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BBC Big Band

Friday 5th May 2023 7:30pm

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May 5, 2023 7:30pm

BBC Big Band

Standard £28.00, Planet Radio Pair of Tickets Free

Princess Alexandra Auditorium



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The BBC Big Band: Featuring Claire Martin 
The Swing Legends and Big Band Divas

The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band are joined by multi award winning vocalist, Claire Martin, for an evening of world-class music, inspired by the great Swing bands and legendary jazz vocalists of the Twentieth Century.
Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the BBC Big Band’s conductor, Barry Forgie, and Claire, the concert celebrates the music of the twentieth century’s quintessential vocalists and big bands – whose legacy and influence continues to define a classic era of music.
Featuring music from the leading ladies of big band, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee, alongside iconic bands and composers including the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. A truly unique evening of world-class music, performed by one of the finest jazz orchestras! 

They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous! – Michael Parkinson 

World-class musicians … a brilliant musical force – The Telegraph

Claire Martin OBE – Our finest jazz singer – The Times 

She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet – Jazz Times USA 

A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works – The Guardian
About the Big Band

The BBC Big Band performs regularly at most of the UK’s major music festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham.

The band’s origins date from the earliest days of the BBC and the formation of the original BBC Dance Orchestra in 1928.  This began under the leadership of Jack Payne before Henry Hall took over in 1932.
During those 34 years, Big Band Special has been able to draw upon a rich heritage of more than eighty years of big band repertoire.
The Band has also performed many times in the BBC Proms series at London’s Royal Albert Hall and also at the BBC Proms in the Park. Previous performances have featured guests such as Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Clark Terry, Wayne Marshall, Claire Martin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
The BBC Big Band is now widely regarded as the UK’s leading Big Band and has won the prestigious ‘Best Big Band Award’ at the British Jazz Awards eight times.
If you require wheelchair access seating, then please contact the Box Office as we allocate a specific seating area for this.


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