
During the late 1920s & the 1930s Cole Porter was the toast of Broadway with successive hit musicals such as ‘ANYTHING GOES’ & ‘RED, HOT and BLUE’. He also wrote many songs that featured in famous Hollywood movies such as High Society, Can Can & Silk Stockings.
Our programme examines the range & various styles of popular music he produced as well as a look at his gay life of excess and tragedy.
Along the way, enjoy a two-course lunch in the idyllic church-side, 16th Century setting of Cheshire’s Swettenham Arms.
This annual ‘musical’ lunch is oversubscribed each year so early booking is a must to avoid disappointment.