THERE'S a mixture for music lovers in Cheltenham over the next week - choose classical, soul or swing.

Followers of the Orchestral Concert Series have a busy time ahead, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales taking to the Town Hall stage tomorrow night and the Orchestra of the Swan at the Pitville Pump Rooms on Tuesday.

The second concert includes a tribute to Tippett, contrasted with Elgar's Concerto Grosso, the introduction and allegro. It also includes a special commission by Dobrinka Tabakova, all under the baton of conductor Nicholas Cleobury.

In the meantime, baritone Hakan Vramso and pianist Andrew West will be performing songs by Schumann and Stenhammar at the Pump Rooms on Monday.

Then it's time for a classic performance of a different kind when The Drifters breeze into the Town Hall next Thursday.

Enjoy Under the Boardwalk, Saturday Night at the Movies, Up on the Roof, Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies and plenty more taken from their repertoire which spans the band's massive 50-year existence.

The following night (Friday, February 4) Town Hall audiences can enjoy the big band sound with The New Squadronaires Orchestra.

Expect all the swing favourites from the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey by a band recreating the sound and feel of the original 40s RAF Squadronaires band.

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