On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, a sell-out audience of over 500 music lovers of all ages attended Leatherhead Rotary Club’s second annual Big Band Concert at Leatherhead Theatre in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Headline act at the event was the amazing BPO Big Band, an offshoot of the British Philharmonic Orchestra, who entertained everyone present with a wide range of swinging numbers from the giants of the big band era, such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich. The band features some of the leading players on the UK jazz scene and is led by trombonist Andy Crompton, a huge supporter of Prostate Cancer UK, having been diagnosed with the disease himself in 2014.
Supporting the band was Frank Sinatra tribute act Frank Cognoscenti, who thrilled the audience with his fantastic renditions of Sinatra classics such as ‘Come Fly With Me’ and ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, before having everyone on their feet at the end of the show, with a rousing finale of ‘New York, New York’!
Special guests at the event included Councillor Mary Huggins, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, and a bucket collection at the end of the evening helped to raise almost £7,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Rotary Club’s current charity for the year. For further information, please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org and www.mndassociation.org.
Leatherhead Rotary member, Gary Zabel, who also organised the concert, said he was delighted with how well the event had gone and how much had been raised for the two charities, adding, ‘We could probably have sold another fifty or more tickets had we had room!’.
Next year’s concert has already been booked for Wednesday 20th May 2020 and tickets will be on sale towards the end of this year.
Leatherhead Rotary Club meets at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, social and fundraising activities, please visit www.leatherheadrotary.org.uk or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.