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ONE of the many faces made famous by the TV series Doctor Who is to host a special orchestral concert in the North East this week.

ONE of the many faces made famous by the TV series Doctor Who is to host a special orchestral concert in the North East this week.

Colin Baker, who was the sixth actor to play the role of the time-travelling Doctor, will present a preview concert of the Customs House Concert Orchestra (CHCO) in Lanchester on Saturday

The evening will be hosted at the Lanchester Methodist Church on Front Street and promises to take listeners on a memorable journey through the various ages of popular music including extracts from jazz, folk and 70s funk.

The 32-piece band, which will be officially launched this autumn, is unique as it is the only professional concert orchestra in the North East to play all popular music as opposed to classical.

CHCO conductor George Hastings, from Lanchester, said: “We decided to form the orchestra as there are not many north of London offering an alternative to classical music.

“We play a selection of music from 50s jazz to popular theme tunes from movies, musicals and television shows.

“The Lanchester concert will be the first time we have performed this exciting programme and we are delighted Colin Baker will be hosting the evening.”

The official launch of the CHCO will take place on October 31 at the Customs House in South Shields.

Customs House director Ray Spencer said: “I was blown away when I heard the orchestra in rehearsals and I think that anyone who likes the sound of a full orchestra is in for a real treat.

“George Hastings has brought together some of the North East’s top musicians and we are delighted to associate the Customs House with this unique and exciting orchestra.”

Tickets for the preview concert are priced £10 or £7.50 concessions and are available from Lanchester Post Office, Front Street, or from the Customs House Box Office on (0191) 454 1234.

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