About Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

Nu Civilisation Orchestra leads a musical celebration of 50 years of ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye at Town Hall as part of a tour of the UK. The NCO led by Peter Edwards, will reflect on our current times through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s incredible catalogue, with the addition of special guests including acclaimed UK soul singer Noel NcKoy on lead vocals and Birmingham’s poet laureate Casey Bailey

Produced by Tomorrow’s Warriors.

Conducted by Peter Edwards, the 23-piece Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO), featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Cherise (vocals), Romarna Campbell and Rod Youngs (drums), Sarah Tandy (piano) and Ife Ogunjobi (trumpet), as well as the orchestra’s formidable horns, strings and backing vocalists, will make a perfectly timed creative exploration and celebration of Gaye’s seminal masterpiece, five decades after its release, with immersive visual projections by Yeast Culture.

Acclaimed British soul singer Noel McKoy will join the tour on lead vocals as the voice of Marvin Gaye himself. With over forty years in the music industry, Noel has recorded, written, produced, performed and toured the world with many of the greatest names in music including Stevie Wonder, Kool and The Gang, The Roots, Gladys Knight, George Clinton, Womack and Womack, Lonnie Liston Smith, The Sounds of Blackness and Marcus Miller. In addition, he’s collaborated with respected innovators Omar, Mark Morrison, Incognito’s Bluey, Steve Williamson, Linton 'Kwesi' Johnson, The Pasadenas and Acid Jazz’s Snowboy. As well as being a highly successful frontman and collaborator with other major artists, Noel McKoy is also a deeply respected innovator. The street soul anthem “Family”, which he wrote, produced and performed in 1993 in group Mckoy with his brothers and sisters, is over twenty years later still loved by an entire generation of UK soul fans. In 2015, Noel’s stature within UK Soul Music was again recognised when he was asked to join The British Collective - the supergroup of British soul music pioneers comprising Omar, Junior and Don-E.

Casey Bailey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 - 2022 and the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020. Casey’s second full poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published by Burning Eye in 2021. Casey’s debut play ‘GrimeBoy’ was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep in 2020. He was commissioned by the BBC to write ‘The Ballad of The Peaky Blinders’ in 2019. In 2020 the poem was internationally recognised, winning a Webby Award. Casey has performed his poetry nationally, and internationally. Casey was named as one of ‘Birmingham Live’s’, Birmingham ’30 under 30’ of 2018, he was also recognised in 2019 when he was made a Fellow of the University of Worcester.

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Since the time of the release of the album to the present day, every time I’ve heard or sung it I think to myself that mothers are actually still crying - ever more so, and young brothers are still dying. The tracks from this album were and still are the benchmark of soulful commentary from a black man’s experience which can be related to across the globe. Its spirit and honesty remain potent to this very day. For me this is going to be one of my performances of a lifetime. I've worked with many orchestras in the past, performing some fantastic songs with great conductors such as Kevin Robinson with Jazz Jamaica All Stars and now Peter Edwards and Nu Civilisation Orchestra who I am collaborating with for the first time and am immensely looking forward to working with. My admiration for Marvin’s music has always been so high. I met Marvin in the 80’s and being an obvious fan, I am thrilled to be a part of this project. I know that this tribute was meant to be for me.

Noel McKoy

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I grew in a house where it wasn’t rare to hear the amazing sound of Marvin Gaye jumping out of the speakers. To find myself taking to the stage in this amazing event now is a privilege and a blessing. I can’t wait to tell you what’s going on.”

Casey Bailey

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Standing (stalls): £25.50*

Seated (circle): £30.50*

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  • Town Hall
    Victoria Square
    Birmingham
    B3 3DQ
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