A sensational night of swing, singers and songs performed by The Ember Big Band has raised an amazing £10,709 in aid of children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase.Ember Big Band

The special charity concert was held at The Hammond Theatre in Hampton, part of Hampton’s Boys School, who are loyal supporters of the charity and kindly donated the use of the venue for free.

Ember Big Band

The band, comprising 20 musicians, plus three talented singers, played a variety of songs from Glenn Miller Tribute, Frank Sinatra classics and top tunes from films including Singin’ in the Rain, Skyfall and Chicago – which were so enjoyed by the audience they were dancing in the aisles! There were also dancers on stage, as the band were joined by some talented movers from Chadsworth Stage School who danced to some big numbers including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and West Side Story.

Ember Big Band

A bucket collection was held on the night which raised an astounding £1200 in just 15 minutes! As well as this, The Hammond Theatre also kindly donated the bar profits of £850.

Ember Big Band

Musical Director of The Ember Big Band, Bill Geldard said of the evening, “This was a fantastic night – and the audience were blown away by hearing a live 20 piece big band. Back in the day, live orchestras were common place in theatre, TV and dance halls; but people just can’t find that sort of entertainment these days. We are delighted that The Ember Big Band was able to offer the public a great show and a great experience for such a brilliant cause.”

Ember Big Band

Ellie Bennett, Community Fundraiser from Shooting Star Chase said, “We are thrilled to hear of the money raised by The Ember Big Band Concert and wish to thank everyone involved in making it such a huge success, in particular Kevin Dewey who organised such an amazing event. The demands and difficulties faced by families who have a child with a life-limiting condition are immense, so the amount of money raised will ensure we can provide the invaluable support for the families we care for.”

Fantastic photos captured by Roy Morris.

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