The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra @ Glastonbury

Jonny playing drums, including big bongos, on stage at Glastonbury Festival with Paraorchestra, to his left another musician is playing the guitar



Barry White was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time and his back catalogue continues to be adored across the globe. The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra pays homage to his extraordinary songs with a live show conducted by Charles Hazlewood and performed by Paraorchestra alongside special guests (TBA) at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on Wednesday 17th June as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown.

The remarkable mix of acoustic, analogue and digital instruments that make up this special orchestra are filtered, manipulated crushed and treated live – rendering the entire orchestra a giant synthesiser. Arrangements by award-winning composer, Charlotte Harding, deliver a glorious new way of experiencing Barry White’s iconic tunes, including fresh accounts of some of his greatest work.

The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra premiered to a revelling crowd at The Park stage, Glastonbury Festival 2019, where a stellar line up of special guests brought their own take on White’s iconic bass, reinstating White’s overlooked genius as a composer.

Guest artists included Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah, Larry Heard, Ibibio Sound Machine’s Eno Williams, YolanDa Brown, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Clive Deamer (Radiohead) and Lianne La Havas.

a genuinely delightful performance that obliterates the aura of loverman naffness that still clings to White’s name in some quarters, lovingly exploring the more recherché corners of his oeuvre alongside the big hits”

The Guardian

Just great sounds, incredible musicianship”

Edith Bowman, BBC Two

Barry White was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, yet he never appeared at Glastonbury before his untimely death in 2003. The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra reinstated White’s overlooked genius as a composer, “reminding you what an extraordinary writer and producer White was” (The Guardian).

Full media round up from Glastonbury 2019 here.

My Role

This was the first time working with Paraorchestra and I loved every single second. Barry White’s music is amazing and how it was rearranged for Paraorchestra was a brilliant way to modernise the music. A lot of this music was on traditional percussive sounds but layered over was some sounds via the SPD-SX of low bassy rumbles and 80s tom sounds to lift the music even more.