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University of Greenwich Big Band - Concert in Avery Hill Park

Sunday 15 July 2018 2 - 4pm in front of the winter gardens

This is an informal concert as part of the Family Fun Day organised by the Friends of Avery Hill Park, one of a series of PARKSFEST events in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This event attracts over 100 visitors with many other attractions taking place around the park during the whole afternoon.

If you come along bring a folding garden chair if you do not want to sit on the grass!

More information on the band from Dr. Fred Parrett:
E-mail: bigband@gre.ac.uk  
Tel: 020 8460 2116

University of Greenwich Big Band - Concert in Avery Hill Park

Sunday 15 July 2018 2 - 4pm in front of the winter gardens

This was an informal concert as part of the Family Fun Day organised by the Friends of Avery Hill Park, one of a series of PARKSFEST events in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This event attracts over 100 visitors with many other attractions taking place around the park during the whole afternoon.

The Cotton Club, Harlem And All That Jazz

cotton clubThe concert was held at the Avery Hill Campus, Eltham SE9 in March 2018.

During the Prohibition era, the Cotton Club delivered some of the greatest music legends of the Jazz Age - Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and more, virtually every major artist in big band and jazz history had graced its stage. The Cotton Club opened as Prohibition came into force in the USA. The primary goal of the club owner, a well known mobster, was to use the Cotton Club to illegally sell alcohol, and the music and shows at the club were used to attract customers seeking food and 'alcoholic' drinks.

This multi-media concert celebrated the life and times of the Cotton Club era with stories and images and music from the Big Band of those iconic times from the Cotton Club's opening in 1923 to its final closing in 1940.

There was a leaving collection for the local charity - the Demelza Hospice Care For Children a charity supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. The collection raised a total of £731 for the Hospice.

The Easter Parade

The concert was held at the Avery Hill Campus, Eltham SE9 on Sunday 2 April 2017. 

Concert theme was 'The Easter Parade - Irving Berlin and Cole Porter - Music Made in America'. 

The band performed music by these great composers with illustrations and images on their lives, songs, shows and films. 

Irving Berlin is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Easter Parade is one of his many songs and was the title for the 1948 film. 

Cole Porter was born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. He began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Like Irving Berlin, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music for his songs. 

There was a leaving collection for the local charity - the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice , They are the foremost provider of specialist palliative care in Bexley and Greenwich. Last year, they cared for over 2,500 people and families, and were supported by many more members of the community through donations, legacies, trusts, and at many fundraising events. 

The collection raised a total of £848.50 for the Hospice.

The Roaring Twenties

Flapper by Olivia

Flapper by Olivia

The concert was held at the Avery Hill Campus, Eltham SE9 on Sunday 13 March 2016.

The band played music from the 1920's with illustrations and images and early film clips to illustrate life in this creative decade. Also included were images of Avery Hill College from the university archives of the 1920's, illustrating life for the young lady students at the Mansion site in the early days of Avery Hill College. 

There was a leaving collection for the local charity - Demelza Hospice Care For Children , a charity supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. In addtion to providing residential hospice care at their Eltham and Sittingbourne locations and home care is provided for over 200 children in the London area and 800 children across the wider area in the South East - see more on the Demelza website

The collection raised a total of £1162 for the Demelza charity

St Mary's in the Mood

Sunday 11th October 2015, 3pm

Held at St. Mary's Church Junction St. Mary's Avenue and Kingswood Road, Shortlands, Bromley. BR2 0HG 

A special concert to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of VE and VJ days - The band performed classic Big Band music from the WWII period and more. 

Proceeds of the concert supported the community activities of the Friends of St. Mary's - a registered charity.