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The Cinema Show

Mixing music with memories is the key to success for family band The Cinema Show.

The synth rock group blend sound and film archives – played on an old-style theatre cinema screen – with songs to create a unique show.

The electronic group, based in Macclesfield, rounded off a series of gigs with a charity show at MADS Theatre, raising £1,742 for East Cheshire Hospice.

The Cinema Show performing. From left, Dave Skelton, Jacqui Skelton, Beth Moss, Amy Leech and Doug Skelton.

It included a look back at the London 2012 Olympics, the Festival of Britain in 1951 and the Manhattan Project.

Founder Doug Skelton, a guitarist and keyboard player, usually performs as a duo, with Dave Skelton on drums.

Added to the line-up for this show were Doug’s older sister Jacqui, old school friend Amy Leech and local musician Beth Moss.

Dave Skelton and Doug Skelton.

Main sponsors were Intersafety, owned by Doug’s parents Tony and Julie. The 20-year-old local company distributes personal protective equipment and clothing. Arighi Bianchi were the other sponsors.

The Cinema Show bring moments of historical significance to the stage.

Doug said: “I’ve been working on the project for five years since a music tech project sparked the inspiration.

“We mix historical samples and commentary with modern music and lyrics, creating the songs.

A few years ago we acquired a cinema screen for the stage backdrop.”

Doug’s first album This Is the One featured famous sporting events, including the 1966 World Cup and Red Rum’s Grand National triumphs. His second Discovery was about inventions of the last century.

Dave and Doug as a duo perform a track about Eddie the Eagle.

He is currently working on a new project based around 1980s nostalgia. He said: “It was nice to evolve our gigs to a larger band set-up for this show.

“It’s always been a passion and something we really enjoy. My sister got roped in on acoustic guitar after watching rehearsals. On vocals were Amy and Beth, who also plays piano.”

Doug works in marketing for Intersafety, who are keen Hospice supporters. He said:  “All the family have had a connection to the Hospice in the past and two family members were patients there.

“It’s a nice way to engage with the community and have a charity the business can support. The Hospice will stay in the mind of our charity efforts.

“The band and sponsors want to thank everyone who contributed to an amazing night at MADS Theatre where we hope to perform again.”

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