This coming Sunday (30 November) marks the return of Colin Anthony performing with the Dearne Big Band this time at the Holiday Inn Dodworth. As a little reminder of what the evening is about here’s an article which was published in the Barnsley Chronicle last year.
Popular local band gets supports from Professional Star.
Locally based Dearne Big Band have been playing music in and around our region for well over 30 years since it was founded by the late Holin Hammerton.
Holin was a local music teacher who made it his mission to reach out and involve as many children as possible in music of all kinds including dance bands, musicals and choirs. His success can be measured in the hundreds of people who fondly remember playing and singing in his shows and bands, many of whom were sufficiently inspired to become accomplished and professional musicians in their own right.
Following his untimely death in 2010, existing and former members of the Big Band vowed to keep the Dearne Big Band and Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra running as a tribute and lasting legacy in Holin’s name.
Many of the band’s older band members provide one to one tuition to the youngsters helping them learn the basics and then nurturing their skills and enthusiasm to become competent musicians. Tuition is structured and all players are encouraged to undertake professionally recognised music examinations which qualify for extra UCAS points when applying to university.
Additionally, each year some of the band’s qualified teachers and senior musicians visit a number of local schools offering starter packs’ to youngsters who want to try out a range musical instruments. The pack offers tuition, loan of a musical instrument and free family tickets to watch our orchestra live.‘
Lorraine Cawood, (Musical Director), commented; “We are tremendously proud that against the backdrop of these extremely difficult times we have managed to keep our heads above water and still continue to deliver on our ethos of “providing music for all in the Barnsley Community”.
To help raise much needed funding the band is in the middle of a series monthly concerts at Ardsley House (Ed. of course this is now Holiday Inn Dodworth), and they have been delighted to receive an offer of support from internationally renowned Jazz and big band singer Colin Anthony who will perform with them.
From supporting the Beatles on a UK tour and fronting his own band in German Rock’n’Roll Clubs to the sophistication of the BBC Radio Big Band and Orchestras, Colin has covered it all.
Colin has released several single records and has appeared all over the world including the Kremlin and the QE2 on jazz and dance gigs with outfits such as Barry Forgie and the BBC Radio Big Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and his own bands. He is currently regularly featuring with the Glenn Miller Big Band.
Jazz critic Chrissie Murray, editor of Jazzwise, said in Ronnie Scott’s Magazine “Where’s he been all our lives? The finest big-band singer the UK ever produced?!” Dave Gelly of The Observer said “Britain is not so well supplied with good male singers that we can afford to overlook one of Colin Anthony’s stature”.
The band is performing better than ever says Lorraine Cawood and with the added support of a singer of Colin’s pedigree this should be an absolutely fabulous evening.
Tickets are only £5 and will be available on the door.