Viva Las Vegas 2021
‘Viva Las Vegas 2021’
*UPDATED CONCERT INFORMATION PUBLISHED 8th JUNE 2021
In light of the challenges the pandemic has brought to live music, and to make the evening as safe as possible, this year's Viva Las Vegas will now be staged as an OUTDOOR event! We're delighted that the event is being supported by the 'Melody Corporation' who are providing the school with an outdoor stage, full sound system and lighting to create what will undoubtedly be a night to remember!
As the event is now outdoors, please bring a blanket or outdoor chair with you as the audience will be situated on the grass. Additionally we would ask that if you're bringing a chair, that you also bring a blanket or matt to place underneath the chair to help avoid damage to the grass.
Sadly we are unable to predict the weather and whilst we will have everything crossed for good conditions, in the event of rain, please do bring an umbrella so that you are still able to enjoy the show!
Drinks and Pimms will still be served from 6.30pm from the Cricket Pavillion, and I hope you will still be able to join us for what will be a truly unique Viva Las Vegas experience!
Sandbach School Big Band
Matthew Ford, Natalie McGrath and the ‘Sandbach School Reunion Band’
Saturday 26th June, 7.30 pm Sandbach School
As national restrictions are finally set to lift, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about a wonderful night of music and entertainment taking here at Sandbach School. On Saturday 26th June our own School Big Band will be playing host to two fantastic vocalists – Matthew Ford and Natalie McGrath. Not only that but for the second half, we have the pleasure of welcoming the ‘Sandbach School Reunion Band’ brought together from former Sandbach School Big Band musicians, who are coming back to join us and help celebrate being able to perform music again!
Having fronted the legendary Syd Lawrence Orchestra for over 5 years Matthew was voted ‘Best UK Male Big Band Vocalist’ in 2006 and later that year was invited to perform with the world famous Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. March 2007 saw Matthew nominated alongside Jamie Cullum and Ray Gelato for UK Male Singer of the Year’ in the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. Since then he has fronted the RTE Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Big Band to name but a few. In 2011, 2013 and 2016 Matthew appeared with the fantastic John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in the Tribute to Hollywood Concert before undertaking the UK tour.
Natalie has performed internationally with her Kylie Minogue ‘Miss Kylie’ tribute act and for the past fifteen years has worked with Matthew fronting the fantastic Bluejuice and A - Bands. Her varied portfolio includes her ‘Decadence’ show, Natalie Mack productions, ‘Understated’ and ‘Absolute Divas’.
Throughout the first half of the concert, Matthew and Natalie 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, Claire Teal, Simon Willescroft, Gordon Campbell, Louise Dearman, Elliot Henshaw, Colin Skinner, Paul Newton, Andy Scott, Dave Hassall and Kevin Holbrough. In addition, they have been finalists at the National Festival of Music for youth (2007and 2011), undertaken tours of Berlin, New England USA, Istanbul, Singapore and New Zealand, appeared on BBC’s Britain’s Got Talent, Must Be the Music and appeared on stage with Stephen K Amos as part of his sell out tour. In 2012 and 2018 they completed evenings of Queen’s Greatest Hits with members of the fantastic QEII.
Following the interval when guests will be entertained by ‘Ollie and the Hot Pots’ as refreshments will be served from the Cricket Pavilion (weather permitting) the second half will feature the ‘Sandbach School Reunion Band’ with a programme celebrating great songs from stage and screen.
Pimms can be purchased from the Cricket Pavilion from 6.30pm where there will be live music for the guests prior to the show and the audience will be asked to take their seats for a 7.30pm concert start.
On the date of the concert (Saturday 26th June), should they be required, Sandbach School reserves the right to request audience members adhere to measures in line with national and local restrictions for the duration of the performance. More details will be shared with those who purchase tickets nearer the time.
Black tie is optional for the evening in what is hoped will be a night to remember.
Tickets for the event are £10 each- available here!
- Matthew Ford
- Natalie McGrath
- Sandbach School Big Band
Terms and Conditions
No Admittance Without Ticket
You will not be admitted to this event unless you can present your ticket either printed or on your phone at the door.
Additional Terms & Conditions
On the date of the concert (Saturday 26th June), should they be required, Sandbach School reserves the right to request audience members adhere to measures in line with national and local restrictions for the duration of the performance.
More details will be shared with those who purchase tickets nearer the time.