Big band swing comes to Wisbech St Mary

Downham Market Swing Orchestra

Downham Market Swing Orchestra - Credit: Archant

The sounds of big band swing music comes to the Fens when a night of musical perfection comes to Wisbech St Mary village hall.

An amateur swing orchestra under the direction of a top BBC musical director will bring back the lush sounds of the 1940s era at the performance on Saturday March 28.

Downham Market Swing Band was formed by renowned musical director Cy Payne, who worked with many famous artists including Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Julio Iglesias with a show that is set to delight audiences with a hot of lush 40s sounds, including Glenn Miller swing tunes

Mr Payne’s career spanned 60 years as a musical director, composer and arranger in television, radio films, records and live theatre.

As well as working wit the BBC and major names in the music industry he had considerable involvement with military bands since 1965, arranging for Trooping the Colour, The Royal Tournament, Royal weddings.

Most of the major military bands have Cy Payne arrangements in their libraries. He was also commissioned to compose new Regimental marches.

The music starts at 8pm.

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Tickets are available at £7.50 from the Centre or 0845 2255566 or There is a bar and the evening is for just listening or to dance to some great favourites.

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