30 Years on Farrington And Mann (of "When In Rome" fame) re-imagine their breakout hit

"The Promise" with a full Orchestra!


Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann are the singers and creative core of the UK based 1980s band "When In Rome". In 1988 their debut track 'The Promise' was signed by Virgin Records and involved renowned producers such as Ben Rogan & Richard James Burgess.  The Promise was initially issued as a 12" extended dance disc.  One thing led to another and eventually San Francisco based Live 105 Radio heard the track.  With that breakthrough the track soon spread like wildfire across all the major stations in the U.S.  After hitting Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, a remixed version of "The Promise" was the first single from their self-titled debut album. It was an instant success, and became a massive hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Club Play Chart at the same time.


Fast forward to 2003, the band receive word from film maker, Jared Hess who wants to use The Promise in a new film he just made called 'Napoleon Dynamite'. Released a year later in 2004 the movie went on to win many awards and became a cult smash. Thus, The Promise becomes a huge hit again for a totally new and young audience.

Now roll on to the present day, 2020 and the band celebrate another milestone


30 years on and their breakthrough - and now seminal - track 'The Promise’ has been re-recorded with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .  


The release features 11 brand new recordings


The wide cinematic-scope and the power of the original song is augmented here with the full range of the Orchestra taking the classic to new heights.  The package features several alternate versions featuring the Orchestra only and Orchestra - voice versions.  The duo also remain true to their dance floor roots with a series of remixes from Kim And Buran (who tackle disco and synthpop grooves) and Italo disco, balearic meisters of the genre Baldelli and Rocca. 


The duo are touring throughout 2020 and working on a second orchestral outing as we speak.  


The digital release is set for Friday 17th March 2020 on August Day / Tangible Records... Click The Slipmat for Digital Download >>>

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Friday 31st July 2020 - LOST 80's LIVE


Mid / Late September 2020 - The Promise 30th Anniversary



Andrew Mann was recruited by Clive Farrington to replace departed members of his Manchester-based group Beau Leisure after Andrew had supported them as a beat poet on later shows. They began to write songs together, recorded some demos – sometimes including Mann's friend Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister) – while seeking a recording deal.


When In Rome


Years active:


Genre: Pop

Origin: Manchester, England


Clive Farrington

Andrew Mann



Virgin America

10 Records UK


Associated acts:

When In Rome, Beau Leisure

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"Farrington+Mann are consummate professionals who are concerned with providing the utmost experience for their audience. Combined with their being total gentlemen, my experience working with them has been a total positive."

Pat Flanagan - Media Agent, Las Vegas

"Here you go again...

Great to see you two out there and up to some new tricks. Looking forward to the next instalment..."

Howard Greenhalgh - Video / Film Director

"'The Promise" is one of my favourite electronica songs from the 80's. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Andrew and Clive back on stage again where they both belong!"

Steve Norman - Spandau Ballet

​"Thank you for the music your music reminds me of good times this is what music should be today's music has no heart and soul so thank you hope to see you in el paso tx again someday"

Edgar Torres - El Paso, TX

"Farrrington + Mann have that Hot Classic rocker thing going for them like Steve Tyler and Mick Jagger. Love their music, voices, passion and energy on stage!"

Patricia DiSalvo Viayra - Film Director (Tournament)

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Roxanne Mitchell - Texas


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