Viva Las Vegas X! featuring Sandbach School Big Band

Viva Las Vegas 2019 3

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  • June
    19:30 - 22:00

Event Details

It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you about what will be a great night of music and entertainment here at Sandbach School. On Saturday 29th 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 after leaving school have gone on to study music at leading conservatoires and Universities including the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music, Leeds University and Keele University

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 ten 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 and Dave Hassall. 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 the award winning ‘Brass Phats’ as refreshments will be served on the lawns (weather permitting) the second half will feature the ‘Sandbach School Reunion Band’ with a programme celebrating great songs from stage and screen including The Bear Necessities, I’ve had the Time of my Life, I wanna’ Be like You, It had Better Be Tonight and Birth of the Blues’.

Pimms can be purchased on the lawn 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. Black tie is optional for the evening in what is hoped will be a night to remember.

Featured Artists

  • Brass Phats
  • Matthew Ford
  • Natalie McGrath
  • Sandbach School Big Band
  • Sandbach School Reunion Band


Sandbach School
Crewe Road, Sandbach, CW11 3NS

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Terms and Conditions

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
You will not be admitted to this event unless you can present your ticket either printed or on your phone at the door.