Sandbach School Big Band featuring Matthew Ford

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  • November
    19:30 - 22:00

Event Details

Matthew Ford and the Sandbach School Big Band
Wednesday 13th November 2018

On Wednesday 13th November, the Sandbach School Big Band will be playing host to one of the country’s leading vocalists – Matthew Ford. An award winning vocalist, Matthew is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, building an enviable wealth of experience performing with the Halle, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC and RTE Concert Orchestras as well as the BBC Big Band and Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Matthew Works regularly with acclaimed conductor John Wilson making multiple appearances at the BBC proms including in 2019, plus touring the UK with the John Wilson Orchestra in 2011, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 and appearing with them at the Harrogate, Cheltenham, Hampton Court Palace and Grafenegg Festivals. Matthew features on the 2014 award winning JWO album ‘COLE PORTER IN HOLLYWOOD’ recorded at Abbey Rd Studios and the brand new JWO album ‘GERSHWIN IN HOLLYWOOD’ recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015. Matt made his U.S. debut in 2015 performing at Royce Hall in Hollywood and in 2016 made his French debut, performing his own show on Valentine’s Day in Paris for Radio France. Matt has also performed in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall with the JWO Orchestra, a concert streamed worldwide on the Digital Concert Hall.

Throughout the concert, Matthew will be accompanied by the Sandbach School Big Band. In recent years the group has worked with many of the country’s leading musicians including; Georgie Fame; Derek Watkins; Simon Willescroft (Saxophonist with Duran Duran); Gordon Campbell (Lead trombone BBC Big Band); Elliot Henshaw (Drummer with Tony Christie); Paul Newton (Trumpet with Brand New Heavies and the ‘Billy Elliot’ West End Show) and Colin Skinner (lead Alto John Wilson Orchestra). In addition they have been finalists at the National Festival of Music for Youth (2007 and 2011), undertaken tours of Berlin, New England USA, Istanbul, Singapore and New Zealand and given a performance to two thousand people at the 2007 Primary Proms Concert at Chester Cathedral. From 2010 to 2019 the band performed sell out ‘Viva Las Vegas Nights’ with the fantastic A-Band. Sandbach School Big Band held the title of Cheshire East Schools Music Competition Champion for three consecutive years from 2010-2012.

The programme for the two evenings with Matthew will be a selection from the great hits of Matt Monro, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, and Bobby Darin and with hits including ‘Happy Together’, ‘Cry me a River’, ‘Do Nothing ‘till you Hear from Me’, ‘The Good Life’, ’For Once in my Life’, ‘Music to Watch Girls by, and ‘New York New York’.

This special concert will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th November in Sandbach School Theatre Space with refreshments available from 6.30pm in the Refectory.

Featured Artist

  • Matthew Ford


Sandbach School
Crewe Road, Sandbach, CW11 3NS

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No Recording
No audio or video recording is permitted at this event.  Anyone found to be recording at the event may be asked to leave.

No Admittance Without Ticket
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