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Swinging into sounds of the past with the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band

PUBLISHED: 09:54 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 02 October 2018

Sweethearts of Swing in Diss will feature the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and five vocalists. Picture: JWBB

Sweethearts of Swing in Diss will feature the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and five vocalists. Picture: JWBB

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Sounds from the First and Second World Wars will echo through Diss Corn Hall when the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band visiting with their show Sweethearts of Swing.

Bandleader Jonathan Wyatt who formed the popular big band that is heading to Diss 30 years ago. Picture: Simon FinlayBandleader Jonathan Wyatt who formed the popular big band that is heading to Diss 30 years ago. Picture: Simon Finlay

The show on October 20 celebrates the legendary crooners, forces sweethearts and bandleaders, paying a nostalgic commemoration to the music, singers and big bands of the time.

East Anglia’s premier Big Band, who celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017, will be performing music of The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, Flanagan and Allen and Vera Lynn among many others.

They will be joined by not one but five singers. Swing vocalists Stephen and Paul Amer and the band’s own vocal harmony trio The Moonglow Sisters who will take you on a trip down Memory Lane.

Jonathan Wyatt Big Band will visit Diss Corn Hall with their show Sweethearts of Swing. Picture: JWBBJonathan Wyatt Big Band will visit Diss Corn Hall with their show Sweethearts of Swing. Picture: JWBB

In his familiar role as band leader will be Jonathan Wyatt who was the youngest big band leader in the country when he formed the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band in 1987. Over the next 30 years they’ve become one of the best-loved big band ensembles, regularly playing in East Anglia.

More than 100 men and women have been part of it, including Patrick White, now on trumpet in the John Wilson orchestra, Freddie Gavita and Sam Meakin.

Jonathan said the band are really looking forward to appearing at Diss. “We love Sweethearts of Swing because it really allows us to play some fantastic music, from instrumentals by the great bandleaders of the time such as Glenn Miller and Count Basie to some of the best songs by the great vocalists of the big band era.

“It’s fantastic to hear these songs sung not just by our brilliant vocalists but also the audience during the show.

“We have plenty of audience participation and sing-a-long sections and it’s brilliant to always hear people joining in with these evergreen tunes.”

• Sweethearts of Swing is at Diss Corn Hall on October 20, 7.30pm, £18 (£16 cons), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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