Big Band Tour of the North

13 July 2017

Big-Band-Tour

This year’s annual Big Band tour of The North started on Wednesday 21st June. Not only was it the longest day but also the hottest of the year. Our first concert was in Adderley, Shropshire. This was in aid of the church which unfortunately was not in a good enough of a state to perform in this year, so we played in the village hall.It was great to have so many people from the village supporting this concert, and we raised over £400 for the St Peter’s Church. After a night at Brereton (Cheshire) we headed up the M6 for Ullswater in Cumbria, and The Quiet Site, where most of our accommodation was in Hobbit Holes. We spent the afternoon either on the Lake Steamer, or walking 7 miles around Ullswater. That night we performed in The Quiet Site bar to a hugely appreciative audience. With our two warm-up concerts completed we then headed down to Blackpool for our main event; The Armed Forces Dinner in The Norbreck Castle Hotel. Here we performed a two hour set to 1000 people. It was great to meet up with our friends from Blackpool Council, The Winter Gardens Trust and The Friends of Stanley Park. On the Saturday we were defeated by force 10 winds for playing on The Headland in front of The Tower, but after an afternoon at The Pleasure Beach, we gave a concert in St John’s Square. On our final day we performed on Stanley Park Bandstand (for the fourth year running). This is a very special venue for us, as it is where Stowe’s Medici Lions rested for 90 years. They are now back on the South Front, and replicas live in the Park. Each concert was performed to the highest possible standards, and the band had never been better. We were also very fortunate to have two guest vocal soloists this year; Lucy Sutherland (Lower Sixth, Nugent) and Mina Haas (Lower Sixth, Stanhope). They both captivated the audiences at every event, and were a fantastic addition to our programmes. From within the band we also had the very accomplished Jazz Trio of Finlay Sutherland (Lower Sixth, Grafton), Theo Hayes (Fourth Form, Chatham) and Sean Carslaw Tricot (Fourth Form, Grenville. Sean also wowed every audience with his Blues Harp playing. I would like to give a massive thank you to Sarah Searle for all of her support during the tour. Also, thank you to Miles Nottage for his amazing keyboard playing, especially with our singers.


 

Nigel GibbonHobbit Holes. We spent the afternoon either

on the Lake Steamer, or walking seven miles

around Ullswater. That night we performed

in The Quiet Site bar to a hugely appreciative

audience. With our two warm-up concerts

compaded down to Blackpool

for our main event: The Armed Forces Dinner in

T

 

he Norbreck Castle Hotel. Here we performed

a two hour set to 1000 people. It was great

to meet up with our friends from Blackpool

Council, The Winter Gardens Trust and The

Friends of Stanley Park. On the Saturday we

were defeated by force 10 winds from playing on

The Headland in front of The Tower, but after

s year’s annual Big Band tour of The North

started on Wednesday 21 June. Not only

was it the longest day but also the hottest of

the year. Our first concert was in Adderley,

Shropshire. This was in aid of the church which

unfortunately was not in a good enough state

to perform in this year, so we played in the

village hall.It was great to have so many people

from the village supporting this concert, and we

raised over £400 for St Peter’s Church. After a

night at Brereton (Cheshire) we headed up the

M6 for Ullswater in Cumbria, and The Quiet

Site, where most of our accommodation was in

Hobbit Holes. We spent the afternoon either

on the Lake Steamer, or walking seven miles

around Ullswater. That night we performed

in The Quiet Site bar to a hugely appreciative

audience. With our two warm-up concerts

completed we then headed down to Blackpool

for our main event: The Armed Forces Dinner in

The Norbreck Castle Hotel. Here we performed

a two hour set to 1000 people. It was great

to meet up with our friends from Blackpool

Council, The Winter Gardens Trust and The

Friends of Stanley Park. On the Saturday we

were defeated by force 10 winds from playing on

The Headland in front of The Tower, but after