The Down for the Count Concert Orchestra is a 20- to 26-piece orchestra which performs the music of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat 'King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many more with a luscious Capitol Studios sound.
Conducted by our musical director Mike Paul-Smith and featuring some of the UK's top vocalists and instrumentalists from leading conservatoires, the Orchestra brings the sounds of Capitol Studios back to life.
The orchestra performs faithful transcriptions of some of the greatest well-known hits of the Swing Era, and also breathes new life into jazz standards with original arrangements and orchestrations written by Mike Paul-Smith and Simon Joyner.
The orchestra is a result of a collaboration between the regular Down for the Count 11-piece line-up and The City String Ensemble. The resulting 20- to 26-piece line-up has a beautiful sound which evokes memories of the golden age of swing music.
Mike Paul-Smith is The Down for the Count Concert Orchestra's principal conductor and orchestrator/arranger. Mike studied piano under the tutelage of former BBC Young Musician of the Year Anna Markland, and performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Royal Festival Hall.
As a musical director Mike's credits include Anything Goes, Oklahoma! (Bloomsbury Theatre), A Chorus Line (Pendley Court Theatre) and Carousel (The Old Fire Station). Mike was a founding member of Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre, and music directed their first production City of Angels.
Mike has also directed the University of London Big Band (including at The Montreux Jazz Festival), and with various other bands has performing at The North Sea Jazz Festival, The London Jazz Festival and Twinwood Festival.
Mike founded Down for the Count in 2005 and is the orchestra's principal conductor, orchestrator and arranger.
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I’ve Got You Under My Skin
That Ole Devil Called Love
When I Fall In Love
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Day In, Day Out
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
St. Louis Blues
Let There Be Love
On The Street Where You Live
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Chestnuts Roasting (The Christmas Song)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
and many more!