Locals star in big band show

New Lights Big Band
New Lights Big Band

ONE OF the North West’s premier big bands will swing into action on Saturday June 18 at New Mills Town Hall.

New Lights Big Band was founded in 1988. Under the leadership of Phil Steadman, the band has now played at many prestigious events and some big-name clients.

Their band’s talented players come from the area. The five saxes, four trumpets and four trombones are backed up by a four-piece rhythm section to give a high-energy sound. Two of the trombonists, Katherine Allan and Charlie Copestake, are from New Mills.

Their repertoire includes a mix of traditional and contemporary big band and jazz styles including numbers from the swing era, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

Two singers will perform a selection of vocals from George and Ira Gershwin, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, Nat King Cole and many more.

The dance floor and the bar will both be open.

Profits from the evening will go towards the creation of The Spring Bank Arts Centre. This conversion of the former chapel of St James’ has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Work has already begun to create the up-to-date facilities while preserving the beautiful interior of the Grade II Listed building, and should be completed by the end of the year.

Tickets are available at New Mills Original, behind Barclays in New Mills, by phone on 01663 744233 and on the door.

They are priced £8 (£7 concessions). Friends of St James’ receive a 50p discount.

For more information, call 01663 744233 or visit www.stjamesarts.org.uk or www.mybigband.com.