When it comes to authentic swing music the orchestra has no equal, performing year-round with a line up of eleven excellent jazz musicians who have perfected their craft and studied jazz at the top conservatories. Not only showcasing their talent, this show adds wit and humour.
Duncan Galloway, band-leader and vocalist, and responsible for the musical direction, has been part of the orchestra for over ten years. He originally trained in London as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy and his first experience of Dance band music was in the 1980’s hearing Dennis Potter’s wonderful TV show Pennies from Heaven.
The repertoire currently comprises over 200 titles of jazz, early swing and dance music from the era and some of the new arrangements are from two of the band members, the trombonist Adrian Fry, and the pianist, Simon Townley.
The ERT Team: We have a committed Board, comprising of professional theatre-makers and business experts. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance Ambassadors: John Godber & Richard Bean Associated Artists: Mark Addy, Berwick Kaler, William Houston, Anna Maxwell-Martin, David Bradley Directors of the Board: Adrian Rawlins – Artistic Director Vincent Regan – Creative Director Chris Wade – Music and Comedy Programming Anne Cooper – Planning and Funding Sue Kirkman – Manager John Merrylees – Technical Production Tom Wilders – Finance