Big Band Celebrates 25 Years of Jazz Brilliance


The King’s School celebrates 25 years of jazz brilliance with its annual King’s Swings concert on Wednesday 4 May at the Cumberland Street Main Hall at 7.15pm.

The 16 piece Big Band meet every week under the expert care of top Northern jazz musicians Kevin Dearden and Gareth Brown and will play a score of timeless classics from Weather Report’s Birdland to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man.

Founded by Eve Harrington, taken on by Ron Darlington and now stronger than ever under Kevin and Gareth, this troupe features many of the school’s best young players including Will Fox on keyboards and Henry Reavey on piano. There is a thrilling brass section, fantastic wind players and powerful drums giving the orchestra an almost professional timbre.

Kevin Dearden said: “If you like your onions green and your chicken funky, this is truly is a celebration of dazzling young talent.”

Tickets, available from the office at Cumberland Street, cost £5 for adults with a concessionary rate of £2. Refreshments will be available from our fully-licensed bar.