Friends of the Museum of Richmond will be the benefiting charity from the popular annual 1940's Big Band Blitz at York House, Twickenham on Saturday 10 November 2007.
The Deputy Mayor of Richmond and her guests will step back in time to the 1940s. Big Band Blitz 2007, produced by Aspects Productions, will again re-create a special 1940's Glenn Miller wartime evening of big band music, dance and entertainment, featuring the legendary music of Glenn Miller and other Big Bands of the period.
The authentic setting with 1940's Period Dress and Memorabilia, Live Music and Celebrity Guests, Dancing, Food and Drink from the NAAFI, Licensed Bar, the Air-Raid Warning, and Spam, will make this a unique 1940's party, and enable guests to experience the atmosphere of those bygone days.
This special event will feature the critically acclaimed Jon Bennett Big Band, whose many credits include appearances at the Savoy Hotel, Australian High Commission, the Lyceum and Dominion Theatres in London's West End, and the Royal Gala Performance at Richmond Theatre.
A number of celebrity guests will be appearing including:
- Kathleen McCormack, one of Australia's top recording, TV and concert artists with 28 albums, and recipient of a Gold Award, whose many appearances include the Sydney Opera House.
- Clive Rowe, West End musical theatre star, and Olivier Award winner, Clive has starred in such West End hits as, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Into The Woods and most recently Chicago. Clive is also known for his children's TV serious Tracy Beaker. One of the highlights of this years' Christmas viewing will be Clive Rowe starring alongside Kylie Minogue, in Voyage of the Damned, a Doctor Who Christmas Day special.
- Vinnette Cowan, international cabaret artist, and musical theatre star, credits include star role in Fame on UK tour, plus appearances in a number of West End productions, including Fame, Starlight Express, King, Kiss Me Kate, Little Shop of Horrors, and Hair. Vinnette received Best Summer show award in Blackpool.
- Paul Cox, international vocalist, described by Paul Jones on Radio 2 as "the best voice in the UK", chosen by the late Ray Charles to open his last three European Concert Tours. Appearances include Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Montreux Jazz Festival where he appeared alongside Eric Clapton. Paul has also worked with UK jazz legend Chris Barber.
- Tom Nolan, acclaimed guitarist and musical director of Twickenham's Eel Pie Club, whose past appearances include the Royal Albert Hall, will, by popular request, be performing some of his famous George Formby songs with ukulele in his own unique style.
- Joanna Ruocco, one of the top female American drummers, has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Kylie Minogue and Paul Weller's Style Council, for which she was awarded a Platinum Disc. The 1960's Tiller Girls, three members of one of the most famous chorus lines ever, credits includes Sunday Night at the London Palladium, will be making a special appearance.
... Plus the Company 'B' Dancers, Viv the Spiv, and much more!!
The Museum of Richmond is a registered charity no. 295164. Royal Patron of the Charity is HRH Princess Alexandra. Patrons include: Lord Richard Attenborough, Sir David Attenborough, David Dimbleby, Bamber Gascoigne, and Lord Watson of Richmond.
- Tickets: £15.50 (£12-50 Concessions).
- Cheques payable to: Big Band Blitz
- Bookings from:
- Museum of Richmond, Whittaker Ave, Richmond (020 8332 1141)
- The Richmond Music Shop, 16 Red Lion Street, Richmond.
- Big Band Blitz, c/o 44 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3RR (020 8973 3605)
- Credit Card Bookings: Keith Prowse (www.keithprowse.com.uk) tel: 0870 848 1111
Friends of the Museum of Richmond