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16-piece orchestra set to WOW crowds with Disney and ABBA performances this September

A well-known, unique collective, The Untold Orchestra, is set to bring the music of ABBA and the magic of Disney to Whitehaven Alive this September.

They will perform two shows on Sunday 11th September and will join a stellar line-up of entertainment for the Whitehaven Alive weekend.

The orchestra is a Manchester-based collaborative, made up of talented individual musicians with a common aim of redefining the role of an orchestra in the 21st century by making music accessible to everyone while having fun.

Since their formation they’ve continually delved into the music and history of some of music's most iconic artists. Through an exploration of their lives and their most renowned albums, the orchestra look to give themselves and audiences deeper insights into musical icons, creating an experience impossible to find anywhere else and accordingly have sold out hundreds of shows across the UK.

The Sunday musical extravaganza will be split into two parts:

A daytime family Disney-themed performance, Disney: An Orchestral Rendition, in conjunction with local businesses Darling Manor and When You Believe, with doors opening at 1.30pm, guests will be able to meet the Ice Princesses and Starlight the unicorn before joining in with the 16-piece orchestra and singers’ renditions of some classic Disney anthems.

This will be followed by the finale to the Whitehaven Alive weekend, when The Untold Orchestra comprising of vocalists, drummers, pianists, and a brass section will put on their best 70’s ABBA performance to have everybody dancing, singing, and having a real ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ nostalgic trip back to enjoy some of the most iconic, timeless tunes of the last fifty years.

Doors will open at 6.30pm to give everyone time to find their space, have something to eat, and get ready to dance and sing the night away.

Untold Artistic director Sam Davies said: “We’re excited to be heading to Whitehaven to perform our ABBA and Disney shows as part of what’s shaping up to be an amazing festival weekend.

“Hopefully this can be the starting point of us performing and delivering exciting projects in Whitehaven more regularly!”

Whitehaven Alive is in partnership with Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and is set to welcome tens of thousands of eager entertainment seekers, the festival will feature famous faces, live entertainment, food and drink villages, Cumbrian producers, and street theatre.

Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners’ Chief Executive John Baker said: “We are thrilled to be part of Whitehaven Alive and look forward to welcoming everyone to the harbour to enjoy the food and drink village, entertainment, and ticketed events - The Untold Orchestra will be bringing something fresh, different and unique for its first visit to Whitehaven and we hope it may be the first of many.”

“One of the objectives of the weekend is to celebrate the fact that we are able to come together as a community again, and this comes on the back of other successful events, such as the recent Harbour Fest and regular Continental Markets.”

Co-founder Andrea Winders said: “Whitehaven has a magic about it, and this weekend will be our chance to share this with everyone in the local area.”

Tickets are on sale now for the Queens Dock concerts and are available at

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