LIVE: BLUE PLANET II IN CONCERT – MANCHESTER ARENA 27/03/19 0 41

While Blue Planet and its follow up series continue to delight and astound viewers around the world with the depth and scope to which the team behind it delve into the many wonders of our oceans, the experience of seeing the music that accompanies the programme, scored by Hans Zimmer, Jasha Klebe, and David Fleming, performed live with a full orchestra is something else entirely – but just as breathtaking.

The performance began with the orchestra, led by conductor Matthew Freeman, diving straight into the opening music, the skill and precision of the performance itself causing both smiles and goosebumps to appear on a vast majority of the audience (or certainly those I could see).

Host for the evening Anita Rani was both efficient and enthusiastic as she introduced each section of the show, herself and Freeman working almost fluidly in their partnership, while the visuals which accompanied each segment were as stunning as the music performed during it – the wonders of the oceans around us displayed in captivating detail on a giant 200 square metre screen.

It was not at all hard to feel as if, while the show progressed, that you’d been transported to another world of sorts – the younger members of the audience in particular seemed utterly awed by the sights and sounds they were being introduced to.

Highlights of the evening, in terms of the footage shown to the mesmerized audience, were the hundreds of dolphins surfing on waves and puffins feeding their young, but every scene and every sound brought home the most important sight and message of all – that we need to and must protect our oceans.

A night of awe inspiring sights and sounds left the audience within the Arena spellbound from start to finish and as the show reached its climax, the orchestra falling silent for the final time, the applause directed to Freeman, his musicians and host Rani echoed throughout the venue with many present standing to applaud what had been a truly spectacular night.


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ROBIN CAUSE PRESENTS HIS NEW ALBUM ‘NOT AS THE CROW FLIES’ 0 80

Having first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, Robin Cause has long since had a passion for music and the connection both he and millions of others have with it. Wanting to see just how far he could take the connection and love for music and guitar playing he had, he hit the road at the age of 19 and since then, he hasn’t looked back.

The journey he embarked upon led him to meet Darrel Dier and together, the two formed a strong song-writing partnership, the results of which can be seen and heard on Cause’s new album Not As The Crow Flies, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the creative process behind the album and the record as a whole, Robin says: “Not as the Crow Flies defines my friendship with Darrel Dier. We started the first road trip with an open mind and ended the second trip with the rough cut of an album. From camping in the desert of Nevada, writing in hotel rooms of southern New Mexico, discovering an all you can eat jambalaya cook off in the Atchafalayan swamp, and recording at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, we set our eyes on traveling the world and writing every step of the way. I believe we tapped into something that’s genuine, something rarely seen or experienced, and we would love to keep creating. I just hope you love the sound, it’s really fun to make.”

Not As The Crow Flies is out tomorrow and you can listen to the entire album below. For more information on Robin Cause, follow him on Twitter or give his page a like on Facebook. Header photo image credit: Pjotr van Kleef.