On Sat 28th July 2018 The Angels performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the La La Land Choir in a spectacular orchestral rock presentation Symphony Of Angels held at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide.
When John and Rick Brewster began writing songs it was inevitable that their late grandfather, Hooper (pianist/composer) and their late father, Arthur (cellist/pianist) would wield their influence from afar. They grew up surrounded by classical music and always hoped one day to experience the richness an orchestra might bring to their melodies.
The stunning arrangements written by Rob John and Jamie Messenger brought this to fruition at the sold-out Adelaide Festival Theatre as The Angels, along with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, resplendent in formal outfits (it may be the first and last time we’ll ever see Nick Norton in a suit and tie) and the 40-piece La La Land Choir decked out in Angels T-shirts, delivered the Symphony of Angels concert, led by conductor Rob John. All the top players were performing and the arrangements gave the audience a novel experience of the songs they knew so well.
The lights dimmed and the orchestra splintered the silence with the opening notes of the overture from grandfather Hooper’s symphonic poem Australia Felix. The suspense rippled through the theatre until the band took to the stage and the applause uncoiled in a wave of appreciation.
For the next 2 hours the strings, the brass and the choir rolled with the band through the adrenaline-charged energy of Mr. Damage, Take A Long Line, After the Rain, Shadowboxer, Straightjacket; the milky smoothness of My Light Will Shine, Be With You and Love Takes Care; the haunted fury of Dawn Is Breaking and Outcast; the majestic stride of Marseilles and No Exit; the driving power of Face The Day, Fashion and Fame, Skid Row, No Secrets, Blue Blood and Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again.
ABC’s commentator Peter Goers, Master of Ceremonies, provided occasional relief with his stories and sketches that had the crowd shaking with laughter and these photos, taken by Russell Millard, capture the stormy atmosphere of a remarkable night.
Many thanks to the following:-
Rob John; Jamie Messenger; Rob Pippan;ASO (Vincent Ciccarello; Shecky Leask; Simon Lord; Andrew Groch; Dan Thorpe; Kane Moroney; Guy Ross; Terri Figueroa; Karen Frost; Shelley Woodward; Katherine Zhang; Janet Carey; David Khafagi; Karin Juhl; Bruce Stewart; Emma Wight; Sarah McBride; Declan Smith; Paola Niscioli; Alexandra Bassett; Tom Bastians; Renato Capoccia; Cheree McEwin; Annika Stennert; Hannah Truth; Sharmonie Cockayne); La la Land Choir; Greg & Chris Clifford; Mal McEwan; Adam Bhajan; Al Griffin; Athol Maxwell-Davies ; Mathew “Falcon” Mifsud; Victor Marshall; Andy King; Maurice Parker; Carolyn Unwin; Nick Majcen; Rory Pippan; Peter Goers